Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia Ladies Night

One thousand, four hundred euros raised for under-privileged children.

On Saturday, 19th October, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia, held their annual Ladies Night at the Hotel Grand Bali, in Benidorm. This is one of the most prestigious Masonic gatherings of the year, held by the Province and run under the auspices of the Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro Michael Shilan and his lovely wife Muriel.

It is a time when hundreds of Freemasons from all over the Province gather together to pay tribute to, and say thank-you to, their long- suffering wives. Throughout the Masonic year most Freemasons attend an enormous number of meetings and many charity functions to raise money for the less privileged and deserving causes. Throughout the year our wives have a lot to put up with. Either through not seeing their husbands for a sufficient amount of time or being asked to help out at various functions.

In general, our wives do so without thought or complaint, sometimes at a huge cost to themselves and always taking valuable time and effort. This meeting is our way of saying thank-you for all their help and support.  I think most Masons would agree that without the constant support of their better halves they would not be able to do as much, or enjoy their Masonic tasks to the same extent.

The meeting opened at 6.15 pm, with a cava and canape reception.  Later at 7.15 a meal, consisting of a  variety of tapas, followed by steak or fish and then fruit salad and ice cream was taken by all. Music was supplied, in the first instance, by the ever-popular W. Bro Ian Henry who played and sang a large variety of music in his usual, excellent manner.

Later, local group, Black Glitter, took over and played many songs designed to entice the, by now replete, diners onto the dance floor. They succeeded!

For the slightly more formal aspects of the evening, the Master of Ceremonies, W. Bro Clifford Gingell, presided over the proceedings with his usual efficient style. The loyal toast to HM King Felipe VI was given by R.W. Bro Michael Shilan, the toast to the Ladies was given by W. Bro Ivan Beckett, our Provincial Grand Secretary, and the Ladies song was also rendered in an excellent manner, again by W. Bro Ian Henry.   Mrs. Muriel Shilan then responded to the toast giving an eloquent and witty speech, despite being quite emotional, which was much appreciated and enjoyed by all.

A grand charity raffle was held which raised the magnificent sum of one thousand, four hundred euros. This money, along with other monies raised throughout the year, will be used, by the Province, to sponsor under-privileged children to go to a summer school in Guadalest.  This has now become an annual event,  having been supported for the last five years.  Each year we have managed to support more children than the last and this year we managed to sponsor a record sixty-three children, (despite aiming for only fifty originally) to visit the school.  For the coming year we would hope to beat the record yet again. This was an immensely successful evening with  the Ladies, Masons and Guests thoroughly enjoying themselves.

 

Masonic firework display for local charity

€1600 raised for local charity.

A fantastic night was had by all who attended on Sunday, 3rd November, in the garden of W Bro Darrell Clayton and his lovely wife Sally, in Gata de Gorgos, which they kindly opened to Masons and their invited guests for this superb charity event. As this was the very last charity event being held at their home, they certainly made sure the evening went off with a bang. Everyone enjoyed a huge barbecue of different meats, accompanied by various salads and baked jacket potatoes, which were delicious, and supplied by ‘ The Black Apple’ Restaurant in Jalon. Some of the ladies also made Yorkshire parkin and chocolate brownies which were had as a sweet surprise desert.

Entertainment during the evening was provided by ‘ Gatecrash’ a terrific local band who soon had everyone up dancing. WBro Ian Henry and his lovely wife Gill were also there to entertain everyone with a couple of very popular numbers. Local saxophonist, Frank Abrams, also turned up and joined in with the band. A great and varied selection of singing and dancing!

A superb charity raffle was held which raised six hundred and thirty euros which was expertly organised by W Bro Trevor Bagnell, the Provincial Grand Charity Steward and a separate auction was then held to win a full day trip on the yacht ‘Tricky D’ which raised a further two hundred and forty euros. There was also a separate smaller raffle for a designer handbag with a one hundred euro voucher for the Oceana Club Restaurant. Our thanks to everyone who donated and brought such a wonderful selection of raffle prizes.

