ISSUE 10, July 2004
John Pine: A sociable craftsman
Jumping for Joy: Skydiving for charity
Quarterly Communication: Speeches of: the Grand Master, the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Address of the First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes
Royal Arch: Cheshire gives a lead
  Walking with the greats: Bath Masonic Hall
Motoring in style: Classic Vehicle Club
Masonic education: A daily advancement and Events for your diary
Travel: Portugal
Library & Museum of Freemasonry
International: A warm welcome in Malta
Masonic ritual: Spoilt for choice
Public relations: Sheffield; Dorset; Chelsea Flower Show; Freemasons' Hall
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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© Swim Ink/Corbis
   (far left) The Ramos-Pinto vineyard has 400 acres. Poster: Rene Vincent

(left) Relaxing in Crato

Returning back across the country, our destination was Alcácer do Sal, a convent which still has the remains of a Moorish wall, and overlooks the River Sado with its rice paddies. Once a castle, it is situated high up and offers wonderful vistas, including being able to watch the storks in their nests, perched on top of high poles.
     In the fine weather you can take a boat to the smaller islands, estuary beaches and nature reserve. We had, in fact, gone in a circle, as we took a short ferry ride from Troia, with its 18-hole golf course, on the tip of the nature reserve, to Setubal.
     From here, it was a short drive to the palace of Queluz, where we stayed in the building formerly used by the Royal Guard of the Court situated directly opposite the Palace. This pousada was the nearest we had been in atmosphere and décor to an ordinary hotel, although the dining room is attached to the actual palace, housed in the palace’s kitchens.
     The palace, beautifully preserved, with a pink exterior, is known as the Portuguese ‘Versailles’ not only for its ornate decoration, but because it is built with its main entrance from the gardens. Queluz is perfectly located to visit Lisbon, Sintra and a variety of golf courses, and only a short drive to the airport.

Air Luxor is the ‘no frills’ airline which flies daily to Lisbon and has competitively priced tickets. They kindly upgraded us to Executive Class which meant that we were cosseted, and served a hot meal.

Reservations: T. 0870 750 5747

Keytel International is the official UK central reservations agency for the Portuguese pousadas.
For information pack including directory, map, rates and booking details:
T. 020 7616 0307 (24 hours).
To speak to someone: T. 020 7616 0300

Gatwick Express is the non-stop, 30-minute rail link, departing every 15 minutes from London Victoria station.
T. 0845 850 1530

MQ readers travelling to Portugal can take advantage of a free Budget Rent-a-Car upgrade until the end of 2004. Reservations on 08701 565656 – quote BCD no G441500.

Terms and Conditions


– All reservations must be made by calling 08701 56 56 56 and
– quoting BCD number G441500
– At least three days advance reservation is required
– Coupon must be presented at time of rental if requested
– This offer applies to standard retail leisure rates and rack rates only
– This offer allows a single upgrade from the following car groups:
– Economy, Compact, Intermediate, to the next highest car group only
– Upgrade offer is subject to availability at all times and may not be
– available on public holidays. Other close out dates may also apply
– Only one upgrade allowable per rental and this offer cannot be
– combined with any other discounts or promotions
– Maximum rental period is 28 days
– Refuelling charges, local surcharges and other locally payable
– charges are extra
– Normal rental requirements apply. Offer valid from 1st June 2004
– to 31st December 2004 at participating Budget Rent-a-Car locations
– in Portugal only