PUERTO DE XÀBIA 58 ENJOY A FASCINATING JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF THE MASONIC APRON
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for a whirlwind journey through the intriguing world of Masonic aprons! On February 13th 2024, that’s what Puerto de Xàbia Lodge had the pleasure of enjoying.
Picture this: W. Bro. Peter de Graaf, our esteemed guide, regaling us with tales that span centuries. With wit and wisdom, he unravelled the enigmatic origins of the Masonic apron, from its humble beginnings in the hands of medieval operative Masons to the dazzling array of designs we sport today.
Hold onto your hats (or apron strings) as W. Bro. De Graaf unveiled his treasure trove of research, whisking us away on a whirlwind tour of aprons worn by luminaries like George Washington, as well as those from the bonnie lands of Scotland and Ireland. We delved into the hidden meanings and symbolism woven into every stitch, unlocking the secrets of Masonic tradition.
But wait, there’s more! We feasted our eyes on a dazzling display of aprons from across the globe, spanning Spain to Germany and beyond. It was a riot of colors, patterns, and emblems, each telling its own unique story of brotherhood and camaraderie.
And the ‘pièce de résistance’? W. Bro. De Graaf’s proud announcement that his prized collection of Masonic regalia will be offered as a permanent loan to the new Temple building, ensuring that generations of Freemasons in the Valencian Province can benefit from the glory of Masonic history for years to come.
Javea Lodge No 40 & Armonia de Ifach Lodge No 46
Help the Hungry and Homeless
W. Bros James Morris, Worshipful Master of Javea Lodge No 40 and Ken Nitman, Charity Steward of the Calpe based Armonia de Ifach Lodge No 46, hand over a cheque for €1540 to Arne, founder and manager of the Project 4 All charity based in Benissa. The lodges had jointly promoted and hosted an extremely successful Ladies Night, a ‘black tie’ gala ball event, at Salones Carrasco in Javea where the magnificent sum was raised. The Project 4 All charity prepares and delivers much-needed meals for the poor and homeless in the area. Arne was especially pleased to receive this as funds for the post-Christmas period were running low threatening their ability to service the project’s many needy recipients in January. This is very much in keeping with the Provincial Grand Master’s continuing initiative to support those vulnerable and at-risk individuals within the Province of Valencia.
White River Lodge No 153 Donate to Amigos de la Calle
This week, White River Lodge No 153, represented by Senior Warden, Bob Harris, presented a cheque for 1500 Euros to Javier González, the founder of the charity “Amigos de la Calle.”
Amigos de la Calle plays a pivotal role in addressing the pressing needs of over 800 homeless individuals in Valencia. As part of their expansion efforts, the organization aims to establish a cutting-edge industrial kitchen and create spaces for professionals to provide essential mental health services in their new headquarters. Additionally, their initiatives extend to supporting the rehousing of select families, facilitating their journey towards self-sufficiency which is very much in keeping with the ethos of the Provincial Grand Master in aiding those less privileged in our community.
Javier González conveyed his heartfelt appreciation to the brethren of White River Lodge stating ¨this collaboration underscores a shared commitment to making a meaningful and positive impact on the lives of those facing adversity within our community¨
The donation was made possible with funding from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia.
( pictured, Javier González of Amigos de la Calle receiving the Cheque for 1500 Euros from Bob Harris, Senior Warden White River Lodge 153)
Photograph: Bastiaan Zondervan
Arenal Deportiva Lodge No 65
Sing (Christmas Carols) for their Supper
On Wednesday the 13th December, over 90 members, partners and friends of Arenal Deportiva Lodge No 65 met at Maxims restaurant in Moraira to start the Holiday Season with a bang!
The Lodge´s annual tradition of ¨Carols by Candlelight ¨ has always been a popular event in the Lodge calendar, and this year was no exception with the restaurant filled to capacity. Sumptuous food and drinks were interspersed with all the favourite Christmas carols that we know and love so well. A fabulous prize draw meant some lucky winners went home with an early stocking filler and the proceeds, which all go to Masonic good causes, raised over €700.
Congratulations must go to W. Bro Ray Guise – Smith and his wife Coral who organised the event, and to W.Bro´s Malcolm March and Peter Johnson who assisted with the administration.
Oliva la Safor Lodge 112 held a very successful Christmas Carvery at The Black Flame, Pedreguer on December 7th. This annual event for the lodge attracted 53 people and 7 lodges were represented this year. €335 was raised for Masonic Charities and 2026 Festival. A huge thanks to all who supported this event.