Brenda and Doug celebrate in good style

Anfield Lodge No 2215 is a member of the Woolton Group of lodges and the members are renown for enjoying their social occasions to the full, and Brenda and Doug’s Ladies Evening was no exception.

Pictured left: Andy Whittle (left) watched by DC Chris Lyons proposes the ladies’ toast. Pictured right: Brenda Holgate responds to the toast watched by her husband Doug (seated left) and standing Chris Lyons.

Pictured left: Andy Whittle (left) watched by DC Chris Lyons proposes the ladies’ toast. Pictured right: Brenda Holgate responds to the toast watched by her husband Doug (seated left) and standing Chris Lyons.

Over 90 Masons, wives and partners, together with non-Masonic guests met at the Holiday Inn in Runcorn to enjoy, what turned out to be, an excellent ladies evening.

Brenda and Doug Holgate were clapped into the dining room having been announced by the DC Chris Lyons. Grace was then said and the diners sat down to a very enjoyable meal of chef’s homemade winter vegetable soup; supreme marinated chicken followed by lemon meringue pie. The cheeseboard remained on the table for the rest of the evening.

Kevin Poynton collects his shirt.

Kevin Poynton collects his shirt.

After the meal WM Doug Holgate proposed the Loyal toast. Senior warden of the lodge Andy Whittle was called upon to propose the toast to the ladies which he did in jocular style but with a serious note of thanks to the ladies for all their support. This toast was responded to by Brenda Holgate who thanked everyone for attending and wished them a pleasant evening, thanking the social committee for all their hard work.

Before Brenda finished her speech, she reminded everyone that at the Woolton Group Black Tie Diner her husband had forgotten to pack his dress shirt. He asked amongst the guests if anyone had a spare shirt to fit him but to no avail. Step forward Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton to the rescue. Not living too far away from the venue he whisked Doug back to his house and kitted him out. That was in May! Brenda told us she was not good at washing or ironing and asked Kevin to step forward to receive his shirt! Brenda had framed it much to Kevin’s delight!

Pictured left: Andy and Amanda Whittle receive flowers from Doug Holgate and his wife Brenda. Pictured right: Chris and Eileen Lyons receive flowers from Brenda and Doug Holgate.

Pictured left: Andy and Amanda Whittle receive flowers from Doug Holgate and his wife Brenda. Pictured right: Chris and Eileen Lyons receive flowers from Brenda and Doug Holgate.

Speeches over it was time for the entertainment provided by award winning female vocal entertainer Lisa Marie who regaled us with popular songs from days gone by and this encouraged lots of people to get up and dance.

During the interval a raffle was held and raised £315 which will be donated by Brenda and the lodge to the Salvation Army.

Dancing continued well into the night and the hotel brought in more refreshments at 11pm to help the revellers on their way.

Pictured left: Diners looking forward to the evening. Pictured middle: Lisa Marie entertains. Pictured right: Brenda and Doug have the first dance

Pictured left: Diners looking forward to the evening. Pictured middle: Lisa Marie entertains. Pictured right: Brenda and Doug have the first dance