Freemasons Carol Concert

Freemasons sing for their supper.

Recently, local Freemasons of Arenal Deportiva Lodge No 65 celebrated their return to Satari’s restaurant, Moraira, after a far too long absence with a rousing carol concert to raise money for needy children. The event, the first in Satari’s for over two years was a resounding success. Despite being, in effect, the opening night and with an almost totally new staff, we were treated to an absolutely superb meal from Abi and his staff. No matter the choices made by the attendees, everyone was uniform in their praise for a really excellent meal.

For an opening night, it was gratifying to see so many people arriving for this very worthy cause. Sixty-five Masons, their partners and invited guests arrived to help support the local children’s home, El Preventorio, in Gandia, including the Provincial Grand Master of Valencia.  RW Bro. Michael Shilan, accompanied, as usual, by his lovely wife Muriel. All of whom had undergone strict covid checks.

As well as good food there was some very spirited carol singing by everyone there who were accompanied by the very popular local entertainer, Ian Henry, on keyboards and who very kindly gave his services free of charge. Well done Ian!

There was also an excellent charity raffle, with some very good prizes, which raised three hundred and seventy-five euros which will soon be donated to El Preventorio, hopefully, in time for Christmas. We hope we may be able to raise a little more Christmas cheer for the children.

I think most Masons would agree that is great to be able to go out and enjoy themselves while, at the same time, helping others less fortunate than ourselves.

Presentation to Cruz Roja December 2021

Local Freemasons support Cruz Roja.

 

Recently, local Freemasons of Santa Faz Lodge No 48, with the support of The International Club from El Campello, made a presentation to the local Cruz Roja of many items of food donated by the members of their respective organisations for distribution to well deserving, local families, many of whom have been severely impacted by the covid pandemic.

This initiative formed part of “Operation Rudolph”, a whole series of events held over the Christmas period and designed to support several local Charities. These events were coordinated by the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, W Bro Barry Hovell and their Charity Steward W Bro Ivan Beckett, with many of the members of Santa Faz Lodge taking part along with their hosts The International Club, El Campello.

Freemasons Bake Pie For Per Ells

Freemasons raise over three hundred Euros for Charity.

Local Freemasons, from the White River Lodge No 153, recently held a charity barbecue to raise much needed funds for the Per Ells day centre for disabled children in Turis. It was held at the home of WBro Ian Skipper and his lovely wife Pam and between them, and their invited guests, they managed to raise over three hundred Euros for the charity.

Many local Freemasons attended and gave generously of both their time and their money. Much food was provided, barbecued and  eaten, including a huge pork pie made personally by WBro Mike Burns the Director of Ceremonies of the Lodge (and now the official pie maker!).

The money will be donated to the Per Ells centre at a later time, but will certainly be given before Christmas in order that the money can be spent on helping the children to have a better Christmas. Congratulations to Ian and Pam for a splendid effort in raising these much -needed funds.

Freemasons Play Father Christmas

Local Freemasons make Christmas a little better

Local Freemason’s Lodge, Javea 40, held a very successful Ladies Night recently at Carrasco in Javea where over one hundred and thirty guests managed to raise one thousand one hundred euros to buy Christmas presents for local, underprivileged children.

This was supplemented by a further four hundred euros from the generous wives and partners of local Freemasons who regularly dine together most weeks in a group popularly known as the “The Dinner Ladies”.

 

 

Mrs Margaret March, wife of WBro Malcolm March the Worshipful Master of Javea 40, donated one thousand five hundred euros to the Red Cross to pay for Christmas gifts for sixty-five children in desperate need of a happy Christmas. Forty-five children are from Javea and twenty are from Pedreguer and they range in age from just one year old to sixteen.

The money will be given as vouchers for Don Dino’s Toy Shop so the children’s parents can give them something they have asked for from Father Christmas. Thank you to all the Masons and their wives and partners for making some unfortunate children a little happier this Christmas.

First Provincial Grand Lodge event in more than eighteen months.

