Ormskirk and Bootle Group organised their ninth Widows’ Luncheon Club which alternates between the Ormskirk and Litherland Masonic Halls and which on this occasion took pace at Litherland.
The events are funded by the WLCF as part of their Broken Column initiative with the aim of trying to help relieve the aloneness and sometimes isolation of widowhood. They allow an opportunity for the widows to socialise with people of similar perspectives and experiences and shows that they are not forgotten by the Craft that their families belonged to. Almoners, who were all present, are also able to observe and determine any possible needs.
94 widows were in attendance with a large contingent coming from the Tithebarn Nursing Home transported using the mini bus bought with the donations from many of our local lodges. One lady of 92 had travelled from Llandudno the previous day to attend saying that she’d had a wonderful time but was now looking forward to a rest!
Following the luncheon, ably prepared by Jim and Sally and served by the hard-working staff, entertainment was provided by Bill of Happy Days Entertainments who sang many favourites of the 50’s and 60’s to the delight of the guests who commented on some of the fond memories they brought back.
During the entertainment, Graham Chambers encouraged 12 of the widows to accept a Broken Column broach worn to display the wearers situation as the widow of a Mason and thereby possibly obtain the attention of those that may recognise it. The afternoon gradually ended at about 4:30 with all having a good time