First results for Newport Masonic Hall’s 200 club.

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On Saturday 18th January at the Jasper Tudor Lodge the first draw of NMH ‘200 club’ was made. The winner of £150 first prize was WBro. Paul Salter with number 58. Second prize of £50 went to WBro. Brian Nicholls with number 6.

This draw will be held monthly and proceeds raised will be for the restoration fund of Newport Masonic Hall. The monthly cost is £5 and the prize money will be £200 per month with larger sums at Christmas and the summer. Should you wish to enrol to this very worthwhile cause or require more details please contact WBro. Haydn Bishop on 01291 421198.

100th Birthday Celebration of Mrs Rosalie Lewis

homfray 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.

 

50 years and still going strong!

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WBro. Oswald Lovering who has been a Freemason for just over 50 years received a certificate and a Veterans lapel badge at the St Mellonius Lodge meeting where he is the Senior Past Master having attained the Chair in 1973. When asked what he thought of reaching such a milestone he replied ‘firstly I’m glad I’ve lived this long’. WBro ‘Ozzy’ is the grand age of 85 and still enjoys an active participation in Lodge activities. Over 50 brethren attended the meeting which was very light hearted and enjoyable. Pictured with Ozzy (above) The RW Provincial Grand Master the Rev. Malcolm C. G. Lane and (below) The Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro. Robert Arundel.

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What an Honour!

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An honour and a surprise! At the Silurian Installation the Worshipful Master proffered the gavel to the RW Provincial Grand Master as a token of courtesy only to be informed that he would be keeping it for a little while as he had Provincial business to perform.

The Lodge Wardens were then replaced by the Provincial Wardens and the RW Provincial Grand Master then promoted WBro Vernon Edwards (pictured) to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in recognition of all his hard work as the Provincial Charity Steward. A promotion richly deserved considering the success of the Festival where over £1.2 million was raised over a five year period for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.

Jasper Tudor Brethren reach 25 year milestone.

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At the December meeting of the Jasper Tudor Lodge a presentation was made by WBro. John Challenger (background) to WBro. Jonathan Roberts (left) and Bro. Mike Willis both celebrating 25 years in Freemasonry. They were co-initiates and have both enjoyed their membership of the Lodge and Freemasonry in general. Although Mike has never taken the chair he has been a stalwart member and often travelled great distances to attend his Lodge as he has lived in several parts of the country. WBro. Jonathan is well known to us all as he is quite a prolific Mason and currently holds the rank of Provincial Director of Ceremonies in the Mark degree. The Lodge presented them with engraved tankards to celebrate this milestone and hopefully they will continue to enjoy their membership for many years to come.