Crackers, party hats, turkey dinner and Christmas pud; carols, games, joyous laughter . . . all present for ninety-one smiling faces, enjoying Hambrook Lodge’s Christmas Party. Loudest of all though, not least when winning prizes in the raffle, was 5-year old Jacob Robinson . . . even more decibels than Mike “he should be so lucky” Newcombe. Jacob here was just one of a chorus of cheery children who picked up presents from Father Christmas.
With the Worshipful Master, Mark Mullens at the helm, steering through the busy programme, bands of Brethren and guests fought their way through the predictably chaotic Twelve Days; pianist Jan Conner battling to keeping some semblance of order. There was a masonic cake, provided by Sue and Phil Trotman, won by Vicki Marsh which raised £80, Heads & Tails raising £75, which was won by Laura Wilmot, and a bumper raffle brought in £575. Hence, £730 will be distributed between St John Ambulance and Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home.
There was a warm feeling of achievement as folk left Stapleton for the journey home, the lodge having once more provided the perfect overture to the festive season.