With garlands and bunting hung, Liverpool Masonic Hall was readied for the festive season and the annual dinner dance held in the main banqueting suite. This event is the combined venture of three lodges, Blenheim Lodge No 7519, Childwall Lodge No 5235 and Downshire Lodge No 594 and has evolved into a very popular occasion. As to be expected, the room was filled to capacity but still allowing for the use of the ever-popular dance floor.
Caterer David Aitken, as usual supplied a first-class festive dinner with all the trimmings, accompanied by refreshing drinks and wine at the table. The guests were later gloriously entertained by superb vocalist Jasmine Miller encompassing a set of popular and festive songs. Jasmine also supplied the subtle background music during the meal in addition to the music which filled the dance floor during the evening.
As is customary on such occasions, a raffle was held for the many donated prizes and was followed by the now famous ‘Dutch Auction’ for the festive hamper of drinks which got everybody involved. The event raised £800 which, in a true example of festive good tidings, the three lodges involved chose to donate to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival under the name of the Liverpool Group, which will take the group’s level to that of a Vice Patron of the Festival.
Grateful thanks were expressed on behalf of the Liverpool Group from the chairman Mark Matthews for the combined efforts of the Blenheim, Downshire and Childwall Lodges involved, and most particularly their WM’s Alan Ball, Adrian McLoughlin and Mark Connell. Special thanks were also given to Barry Fletcher and Geoff Brown for their hard work on the night, both of whom work tirelessly in charitable causes within the group. But most of all, a big thank you was given to all the brethren who attended and made it such a successful venture.