On Tuesday, 14th September, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia was delighted to be able to hold its first Provincial event

On Tuesday, 14th September, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia was delighted to be able to hold its first Provincial event in more than eighteen months due to continuing Covid restrictions. However, as these restrictions have now been, at least partly, relaxed the event was finally able to go ahead though still under strict Covid precautions.

The event took the form of a late, summer garden party and was pleasingly well received. Especially after all the hard work in organising it while still obeying Covid rules. It was gratifying to see more than seventy Masons and their invited guests attend and most were, I think, incredibly pleased to be able to get out, celebrate, meet up with old friends after far too long and to generally enjoy themselves.

The party was organised on the premise that each guest brought sufficient food, of their choice, to sustain them through a long and very pleasant evening. All tables were seating ten, or less, guests and I think most people shared food amongst their friends at the table. As the venue, Los Arcos in Pedreguer had donated the premises for free, it was agreed that all drinks should be paid for at the bar, an idea that everyone seemed happy to comply with. Although to comply with current restrictions all drinks were actually served at table by the hotel staff.

The first entertainer of the evening was Leah Kankovski, a very pretty young lady who sang a variety of songs which seemed to go down very well with the audience. After Leah came the undoubted stars of the evening, Duo Intermezzo, one of the most talented and popular acts in the Province of Valencia. They sang their usual mix of light opera and classics from the shows combined as they call it, into ‘opera fusion’. Sadly, just before they commenced to sing, it started to rain. The rainfall was very light but as there was an enormous amount of very expensive sound and lighting equipment getting wet, it was felt prudent to move everything, and everyone, inside. This took sometime which sadly ate into the time they were able to sing. But, as always, they gave exceedingly good value and were enjoyed enormously by everyone.

There was also a grand charity raffle held which raised over five hundred euros and, in total, we raised over six hundred and fifty euros which will be shared jointly between the Provincial Brotherly Love and Care Fund and the Costa Nova Temple Fund. A few words were given by the Provincial Grand Master, who said how pleasant it was to be able to get out once more, meet up with old friends, many whom have not been able to meet up for so long and to generally enjoy ourselves. Special thanks must be given to Brothers Peter Johnson for organising the event, David Clarke who acted as compere (and took the photographs) and all the others who helped behind the scenes to make this such an enjoyable evening.

Boxes of Christmas Cheer

Freemasons help to spread Christmas cheer.

Annual Masonic Christmas shoebox appeal.

It seems earlier each year but, once again, Christmas is approaching, and with it the annual shoebox appeal. This is an event run by local Freemason WBro Freddie Samrai, aided and abetted by his lovely wife Carol, with the aim of giving needy children a little happier Christmas. This appeal is run and supported annually by local Freemasons based all over the Province of Valencia. The very simple idea is that as many of us as possible fill a shoebox with small toys for the many children who would otherwise receive very little, or even nothing. The filled shoeboxes, hopefully hundreds of them, will be given to the Red Cross for distribution to those children most in need. If you feel you may be able to help, please see full details of how to help in the attached leaflet. Let’s try to make a difference. Thank you all in anticipation.

Freddie can be reached on   661 126 359   or   fcasamrai@hotmail.com 

Local Freemasons help feed hungry people.

Food prepared and served by local Masons for many hungry people.

In the Benidorm – Altea – Calpe – Moraira region, a group of volunteers are distributing hot meals to numerous homeless people, some of whom who are living under bridges or in empty houses. The initiative came from two homeless people who managed to change their lives for the better and who now want to contribute something back to society. As, from their own experience, they know where to find these homeless people, they are asking volunteers to cook for anywhere from sixty to eighty needy people at a time.

Recently, food has been cooked by our Freemason friends from the Dutch/Belgian Lodge of Leukopolis, who made sausage and mash with vegetables and gravy!  A whopping eighty-three meals were made by the Masons, and all with a cake and a drink of course.

The lovely Tanya, Natasha and Jon Smith took care of the Calpe – Benidorm route, handing out  the much needed meals and other necessary items.

