MAY 2004


The Cultural Activities Commission of the Association is
laying on not one but TWO extremely interesting cultural tours
for June, making up in a way for the lack of one during May.
This was understandable to many in view of the several events
held to celebrate Malta’s accession to the European

On Saturday 5th June ALPS members and their spouses, partners
and friends are invited to a tour of San Anton Palace and
Private Gardens at Attard, by courtesy of President Eddie
Fenech Adami. The meeting point will be outside the main gate
of the palace at 10.15 for 10.30 a.m. Needless to say, punctuality
is of the utmost importance. The tour will be led in English
by guide extraordinaire and ALPS member Brigadier
Claude Gaffiero.

Following the tour, which itself is free of charge, a light
lunch is being organised at Saracino’s Café in
Church Square, Attard, just five minutes’ walk from
San Anton Gardens. For just Lm3.50 per person participants
can enjoy Bruschetta, three choices of Pasta Buffet and a
Dessert. Drinks will be extra at participants’ discretion.

For obvious reasons bookings can only be accepted until Thursday
3rd June to Secretary-General Alex Borg on telephone/fax 21

On Saturday 19th June the cultural tour will be to the highly-acclaimed
CARAVAGGIO – Una Mostra Impossibile at the
restored Caraffa Stores on the Cottonera Waterfront, near
the Casinò di Venezia facing the new yacht marina.
The meeting point this time will be outside the Caraffa Stores
at 10.15 for 10.30 a.m., and our guide will be the very knowledgeable
Fr Marius Zerafa OP.

The entrance fee will be a special Lm1.25 for ALPS, with
75c for Kartanzjan holders.

After the tour, around 1 p.m., there will be an optional
light lunch at the Caraffa Stores Cafeteria, with Maltese
Platter and Dessert for Lm3.50 per person (drinks extra).

Booking is open until Thursday 17th June, again with Alex
Borg. Cheques for both occasions are to be sent to him at
“Alson”, Naxxar Road, San Gwann SGN 08.


As already announced in the April issue of ALPS News, this
year’s Day of Spiritual Retreat will be held at Manresa
House outside Victoria, Gozo, on Saturday 26th June and will
again be led by Mr John Formosa, Secretary-General of the
Society for Christian Doctrine (MUSEUM).

The price for the full day, including breakfast, lunch and
dinner, will be Lm9 per person. The seminar starts at 9 a.m.,
so only early arrival will guarantee breakfast. There will
be Holy Mass in the evening before dinner.

As attendees of previous occasions will know, space is very
limited, so all those wishing to participate please phone
Secretary-General Alex Borg on 21 386812 or e-mail on
First come, first served.


In the relatively short time the ALPS website has been on
line we have already had quite a good number of hits. Some
members have also contacted old schoolmates overseas with
whom they are still in contact and told them about it. We
have had several constructive comments and suggestions from
both local and overseas sources. Indeed it has been our pleasure
to action some of those comments (the rest will be taken in
hand as soon as possible), and ALPS members who sent them
in will surely have been satisfied to see them implemented.
Unfortunately (or is it fortunately?) this is all voluntary
work, so everyone must exercise patience while the load is
slotted piecemeal into a very busy work schedule.

The website is now in the early throes of mounting a Picture
Gallery, starting with the activities of this 10th anniversary
year. Any ALPS member who recognises himself in any picture
and would like to have a hard copy of it can e-mail ALPS News
Editor Laurence Vella on In due course
we shall keep going back in time, not only with pictures of
past activities but also of Press cuttings etc.

In the meantime, don’t forget: it’s


Members, families and friends who visit St Anne’s Chapel
at Pwales Valley for the celebration of St Anne’s feast
on Saturday 17th July will be in for some very pleasant surprises.
The chapel has been repaved with flagstones by the Government’s
Works Division, and Alex Borg’s company Studiomoda of
San Gwann has generously donated an amount of pine wood to
be made into a brand-new pedestal for the statue of St Anne.

The new works will be commemorated with the unveiling of
a plaque in the chapel as part of the celebration of St Anne’s
feast, which as usual is being held in anticipation of its
liturgical date so as not to clash with the feast of Our Lady
of Sorrows at St Paul’s Bay. Holy Mass will be animated
by the Choir of the University of the Third Age, who will
later entertain with a selection of lively, popular songs
under the baton of Maestro Joe Fenech. Light refreshments
will be served to all.

More details will be given in the next issue of ALPS News.