A quizzical Christmas extravaganza

The festive season came early for the Ormskirk Ladies Group. With no meeting in December the ladies decided to bring forward their festive celebration. The O’Brien’s tea room at the Masonic hall was aptly bedecked with twinkling fairy lights and a traditional eye-catching tree festooned with a multitude of baubles. The tables were adorned with festive runners, Christmas candles and crackers.

On this occasion, the committee had taken the opportunity to extend an invitation, on behalf of the members, for family and friends to join them for their Christmas meal and fun quiz night. As guests arrived, Erica Johnson and Barbara Westby busied themselves selling raffle tickets.

Erica (left) and Barbara attend to the bumper raffle.

Erica (left) and Barbara attend to the bumper raffle.

The festivities commenced with Diane Hampson, chairperson, welcoming everyone and wishing them a very enjoyable evening. This was followed by a delicious three course meal of prawn cocktail or melon for starters, a main course of roast turkey with all the trimmings and for dessert a choice of Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or vanilla ice-cream. To compliment the tea and coffee that followed, Gary O’Brien the hall caterer, provided freshly made warm mince pies which was a lovely gesture, most unexpected and very much appreciated.

Once everyone had been suitably refreshed, the fun and games began. Out of the blue and in the guise of Father Christmas, with bells a-jingling, Stewart Cranage invited all to participate in a fun based competitive quiz.

Stewart, the WM of Aughton Lodge No 7996 and assistant secretary for Lathom Abbey Lodge No 6286, who has become synonymous with organising and devising quizzes for numerous organisations, had everyone racking their brains with questions on television theme tunes, music from the 70’s, guess the price of the groceries and a thrilling visual ‘Catchphrase’ competition. As part of the evening Derek Westby, secretary of Aughton Lodge, organised an ‘Irish Bingo’ with the winner Edna Dutch receiving £25.

Following the quiz extravaganza a bumper raffle was held with numerous prizes donated by the guests and a festive hamper presented by the committee members. The evening raised in total the magnificent sum of £173 towards the charities being supported during the ensuing year.

At the conclusion of the evening Diane thanked everyone for their support, with special mention to Stewart for giving his time so generously in providing a night filled with fun and laughter and also to Gary and his staff for the delicious meal and excellent service. In response Barry Hewitt, group publicity officer, thanked the ladies group on behalf of all the guests for their kind invitation to join them, on what had been a most enjoyable evening; wishing them all well for the future.

Tasters of the quizzical Christmas extravaganza.

Tasters of the quizzical Christmas extravaganza.