Alistair Milner and his partner Nikki hosted their first social evening at Wellington Park, Leyland. There were over 70 revelers on the night and they were entertained by Caledonian Ceilidh with some traditional Gaelic folk music. Most merrymakers took part in the dancing which was well organised. There was a raffle and a tombola prize table with all proceeds going to the Almoner’s purse. Eccleston Lodge No 7754 has 19 widows and each year the Almoner’s purse distributes some Christmas cheer to each and every one of them.
Midway through the evening a fish and chip supper with mushy peas had been organised and it was served up by the excellent waiting on staff at Wellington Park.
The fun continued and during the evening with a handmade children’s’ park bench being auctioned off, alone raising a sum of £55 being for the Almoners purse. The donation of the bench was greatly received from David Gill one of Eccleston’s youngest members.
The evening proved to be a successful one for raising funds. The raffle made £240 and the Tombola brought in £95 and together with the auctioned off bench a total of £390 was placed into the purse.
At the end of the evening Alistair thanked everyone for attending and giving their support. He also thanked Malcolm Milner, Alistair’s dad, who played the accordion superbly and for both his time and support of the event. Alistair and Nikki went home knowing they had done the widows proud having had a wonderful time with all their friends.