Monmouthshire Light Blues at New and Young Masons Conference in Leicester

On Saturday the 28th, September the Monmouthshire Light Blues Club’s Chairman, Gabriel Hilu, attended the New and Young Masons Conference in Leicester.

The event was well attended by representatives from all over the country and was attended by Grand Secretary. Chairman of the Monmouthshire Light Blues, Gabriel Hilu said, ‘I enjoyed the Lodge building, in particular the museum, it is a stunning place and well worth a visit for any mason. The lectures were interesting and instructive. The breakout sessions were highly valuable by providing a forum to brainstorm and exchange ideas for our clubs.’


Gabriel had the pleasure to meet the Grand Secretary. Photos attached.

Thank you.

Alex Bogdanov

PCO

Conference in full swing
Bro.
Gabriel Hilu, proud to represent Monmouthshire

UGLE Press Release

17 September 2019

THE WORLD’S OLDEST SOCIAL NETWORK AIMS TO GO VIRAL WITH NEW CAMPAIGN

  • -The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is launching a social media campaign to be the most featured venue as part of Open House London this weekend.
  • Members of the public are being encouraged to visit the home of Freemasonry in England and Wales and post their pictures on social media using the hashtag #OHLFMH.
  • Freemasons’ Hall welcomes over 200,000 visitors through its doors every year.
  • UGLE has 50K Facebook followers, 26K Twitter followers and 24K followers on Instagram.

With a thriving social media presence of over 100,000 followers across its platforms, the United Grand Lodge of England’s (UGLE) headquarters, Freemasons’ Hall, aims to be the most photographed venue across Open House London this weekend.

UGLE will be taking part in the world’s largest architecture festival Open House London on 21-22 September – offering visitors architectural tours, fun family activities and access to the Museum of Freemasonry. UGLE is also inviting members of the public to visit its stunning Art Deco building in the heart of Covent Garden and post their pictures on social media using the hashtag #OHLFMH.

Freemasons’ Hall stands on Great Queen Street on a site that has been used to hold meetings for Freemasons since 1775. The current building was opened in 1933 as a peace memorial to honour the thousands of Freemasons who fought and died during the First World War.

With 50,000 followers on Facebook, 26,000 followers on Twitter and 24,000 followers on Instagram, UGLE – as the governing body for Freemasonry in England and Wales – has a strong presence on social media, in addition to the proactive daily engagement from regional Freemasons around the country.

Dr David Staples, UGLE’s Chief Executive, said: “Freemasonry is one of the oldest social and charitable organisation in the world, so it makes sense for us to use our social media channels to engage with the public.

“We know people are curious about Freemasonry and our recently launched Discover Freemasonry short film, which explains who we are and what we do – as well as showcasing our unique history – has already been viewed more than 150,000 times across social media.

“These initiatives are only the start of our drive to show the public what modern Freemasonry really stands for – integrity, friendship, respect and charity. It is a little known fact that our membership, of more than 200,000 individuals across England and Wales, donated £48m to charity and over 5 million hours of volunteer work in 2018 alone. This a fact we are very proud of and our social media accounts showcase the stories behind these stats, with hundreds of posts a day from dedicated Freemasons.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to Freemasons’ Hall throughout the year – but especially this weekend – and viewing the #OHLFMH posts, which will hopefully make us the most visited venue at Open House London this year.”

Discover Freemasonry video: www.ugle.org.uk/about-freemasonry/video-library

PCO

Argus ‘Health & Care Awards

On the 5th of September W.Bro. Vince White (ProvGAlm) along with
W.Bro. Des James, W.Bro. Phil Sefton and W.Bro. Andrew Crump, accompanied by W.Bro. Vince White’s wife Val (taking the place of W.Bro. Bob Jones who was unable to attend) represented Monmouthshire Freemasons at this years South Wales Argus ‘Health Care Awards’ – an evening attended by around 260 representatives of sponsors, with Monmouthshire Freemasons generously sponsoring this event.

