First social event for local Freemasons.

First Christmas cheer for Freemasons.

Recently, Freemasons of the Oliva La Safor Lodge, no 112, met at the Black Lace Restaurant, in Pedreguer, for their first social event for a very long time.

The Worshipful Master greeted the members and their partners and thanked them all for attending, then all sat down to an excellent festive meal accompanied by lots of conversation, catching up on missed time and events over the past two years.

There was also a grand charity raffle held, for which
the attending Brethren generously donated all of the many excellent prizes to make a really successful draw, which managed to raise one hundred and thirty euros which will be donated to a local charity in the near future.

All agreed that it was great to be able to meet up again after so long an absence due to the covid pandemic and hoped this would be the first of many such social events now that the pandemic seems to be easing a little.

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.

Fabulous Christmas Show.

Money raised for Brotherly Love and Care Fund.

Fabulous Christmas Show in Aid of Brotherly Love and Care and Alzheimer’s

Christmas really got underway on the evening of the 5th December in Espai La Senieta, Moraira. A fabulous Christmas show called “A Christmas Cracker” started the festive season with a bang.  The show was opened by the delightful “Florrie” who sang Silent Night and Ave Maria accompanied by Kirsty Glen on piano, It was a perfect opening and was indeed very moving to see and hear such an accomplished performance from one so young.  Next, the lovely Leah Kankowski really upped the tempo with some great renditions of some classic Christmas songs which included “Last Christmas”, “All I want for Christmas”, and several more. She also performed a superb tribute to the Leonard Cohen masterpiece “Hallelujah” – simply beautiful!

The second half of the show was dedicated to the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir and was as anticipated, simply excellent. With some fabulous Christmas songs and Carols and songs from the Choir’s repertoire that they are justifiably famous for, including some great solos and quartets, it was certainly a night to remember, and with all profits going to the Brotherly Love and Care fund and Alzheimer’s charities, a terrific start to the holiday season.

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.