The birth of Fuengirola 96.
Fuengirola 96 is a Masonic Lodge based in Los Boliches, Fuengirola. The meetings are conducted in
English and ritual used is Emulation with the traditional penalties included in line with the decree
from the Grand Lodge of Spain to which this lodge owes its allegiance. For Installation ceremonies
the procedure is known as the ‘Queen of Sheba’ workings so is of great interest to visiting brethren
who have not witnessed it before. The Lodge follows the ritual book very closely, but the notable
difference in normal procedure is that visitors enter after the minutes are read and voted on. This
arose due to witnessing a loud argument at another Lodge over the accuracy of the minutes when
the visitors were asked to retire and the perpetrator was escorted from the lodge. At the following
meeting the minutes were read out in full do all knew what had transpired. It was decided that
Fuengirola would keep its business to itself.
The idea of forming a lodge was conceived by Bryan Collier and was first discussed in a car on the
way to Nerja on a masonic visit in November 1995. In the car was Ron Greedy and Tom Willet who
together with Bryan Collier were all members of Friendship 37 which met in Benalmadena at the
Maite complex. Fuengirola was chosen as the location because there was no other English speaking
lodge in the area. Bryan Collier had first thought about the formation of a new lodge because he had
wanted to move Friendship 37 to a new meeting location but was refused permission by Province to
do so owing to a conflict of interest with the then Provincial grand Master. Meetings with the new
Provincial Grand Master of Andalucia the Right Worshipful Brother Ernesto Guillemem and the
Provincial Secretary Worshipful Brother Eric Reynolds were held and the date for the consecration
took place. Meetings of brethren interested in becoming founder members took place at the
Shakespeare Restaurant. The Shakespeare restaurant which was owned by Bryan Collier this is now
the Rancho and is located at Calle Juan Sebastián Elcano, 3, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga.
Fuengirola 96 was consecrated at Edifico Bougainvillaea in January 1997. The lodge was consecrated
with Ron Greedy as Master by the PGM. At the next meeting in February 1997 Bryan Collier was
installed as Master of the lodge with the rest of the officers and founding members comprising
of…… (Glyn Emerton is going to attempt to retrieve the first summons when we are allowed freedom
of movement once more).
Edifico Bougainvillaea was an existing facility which was used by the Danish Lodge, Sydkorset. At
that time only the basement was used and the festive boards took place in the same location. A
table was set with beers and whilst the brethren drunk the beer the Danish caterers laid the tables in
preparation of the Festive Board. Later the ground floor of the building was acquired. The ground
floor was owned by a private owner who had converted it to flats without permission. Brian
Lilleywhite and Bryan Collier were co-opted onto the board together with Eric Munche who was
the Master of the Danish Lodge. Once a figure was agreed for the purchase money was raised
for the purchase. This included a large loan by Bob Pinson
The meeting room continued be in the basement and the ground floor was converted into a bar
and restaurant by the members of the lodges both Sydkorset and Fuengirola themselves. John
Mence knocked through the wall with a jackhammer to make a doorway between the bar and
restaurant. Bryan Collier together with Brian Lilleywhite built the bar which is still as it was
originally. As members were getting older a lift was installed paid for by donations. ADAM was
formed to administrate this now large facility which consisted of 50% Scandinavians and 50%
English which controlled the financing with Brian Lilleywhite as the first president.
(as related by W.Bro Bryan Collier and W.Bro John Mence, both founding members)
A brief history of the Founder members.
Bro. Ron Greedy 1926-2001
Bro. Ron was the first Master of the Lodge having been instrumental in setting the ball rolling.He only took the office for one meeting then Installed Bryan collier as his successor. Although it was agreed that we would practice Emulation ritual by the book, he always slipped into his version of “Oxford working” He died a couple of years later leaving a widow Mary who returned to her native Wales.
W. Bro. Bryan Collier
Bro Bryan became the second Master of the Lodge and his Installation was attended by his Father who he had proposed into Freemasonry in England in Hampshire. Bryan was initiated into Barton Court Lodge in 1960 and was a member of Friendship 37 prior to setting up our Lodge. He was the owner of the Shakespeare restaurant in Fuengirola were we used to have our festive boards as there were no dining facilities at Bougainvillea. Bryan was the first member in the Lodge to have been honoured with Provincial Grand Rank.
Bro. Tom Willett 1924-2004
Bro. Tom was an extremely accomplished organist who became the third Master of the Lodge. The names of the above three still appear on the Warrant of the Lodge handed down to each Master at Installation. Also a member of Friendship Lodge he was a retired engineer having served in the second world war in the Royal Navy. He was Initiated into Stormont Lodge where he also went through the chair and initiated his son Huw. An enthusiastic caravaner he died from a heart attack when on a visit to England leaving a widow “Vee” a son and daughter.
Bro. Steve Molina
Bro. Steve was the fourth Master of the Lodge. Owner of the Travel Shop in Fuengirola and the first Spanish National to occupy the Chair of King Solomon in our Lodge. He was honoured by the Grand Lodge of Spain, and held high rank in Andalucia.
Bro. Sidney Wyatt 1921-2014
Commonly known by his professional name, Sid Wright, he was a professional piano player and for 18 years, was resident pianist at the Talk of the Town in London. He entertained us in Lodge as the Organist and became the 17th Master of the Lodge having served as Warden in London.
Bro. Peter Ketchell
Peter was the first Director of Ceremonies of the Lodge but resigned after a couple of years to concentrate more on Mark Masonry.
Bro. Keith Day
Keith undertook to be the first Secretary of the Lodge but resigned quite soon for personal reasons.
Bro. Denzil Jones 1939-2005
Denzil was the eighth Master of the Lodge. A publican, he was also a master plasterer and his handiwork graces many pools n the Costa del Sol. He died in England whilst undergoing surgery. He was also landlord of the Royal Oak pub.
Bro. Donald Hoblyn 1928-2008
Don was a regular attender at Lodge over many years but had no desire to progress.
Bro. David Klein 1937-
Bro. David, Better known as David the Dogman was a regular attender for many years but is now unable to come owing to illness. He was also made a freeman of the City of Nottingham for his Charity work. The gavel used by the Worshipful Master was presented to the Lodge by his Father who used to attend LOI’s.
W. Bro. William Norton 1935-2018
Bill succeeded Keith Day as secretary of the Lodge and was very influential in forming the document showing our aims and aspirations. He was the sixth Master of the Lodge and was later the Provincial Grand Master of Andalucia
Chaplain of the Lodge for many years until ill health forced him to eurn to Portsmouth with his wife Gunhild.
Bro. Anthony Barrett
Tony was our sixth Master and besides being a brilliant ritualist, was a very good singer and entertainer. He was elected Master for the second time in 2006. He returned to England with his family shortly after that.