The evening was finished off with a fantastic firework display accompanied by the Classical sounds of Tchaikovsky. It was a superb finale and a fitting final tribute to all the hard work put in over the years by Darrell and Sally!

Fireworks were sponsored by, Your Dream Wedding in Spain, Heidi’s Flowers in Jalon , Javea Luxury Villas, Michael and Muriel Shilan of Humpty Dumpty , Margaret and Malcolm March and Grant a Wish.

The grand total raised on the night to support local charities within the Province was one thousand, six hundred euros. Very grateful thanks to all the helpers and everyone who came to support the event on the evening.

Santa Faz Lodge raise €1775 for Colegio

Colegio Nazaret helped by local Freemasons.

On Wednesday 30th October 2019, Lodge members from the Santa Faz Lodge, W Bro Bryan Green, W Bro Ugo Fischetti and W Bro Brian Parry presented a cheque for one thousand, seven hundred and seventy-five euros to the Colegio Nazaret Alicante.
This money was collected from various fund raising events held by Santa Faz Lodge during the last year which included, a Valentines Lunch, a Charity Walk and a Master at Home Party.
The Colegio Nazaret Alicante has been in existence since 1957 providing boarding, education and other services needed by children at risk, and their families, in the Alicante Province. This donation from Santa Faz Lodge will be used to provide much needed support for the increasing number of ‘at risk’ Children in and around the Alicante community.
W Bro Bryan Green was delighted to present this cheque from funds raised during his year in Office to support this very worthy cause and he confirmed that Santa Faz Lodge would continue to support Colegio Nazaret with more fund raising events which are already planned for the forthcoming year.
In the attached photo are W Bro´s Bryan Green, Ugo Fischetti and Brian Parry, representing Santa Faz Lodge, and Director, Leoncio Calvo Gomez representing Colegio Nazaret Alicante. Sr Gomez added how grateful he was to the Lodge for the gift and said they would make very good use of the money in the coming weeks.

2019 Charity Golf Tournament Raises an Amazing 5,000€

Target reached to send 50 underprivileged children on holiday

On Friday the 28th of June at the Bonalba Golf & Spa Resort near Alicante, The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Michael Anthony Shilan, hosted this year’s Provincial Charity Golf Tournament.

Bro. Mike Wyatt handing the ‘John William Harvey Memorial Trophy’ to the Provincial Grand Master and his Lady

Our biggest event to date. Registration opened at 8am and after a  quick practice at the nets for some, all 102 players were out on the course for the “Charity Pairs Texas Scramble” which was started with the letting-off of a rocket at 9.15am to signal that play should begin from the various tees around the course.

The weather was fantastic, but very hot out on the course for the players and after play was over it was back to the clubhouse for a well deserved drink, a Raffle, the Prize Giving and an Auction, followed by Tapas and refreshments.

Brethren enjoying the day

This year saw the first award of the John William Harvey Memorable Trophy, the first winning Masonic pair being Bob Watkins and Nigel Parker of Java Lodge No.40 for the best Masonic team score of 78 (including joint handicap).

 

The best Score of the day was from Campbell Lamont and Jon Wills Gross with a very respectable 68.
Runners-up were;
2)  Adrian Candela and Tim Richards            net 61 +8
3)  Eric Owens and Mike Tucker                    net 62+11
4)  Chris Van Bemmelen and  Helmut Treiber      net 63+ 9

At 3.00 pm a Raffle was held and the prizes were awarded.  This was followed by Tapas and Drinks.

A culmination of a wonderful day’s golf at Bonalba Golf Club (Bonalba Golf & Spa website).  On the day, the Provincial Grand Master also received two cheques, one from White River Lodge No 153 for  €1,050 and one from the Logia Tribunal De Las Aguas Mark Masons for €350.  An amazing total of approximately 5,000€ was raised from the Sponsorships, Raffle, and Auction on the day.

The Province sends sincere thanks to all participants, to the Bonalba Golf Club for providing a wonderful course and all of their amazing support, the greens were cut to perfection and to W.Bro. Richard Davis of Santa Faz Lodge No.48 who was our host at the Golf Club, and Bro Mike Wyatt, for his knowledge of the game and organisation on the day with an amazing band of willing helpers.

