The brethren of Bootle Pilgrim Lodge No 1473 held their annual Christmas ladies to dine at their lodge meeting, held at Litherland Masonic Hall. Following the regular lodge meeting, WM Alan Hore welcomed the wives and guests to the evening before handing the comparing duties over to the lodge secretary Michael (Mike) Clarke for the remainder of the evening.
The diners were shown to their tables which were decorated with all the usual Christmas trimmings, including crackers, party poppers, Christmas confetti and a small bag of mixed chocolates for each guest; with the centre table displays made with baubles, holly and fairy lights arranged by Joan Skidmore.
John Spurr once again provided another excellent Christmas themed quiz for each table to complete during the course of the evening, this year’s theme was entitled ‘Christmas half night quiz’ with a prize and booby prize to be presented to the winning and losing tables.
The lodge chaplin George McDonald, gave grace before the meal was served, with a choice of starter including minestrone soup or pâté and toast; this was followed with a traditional Christmas roast turkey dinner and seasonal vegetables and for dessert a choice of traditional Christmas pudding and brandy sauce or trifle. The meal was rounded off with warm mince pies being served to accompany the tea and coffee. Throughout the meal, music accompaniment was provided on the piano by Colin Dawson, playing a selection of popular and festive tunes.
Once the meal was finished George returned thanks, with Colin then taking a short break. Mike, during this break, gave out the answers to the quiz, with the winning table receiving a bottle of Port and the losing table receiving a small bottle of wine. This was followed by the raffle with many prizes donated by the brethren raising £179 for the widows of the lodge. Alan, at the end of the raffle, thanked everyone for the generous prizes and informed the guests of the importance that the money raised will make to the widows. Alan and Mike then thanked Joan Skidmore for all her hard work again this year in decorating the tables.
With the break completed, Colin returned and as part of the tradition of the lodge at Christmas, the evening was rounded off with everyone joining in singing carols and seasonal favourites. Two of the songs sung were ‘Winter Wonderland’ and the ‘12 days of Christmas’ which had the guests at each table standing up while singing their verses.
At the end of the evening Mike thanked everyone for helping to make the evening a success and great fun before wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.