Monmouthshire Masons donate over £18,000 to local good causes

charity night

This evening over £18,000 was donated to local charities and good causes. All the recipients were very pleased with the donations. Many were expecting much smaller sums than they actually received which was a very pleasant surprise for them. It was truly humbling to see the dedication and emotion from so many hard working people, all for the benefit of others. There were several touching moments ranging from two young girls (India Lane and Abbey Morgan) who gave a well rehearsed response on behalf of the 1st Bulwark Brownies, Sara Eales the chair of ‘Jacobs Starz’ a charity set up in memory of her son to Mr Ieuan Coombes a sufferer of cerebral palsy who walked through the temple to receive just over £500 for the Sparkle Appeal and many others who reminded us  of how lucky we are….The Provincial Grand Master mentioned in his summing up how impressed he was with all those who do so much ‘for humanity’. All funds donated were raised by Monmouthshire Masons.

In addition £4000 was donated to the Wales Air Ambulance Service. The funds for that donation was made available by the Grand Charity.

Silurian ‘Candidate’ Raises Cash the hard way for Lifelites

Lewis Jones, son of Silurian Lodge Brother Emlyn Jones, has been raising money for the Lifelites Charity. Lewis, a Lewis, is currently ‘waiting in the wings’ to be initiated into the Silurian Lodge No.471.

His fundraising efforts have been acknowledged by Lifelites and below is an extract from his Employer, SIEMENS Newsletter “CASCADE” which published the story in their November 2013 Issue.

Lewis is a Graduate Electrical Engineer  with Siemens Water Technologies Ltd

So far over £500 has been raised, but further donations are most welcome.

Lewis would like to thank all those who have donated so far. His Father Emlyn said he and the Family were very proud of Lewis and the efforts he puts into charitable fundraising.

Emlyn works in Dubai and plans are underway to coincide a trip home with an Initiation probably in April or May of 2014.

W.Bro. Adrian Martin, Worshipful Master of the Silurian Lodge said he was delighted that Lewis is desirous of joining the Lodge and the whole Lodge will be looking forward to his Initiation. W.Bro. Adrian said that Charity plays a major role in the Silurian Lodge and that Lewis would fit in well with that ethic.

Submitted by Vernon Edwards

The Eyes Have It

Press release from the recent Ty Hafan handover by Lifelites attended by the PGM, Deputy PGM, Asst. PGM and the Prov.G. Charity Steward and Elaine Edwards following the donation of £50,000 by Monmouthshire Freemasons.

Lifelites - Ty Hafan Celebration - Group shot

The Eyes Have It

Lifelites Help Children at Tŷ Hafan Look to the Future with Eye-Tracking Tech

State-of the-art technology that works by the “Glint of an eye” has been donated to a local children’s hospice by award-winning charity Lifelites as they unveiled a trend-setting technology project at Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice.

Lifelites projects provide specialist technology for the youngsters in all 49 of the baby and children’s hospice in the British Isles. The charity was announced Digital Leaders in 2012 in recognition of their innovative work with disabled children.

The Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice project, which also contains state-of-the-art touchscreen technology, the latest gaming consoles and specially adapted iPads has been put together with disabled children in mind. And Lifelites say that this is where the Eye Gaze comes into its own: the incredible technology works by tracking the movement of the user’s eye, and it means that all children – whatever their disability or illness – will have access to the power of technology.

Jayne Saunders, Director of Care at Tŷ Hafan, said: “We are delighted to have benefitted from this fantastic project which will make such a difference to the children and young people we support. We pride ourselves on being a centre of excellence for children’s palliative care and embrace new and innovative technologies which focus on improving the quality of life of children not expected to reach adulthood. We are incredibly grateful to Lifelites for their continued support and are very much looking forward to seeing the children enjoying this state-of-the-art equipment.”

Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: “This is a path-breaking Lifelites project and contains some of our most revolutionary technology to date. But it’s more than just futuristic gadgets. This equipment will mean children at Tŷ Hafan now have more opportunities to communicate, create and take control. That is why we’re determined to continue putting revolutionary technology like the Eyegaze in every hospice in the British Isles.”

The charity says that Lifelites equipment and support will cost around £35,700 over the next four years but Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice won’t have to pay a penny towards it. Instead, Lifelites has been supported by the Province of Monmouthshire and Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, amongst others.

Malcolm Lane, the Provincial Grand Master of Monmouthshire and a Lifelites trustee, said: “I’m very well acquainted with the importance of Lifelites projects for life-limited children in our Province. We know the money donated will be put to excellent use: providing specialist technology for children at the Lifelites project closest to our hearts here in South Wales.”



£1000 donation for Newport Masonic Hall restoration fund.


During the after proceedings of a very successful Jasper Tudor LOI festival, WBro. Malcolm Beardmore is happily receiving a £1000 donation from Bro. Gary Gassor on behalf of the Brethren of the Jasper Tudor Lodge. The funds were the proceeds of the ‘Demon Divas’ evening held at the end of October along with several donations including £100 from the Casnewydd Lodge. WBro. Malcolm emphasised the importance of donations such as this to enable the restoration of the building to be continued. A new account has been opened specifically for this purpose and all donations by either Lodges or individuals can now be designated solely for this very worthwhile project. As the representative of Newport Masonic Hall he also expressed his gratitude and hoped that other events would follow in order to make progress with the considerable work needed at present.

Pictured below is Bro. Adam Heybyrne, WBro. Paul Salter, WBro. Anthony Halse and Bro. Gary Gassor. All of whom were integral to the success of the evening.

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This months social events

Date  Lodge/Chapter/Etc.         Function                     Contact

09/11/2013      Islwyn              Ladies Festival       Chris Moss       01495 229674

23/11/2013      Trevethin          Ladies Festival       Richard Davies   01633 870346

29/11/2013       Province   Charity Presentations     Your Lodge Charity Steward

30/11/2013       Silurian            Ladies Festival        Adrian Martin    01633 857593

30/11/2013       Roderick Hill    Race Night               Peter Allard           01291 623579