Once again it’s that time of year with the start of festive celebrations that many members of the Ormskirk and Bootle Group came together for the annual FROTH (Friends of the Hall) Christmas lunch, which is held annually at Litherland Masonic Hall.
The lunch commenced with the brethren of the group and their guests being warmly welcomed by FROTH and Group Vice Chairman Graham Chambers. Graham thanked everyone for supporting FROTH and attending the Christmas meal this year. Graham also explained that due to unfortunate circumstances that morning a change in the entertainment had to be made and he announced he was able to get a another excellent entertainer at short notice.
Graham then asked Tom Croll, Crosby Lodge No 3714 to say grace before the meal was served. On the menu on this occasion was tomato and basil soup as the starter, roast turkey and pork accompanied with seasonal vegetables as the main course and Christmas pudding with brandy sauce for dessert. The meal was finished off with warm mince pies complimented by tea or coffee.
During the meal Peter Kelly, Bootle Pilgrim Lodge No 1473 handed out the ‘FROTH Christmas trivia quiz’, which he had compiled for the diners to complete during the meal. All the questions being on a Christmas theme, with the chance of winning a bottle of red wine.
After the meal had finished, Tom Croll returned thanks, which was followed by Ian Gee, St. Luke’s Lodge No 6006 giving the royal toast.
Graham then stood up and introduced the entertainment for the afternoon, a comedy and vocal entertainer PJ Laine. His great sense of humour and singing brought much audience participation, which everyone really enjoyed.
During a short break in the entertainment the raffle was held with a vast selection of prizes, raising £275.
Once the raffle was completed Graham thanked everyone for their support over the year and for the generous donations that had been brought to the raffle. Graham gave special thanks to Alex McDonald, the FROTH treasurer for all the hard work he has given over the years and everyone else who had been involved in helping with the lunch.
Entertainment then continued with PJ resuming his act with the audience joining in and many taking to the dance floor. Once the entertainment had finished, Ian Gee thanked Graham on behalf of all present for his hard work and all he has done for FROTH and the group over the years.
With the event now being over, everyone left in high spirits having had a very enjoyable afternoon.