Leyland St Andrews’ latest lodge meeting wasn’t just an ordinary lodge night in the Masonic’ calendar, it was also a night of charity fundraising. This was due to another event which had been organised on the same evening by the Leyland St Andrews Ladies social committee where it too turned out to be another great night for fundraising.
The members of Leyland St Andrew’s Lodge No 7391 and their visitors, totalling 44 brethren, witnessed an excellent second degree ceremony during their meeting. Following on from this ceremony, the brethren retired to the dining room for the evening’s festive board and during this time of food and relaxation they raised £150 for Masonic Charities through a Chorley Raffle, conducted by John Wrennall with a further £120 via a charity collection. Another £55 sponsorship was raised in support of John Wrennall’s charity walk – Walking the Bay the Winder Way, which is a guided walk across Morecambe Bay.
Whilst the gentlemen did this, Leyland St Andrew’s lodge Ladies Social Committee raised a fantastic £900 for charity at their fourth annual fund raising event. Their chosen charity this year is Miles of Smiles, a local charity run entirely by volunteers. Anyone who wishes to find out more about the charity should go to their website www.milesofsmileslancashire.com.
The Ladies took over both the Balmoral and Richmond Suites for a Murder Mystery Night which was presented by Dark Nights Theatre Company. Great fun was had by all, especially some brave souls who participated in the conga, ballroom dancing, YMCA and the Lovely Legs competition. The would-be detectives in the 100 strong audience questioned suspects and puzzled over the identity of the murderer whilst tucking into to some excellent refreshments provided by Wellington Park and their excellent banqueting staff. Much of the money was raised on the night through a fantastic raffle with a total of 88 prizes including a large food hamper, a pamper hamper, gardening hamper, vouchers from local businesses and many more. They thought they’d done well last year with almost 40 prizes but really excelled themselves this time!
Karen Rainford, the founder of Miles of Smiles, attended the event along with 16 of her guests and she gave a short but inspirational talk about the work they do as well as participating fully in the activities and the fun of the evening. With such an active Ladies’ Committee who knows what they will do next! So, watch this space and get your tickets early.
The Lodge Committee were so impressed with this achievement that they decided to add another £100 to the total, bringing the total to £1000. This will be presented to Miles of Smiles at the Leyland Group Giving Day – 17th May 2014. A great evening for charities – a total amount raised on the night by the men and their ladies of £1325 – and a great deal of fun was had by all who attended both events.