The Friends of the Hall (FROTH) recently held their annual James Bond theme casino night which was at the Litherland Masonic Hall.
Froth is part of the Ormskirk and Bootle Group, originally set up within the Bootle side of the group, as a way to help bring the lodges, chapters and other Masonic orders together, to enjoy each other’s company in social activities and in raising funds to help towards projects to improve the facilities in the Litherland Masonic Hall. The money raised is not used for the general running, wear and tear of the hall. A recent purchase by the friends was the replacement of the battery packs for the defibrillators which are located in the hall, at a cost of £207, ensuring the defibrillators are ready for use if ever required.
The evening started with the FROTH Chairman, Graham Chambers a member of Crosby Lodge No 3714, welcoming everybody to the casino night, he then explained how the system worked with the use of ‘froths’ as money, before he declared the tables open.
The dining room in the hall was set up with two roulette tables and two blackjack tables, with the guests being able to purchase for five pounds the so named ‘froths’ to the equivalent value of 500, which were then exchanged for chips to be played at the various tables; with the person who had the most ‘froths’ at the end of the evening winning the prize.
Throughout the night the theme tunes from all the James Bond films were playing in the background, to give an authentic feel for the evening and with everyone crowding around the tables to play the various games; fun was ensured for all.
Graham and Cath Traynor were the croupiers on the two roulette tables; with Ray Barrow St Luke’s Lodge No 6006 the croupier on the blackjack table. All night the tables were very popular with everyone playing a number of games on each.
Halfway through the night there was a short break, where everyone was able to have something to eat from the large buffet, supplied by the guests who brought a selection of food with them to help support the evening.
Once the break was over, everyone returned to the casino tables to continue playing the games. At the end of the evening, Graham presented the prize to the person who had won the most ‘froth’s’ that night; the prize this year was a bottle of Bacardi rum. During the evening a raffle was held, which raised £61 and with the entrance fee and the ‘froths’ purchased, a grand total of £336 was raised on this occasion.
At the end of the night Graham said: “I would like to thank everyone for giving their support to the casino night and all those who have helped this evening, I wish you all a safe journey home and I look forward to seeing you all again at our next FROTH social event, the race night in April.”
With the casino night being over, everyone departed after having a highly enjoyable time in friendly company and much enjoyment playing roulette and blackjack.