The presentation of the “3rd Sector “Team of The Year” award was presented by W.Bro. Vince White to the winner, Mr.Ray Morrison of Bluebird Care. Ray has trained more than 1000 people including children, firemen, policemen,workplaces etc. to become dementia friends. He does this in his own time, and gets great pleasure sharing his knowledge alongside running a care agency of which he is extremely proud. The Monmouthshire team were proud to represent our province on such a splendid occasion.

The evening was a great success and very professionally organised. It was compared by journalist Mr.Rob Stokes with guest speaker Mr.Glyn Jones (Executive Director of Finance & Deputy Chief Executive NHS).

PCO

Monmouthshire Clay Shooting Team, 3rd in International Masonic Clay shooting competition.

Well we are home from our very first international shoot, eighteen provinces, six countries and one hundred and twenty three shooters gathered on a day where the weather was kind and stayed dry. Breakfast rolls with tea/coffee began the day at registration and by 9:30am. everyone was assembled on the patio for a welcome address by the Chairman, Brian Saidman, photo’s having been taken of the assembled group a short safety talk delivered by the Secretary Roger Wilkes and everyone went of their respective stands for the “Shotgun Start”.  Doveridge staff must be congratulated here as the whole day went off without a hitch, no technical problems and everyone was back in the club house by 1:45pm. where lunch was served.  Score cards were checked and verified and for this we must thank Doveridge’s excellent computer scoring system which checked and double checked our arithmetic, some excellent scores were recorded with the first five cards showing 95, 91, 91, 90 and 89. However there were also some in the mid thirties with most between 45 and 75.

The international competition was won by England with a collective score of 369  second was Scotland with 324 and in third place Wales with 310. High Gun for England was Dan Bishop (Hants/I of W) on 95  High Gun for India was Unnikrishnan Kodoth 73, High Gun for Ireland Richard Dennison 67, High Gun Jersey Jack Handby 77,  High Gun Scotland Tom Galasham 84 and High Gun Wales Scott Morgan 90.  The Guest Junior Score was Joe Dodds (West Lanc’s) 60, Guest Ladies Score Sadie Center (Scotland) 79 and Male Guest Richard Baker (Met GL) 92.  Lady Freemason High Gun Kath Wright (West Lanc’s) 49 Veteran Freemason Dave Smith (West Lanc’s) 92 and Masonic High Gun Dan Bishop (Hant’s/I of W) 95. In closing the Chairman thanked everyone for their support and hoped that they all had a wonderful experience and a very safe journey home. PCO


L-R Bob”Jack”Daw, Andrew Beese, Kevin Phillips, Martin Price, Scott Morgan, Paul Burley, Chris Evans

11-year-old reformed chocoholic donates savings to charity – rewarded with limited-edition Newport County poster

Young Will Davies, Son of WBro Dan Davies, WM of Lodge of Friendship, recently gave up sweets to raise money and awareness for Dreams and Wishes. Young Will raised a phenomenal £260 and also assisted WBro Kelvin Reddicliffe in a recent lodge auction by holding a framed South Wales Argus Newport County v Manchester City FA Cup fifth round poster. On the night WBro Kelvin could see Will really wanted his dad to put in the highest bid. In the end it went for £130-but not to Will. Seeing the disappointment in Will face WBro Kelvin recently rewarded Will with another limited edition framed poster in recognition of his achievement and help at a recent lodge auction. (Picture: Will Davies receives the Newport County FA Cup fifth round poster from Kelvin Reddicliffe (left) – with dad Dan). PCO

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Hogs Head Classic and Vintage Show

I am excited to list the auction items for this weekend Hogs Head Classic and Vintage Show and evening extravaganza. All items have been kindly donated by Lodges, Brethren and their friends. Please support these auction items to the best of your ability. If you are unable to attend, WBro. Roger Thompson has kindly agreed to accept maximum bids for any of the items on offer and will gladly bid on a Brothers behalf, up to their agreed limit. WBro. will accept these offers by email at email@rogerthompson.com
Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Classic and Vintage Show on Saturday with your family and friends.

It is not too late to turn up on the day and show off you classic. PCO

Auction Prizes
Ryan Beech of Anthemion Auctions of Cardiff (as featured on “ Flog It “) will be the auctioneer on the evening has generously offered his services to support our charity.

The Auction will take place at the Hogs Head on the evening of the 13th of July.