First Team starting from Tee#1

To our Sponsors and players, a big thank you.  To all the supporters on the day and who helped leading up to the tournament many thanks, but most of all to the Lodges for their support they have given to the PGMs Charity the Children’s Summer Camp.

When this amazing total raised at the Charity Golf Day is added to the other contributions from all Lodges in the Province as well as other events we are able to send 50 Children on this Wonderful holiday.

My sincere thanks for all your support.
W.Bro. Trevor Bagnall  Provincial Grand Charity Steward.

  WITH VERY GRATEFUL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS

 BONALBA GOLF CLUB,  BONALBA HOTEL,  RICHARD SAMUELS,               THE FOUNDATION-MICHAEL TAYLOR, IBERIAN FUNERAL PLANS, DEVERE SPAIN,  CIUDAD PATRICIA – SENIOR RESORT,   MR. & MRS. HAROLD LUESLEY,   MRS. ROGER DYER,  ROBERT & HEIDI,  PETER HASELL, R.W.LON WHITEHEAD, JIM & KATE HHURLEY, GREEN NINETEEN- (BONALBA GOLF SOCIETY), LA MARINA HACKERS,  MR. ERIK PAESMANS (BONALBA GOLF DONATION),  CLUB QUESADA,  MAMA MIAS-BONALBA GOLF SOCIETIES,  MICHAEL REEVES,  SANTA FAZ LODGE-REFRESHMENTS,  EDI RENT A CAR, JR COUNTRY CLUB – QUESADA, CAMPBELL LAMONT GOLF, LILIANE-BONALBA GOLF,  UNION JACK GOLF HOLIDAYS, TWO VOUCHERS, KARINE DEGOEDT  &    PETER VAN DER MEE.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provincial Grand Master visits El Preventorio.

The Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro Michael Shilan, and his good lady Muriel visit El Preventorio children’s home in Real de Gandia.

On the 18th of June the Provisional Grand Master of Valencia, RWBro Michael Shilan, gave up some of his valuable time to visit El Preventorio children’s home in Real de Gandia. He has been trying to visit for some time but always something has prevented him from doing so. He was determined to make the visit with his lovely wife Muriel despite flying to Italy early the following day. Both the Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia and various individual Lodges have supported the home for many years, most recently, by contributing towards the provision of new beds and mattresses for all the children.

He was greeted, on arrival at the home, by Mrs Silvia Barnish, who has acted as liaison and translator for many previous Masonic visits and spends a large proportion of her life helping and supporting the home. Mrs Barnish then took the Provincial Grand Master on a tour of both the home and the adjacent school. He was very impressed by both. He first visited the school and was impressed by the facilities provided, many via charitable donations and with the help of many volunteers.

He then toured the home and was impressed by the cleanliness and good order seen. The children are generally responsible for keeping the place clean and tidy and obviously do a very good job. He saw the dormitories which are generally divided into rooms each containing three beds. Any children with siblings are usually placed together where possible and older children generally get a room to themselves. He then visited a quiet area which is especially prepared for lonely or sad children who want to speak to someone but often don’t know how to do so. In this case they can go to the quiet area and use a toy phone to speak to one of the adult carers or a teacher. They then sometimes feel able to speak more freely than face to face. There is also a special cuddly toy which they can hold should they need a hug or some special comforting. In this case an adult will go and sit quietly with the children and hopefully calm them down and offer some comfort.

Unfortunately, because of his early departure tomorrow the Provincial Grand Master was unable to stay for the excellent paella lunch provided which was followed by birthday cake to celebrate this weeks birthdays and some very nice looking iced cup cakes which disappeared as if by magic.  But, before his departure, he said that although it was very sad that such a home was necessary,  the children concerned were lucky to be at this one. The love and care shown by the volunteers and carers was obvious and it was also plain to see that they were, in turn, loved by the children.

