Once again, many members of the Ormskirk and Bootle Group accompanied by their families, have enjoyed a great break on a ‘Masonic holiday’ with David Ogden, a past master of Bryn Lodge No 6553 of the Wigan Group. The majority of the party were from the lodges that meet at Litherland Masonic Hall and who have supported the annual event for the last nine years. This year David organised the break once again, at the Winnock Hotel in the village of Drymen near Loch Lomond.
The five-day break included visits to Inveraray on Lock Fyne and Edinburgh. Also, during the stay, there was the option of a four-and-a-half-mile sponsored walk to Loch Lomond, followed by an excellent pub lunch overlooking the loch. The walk was in two stages, the first three miles was to a comfort stop in a lovely chapel in the village of Milton in Buchanan and then a further one and a half miles to the Royal Oak in Balmaha. This meant that most people could participate in either a shorter walk or the full distance, with the walk raising over £2,000 for the MCF 2021 Festival.
Each evening there were activities and entertainment plus the opportunity to raise more cash for the charities with bingo and raffles. The Scottish evening, with the traditional piping in of the Haggis was complemented by an excellent demonstration of Scottish dancing. The entertainers were excellent and everyone was able to ‘bop the night away’ to the music.
The groups own piper, Tom Croll of Crosby Lodge No 3714, gave the ‘Chief’, David Ogden the honour of being piped into an evening meal and he also extended the same courtesy to Ken Rouse of Eureka Lodge No 3763 on his birthday!
The holiday raised several £1,000s which was divided between the groups on a table of 10 basis, with the lodges of the Ormskirk and Bootle Group having three tables of 10 and thus received £1,290 which has been divided amongst the lodges taking part. All the money is to be donated for the benefit of Masonic charities or Masonic halls.
In February 2019 the holiday will be to Bournemouth on the south coast. Anyone interested, should get in touch with Pete Kelly of Bootle Pilgrim Lodge No 1473, immediately as available places are taken up quickly.