First Provincial Grand 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 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.

Local Freemasons donate to HELP organisation of Denia and Moraira

Arenal Deportiva Lodge make a much needed donation of €250

Recently, the Brethren of Arenal Deportiva Lodge made a much-needed donation of €250 from the Lodge charity fund to the local organisation, HELP, of Denia and Moraira, to help sustain many needy families who are suffering difficulties, many caused by the Covid pandemic and particularly for those unable to work.

This donation was used to help thirty-five local families buy food and essential items and who, in total, numbered one hundred and four people including fourteen babies. The money was used to buy necessary shopping such as nappies and food which included, bags of chicken pieces, pork, minced beef, frankfurters, frozen fish, milk, powdered milk for babies, salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, biscuits and much more.

The Lodge was thanked most warmly by Ms Candida Wright, the president of the Denia and Moraira HELP organisation.

Freemasons help Amigos de la Calle

Quick response to a cry for help

In response to the request for help from a Valencian voluntary organisation, el Amigos de la Calle, the Freemasons of Valencia were quick to respond.

The Valencian Provincial Charity Fund contributed five hundred euros.

White River Lodge 153 and Mark Masons 1979 contributed over five hundred and fifty euros. Regeneration Lodge 132 contributed two hundred and fifty euros.

Through Masons affiliated to Rotary International, the Rotary E-Club of Latin America contributed a further two hundred euros

The total donated was over one thousand five hundred euros and together with the volunteers of the NGO we made a purchase of food in the wholesale supermarket Family Cash, at special prices.

The Amigos de la Calle (CIF G98305378) is a certified NGO of the Valencian community in charge of helping those who have nothing, and sleep on the streets of Valencia. With the arrival of the pandemic, the situation has worsened, with more than five hundred homeless people who are cared for by the organization and around one hundred more who are in a precarious situation.

On weekdays emergency deliveries are made to family homes, and on Sundays eight routes are made throughout the city, distributing food, warm clothes, blankets. sleeping bags and other items. The routes have specific stops in parks and squares, and in shelters such as bank tellers.

This huge group of homeless people is mostly men both Spanish and foreign born. Meanwhile the families requesting support are originally from Eastern countries, South America, with some Romanian and African as well.

The State provides some help to the homeless and the families but, given the magnitude of the situation with the pandemic, it is just not enough. However, the NGO does not receive state aid and is reliant on charitable donations.

 

Amigos de la Calle (CIF G98305378) es una ONG certificada de la ciudad de Valencia que se ocupa de ayudar a los que nada tienen, y duermen en las calles de esta ciudad. Con la llegada de la pandemia, la situación se ha agravado, existiendo en estos momentos 400 personas sin techo que son ayudadas por la Asociación, más 200 en sus hogares sin nada para comer.

En días de semana se hacen entregas de emergencia a domicilios de familias, y los domingos se hacen 8 rutas por toda la ciudad, repartiendo alimentos, ropa (se da ropa limpia y se cambia la ropa sucia para traerla de nuevo en la siguiente distribución). Las rutas tienen paradas específicas en parques y plazas, y en refugios tales como cajeros de bancos.

El universo de personas es mayoritariamente de extranjeros de Ucrania y otros países del Este de Europa, sudamericanos que llegaron a España antes de la pandemia y han quedado atrapados sin poder retornar a sus países de origen, más algunos españoles y migrantes de la etnia gitana. La red de seguridad del estado es inexistente, la ONG se nutre de donaciones.

En estos días los almacenes de la ONG estaban vacíos, y ante el pedido de ayuda, los Hermanos Masones de Valencia salieron raudamente a responder.

El Fondo Provincial de Caridad aportó 500.00€

Las Logias White River 153 y Mark Masons 1979 aportaron 555.00€

La Logia Regeneración 132 aportó 250.00€

A través de Hermanos socios de Rotary International, el Rotary E-Club of Latinoamerica aportó 200.00€

El total donado fue de 1.505€ y junto con los voluntarios de la ONG realizamos una compra de alimentos en el supermercado mayorista Family Cash, a precios especiales.




Los Masones Apoyon a Los Reyes Magos

Freemasons lend a helping hand to the Three Kings

Este año, la respetable Logia Germanies nº 8 ha colaborado, como ya hizo el año anterior, con el proyecto “El árbol de los deseos” de la asociación benéfica Ca La Mare, que opera en la zona de Catarrosa y Albal con niños de familias en exclusión.

Esta colaboración ha consistido en acompañar a personas de esta asociación y comprar juguetes y oros artículos de una lista que la entidad facilita teniendo en cuenta las cartas de los niños a los reyes Magos, para que les sean entregados el día de Reyes.

Giovanna Rodríguez Tirado, Presidenta de la Asociación ha manifestado su agradecimiento a la Respetable Logia Germanies nº 8 y ha posado junto con su Venerable Maestro y su Hermano Tesorero, quienes han llevado esta acción solidaria en representación de la misma.

This year, local Freemasons Lodge, Germanies No. 8, has collaborated, as it did in the previous year, with the project “The Tree of Desires” inaugurated by the charity ‘Ca La Mare’, which operates mainly in the area of Catarroja and Albal and supports children from families less fortunate than ourselves.

This collaboration has consisted of accompanying people from this association and buying toys, and other items from a list, that the entity provides, taking into account the children’s letters to the Three Kings, so that they may be delivered to them on the day of Three Kings.

Giovanna Rodríguez Tirado, President of the Association, thanked the Respectable Lodge Germanies No. 8 and posed, together with the Worshipful Master and Treasurer of the Lodge, who have carried out this solidarity action on its behalf.

Oliva La Safor Lodge donates to needy families.   

Oliva La Safor Lodge supports local families in the name of WBro Colin Williams, who sadly passed away last year.

Local Freemasonry, in general, has not had a good year. Virtually all of our meetings have had to be cancelled, along with our usual social events and our many charity events.

Oliva La Safor Lodge however, has had an even worse year. Not only has it been closed down, along with the rest of Spanish Masonry, but, after only being able to have three physical meetings, our newly installed Worshipful Master, WBro. Colin Williams passed away shortly before Christmas.

Following a number of virtual meetings, held over the Internet, it was decided that, in Colin’s name, Oliva La Safor Lodge would make a charity donation of eight hundred euros to some of the neediest people in the area.

Four hundred euros were given to four families in the village of Beniarbeig, Alicante. These families were picked by the charity organisation Amigos de Beniarbeig, in association with local Social Services.

These gifts, in the form of one hundred euro vouchers for Carrefour supermarket, were given to Amigos in early January and immediately handed over to the four families in time for them to use the money for clothes, and other items for the children in time for the Three Kings celebration.

The donation was handed over by WBro. Ian Skipper, the Lodge charity steward and Bro. David Clarke, who is a resident of the village.

The second gift will be given to other needy families in a village in the Valencia area at a later date.

Attached photo of the presentation. Bro David Clarke is on the left, WBro Ian Skipper on the right with Sally representing Amigos Beniarbeig in the centre.