Caledonia Lodge hold a Bowling Afternoon followed by a Cream Tea

This event was a first for any of the local Lodges to undertake. It was held at ‘The Club’,  Calle Toledo, Ciudad Quesada, on Wednesday 31st May. Brethren and guests started to arrive from around 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start. The Charity Steward then hastily organised twelve teams of four.

The six lanes of the Green were taken up with two teams per lane. Most of the participants had never played before. After a little confusion those who had played, plus two members of the bows club, soon had things under control. The afternoon progressed well with winning teams moving to the right. This had the effect of all teams playing each other during the afternoon.

The soft shoes and woods (bowls to the uninitiated) were provided by the Club, although some participants had their own. Bowling finished at 4pm, when a cream tea and sandwiches was served at a seated venue. A raffle was held which raised three hundred and fifty euros to which was added a further donation which raised this to three hundred and seventy euros. 

It was decided by the Charity Steward that  all of the participants were to be deemed winners so each lady was presented with a bottle of Cava.

Forty eight brethren and guests attended the afternoon.

Javea Lodge No 40 Freemasons Summer Hawaiian Barbeque

 On Saturday, 3rd June, local Freemasons from Javea Lodge No 40 held their summer barbeque in Hawaiian style at The Inn on the Green in Javea. More than sixty-five Masons, wives and guests arrived promptly at seven o’clock for what turned out to be a very enjoyable evening. Entertainment was provided by no fewer than three different singer/musicians. First up was Frank Abrams a great saxophonist and singer. He opened with some mellow jazz numbers to start the evening then progressed to more pop and ballads as the evening went on. He also put in a lot of effort to get people enjoying themselves and getting them on to the dance floor.

Second up was ‘Grey Jam’ (better known to some of us as WBro Graham Scutt) who entertained us royally on the electric guitar. This was his first appearance in front of a Masonic audience. If he had any nerves he hid them well and received a huge round of applause after each number. I am sure we will be seeing much more of him at future events! Later we had yet another, guest, singer in the person of John Olliffe who played acoustic guitar and sang some great ballads. These three alternated throughout the whole evening and were very much appreciated by all present.

A barbeque was supplied with a choice of burgers, chicken, pork and several salads followed by a choice of desserts, though most guests seemed to eat all of them! There was also a grand charity raffle which offered some great prizes and raised the magnificent sum of five hundred and sixty-seven euros.

The Worshipful Master of the Lodge, Worshipful Brother Matthew James thanked everyone for coming and said that this money will be donated later in the year, along with other funds raised, to La Fe Hospital Children’s Oncology Department where I am sure it will be put to very good use.

The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Michael Shilan also said a few words saying that thanks to the generosity of Javea 40 and their guests, and the other Lodges of the Province, that we had also raised sufficient money to sponsor thirty children to go to the Masonic Summer School which is held annually in Guardalest in July. This was a great evening enjoyed by everyone who attended. I am sure the guests are already looking forward to next year’s event.

 

Masonic Homes of Valencia Association presents second 4 wheel drive vehicle to Benidoleig Protección Civil

 

The Masonic Homes of Valencia Association have presented a second, 4 wheel drive vehicle, to the Benedoleig Protección Civil. The presentation took place in the car park of El Cid Restaurant on May 31st at 1.0pm. The Association made a similar presentation of another vehicle a few years ago, and  last year also presented a water bowser on a trailer to be towed behind one of the vehicles. The service they provide gives a more rapid response to people living out in the campo areas around Benedoleig and the other small villages of the Orba Valley area. Larger fire engines and ambulances coming from Denia have difficulty getting to these small places quickly, and these smaller vehicles can be vital in being first on the scene and providing the necessary help quickly. The whole team of volunteers are well trained in all aspects of emergency work and each vehicle carries a vast array of equipment.

The Association operates a Charity Shop in Moraira, and is always pleased to receive donations of good quality clothing and  other saleable items. On this occasion the presentation was assisted by a donation from the Charity Shop in Ondara, who last year presented a scooter for this  excellent rapid response team.

