Mrs Rosalie Lewis celebrated her 100th Birthday on the 27th November 2013, at the Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court, Porthcawl. Her late husband Bro. Cliff Lewis was a member of Homfray Lodge No 1562 and graduated to the Grand Lodge above in 2001. They had been married for 65 years.
Just over 3 years ago, W.Bro Selwyn Gardiner, a PM and Almoner of Homfray Lodge, succeeded in obtaining a place for Rosalie in the Porthcawl Care Home run by the RMBI. You may already know there are another 16 such facilities in England & Wales.
W.Bro. Selwyn (pictured right), W.Bro. Henry Chivers (middle), IPM, and W.Bro. T. John Moses (left), attended her celebrations which started at 10.30am. Rosalie was surrounded by 4 generations of her family and it was a lovely morning. During the day many of her old friends and neighbours visited.
The staff at the home are marvellous; they do care and are a credit to the RMBI. They arranged a wonderful spread and birthday cake. Children from the local primary & junior schools came and sang for her. A small group of sixth formers, from the local Comprehensive sang a few songs from their upcoming Xmas show, which was very professional – a credit to their teachers & school.
They had lunch with Rosalie and although she relies on a wheelchair, her general health is good but her mind is razor sharp. She was a community nurse with Monmouthshire County Council for 46 years and kept them entertained over lunch, with the stories of her exploits in the Welsh Valleys, during her working life.
Rosalie spoke of her gratitude to Freemasonry in general & the RMBI in particular, and of how moving to Porthcawl had been a life-changing moment for her. Rosalie said that Selwyn had made it all possible – she is now very happy.
In the latest edition of “Freemasonry Today” page 67 – there is an article reporting on the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the home at Porthcawl and also the 100th birthday of Lina Joshua. The joint celebrations were held in September 2013. In fact, three residents celebrated their 100th in 2013 and Rosalie is the youngest of the trio.
This article courtesy of W.Bro. T. John Moses.