It’s that time of year again, with many festive celebrations happening within the Ormskirk and Bootle Group. One of the annual yearly celebrations which involves many of the members from the group, coming together is the ‘Friends of the hall’ (FROTH) Christmas lunch. This is held at the Litherland Masonic Hall and again this year the lunch was very well supported with the dining hall being nearly full to capacity.
The event started with the brethren of the group and their guests being warmly welcomed by Joe Williams of Crosby Lodge No 3714 and after Joe had welcomed everyone, he asked Don Fraser WM of St Luke’s Lodge No 6006 to give grace.
The meal was served shortly afterwards, with minestrone soup as the starter, roast turkey and pork, accompanied by seasonal vegetables as the main course, Christmas pudding and brandy sauce for dessert and the meal was finished off with warm mince pies accompanying the tea or coffee.
During the meal Peter Kelly of Lathom Lodge No 2229 handed out the ‘FROTH Christmas Trivia Quiz’ which he had compiled for the diners to complete during the meal, with all the questions on a Christmas theme, with the prize a bottle of red wine.
After the meal had been finished, Don returned thanks followed by the group chairman, Graham Chambers giving the Loyal Toast. Joe then stood and introduced the entertainment for the afternoon, Ritchie Craig from Fermor Hesketh Lodge No 1350 who is also an excellent performer, who has performed at many social events within the group and Province over the years. He sang many songs including such classics as ‘Halfway to paradise’ and ‘Love letters in the sand’ which the audience really enjoyed and were pleased to see Ritchie back performing again.
During a short break in the entertainment the raffle was held which had a vast selection of prizes and once the raffle was completed Mark Sands the new FROTH chairman thanked everyone for coming to the meal and for all their support for on the day. He informed everyone that the money raised by FROTH during the year was there for all to see, with various projects that are helping to improve and refurbish the Litherland Masonic Hall. Included in these were the halls exterior which was refurbished as this summer’s project. Mark then thanked everyone for the money that had been raised for the Christmas lunch, the annual spirit raffle and raffle on the day, saying that the money raised will be going to future projects for the hall. After Mark had finished, the entertainment commenced again with Ritchie resuming his act.
Once the entertainment had finished and with the lunch now being over, Graham stood up and thanked Mark on behalf of all, commenting that Mark had done an excellent job organising the day, this being his first event as FROTH chairman. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe journey home, after which everyone left after having had a really enjoyable time and left in high spirits after having a wonderful afternoon with friendly company and very excellent entertainment.