Lodge of Harmony No 220, the oldest and largest lodge within the Garston Group, celebrated its ladies evening within the banqueting suite of the newly built main stand of Liverpool Football Club, Anfield.
A ladies evening is undoubtedly the social highlight of a WM’s year of office, and the perfect opportunity for all the brethren to express their appreciation of their ladies. For Jim it was the chance as he himself put it: “To thank the two most important ladies in my life,” his wife Beryl and daughter Lauren.
The current WM of Lodge of Harmony Jim Corcoran, is justifiably well known for his many fundraising efforts, many within the sporting community of the city. So it is of little surprise that his ladies evening was so well attended, with over 240 people supporting the evening’s celebrations.
Joining the many brethren from within the Garston Group were Freemasons from the wider West Lancashire Province, many friends including the Director of Pain Relief, Walton Trauma Centre Manohar Sharma and his wife Vidhu. The trauma centre being one of the evenings nominated charities.
Whilst Jim was well supported by the lodge social committee he himself worked tirelessly to ensure the evenings success and guarantee the various raffles and auctions included many unique prizes including a one carat diamond pendant and a Liverpool waterfront canvas signed by the Liverpool FC squad. Of course, Jim had to include sporting memorabilia which included a pair of sparring gloves belonging to Anthony Joshua. The latter being particularly impressive given that on the same evening Anthony Joshua became the unified world heavyweight champion.
As previously stated, the venue for the evening was the banqueting suite within Liverpool Football Club’s main stand. For the evening, local rivalries were put aside as the guests undertook a tour of the stadium, a visit to the famous trophy room and were allowed to take pitch side photographs. The evening also served as the perfect precursor to the Garston Group Tercentenary Ball to be held at the same venue on Friday 15 September.
Following the evening’s banquet the toast to the ladies was made by Jim’s friend, Gary Mason. The song to the ladies was performed by fellow Garston Group Mason and professional vocalist, Bill Wenton. On behalf of all the ladies present Jim’s wife Beryl delivered a wonderful response to the toast, doing Jim proud.
The night’s entertainment included a Tom Jones tribute act as well as dancing to the resident disco. In fact, so good was the night, that a wedding party in the next suite asked could they join in, which Jim and Beryl were only too pleased to agree to.
A wonderfully unforgettable evening was enjoyed by all, but most importantly a magnificent sum of £4,000 was achieved in support of four charities The Walton Trauma Centre, Football for Children in Liverpool, Garston Masonic Hall and The Tercentenary Appeal.