400th meeting for the Henllys Lodge

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What a turn out!! Pictured are the High Executive of the Province who attended the Henllys Lodge at their 400th meeting. This milestone was enjoyed by all who attended. An initiation ceremony was performed in an exemplary manner by all involved. The Worshipful Master (W Bro. Robert Hawkins) conducted the ceremony in his own inimitable way which no doubt left a lasting impression on the Initiate. One thought that springs to mind is considering the excellent attendance and success of the meeting, the candidate may be a little deflated at their next meeting!!!

Well done to all concerned, and keep up the good work within your Lodge.

Hypnotist evening at Henllys ‘entrancing’.

photoPictured is the ‘Great Maso’ (Roger Mason from the Henllys Lodge) plying his trade and entrancing two of the audience at a very successful social evening at the Pontypool Masonic Hall. Roger showed the power of an influential mind in a very entertaining and dignified way, much laughter and enjoyment was had by all. The event started with a sumptuous buffet and light hearted comedy sketch, after Rogers main event a very enjoyable sing-along raised everyone’s spirits at the latter part of the evening. It finished with a very successful raffle, the proceeds of which went to charity.

Armed Forces Lodge ‘Sweethearts Ball’ a sweet success.

20140228_194821Pictured is W Bro. Chris Kirk with his sweetheart. The evening was a huge success with many taking up the challenge of dressing up in 1940’s costume. W Bro. Chris mentioned that all those who attended had a very enjoyable evening with something ‘a little different’. He was very pleased with the turn out in general and has forwarded me quite a collection of photos from the evening. Should you wish me to forward them for you interest just let me know.

Adventure scouts visit Newport masonic hall.

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On Thursday 20th March 2014 a group of 20 Adventure Scouts and three
Leaders based at Cwmbran visited the Newport Masonic Hall.

The group were welcomed by our Provincial Grand Master who then gave a
presentation on “what freemasonry is all about”. Worshipful Brother Norman Edwards gave a presentation on  “a tour of the Temple “,  followed by Worshipful Brother Vernon Edwards, who gave a presentation on “Masonic Charities” with particular reference to “Local Charities”.

The evening culminated in a the taking of refreshments which allowed
opportunities to answer questions and continue discussions. It was a very successful evening and we received an email from the Leaders thanking us for a “very informative and a fun event”, and indicated that feedback from the group “had been very positive.”

This article provided by W Bro. Norman Edwards.

The George Henry Reynolds Trophy

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At the Jasper Tudor Lodge on the 15th March Bro. Andrew Jones was presented with the George Henry Reynolds Trophy. This award is given annually to the Brother who has shown the most promise and dedication to the Lodge during the last year (Worshipful brethren are not eligible). Pictured is a very pleased Bro. Andrew having the trophy presented to him by W Bro. George.

Mark Woodhouse, 25 years a Mason.

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Pictured above from left to right is the Worshipful Master of the Silurian Lodge W Bro. Roger Thompson, W Bro. Chris Evans Assistant Provincial Grand Master and W Bro. Mark Woodhouse. At the meeting of the Silurian Lodge on the 5th of March W Bro. Mark celebrated 25 years membership of the Lodge. W Bro. Mark has been a wonderful supporter of his Lodge during this time although never going through the chair. W Bro. Mark is the IPM of the Lodge of Progress which is a Provincial Stewards Lodge.

Launch of the Monmouthshire Mini Festival

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On February 27th at the Charles Lyne Lodge of Installed Masters, the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro. the Revd. Malcolm C.G. Lane JP was delighted to launch our new Mini Festival.  The purpose of the Mini Festival is to replenish the 1997 Monmouthshire Masonic Trust Fund, which as many of you are aware is entirely for the benefit of local good causes. A total of £215,000 has been donated to local charities over the last fifteen years at the presentation evenings each November.

The vision of the Trust Fund when it was first established by the late R W Bro. Donald C. Powell was that it should be perpetually available to us to support local charities.  Current interest rates mean that the Trust Fund has been considerably depleted and if we are to continue to draw on the Trust Fund, as we have done, we must replenish it, to ensure our support for such worthwhile causes within our communities continues.

The Mini Festival for home charities will run until 2017, and a target has been set to ‘hopefully’ boost the Fund from its current balance of £200,000 to £400,000.  In terms of the amounts raised for the 2013 Festival, this is both realistic and achievable. Up to £30,000 a year (for the next 4 years) will be donated to local charities through the course of this Mini Festival through the usual allocation to all Lodges.

The new Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro. Chris Evans has been given responsibility for the Mini Festival, assisted by the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W Bro. Vernon Edwards and the Trust Fund Committee.

Every Mason in the Province will shortly receive a booklet outlining the important work of the ‘First Fifteen Years’ of the Trust Fund.  The booklet has been written by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master W Bro. Richard Davies who has been involved with the Trust Fund since its inception.  A personal letter from the Provincial Grand Master emphasising the Importance of continuing to support local good causes, through the work of the Trust Fund, will accompany the booklet.

Pictured are representatives of local charities who have benefited from the 1997 Trust Fund