1. A heavy-duty picnic bench donated by Abergavenny sawmills
St. John’s Julian Tod

2. Builder’s bag of barn dried logs, can be delivered within the Province of Monmouthshire. (Old county of Gwent) St. John’s Clive Francis

3. Half a Welsh lamb butchered to the winning bidder’s preference, supplied by Mathews Butchers of Newbridge, Islwyn Lodge Les Evans

4. A case of (6) quality white wines David Llewellyn Collect on night

5. Three days’ self-catered stay in a riverside cottage in Llanwyrtyd Wells. Adjacent to the river Irfon, this Victorian cottage sleeps a maximum of four, with a double bed up narrow, rustic stairs and a large bed-settee in the living area, with a downstairs toilet & an upstairs bathroom. Flexible dates & to be arranged with the owner Prince of Wales Chapter Peter Buckingham

6. Day out and tour of the Morgan Factory for 1 or 2 persons. On an agreed date, if one person, the winning bidder will be collected within Monmouthshire in a Morgan sports car & driven to the Morgan Motor Company in Malvern for a guided tour and museum visit. Or, if for two persons, the winning bidders will meet at the factory for the tour to commence.
St Mellonius Paul Harris

7. A bottle of Chase gin bottled and labelled for the Special Air Service
Terry Pickering Collect on night

8. A bottle of 2007 Late Bottled Vintage Port bottled and labelled for the Special Air Service
Regiment Roger Thompson Collect on Night

9. Two tickets to the Morgan Lodge event at the Morgan Motor Company’s premises at Malvern on Saturday 16th November 2019. Themed ‘An evening of Nostalgia’ and WWII Concert Party
‘The Trench Raiders’ with stories, songs and sing-a-long. Period dress optional.
St Mellonius Paul Harris

10. A 375cl bottle of Wray and Nephew over-proof full-strength white Jamaican rum
Myrddin Jones Collect on night

11. A rare Large ALDI “Kevin the Carrot” Christmas soft Display Advertisement aid
St Georges (Les Evans) Collect on night

12. A Hog Roast for 50-persons donated by Happy Hog Caterers. Extra numbers can be catered for by separate negotiation Happy Hog Caterers happyhogcatering@gmail.com

13. An antique oak three cut-glass decanter tantalus with a secret compartment with playing cards
Phil Williams Collect on night

14. A bottle of Chateau de Beaulon Grande Fine Cognac, still in its original packaging
Fred Roberts (Myrddin Jones ) Collect on night

15. A bottle of Croft Port 1963 Vintage Myrddin Jones Collect on night

16. A Seiko Kinetic Direct Drive gentleman’s wristwatch, boxed with papers
Loyal Monmouth – Collect on night (Colin Cowles)

17. Six Horse Riding Lessons for A Child at Smugglers Equestrian centre, Man-Moel,Nr Blackwood.
St Georges Lodge Les Evans

18. An Ingersoll Gems 100m water-resistant quartz date just gentleman’s wristwatch, boxed with papers Loyal Monmouth Collect on night (Colin Cowles)

19. Three pieces of “ScrapArt”: WW1 Fighter Biplane, Ford 3000 tractor and a Steam Traction engine manufactured by a local artist Julian Tod Collect on night

20. A professional framed family portrait to be taken at Anton Attard’s photography studio
Marshfield, Near Cardiff. St. Mellonius TBA with Anton Attard

21. A bottle of Glenfarclas 12yr old Single Malt Whisky bottled and labelled for the Special Air
Service. Ayd Martin Collect on night

22. A pencil-drawing of the winning bidder’s favourite building or residence (house, village scene, etc)
to be arranged at mutual agreement with the artist.
Jasper Tudor Graham Murphy

23. A unique opportunity to acquire a ‘Original Robert Taylor’ 14”x11” Ink Drawing depicting a
Leopard in a tree. Robert’s works have drawn crowds in the international arena since the early
1980s. He has exhibited throughout the US and Canada, Australia, Japan and in Europe. His paintings hang in many of the world’s great aviation museums, adorn boardrooms, offices and homes, and his limited edition prints are avidly collected all around the world.
Hilton Willott (Roderick Hill) Collect on night

