The Ormskirk and Bootle Group held their annual Christmas Fayre, but this year for the first time a fayre was held at both of the group’s masonic halls one being in Litherland and the other in Ormskirk, both on the same day and at the same time.
At both fayre’s the support from the lodges and ladies groups was excellent, who between them held various stalls, games, tombola’s and a Santa’s grotto was at each hall for the children to visit father Christmas, where the children could give Santa their requests of what they wished for Christmas and received a small gift and have their photograph taken with Santa. John Lennon and Don Carton acted as the two father Christmases, the grotto at Ormskirk was created by Peter Blazey of Mersey Lodge No.5199 and the grotto at Litherland was created by the members of Eureka lodge No 3763 and also manned by Stephen Bousfield and Robbie Bright.
Again at both halls throughout the afternoon the groups traditional Reindeer Races was held with the group chairman Graham Chambers acting as steward in Ormskirk and Joe Williams as the Steward in Litherland who was assisted by Shelia Chambers.
The Bootle Ladies club were again at the fore in Litherland with Barbara Rouse, Joan Skidmore, Marjorie Cunliffe, Sandra Evans, Marjorie Mackinnon, Pam Carr and Gloria Gee, manning various stalls. Gloria Gee baked her usual selection of cupcakes, large cakes and this year Gloria had also made some other goodies including some Christmas decorations. The cake stall also sold raffle tickets for the draw for first prize of a large Christmas cake. Joan and Marjorie ran a hamper draw, whilst Sandra Evans and Marjorie Mackinnon ran a children’s stall with a prize every time which were either a small toy or a selection box, this was only for the children.
Whilst at Ormskirk, the Ladies Group were also at the fore with their support, with Diane Hampson, Brenda Hewitt and Susan Cropper helping on the day. Sarah Gibson and Karen Carton ran the Tombola which was constantly busy for the whole two hours, and Cathy Findlay and Margaret Rogers made some fantastic small cuddly toys and homemade Christmas crackers respectively, which were sold at their stalls.
Anne Chambers, the wife of Graham the group chairman, who was helped by their daughter Faye, ran pass the parcel and other games, which took place in the large lodge room at Litherland, which was extremely enjoyed by all the children involved.
There was many other stalls at both halls which ensured there was plenty to keep yourself occupied and have an enjoyable time, but without the hard work and support from these lodges and members from within the group, who provided prizes and manned these other stalls, the fayre wouldn’t have been a success, but ensured the group’s first joint Christmas fayre was very successful and was well attended at both halls by masons from within the group and by the local public in the areas by the halls.