Churchill evening at Shropshire Hotel

A Shropshire hotel is set to revive the spirit of wartime Britain this weekend, complete with two of the most famous faces from the era.

St John’s Masonic Lodge, based in Wellington, is hosting a 1940s-themed Ladies’ Night at The Wroxeter Hotel on Saturday 30th November 2013.

And there will be two very special guests, as wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill and forces sweetheart Vera Lynn join guests, who will be wearing their best 1940s finery.

The PM will be played by Nick Kelso, an author, historian and Winston Churchill impressionist who had received rave reviews for his performance.

Lorrie Birtles has been voted Britain’s best Vera Lynn tribute act, having been singing as the forces sweetheart for more than 15 years.

A raffle at the dinner will be carried out to raise money for  St John’s Lodge’s chosen charity for this year.

Malcolm Hallewell, from St John’s Lodge, organised the event on behalf of the Worshipful Master Michael Collins.

“We will have Winston Churchill telling the story of the miracles of Dunkirk, marking the end of the war in France and the beginning of the Battle of Britain,” he said.

“It is going to be a wonderful evening and both Nick Kelso and Lorrie Birtles are both incredible at what they do.”

Ed Hall, owner of The Wroxeter Hotel, said the menu for the night was traditional British fare, even if it was not quite ‘austerity’ themed.

“There will be no Spam or eggless bread pudding on the menu, although they do have a very traditional and boozy sherry trifle, which would have been a real luxury for those during wartime Britain,” he said.

“We have hosted dinners for St John’s Lodge in the past and were delighted when they came to us once again to host this year’s Ladies Night.”

The Wroxeter Hotel is set in rolling countryside at Wroxeter, between Shrewsbury and Telford.


Pete White Pete White

Love Shrewsbury editor and chief developer at The Web Orchard, find out more on

Read More from Pete White