24. A days Salmon or trout fishing on the Lower Llangibby beat of the river Usk for two people (must be taken on a Friday) The beat runs for a mile and a half, on both banks and is regarded as one
of the prime fishing beats on the river Usk. The day includes the services of the Ghillie, supply
of fishing rods, reels, flies, waders and a packed lunch. Full instruction can be given if required. The recipient will be responsible for obtaining a NATURAL RESOURCES WALES FISHING LICENCE The day will be arranged mutually between the recipient & the Fishery Ghillie. The Salmon season 3rd March to 17th October. Brown trout 3rd March to 30th September
Brian Williams

UGLE’s Grand Master, The Duke of Kent, unveils Victoria Cross Remembrance Stone at Freemasons’ Hall

In honour of all English Freemasons awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross (VC), the United Grand Lodge of England’s (UGLE) Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, unveiled a unique Victoria Cross Remembrance Stone at Freemasons’ Hall on 27th June 2019.

The Remembrance Stone was commissioned in 2016 by Granville Angell to commemorate all English Freemasons who were awarded the Victoria Cross. The VC is the highest award for gallantry that can be conferred on a member of the British Armed Forces and since its introduction in 1856, more than 200 Freemasons have been awarded the Victoria Cross – making up an astonishing 14% of all recipients.

You can read the full article online here.

June Provincial Newsletter

The latest edition of the June Monmouthshire news letter has just been emailed out. If you do not receive a copy and would like to be included in the email list please send you preferred email address, lodge number and masonic rank to pco@monmasons.org.uk

Newport Masonic Hall Lift Fund Receives a Boost

WBro Bob Tanswell (Chief Adept of the Sociatas Rosicruciana in Anglia) was pleased to present WBro Ivor Morgan (Chairman of NEWPORT Masonic Hall) with cheques from the ‘Operatives’, Sociatas Rosicruciana in Anglia; Cardiff Castle Assemblage – totalling £1000. This sum has been generously matched by a kind Brother of both SRIA and Grand Assemblage making a total donation of £2000. Further funds of £140 where donated from the April raffle of Cardiff Castle Assemblage, contributing to a generous total of £2140, with further pledges of the proceeds from the next few raffles also going towards the lift.

WBro. John Dallimore is honoured with MBE in Queens Birthday Honours List

I am delighted to announce that WBro. John Dallimore of St Gabriel Lodge (No.9711) and the High-Performance Manager for the WTSF, has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, being made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). WBro. John has been involved in the sport of Target Shooting for over 50 years, for the first 20 years as an athlete, representing Wales and GB, and thereafter playing a leading role as Wales Team Manager for over 30 years. When Sport Wales identified Shooting as a leading medal winning sport in Wales, WBro. John was instrumental in setting up the structure to ensure that the funding received from Sport Wales was used to greatest effect in terms of the number of Commonwealth Games medals won in shooting events and developing athletes to reach their full potential, across the country. This reached an all-time high with the latest Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast, Australia, where Shooting was top of the Medal Table, across all Sport in Wales, with 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal won. Representing 20% of the total Gold medals won by Wales. The facilities created for our Sport at High Performance level at Sports Wales National Centre at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, are second to none, ensuring that our athletes have the optimum conditions to train under. These were made possible by WBro. John’s determination and drive. WBro. John is passionate about his sport, to the degree that it is not restricted to target shooting within Wales and is well known to give his time freely to those other Home Country Teams that seek to gain advice from his experience. WBro. John is President of the Commonwealth Shooting Federation (European Division) and can be proud of his achievements, having overseen the start-up of the Commonwealth Federation (ED) and presiding over Wales successfully hosting the event in 2017. This was the first time in the Commonwealth European programme, that the event hosted Athletes and Para Athletes side by side in competition; a world-wide first. WBro. John , is also Chair of his local club, Torfaen, which is the most successful club in Wales, winning the Wales and Monmouthshire league on a regular basis and successfully forging links with the wider community and particularly the Schools and Scouts in Wales. The Masonic Province of Monmouthshire and Welsh Shooting are proud of John’s achievements. It is extremely rare for such an honour to be bestowed on an individual involved with our Sport.

