Canapes, drinks, music and mag

Canapes, drinks, music and magic at the Middle Temple

London’s Middle Temple will provide the perfect setting for an evening of wine, food and entertainment in aid of Zimbabwe A National Emergency, including a recital by South African flutist Marlene Verwey.

Canapes, drinks, music and mag

Middle Temple HallZimbabwe a National Emergency (ZANE), in partnership with Homes In Zimbabwe, will be hosting a reception at the Middle Temple on 3 October. This historical London venue will provide the perfect setting for an evening of wine, food and entertainment. Special guest speaker is the Right Honourable Andrew Mitchell MP.

Guests have the opportunity to tour the historical Temple Church at the start of the evening with a recital by South African flutist Marlene Verwey before the main reception. The evening will be a relaxed occasion with delicious food and wine and close-up magic from Johnny Oxford — all in the rather splendid surroundings of the Elizabethan hall of the Middle Temple.

ZANE is a UK registered charity working to help the most destitute, vulnerable and impoverished people in Zimbabwe. Homes In Zimbabwe merged with ZANE earlier this year and the combined charity is the largest supplier of financial aid to pensioners in Zimbabwe. ZANE forms the only holistic social services network in Zimbabwe, delivered by a team of committed workers and volunteers operating in difficult and often dangerous circumstances. In addition to financial aid, ZANE provides encouragement and support to some very lonely people including hundreds of ex-servicemen and their widows/wives.

Over 2,400 pensioners rely on ZANE simply to survive with the figure growing on a daily basis.

Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP has been the Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield since 2001. He was previously the Member of Parliament for Gedling from 1987 to 1997 during which time he held office as a Government Whip and was Minister for Social Security. He also served as a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party 1992-93.

In November 2003 he became Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs and from September 2004 was the Shadow Minister for Police. Following the General Election in May 2005 he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, setting up Project Umubano in Rwanda and Sierra Leone, the Conservative Party’s respected Social Action Project. He then served as the Secretary of State for International Development from May 2010 to September 2012 and Government Chief Whip from September to October 2012.

Middle Temple Hall is one of the four ancient Inns of Court and one of the finest examples of an Elizabethan hall in the country. Built between 1562 and 1573 it features a double hammer beam roof carved from the oak of Windsor Forest and an elaborately carved screen made in 1574. The traditional oak panelled walls are festooned with Coats of Arms and the impressive windows are made from heraldic glass memorials to notable Middle Templars. The first performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is recorded as having taken place here in 1602.

The Temple Church is one of the most historic and beautiful churches in London. The Church was built by the Knights Templar, the order of crusading monks founded to protect pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem in the 12th century.

The evening’s programme is as follows:

6.30pm: Recital in the Temple Church by Marlene Verwey followed by a tour of the Inner Temple Church and address by The Revd Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of the Temple.

7.15pm: Reception in the Middle Temple Hall

7.50pm: Address by Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP

9.30pm: Carriages, canapes, bowl food and wine included.

Venue: The Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9AT

Tickets are priced just £50 and include complementary wine, canapés and bowl food. Please note there is plenty of seating available within the main hall of the Middle Temple.

Tickets can be purchased online via Paypal or by credit card.

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