ISSUE 10, July 2004
Editorial
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
Charities
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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Malta is an interesting tourist destination with a plethora of good hotels and a wealth of important historical sites to visit. These range from some of the earliest known settlements of mankind to the many beautiful churches and buildings dating from the 16th century.
     This was the time that the Knights of Malta fought and won against the invading might of the Turkish Empire. Amongst the many historical treasures mention must be made of the magnificent Pro-Cathedral of St.John in Valletta and the silent city of Medina, with its bastions surrounding the narrow streets lending a sense of going back in time.
     Medina was the original capital of Malta prior to the arrival of the Order of the Knights of Malta in the 16th century. It is here that the Pro-Cathederal of St. Paul ‘is found, situated in St. Paul’s Square surrounded by old and imposing buildings from an age when the pace of life was much slower than now.
     Gozo, the second largest of the Maltese Islands, can be reached by car/passenger ferry in a short crossing of the Gozo Channel, a 30-minute passage on the newly-built ferries of the Gozo Channel Company.
     On Gozo there are many sites of historical and architectural interest to see, such as the citadel in Victoria, the capital, and the many beautiful churches around the Island.
     The oldest archaeological site known to the world is at G’gantijja. It dates from the Neolithic period and is well worth a visit, as is the Azure window at Dwejra and the so called inland sea, site of a mushroom-shaped rock from where the Knights used to collect a rare plant to make medicines used in the hospital in Valletta.
  
Come and see us

A wonderful opportunity is available to overseas Masonic Lodges to combine a holiday in Malta, as an alternative venue for their Ladies’ Nights, golf meetings, diving events or even to use the Masonic Hall in Valletta for a Lodge meeting.

The Lodge of St. John and St. Paul has the facilities and organisational structure to arrange all of these. Where the question of cost is concerned it would be very comparative to that of holding a similar event in the UK, even when allowing for air fares.

Further information can be obtained from:

Des Satchell
T: 00 356 21 585083
Mobile: 00 356 9945 5552

Tom Mattocks
T: 00 356 21311642
Mobile: 00 356 9924 2422
or: e-mail

The web site for Malta Masonic Lodges is
www.maltafreemasons.org



The author wishes to thank W. Bro. R.J.W. Wilkinson for the history of the Casa Viani, and Bro. Mohab Fahmi for photographs of the Masonic Hall.
     Another place of interest is the small, but pretty bay at Xlendi, where magnificent sunsets can be enjoyed in comfort from one of the bars at the water’s edge.
     In the main, Gozo is a much greener island than Malta itself and this, together with the slower pace of life, combine to make it a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike.



Right: Another splendid room at the Valetta Masonic Hall