AEPOWC Strawberry Tea.

The recent Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court annual strawberry tea 2019 saw individual Lodges of the Province of Monmouthshire donated a total of £1250.00 which was a great achievement for our province and raised the profile of Monmouthshire with “The Friends of The Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court” committee. 
Thanks,
Vince White
Provincial Grand Almoner

50 years to the day!

A special event took place in the Province of Monmouthshire at the recent meeting of the Albert Edward Prince of Wales Lodge no. 1429. The ceremony for the evening was undertaken by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Keri Phillips who initiated Mr Kenneth Coppard assisted by the officers of the Lodge, in what was a first class ceremony with an excellent initiate. This was followed by the presentation of a 50 year certificate to W.Bro.Colin Biggs on what was the 50th anniversary of his initiation into the Lodge – to the day. A 50 year certificate, signed by the Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Monmouthshire, R.W.Bro Richard G Davies, was presented to W.Bro. Biggs by the Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Monmouthshire, W.Bro Robert Arundel.

Provincial Promotion list 2019/2020

Congratulations to all those Monmouthshire Masons who received their first Provincial Appointment, first Passed Provincial Appointment or Promotion. All greatly deserved. These Provincial Appointments and Promotions to be made by the Rt Worshipful Provincial Grand Master at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on the 28th October 2019.

A detailed listing of addresses of Brethren appointed and promoted will appear in the Monmouthshire Masonic Directory which will be circulated to all Lodges during September. Any amendments will be updated from the Provincial Office early in October.

Monmouthshire, Bristol and Wiltshire Clay Shooting Series ends its first championship with a great day out in Wiltshire.

Great end to the inter province clay shoot between Monmouthshire, Bristol and Wiltshire. Well done to the Province of Bristol for winning the three round competition with Monmouthshire a close second and Wiltshire a close third. Individual scores – Richard Keen 1st with 87/100. Bristol’s John Hemming coming joint 2nd with Monmouthshire’s Kevin Phillips shooting 84/100. Thanks go to Peter and Larry from the Province of Wiltshire for organising Sundays final round at Barbury Castle Shooting Ground in Wiltshire. Pictures include WBro Paul Burley (secretary of Monmouth Masonic Clay Shooting Association) presenting the winners shield to WBro John Hemmings (secretary of Bristol Masonic Clay Shooting Club) and a picture of the Bristol winning team. Look forward a rematch in the autumn.

Anyone interested in joining the Monmouthshire Masonic Clay Shooting Association should contact the secretary WBro Paul Burley at secretary@mmcsa.co.uk

The winning team
The winners shield

Monmouthshire Demonstration Team ‘Goose and Gridiron’ to visit Bristol

The Monmouthshire demonstration team are performing a re-enactment of the original quarterly communication meeting in the Goose and Gridiron, at the forthcoming meeting of St Nicholas Lodge in the Province of Bristol. The date and time of the meeting is Saturday, 25th May at 1830hr. This is a rare chance to see this excellent (and slightly humorous) demonstration last performed in Monmouth as part of the tercentenary celebrations. Why not support Monmouthshire by arranging a lodge visit – please contact the St Nicholas treasurer Eric Sortwell if you wish to attend and dine as numbers are limited (eric.sortwell@talktalk.net)

Widows Spring Lunch

A Lovely afternoon yesterday at Newport Masonic Hall for ‘The Widows Spring Lunch’. A well attended event supported by Louise Triggs of the MCF ‘Advise and Support Team’. The PGM and and his wife, accompanied by the DPGM and his wife also supported this popular event organised by the ProvGAlm. A talk by the DPGM was both informative and interesting and gave a good insight into the various facets of his work as a serving police officer and was well received by all – thought there was a small disturbance resulting in the DPGM briefly detaining PGM in a light-hearted manner and to the amusement of all. The PGM was then released without further-a-do.

This hugely successful event raised £287, and was further enhanced by a donation of £250 from the Masonic Province of Monmouthshire for the Newport Masonic Ladies Club.