Local Brethren of Leukopolis Lodge No 85  have already volunteered to cook twice for these people. It brings the Brethren of the Lodge together in providing a much needed service and to support a worthy charity, so please keep supporting us , by liking and sharing our Facebook pages, by becoming a member of our growing community or even better, become a much needed volunteer!! The charity organisation can be contacted through their facebook page, project4all.  Alternatively, email sec@glpvalencia.com

Santa Faz Lodge Raise €1250 for MABS

No pain, no gain!

The International Club, in El Campello, held a Charity Fun Day on Saturday 22 May 2021, and Santa Faz Lodge No 48 took the opportunity to man a table, containing a display of aprons and jewels (courtesy of W Bro Bob Alchin), and answer any questions about Freemasonry.
Of particular interest was a Royal Masonic Hospital Nurse’s silver belt buckle owned by the Club’s Secretary, Kim, who did her training there.
During the afternoon, a sponsored back wax, was administered by a local beautician,Carmen, to the Worshipful Master, W Bro Greg Hustler, which raised €157.  Most of which was donated by those Brethren who were present, to ensure the reserve was reached and the event went ahead!
Later, the Lodge presented a cheque for €1250 to Irena, the MABS Area Rep.
W Bro Greg Hustler, Christine (shop volunteer), Bro Nick Liddicoat, Pauline (shop manager) & W Bro Bob Alchin.

The WM stated that the MABS Cancer Support Fundación’s commitment in Spain could be summed up in this short sentence: “To care, comfort and counsel people affected by cancer.”  Something that has affected many of us.  It is a worthy charity well deserving of our support.

Las Salinas Lodge Funds Hospital Bed for “Help at Home”

Freemasons provide a much needed addition to a charities resources

The Worshipful Master of local Freemason’s Lodge, Las Salinas, Keith Carter presented a much needed hospital style bed to “Help at Home” General Secretary Susie Brice on Wednesday 31st March at their premises in Cabo Roig. President Patricia Muirhead thanked the Freemasons most sincerely for their support, adding that the new bed would be put to good use right away.

“Help at Home” is a registered charity that offers short term support and assistance for people of all ages in their own homes. Voluntary services include transport to medical centres, respite care, shopping, companionship, advice on social services and welfare benefits, legal matters, and translation. Housekeeping services can be arranged at a cost of fifteen-twenty euros per hour, and can include assistance with personal needs and meal preparation if desired.
“Help at Home”  has an office and furniture shop at Cabo Roig, and a charity shop at Playa Flamenca and Quesada. Further details can be found at www.helpathomecb.com Volunteers can be contacted by email: helpathomequesada@gmail.com or telephone: 711039558.
Picture Foreground: Worshipful Master Keith Carter, and General Secretary  Susie Brice.
Picture Background: President Patricia Muirhead, Welfare Officer Sheila Powell and Shop Volunteer Lynette Johnson.

Santa Faz Charity Beach Walk

Freemasons support MABS

Local Freemason’s Lodge, Santa Faz, recently held their “Santa Faz Beach Walk and Barbecue” which had been scheduled for Saturday and would have been delayed into next week had it not, fortunately, been decided to postpone it by one day to Sunday 21st March 2021.

This annual charity event, held under strict observance of current health guidelines, at The International Club, El Campello, was blessed with warm, dry and thankfully wind free weather.  The huge and varied amount food, like the assembled company, was excellent.  Aided and abetted by Lin (salads and jacket potatoes), Jean (cakes) and WBro Ivan (kartofel salat).  Particular thanks go to Gill Hovell (President), Bro Barry Hovell SW (Treasurer) and the Committee of The International Club for all their help with the complex logistics.

Despite the many current restrictions and, sadly, with a greatly reduced number of participants, the amount raised still exceeded all expectations.  The charity raffle, sponsored walkers, donations and contributions from Brethren’s charity pots, was rounded up to a total of seven hundred euros.  An exceptional amount, especially under the circumstances, was raised for the Worshipful Master’s charity which, for this year, is MABS, and which will be presented at a later date.  MABS Cancer Support Fundación’s commitment in Spain can be summed up in this short sentence: “To care, comfort and counsel people affected by cancer”. A very worthwhile cause and one supported by many Freemasons.