Over in Leyland at the Masonic Hall, members of Leyland St Andrew’s Lodge No 7391 and their visitors, totalling 40 brethren, witnessed an excellent third degree ceremony at their most recent lodge meeting. The men retired to the dining room following the lodge meeting where they had great camaraderie with food and relaxation. They raised £160 for Masonic Charities through a Chorley Raffle conducted by Jeff Lucas and a further £121.50 through a charity collection. A sponsorship form in support of John Wrennall’s charity walk – Walking the Bay the Winder Way – was passed round which to date will bring in another £96. This sum is likely to increase and anyone wanting to sponsor John in his trek across Morecombe Bay can do so by contacting the lodge secretary in the first instance – L7391@westlancsfreemasons.org.uk
Whilst the lodge members did this, Leyland St Andrew’s lodge Ladies’ Social Committee smashed the £1000 barrier having raised a fantastic total of £1115 for charity over their five annual fund raising events. Their chosen charity this year is again Miles of Smiles which is a local charity run entirely by volunteers. Anyone who wishes to find out more about the charity should visit their website www.milesofsmileslancashire.com
The Ladies took over The Balmoral Room and Richmond Suite for an ‘Evening of Fashion and Fun’ with two catwalk shows by Guest Boutique from Leyland and Halo and Ellis from Preston. Great fun was had by all, even though some of the audience could only look on in wonder at the models’ ability to walk in unbelievably high heels! In addition, the 100 plus ladies who attended this event enjoyed participating in a fashion quiz with the two winning teams getting prizes and an opportunity to buy items form the Guest Boutique’ Pop Up Shop. Much of the money was raised on the night through a fantastic raffle with a total of 89 prizes including a large food hamper, a pamper hamper, beer hamper, cleaning hamper, vouchers from local businesses and many more. This particular raffle is beginning to become well known as probably the best raffle in Leyland!
Karen Rainford, founder of Miles of Smiles, attended the event along with 24 of her guests and 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 for next year’s event.
A great evening for charities with well in excess of £1000 being raised in total, with enjoyment thrown in!