Photographs curtesy of the ProGAlm, W. Bro Vince White

‘Hospice of the Valleys’ has received a grant of £16,623 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Dear Brethren,

I am extremely delighted to inform you that ‘Hospice of the Valleys’ has received a grant of £16,623 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) , and Hospice UK collaboration, the national charity for hospice care. The ‘Hospice of the Valleys’ is a specialist palliative care provider for patients across Blaenau Gwent. They will use the grant to create a 5-week programme that prepares carers/family members for the future when living with someone who has a dementia diagnosis. The programme will be multi-agency and will take an holistic approach to the dementia journey through the eyes of the carer. It will equip those family members/carers of people with a dementia diagnosis to carry on caring for their loved ones in the most appropriate and effective manner for that individual. The MCF is partnering with Hospice UK to develop and extend bereavement support services in hospices. Last year, the partnership funded nine grants and this year this has risen to 17 – with Monmouthshire receiving this substantial grant. Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £13 million in England and Wales since 1984 and are continuing to increase at a rate of £600,000 a year.

Thank you again Brethren for your valuable contribution to this and all that you do to support Masonic charities.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Provincial Grand Master

Monmouthshire Freemasons contribution to the Masonic Charitable Foundation helps victims of southern African cyclone

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Thousands of people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe whose lives have been devastated by Cyclone Idai will be given access to clean water, as well as tarpaulins, plastic sheets and other emergency supplies, thanks to a grant of £45,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the freemasons’ charity.
The money is being donated to Plan International UK which is working to help survivors, including young women and children, who are at particular risk.
The grant from the freemasons will provide jerry cans, water purification tablets and buckets to thousands of people who have lost everything and are at risk of potentially-deadly waterborne diseases.
Over 750 people have died in the three countries on the south-east coast of Africa with Mozambique suffering the highest human fatalities. As the death toll continues to rise, over 260,000 children have been affected in the country and at least 350,000 people are at risk from rising flood waters. In Malawi, close to a million people have been affected with nearly half a million being children.
Plan International UK is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The DEC brings together 14 leading UK aid charities in times of crisis, to maximise the impact and help children and families who need it most.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation is funded by freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Ebbie Muhire (28) is sheltering at a church in southern Malawi with five family members including her youngest child, a three-year-old toddler.
“The challenges we are facing are mainly crowded and unpleasant sleeping areas and poor sanitation and hygiene facilities because our utensils were damaged in the rain and now we are all using same equipment.” Ebbie says. “The children, especially the young ones are at risk of getting sick.”

Tanya Barron, Chief Executive of Plan International UK said:
“We’re hugely grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for supporting our disaster response in Southern Africa. This generous grant will make a big difference to thousands of people affected by this devastating cyclone and help get their lives back on track.”

Right Worshipful Brother Richard G Davies, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Monmouthshire said:
“Cyclone Idai has devastated the lives of many thousands of people, with, as usual, women and children bearing the brunt of the suffering. I’m very pleased that the Masonic Charitable Foundation was able to move so quickly and provide funds for Plan International UK’s vital work at the heart of the disaster zone.”

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall near the port city of Beira late last Thursday and slowly moved inland over the weekend, carving a trail of destruction across central Mozambqiue. The storm brought heavy rainfall and wind gusts of up to 105 miles per hour to the region, where dry conditions gave way to massive flooding. Plan International, in coordination with the national governments, local partners and other humanitarian organisations, is prioritising the needs of affected families to ensure that have access to food, shelter, clean water and sanitation. We supported the search and rescue of people trapped in flooded parts of Buzi district. Together with our partner AJOAGO, in the last four days our boats have rescued more than 800 people, transferring them from the roofs of buildings and trees to safe shelters for people displaced by the floods.

Monmouthshire strengthens its Romanian connection by exalting their Grand Master

THE PROVINCE OF MONMOUTHSHIRE HAS STRENGTHENED ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL GRAND LODGE OF ROMANIA, BY EXALTING THEIR GRAND MASTER AND GRAND SECRETARY AT THE HOMFRAY CHAPTER NO. 1562 MEETING ON 14TH MARCH 2019
 
Held at the recently refurbished Risca Masonic Hall, the Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania, Radu Balanesc, and the Grand Secretary, Catalin Tohaneanu, were exalted into Homfray Chapter by Third Grand Principal Gareth Jones OBE, who was ably assisted by Derek Thomas, Second Provincial Grand Principal, and Neil Mounter, Third Provincial Grand Principal.

