2013 is coming to an end and 2014 will soon be upon us. The Province has enjoyed an extremely successful year with the consecration of the Armed Forces Lodge (albeit at the second attempt due to the inclement weather last January) and the culmination of the two charity appeals undertaken by the Province.
The Festival period for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys ended during the Summer, and the celebrations in September at the prestigious Celtic Manor were enjoyed by all who attended. The total announced that evening for the five years hard work by many Brethren of the Province was £1,219,414 a truly staggering amount and far exceeding our original target of £750,000.
The Royal Arch Bicentennial Appeal for the Royal College of Surgeons was also completed with Monmouthshire exceeding our target by over 50%. Contributing to a national total of £2,000,000.
I must take this opportunity to make mention of the retirement of VWBro Anthony Williams as Deputy Provincial Grand Master following years of outstanding commitment and dedication to the Province. We all wish VWBro Anthony a happy retirement to spend quality time with his wife Sylvia. On the retirement of VWBro Anthony I was pleased to appoint WBro Richard Davies as Deputy Provincial Grand Master at the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting in October and I congratulate him and look forward to his support in the future.
Monmouthshire as a Province is almost unique with only 30 Lodges, where deep and meaningful friendships are forged right across the Province by those who enjoy their visits to other Lodges, and on a personal note I thank you all for the welcome which I receive together with my Provincial team at every Lodge Installation .
Freemasonry is a wonderful organisation, within our values are Brotherly love, relief and truth. The Festive season is a time where we need to exercise those ideals by sparing a little time for those who may be alone this Christmas. Perhaps a phone call or a visit will reassure those who may be feeling a little isolated that they are in our thoughts and are not forgotten.
Christmas is a happy time and should be about enjoying yourselves with your families and friends.
I hope you and your families have an enjoyable Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2014.
God Bless you all
RW Bro the Reverend Malcolm C G Lane
Islwyn Lodge raised a magnificent £507 at their Christmas Festival and the following Lodge raffle where there were a selection of wonderful cakes made by WBro. Les Evans daughter. The Christmas event was very entertaining when Santa had an identity crisis as there were two Santa’s in the building at the same time. The funds were presented to the Jacobstarz charity which is Blackwood based and dedicate their efforts relieving children and families who are affected by terminal cancer in young people. Pictured is WBro Kevin Hurley presenting the cheque to the chairperson of the charity Mrs Sara Eales, who lost her son to cancer.
The RW Provincial Grand Master, the Rev. M.C.G. Lane was very pleased on behalf of the Province to hold the annual Christmas get together at Newport Masonic Hall for the benefit of many widows of Brethren of the Province. There were several Carols sung and a light buffet was served along with the traditional mince pies. This annual event is very important as it allows an opportunity for the renewing of friendships and generally reminds many that they are not forgotten and are still part of our fraternity.
On Thursday evening (12/12/13), following the election of their
worshipful master for the ensuing year in a very short ‘business’ meeting of
the lodge, the brethren of Albert Edward Prince of Wales made their way to
the bar to meet their partners, friends, family members and guests. All
present then returned to the temple to be entertained by the Allegra Ladies’
Choir. The choir provided an excellent and professional programme of songs
that was enjoyed by one and all – as evidenced by the standing ovation given
to the choir at the end of the evening’s ‘show’. The rest of the evening was
spent in the dining room where everyone enjoyed a fine Christmas
dining experience, followed by carol singing and a very active rendition of
The Twelve Days of Christmas. All in all – a most enjoyable evening.
Information and picture provided by WBro. Brian Medhurst
WBro. Charles Ferris (pictured right) raised over £1000 by ‘sleeping rough’ for one night at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium. WBro. Charles is a wonderful example of a dedicated fundraiser and champion of good causes. Ranging from this event to his regular trips to Belarus taking much needed items to orphanages and other worthy groups. We wonder what his next ‘mission’ will be?