WBro William Turney   Press Officer

Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia

Puerto de Xabia Lodge Summer Party

On Sunday, 28th May, at Casa de la Pizza, in Costa Nova local Freemasons Lodge Puerto de Xabia held their summer party. This was a great chance to let their hair down after a long year of work and fund raising to raise money for worthwhile causes. More than forty Masons, along with wives and guests assembled to enjoy a great afternoon with friends, this included a quiz, a raffle and a fantastic barbecue. Starting at two thirty and continuing till past seven this was a great afternoon, enjoyed by all. Copious amounts of food was produced, and consumed, by hungry Masons, while being entertained by popular local singer ‘Irish Des’. Des has played at several of these events and is becoming more and more popular. He has a great repertoire of songs ranging from pop, sixties, country and Irish songs if requested. He has the knack of being able to play in such a way that everyone can hear him while still being able to converse with friends. This is a great asset and one which I am sure will see him booked for more Masonic and other events.

A quiz was held which everyone seemed to think was pretty difficult, especially as there were two different question papers handed out! However, order finally broke out and everyone enjoyed it, especially the winners. There was also a charity raffle with several very nice prizes. This raised a grand amount of two hundred and twenty euros which will be added to other money raised throughout the year and distributed to local charities at a later date. Worshipful Master Nick Coates thanked everyone for coming and for taking part in the quiz. ‘It is always nice’, he said, ‘to be able to give away money and this is one of the best parts of the job’. This is Nicks last event as Master as he will shortly be Installing his successor after a very happy, though hectic year.

WBro William Turney   Press Officer

Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia

Masonic Homes of Valencia Donate €5000 to Children of Emaus charity.

Masonic Homes of Valencia Donate €5000 to Children of Emaus charity.

On Thursday, 25th May, The Masonic Home of Valencia Association presented a cheque for 5000 Euros to the Children of Emaus charity fund outside their Charity Shop in Moraira. The presentation was made by, the Treasurer of the Association, Hugh Parker to Carole Saunders the Childrens Emaus representative.

Also present, as seen in the attached photograph, were Kath Taylor, far right, the hard working manager of the shop and next to her Brian Imber, the Vice President of the masonic Homes of Valencia Association. Also present were several of the shop volunteers. These good folk put in a lot of time, and hard work, staffing the shop and helping in many ways to raise money for such worthy causes.

Next Wednesday another presentation will take place at El Cid Car Park in Benidoleig of a second specially adapted 4 wheel drive vehicle for the Protección Civil in Benedoleig.

 

Arenal Deportiva Celebrate Ladies Night

On Saturday, 25 May, local Freemasons from Arenal Deportiva Lodge No 65 celebrated their annual Ladies Night in style at Satari’s restaurant in Moraira. Arriving for a cava and canapé reception, at seven fifteen, almost seventy Masons, Ladies and guests arrived to a glorious summer evening and chatted among the flowers and bougainvillias of the restaurant. At eight o’clock they entered the restaurant for what turned out to be a fantastic four course meal prepared by the owner, Abi Satari, which included a wide selection of well prepared and well cooked food, including a delicious starter consisting of Persian specialities

During the meal the guests were entertained by the internationally renowned, and always popular, Ian Henry who played a wide variety of tunes on the piano and sang beautifully. Later, after dinner, many of the guests danced to more music and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There were gifts and flowers for all of the Ladies as a small thank you for all the support they have given over the past year.

The evening was hosted by the President of the Festival, WBro Bob Bullingham and his lovely wife Avril. This was a great chance for Bob and all the Masons of the Lodge to relax after a hard years work. This is Bob’s last formal event as Master of the Lodge as very soon at the beginning of June he will be installing his successor, WBro Ian Brown to take his place.

All in all a great evening and, judging from the comments I have heard, a great success. Many thanks to all involved in organising this event.

Armonia de Ifach Lodge presents new safety gear to firefighters.

As most of you will be aware, last year saw some of the worst wildfires ever seen in the local area of Calpe and Denia. Many private houses were destroyed, many citizens had to be evacuated and many local volunteer firefighters risked their own lives to save ours.

It is hard to find words to describe the bravery of these men and women. The truth is that when we are running away from a fire these gallant volunteers run towards it. I emphasise that all of these people were volunteers, acting on our behalf regardless of nationality, fighting fire and generally helping to save lives. It is a testament to their bravery that we didn’t suffer a massive loss of life and we can all give thanks that they are there to help us.

