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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.