He also thanked Mrs Barnish for giving up her time to show him around and said that he was grateful for finally being able to visit the home and see for himself how it was run and how the children were looked after. He found it a very useful and interesting visit and said he would like to return as and when possible. His next visit will be to meet the children in Alicante in July when many of them will be sponsored by the Masons for a ten day summer school.

Javea 40 hold summer party and hog roast in aid of charity

€2,000 raised for Todos Juntos charity in Javea

Nearly 100 local Freemasons and their guests attended the Garden Party and a Hog Roast held last Saturday at the home of Javea Lodge no 40’s Worshipful Master Nigel Parker and his wife Susie. After an excellent meal, music for listening and dancing was provided by local band Diamond Jack featuring Javea 40’s very own Geoff Britton, ex Wings drummer.

The event was organised to support a local charity , and in particular the Javea Autism Association that needs €1000 to equip its Multi-Sensorial Room. This enables the children to interact better, through stimulation of their senses using a variety of media.
From ticket sales, a raffle, donations and an auction, the Lodge raised an amazing €1609 and a cheque for this sum was handed by Nigel Parker to Marion Kenworthy, Secretary of Todos Juntos Javea, who said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Lodge and confirmed that all monies raised will be used to support the Javea Autism Association.

As an added bonus, the Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro Michael Shilan, generously announced that he would increase the sum raised to €2000 with a donation from the Provincial charity fund.
Javea 40’s Charity Steward, Malcolm March, said that a lot of work had gone into organising the evening and wanted to thank his team of helpers for everything they had done. He said that the success of the event had made all the hard work worthwhile.

Provincial Grand Master Visits Summer School.

New venue for this year’s Summer School, “The Alamo.”

Recently the Provincial Grand Master of Valencia, R..W. Bro Michael Shilan, visited the annual summer school for underprivileged children in the countryside of Alicante. This is a slight departure from usual as the summer school is usually based in Guadalest, however, that has closed for a while for complete refurbishment. The new site is located deep in the heart of the country in a very wild, yet beautiful location. The school itself is held in a stunning old building built in 1777 and still going strong. It has a marked similarity to ‘The Alamo’ being very much in a Mexican style.

This summer school financed by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia, has sponsored as many children as possible from underprivileged backgrounds for the past few years. Each year the number of children has been increased, starting with just fifteen and now up to fifty-four. These children are mainly from El Preventorio children’s home in Real de Gandia but this year we have also taken some underprivileged children from across the Province, who have been selected by the Red Cross

This is because there is an age restriction on visitors to the school and this year there are more than usual very young children at the home. As they were sadly unable to attend other children were invited to fill the places. These children come from all over the world including, Columbia, Guinea, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Byelorussia and Venezuela and including Spain of course.

For ten days they will attend the summer school at absolutely no cost to their parents or carers. This money has been raised by the Masons holding dances, raffles, Ladies nights, donations and hard work throughout the year. Just last week five thousand euros were raised by the Provincial golf day. This one event sponsors around fifteen children. It should be noted that this is not a holiday, though to most of these children it will seem like one, many of them having never been to such a place before. However, they are expected to work and learn and are kept on the go from eight in the morning until midnight so they have very full days.

 

 

This year the whole school has been decorated in the style of Harry Potter’s school Hogwarts, and a great deal of effort has gone into making this as realistic as possible. It is incredible what they have achieved with a shoestring budget but with lots of enthusiasm. This is largely due to the efforts of Sr Juan Carlos Ortuño the owner of the Guadalest site who has moved his whole organisation to ensure a continuing service which the children can make use of and enjoy.

The Provincial Grand Master and his wife Muriel were extremely impressed with the location, building and facilities on offer. They had a tour of the very informal classrooms which were also designed to the theme of Harry Potter, even to arriving via platform 9 3/4!
There are lessons throughout the camp far too numerous to list them all but including, hiking, swimming, cookery, flora & fauna recognition, quidditch (???), night trekking, orientation, archery, making rockets and producing a newspaper! No wonder they work from eight in the morning till midnight! This is an opportunity for all of the children to meet and make friends from all over the world and to learn to interact with all of them in a safe and happy environment. Judging by what I saw, every one of them was having the time of their lives. Next year we hope to sponsor even more children and efforts to raise money are already underway.