The officers of the Chapter were exemplary in the ceremony – building on an already strong relationship – with the Province of Monmouthshire playing a key role in the introduction of the Mark degree and the Royal Arch into Romania.

Richard Davies, Grand Superintendent for Monmouthshire, remarked in his response: ‘This is a historical moment for Royal Arch masonry in Monmouthshire and Romania.’ 

There are 14,500 members in Romania and many are keen to expand their knowledge and enjoy being part of other degrees. Monmouthshire Companions are more than pleased to assist and appreciate the consideration of their Romanian friends for allowing them to be part of the establishment of the Royal Arch in their country.

The Striguil Chapter No. 2186 at Chepstow will be exalting 10 Romanian members at their next meeting, which will then bring the number of Romanian companions in Monmouthshire to 38.

13 Romanian Brethren are exalted into the holy royal arch degree

At an emergency meeting of the Frederick Phillips Chapter 13 Romanian Brethren were exalted into the Holy Royal Arch. It was a spectacular occasion with much thought and effort put in to the preparation and execution of such an event. This is one of many exaltations that are planned within our Province as our Brethren from Romania are keen to enjoy the experience of being part of the ‘Supreme Degree’. We were very pleased to host them during their visit and everyone had an enjoyable time.

South Wales and Monmouthshire Knight templars appreciated by the charity they support.

Hospital salutes Welsh support

For their strong support of the world-famous Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, the Templar knights of the Province were presented with a highly prized Award in January.

A senior representative of the Hospital travelled from London to Neath specifically in order to make the Award to the province at the Installation meeting of Castell Nedd Preceptory – a sparkling occasion at which the Eminent Preceptor, E Kt Mark Nicholls, installed his successor E Kt Lee Saunders in the chair.

The Great Sword Bearer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem E Kt Jamie Ingham-Clark, (who is also a Trustee and member of the Board of the Hospital) praised the brethren of Wales for their generosity and he officially announced that the knights of our province had now exceeded the target that had been set for the achievement of a Swift Award.

He therefore expressed great pleasure at being able to present a heavy bronze sculpture of “A Swift in flight” to the Provincial Prior of Monmouth and South Wales, RE Kt Dr Paul Calderwood.

The Provincial Prior expressed the admiration of the brethren for the great work of the hospital (which is performed in one of the most troubled areas of the world) and he said how delighted and grateful the Brother Knights of Wales were to receive this beautiful mark of appreciation.

Fundraising for the hospital did not end at this point in the evening because subsequently the Provincial Prior was able to present the Hospital with a cheque for a further £1,000 and  the new Eminent Preceptor of Castell Nedd Preceptory, E Kt Lee Saunders, presented it with another cheque for £150 – while an additional £160 was raised through the sale of hospital lapel badges

This hospital is the principal charity supported by the United Orders and it provides free treatment to men, women and children of all religions – in an area where eye problems are a major issue and where the rate of blindness is ten times higher than it is in the West.

The activity of the Order of Hospitallers in the 12th century, in having established a hospital in Jerusalem, is reflected today in the generous support given by the United Orders to the St John Eye Hospital Group based in Jerusalem.

The group runs hospitals at Jerusalem, Hebron and Gaza as well as a clinic and an outreach programme – all with a staff of more than 230 people and in 2015 it treats more than 125,000 patients each year.

 

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An out of Province visit to the AEPOW

What a lovely response from a distant visitor to our Province, it shows what an enjoyable fraternity we are.

‘Worshipful Master, Brother Wardens, Provincial Grand Master, Distinguished Brethren and Brethren All,

It has taken me 33 years to reach the Chair of King Solomon, which I did at the end of October last year.  What soon became clear to me was that I should have done it sooner and for someone who has shied away from any form of public speaking – the Temple greetings and response to the Visitors toasts have been a real joy – according to my diary this is my 7th.

