What a night. This evening I was privileged to attend the Isca Lodge of Instruction Festival where we were treated to a magnificent show of superbly delivered ritual. From the explanation of the preparation of a candidate to the very in depth parts of lectures seldom heard within Monmouthshire. All from Brethren who have a rare quality of learning very complex material and presenting it with comfort and finesse. Pictured above are those that took part along with the RW Provincial Grand Master, the Rev. Malcolm C.G. Lane, some of his executive officers and the preceptors of the several Lodges that form the Isca LOI group. Congratulations to all concerned. Those who attended enjoyed themselves tremendously.
Pictured here is a fine example of how the funds we raise can be life enhancing/changing. This is the Concord tandem, named after the Lodge of Concord who instigated its funding from the Province. The tandem is here being used by the Welsh Commonwealth pair at the British Sprint Championships. The rear rider is blind and is assisted by a sighted partner.
This provided by W Bro Neil Smith of the Concord Lodge who is the Secretary of Disabled Cycling Wales.
Here we find the intrepid W Bro. Chris Kirk during the Black Mountains Challenge. Not only did he enjoy himself savouring the spectacular scenery and pushing himself physically, a fine sum of £360 was raised for the benevolent account of the Armed Forces Lodge. Congratulations must be extended to WBro. Chris as without considerable effort by a few Masons like himself, many would not benefit.
The Knights of the Province of Monmouth & South Wales held their annual Church Service on Sunday 27th April 2014 at All Saints Church Porthcawl, this was the second occasion that the event has been hosted by the Canon and Wardens of All Saints Church who once again provided a very warm welcome. E.Kt. Roy Saunders is to be thanked for his assistance in organising the day.
The Provincial Prelate, E.Kt. Rev Keith Davies conducted the service which was attended by approximately 40 Knights along with their families and friends swelling the congregation to over 75.
As the pictures show, the weather proved relatively kind, allowing the Knights to process into the Church in full regalia under the Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard’s Arch of Steel.
The Provincial Sub Prior E.Kt. D. Gareth Gait read the Precepts of the Order and the Provincial Prior R.E.Kt. P. Gordon W. France read the Lesson and as part of the service the Banners of the Preceptories within the Province were paraded and blessed.
Following the Service refreshments were served in the Church Hall, with the aroma of freshly cooked Welsh Cakes tempting many of the congregation to try them , they were not disappointed! The thanks of the Province was extended to the ladies of the Church for this delightful tea.
As the event proved so successful it is hoped that we will be able to return to All Saints again next year.
Any Mason wanting to know more about the Order can visit the Provincial Web Site www.kt-msw.org or contact the Provincial Vice Chancellor for further information. E.Kt. Wayne Dyer, Provincial Vice Chancellor.
What a scream. At the Jasper Tudor Social Evening good fun was had by all. This race shows some of the ladies who attended participating in the horse racing with much clamour from their supporters. It was a thoroughly enjoyable night with almost 70 attending. Although the ticket price was only £10 they still managed to raise over £700 for local charities through sponsorship and ticket sales over £60 was raised in less than five minutes by many trying to roll a pound coin up to a vintage bottle of port. Well done all concerned, the funds raised will make a difference to those we can try to help.
On the 5th April 2014, Homfray Lodge No. 1562, held their annual Ladies Festival at the Parc Golf Club, Newport. The proceeds of the raffle and other cheque donations raised £410.00.
Mrs Diane Moses, the wife of the W.M., (seated in the photo) had chosen Tenovus Cancer Support as her nominated charity for the evening and the proceeds were duly presented at the end of the Raffle draw. Nothing unusual so far – all’s going well.
Diane and close family friend, Mrs Carol Jones (standing), are both members of the Cwmbran Tenovus “Sing with us” Choir – see below **
W.Bro. John, with Carol’s help and who is also chair of “Friends of Tenovus”, organised without Diane’s knowledge, for about 30 members of the choir to attend and sing a couple of numbers from their growing repertoire. As you can imagine, keeping Diane out of all the loops necessary, was not an easy task!
As soon as Diane had finished her response to the Ladies toast, the choir filed into the function room and onto the balcony – the surprise was complete and Diane, still in shock, quickly recovered and joined her colleagues and took her place.
Of the 70+ people present, only a handful knew what was planned. It was such a pleasant surprise and great success that the choir, in fact, sang 3 songs and were given a standing ovation.