Local Freemasons from Arenal Deportiva Lodge hold barbecue

More than three hundred and twenty euros raised for local charities.

On Sunday 6 October local Freemasons Lodge, Arenal Deportiva held what is fast becoming an annual barbecue event. Over the last three years this barbecue has become more and more popular and now seems a fixture on the Masonic calendar. Starting at 3pm more than sixty Masons, wives and invited guests arrived to a fantastic party at the home of WBro Ian Brown and his lovely wife Eileen.

Music was provided from the outset, and throughout, by popular local DJ Darrell Clayton and the weather was kind, a warm; sunny afternoon with just a gentle breeze to hold down the worst of the afternoon heat and humidity.
A fantastic feast of barbecued meat was available including steak, chicken, hamburgers, sausages and pulled pork, provided by our own resident barbecue specialist, WBro Peter de Graaf. This took three days to prepare, so no effort was spared. With several types of salad and a wonderful selection of desserts no one went hungry.

As we all sat there in glorious sunshine, listening to the music and eating copious amounts of food, it was obvious that everyone was enjoying themselves. Although it was a party for Freemasons and invited guests the main reason for holding it was to raise money for local charities. After holding a raffle and several other money-raising schemes a total of just over three hundred and twenty euros was raised. This was announced by the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, RWBro Danny Coburn, who said the money would be added to other monies raised over the Masonic year and presented, in the form of much needed equipment, to local charities at the end of the Masonic year. This provides a much-needed boost to several local charities supported by the Masonic movement.

There are many more events planned by the Lodge over the coming months, including a grand fireworks night, a car led treasure hunt and a Ladies night. All will be used to raise money, all of which will be donated to worthy causes. A great afternoon enjoyed by all. Thanks to the Worshipful Master Danny Coburn for sponsoring this event, thanks also to Ian and Eileen for allowing the use of the garden and also to Bob and Eileen Watkins for all their help and support.

 

 

Local Freemasons support children’s charity

Vouchers for Les Rotes children’s charity

On Friday, 12th July 2019, the  Worshipful Master of Puerto de Xabia Lodge number fifty-eight, W Bro Jim Campbell, accompanied by Master Elect Bro Peter de Graaf,  visited the Centro de Acogida de menores (Childrens Living Centre) “Les Rotes” in Denia, where they presented vouchers to the value of seven hundred euros to the Centre.
They were kindly received and thanked by Snra. Maisa Sendra on behalf of the Director. The vouchers will be used to purchase clothing and necessities for the Children.
Puerto de Xabia Lodge has been assisting the Centre for several years and hopes to continue in the future.

Armonia de Ifach Lodge

Improving the lives of Underprivileged Young People in Calpe.

Due to the pressing needs to improve the quality of life in a local children’s home, Calpe Beacon Charity decided to diversify from not only supporting the needs of individual young people, but to improving the accommodation of children in the care of the local authority, particularly with windows that no longer keep winter elements from invading bedrooms due to their age and condition.  There are also bedroom doors, which are broken, and impossible to close; with young girls unable to maintain privacy, this is totally unacceptable.  With the help of local Freemasons, windows have now been replaced and we are in the process of installing new bedroom doors with locks.  They are also continuing to ensure that these local children in care, receive small Christmas and birthday gifts, and individual requirements for school books, reading glasses, sports kit etc, as far as is possible.

Armonia de Ifach Masonic Lodge, also known as “The Calpe Lodge,” are pleased to be part of this very worthy local cause, and Worshipful Master Ian Raistrick has assisted with a donation of 629€ which was raised at the recently held Ladies Festival. W. Bro Reg Wright, the Lodge Treasurer, stated “children in care rarely have the same opportunities as their peer group; our ongoing fund raising activities within the Lodge, include improving life experiences for young people, as well as the elderly, within the local community.  Like many other Masonic Lodges throughout the Province of Valencia, we also support the Summer Camp for underprivileged youngsters where they will meet new friends and have new experiences, which will, increase their confidence, and improve their social skills.”