However tonight I do feel a little overawed by the occasion and indeed the illustrious company.  I have an Official Provincial Visit this month myself.  It is always an honour to be asked to respond, on behalf of the Visitors – but gosh tonight – what a wonderful ceremony and I do congratulate you Worshipful Master in taking that big step into the Chair of King Soloman, but within a Lodge that I am confident, will support you in all your lawful undertakings.

As Installing Master WBro Adrian, you Sir, were sublime and if you are free this coming Thursday 24th October in Gosport I have a small proposition to discuss with you later.   ALL of the Officers have brought credit to this magnificient Lodge tonight and my heartest congratulations to you all and especially on the way that both the Addresses and Working Tools  were presented, all were a true delight to listen too.

I had hoped to start this speech in Welsh and indeed spent some considerable time with Google and have to confess the sad result was only a ruptured tongue and now discovering that not everyone speaks Welsh anyway (Google 21.7%)  – on that matter, hasn’t Welsh caught on as a language around here?   Anyway as I failed in this noble tongue I thought the next best thing was to tell a story about Japanese as it sounds so similar to me.

On a visit to Japan, a brother was fortunate enough to be invited to a Lodge in Tokyo and at the Festive Board, the Official Visitor rather like myself this evening, stood up, bowed to the brethren, said KONICHEWA once to which the whole room bust into raptious applause and then sat down.  A few days later our brother was in Yokoharma and was again invited to join a local Lodge, however this time he was asked to respond to the Visitors toast and when called by the Junior Warden stood up looked at the 3 tables in front of him, bowed saying KONICHEWA to each of them in turn – to his utter dismay, this met with total silence as he slumped down.  Afterwards mortified at what he had done wrong he questioned his host, who just replied – you no worry, they just don’t like long speeches.

In my thanks I must also mention all the members from Prince of Wales Lodges who have travelled here tonight and particularly my own Lodge 1705 in Gosport, Hampshire, I am sure I speak for them all, in bringing hearty, warm and fraternal greetings from each of them and indeed from my own Provincial Grand Master of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Right Worshipful Bro Michael J. Wilkes.  Hopefully the name check will be noted, as I need all the assistance I can get towards my dark blue.

On the subject of visits, 1705 are, I believe, leading the way in establishing an “alliance” of Prince of Wales Lodges and so far, we from Gosport, Hampshire have visited: Ipswich, Newcastle, Belfast, Jersey, Stow-on-the-Wold, Glasgow, Bradford, LLangelli, Bray, Sutton, and Bury, we have also made contact and had a visit from the Executive Officer of the new Aircraft Carrier HMS Prince of Wales which on completion is to be based in Portsmouth Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour is the eastern boundary of Gosport.

As we keep saying this evening, you are all very welcome to come and visit us, it took just 2¼ hours to travel from deep south to deep South, there is no language barrier – good news for the other 78.3%, what I can promise is a welcome as warm as you have given us. It was so nice to see Adrian and Tony put themselves out to visit our motley crew at Wetherspoons last night.

Finally can I thank WBro Tony Charles, esteemed Secretary of our host Prince of Wales – Albert Edward and WBro Trevor Conduit from my own Lodge for all their hard work in making tonight happen, it is much appreciated by us all, and if it is not too late to wish everyone “A Happy New Year” – BLEWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA*.  I hope we have the opportunity to visit again – assuming that Brexit doesn’t have any effect on border crossings.  Seriously, tonight I have enjoyed myself immensely, and continued my daily advancement in masonic knowledge, this shared with making new friends, what more could you ask forThank you all again.

Brother Junior Warden, thank you for the warm and kindly way you proposed our toast and to each and every brother here, for staying awake long enough to listen it, you may now turn your hearing aids down and  enjoy the rest of the evening – goodnight my Brothers.’

 

Aydrian Martin and St Davids Hospice

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Celebrating all the hard work of 2018, Freemasons Lodges are reminding us of how great our supporters have been the past year (as always) and also how great they still are in this New Year

AEPOW Lodge have raised an incredible £1028.50 from their Ladies Night + other events, as well as The Armed Forces Lodge raising a fantastic £600 from their Ladies Festival!
Well done to you all – you have done an awesome job over 2018 and we are very grateful to have your support in 2019 ❤️

This article courtesy of W. Bro. Ayd Martin