Much of their equipment is old and at least partly worn out. Much of it has a limited life span and needs to be replaced regularly for them to be able to function as a firefighting team. More still was lost in this and other fires. This equipment is absolutely necessary but also can be very costly! Many local organisations offered help when it was most needed including local Freemasons, from the Lodge of Armonia de Ifach, the Calpe Charity shop, and The Lions.

In the photos attached you will see some of the equipment bought for the future use of the Calpe Civil Defence Firefighters. This comprises, vital breathing equipment which allows the firefighters to fight the blaze from close quarters, a light portable pump, again allowing closer access than a fire tender might be able to get, the hoses necessary to be able to connect from the water deposit to the pump and some more new hoses for connecting the pump to the nozzles.

The first photo, above, shows one of the Civil Defence personnel and the breathing hood and oxygen tank that we helped to buy.

The second shows WBro Stewart Gammer of Armonia de Ifach Lodge, Councillor Carole Saunders, Mr John Bridges of the Calpe charity shop and Sr Mattias Torres from Civil Defence.

The third includes the mayor of Calpe Sr César Sánchez and two firefighters.

Masonic Homes of Valencia present cheque to Quesda Masonic Temple.

Members of The Masonic Temple in Quesada were recently delighted to receive a cheque for six thousand euros, donated by The Masonic Homes of Valencia to go towards the cost of installing a new lift at their premises. Unfortunately the old one had been condemned as unsafe and this situation was causing real problems at the centre. Many of the Masons using the centre are of advancing years and some not as fit as they once were. To constantly climb and descend quite steep steps was becoming a problem, especially for those such as I forced to use a wheelchair. It was also difficult to transport the various Lodge equipment for use in ceremonies.

The overall cost of installing the lift and making good was around fifteen thousand euros. No small amount! The rest of the money was raised from the various Lodges using the temple which, together with this donation, was sufficient for the work to go ahead. I am sure the Masons using this centre will breathe a sigh of relief that they can now visit their Lodge in style and with less hardship. The photo below shows WBro Bernard Wilson presenting the cheque to WBro Roy Mitchell

Oliva La Safor Lodge hold Quiz Lunch

On Thursday, 6th May, Oliva La Safor Lodge held a Quiz Lunch, at the very popular Viva España restaurant in Oliva, for members and guests. This was very well attended with almost fifty people turning out for what turned out to be a very enjoyable afternoon. The original purpose was just to have a get together, have a good lunch and hopefully raise a little cash for charity. However, it turned out rather more than that. Firstly because several members brought more extensive donations for the Gandia Men’s Refuge who are always in desperate need for the basics of life. Contributions included clothing, washing and hygiene products and a vast array of long life food. This consisted of, rice, pasta, sugar, bottled beans and various tinned items. As always the generosity of the Masons attending came to the fore and the Refuge will be very glad of their continued support.

In addition to the collection, a grand charity raffle was also held with some really good prizes to be won. This raised no less than one hundred and ninety euros which will be donated to charity later this year. The Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Ian Skipper has chosen several charities which he wishes the Lodge to support this year, one of which is to sponsor at least one underprivileged child (and hopefully more) to attend the Masonic summer school. Last year the Province as a whole sponsored eighteen children and hopes to achieve at least the same number this year.

The quiz, organised by WBro Mike Botten turned out to be trickier than many people had expected! At first glance it appeared quite easy, especially as the answers were multiple choice; this was not the case however, and most people found it more difficult than they had imagined. The winners were delighted to win and agreed that the contest had been quite difficult. Everyone who attended had a really good time and agreed that this was the sort of thing we should do more often.

 

If you are interested in helping worthwhile causes or would just like some more information on Freemasonry, please contact me on the address given below and I would be happy to answer your questions.

prensa@glpvalencia.com

WBro William Turney   Press Officer

Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia

Masonic Homes of Valencia Association present new nebulisers to Benichembla

A presentation was made on 28th March to the local Doctor at the Farmacia in Benichembla of two Nebulizers for use of the people in the village.
They only had one nebulizer in the whole village and in the winter so many people in the village had chest problems, that when the only one was in use, other people had to travel to other Medical Centres in other villages. These new nebulisers will be a great help to the villagers and should relieve the necessity of travelling to other villages for treatment.
pictured L to R
Benichembla GP and his Nurse, Jenny Hart (President) Pharmacist and assistant, and Bernard Wilson (Secretary)