What a wonderful year Masonry has had in celebrating the tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England in keeping with the truly Masonic aims.
The Woolton Group of Freemasons have, like so many other groups, varied the way in which the celebrations have taken place and the last of these took place at Woolton Golf Club in the form of a Woolton pensioners party; after all, ‘tis the season to think about others.
Woolton Group Chairman Andy Whittle, arranged with local care homes and organisations within the Woolton catchment area for 50 persons, along with some befrienders, to have an afternoon tea party. The planning had been extensive taking into account the dietary needs of the pensioners.
The Woolton Group were proud of the sponsorship which came forward from Mike Cunliffe (group vice chairman) and Kevin Birchall, both of Old Lerpoolian Lodge No 9270, the Woolton Golf Club caterer David Aitkin and his staff with entertainment provided by Alan Birchall, an ex Black and White Minstrel from the 60s and Derek Harrison on the organ.
At the start of the event Andy Whittle introduced himself and gave the reasoning behind the occasion. The call had gone out to Masons within the group to act as helpers and many Masons attended with their wives to assist the partygoers and wait on tables in full party costume.
During the afternoon each partygoer was given a free raffle ticket and Kevin Poynton was responsible for drawing the tickets for an excellent array of prizes which were keenly snapped up – two large hampers, two Sainsbury £25 vouchers and a selection of non-alcoholic wines and chocolates.
After everyone had eaten, Alan Birchall took to the microphone and accompanied by Derek Harrison sang favourite carols with audience participation. Santa Claus and his ‘elpers made an unexpected visit and provided everyone with a present.
At the end of the afternoon, everyone said that they had had a thoroughly enjoyable visit and were looking forward to the next one! What a way for the Woolton Masons to end the tercentenary celebrations.
Article and photographs by Colin Roberts.