Ormskirk Masonic Hall took on a magical Christmas theme with the tables furnished with soft candlelight, the room bedecked with seasonal decorations and twinkling fairy lights and a magnificent Christmas tree, suitable soft music playing in the background and the aroma of a mouth-watering meal, wafting from the kitchen.
This is what awaited the 78 members and guests of the joint Christmas party night held between Lathom Abbey Lodge No 6286 and Lodge of Chivalry No 3974. John Mercer, WM of Lathom Abbey Lodge, proffered a very warm welcome to everyone. This included heartfelt thanks to the members of Lodge of Chivalry for allowing the use of their lodge night to be used for this joint event. Continuing, John informed all that the proceeds from the raffle to be held later would be jointly distributed between the two lodges.
The menu was outstanding as is usual at the hall with everyone’s tastes catered for with Gary O’Brien’s choice of starters, broccoli and stilton soup, smoked mackerel and prawn tian, beetroot risotto. The main meal choices were traditional roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings, pan fried sea bass, creamed cabbage pom puree, goats cheese lasagne, followed by a choice of classic Christmas pudding, rich chocolate and Cointreau mousse or baked New York Baileys cheesecake, finished off with tea, coffee and warm mince pies.
No Christmas party would be complete without a surprise visit from Santa Claus and this was no exception. Santa duly appeared with a hearty ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ and the jingling of bells and on this occasion, he was accompanied by one of his naughty elves in the guise of Sheila Mercer. Following some comic banter each table received a gift from Santa of seasonal goodies.
No evening such as this would be complete without exceptional entertainment and this was provided by the sultry voice of Joshua Hindle belting out classic songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s which encouraged many to the dance floor.
During a break in the entertainment David Dugdale WM of Lodge of Chivalry thanked everyone for attending and made special mention and thanks to Mark Holloway, secretary of Lodge of Chivalry, for collaborating with John on what was a very successful evening with the hope of future joint events.
A bumper raffle then took place with over 40 prizes up for grabs raising the magnificent sum of £224 towards the lodge’s charities; with a further £40 donated from naming the variety of the Christmas tree donated by Rainford’s Christmas Tree Land. Dancing continued into the early hours and a very enjoyable evening was had by one and all.