The latest fundraising event organised by Friends of the Hall (Froth), again held within the dining hall at Litherland Masonic Hall, was their annual race night; this is usually held around the same time of the year as the Grand National and was their tenth.
Froth is part of the Ormskirk and Bootle Group which was originally set up within the Bootle side of the group, as a way to help bring the lodges, chapters and side degrees together, to enjoy each other’s company in social activities, raising funds to help towards projects to improve the facilities in the Litherland Masonic Hall, but not to be used for the general running, wear and tear of the hall.
Over the last couple of months the members of the Froth committee and the reps have been raising money for the evening by handing out sponsor forms amongst the lodges and chapters meeting at Litherland at their festive boards, where members were able to purchase an imaginary horse and name it for the races on the night. The horses were then drawn into the various races, with six races being run in total on the evening.
The halls dining room was set up with a race track in the centre of the room. This consisted of a large piece of artificial grass on which a number of white lines were painted. Homemade hobby horses were used and the jockeys were volunteers from the race goers. Each race had six horses and the horses were numbered one to six and with a roll of three dice, the numbers that they landed on moved the same number horse either one to three places on the track.
Before the first race the Froth Chairman, Graham Chambers of Crosby Lodge No 3714 welcomed everybody to the evening before explaining how the race night worked, Graham then asked six ladies to be the jockeys for the first race and when the ladies were ready the first race of the night commenced. Graham for each race rolled the dice with Joe Williams also from Crosby Lodge helping throughout the night as the race steward.
After the third race there was a short break, for an excellent buffet, during which raffle tickets and the bingo cards for the Irish bingo were sold.
Once the dining had finished, the Irish bingo was held before the final three races ran, after which the raffle was held raising £91.
At the end of the evening Graham gave thanks to everyone for supporting the race night and for the help with the buffet. Graham gave special thanks to Joe Williams, Anne and Shelia Chambers for their excellent work that evening. Graham then announced that the next Froth event will be the Cabaret and Dinner Dance on 3 June at the West Lancashire Golf Club and concluded by wishing everyone a safe journey home.
The night was another great success for Froth with everyone enjoying themselves, with lots of humour amongst friends.