This evening we were given a good part of the 2013 Prestonian Lecture at the Lodge of Concord in Risca. VWBro. Dr Paul Calderwood gave a very concise history of Freemasonry and the media during the 20th Century. It was very enlightening to all who attended and I am sure that it will encourage discussion amongst those with an interest in our past.
What a tremendous event. Topped off by a fabulous Gala Dinner enjoyed by well over 100 people at Newport Masonic Hall.
The ‘entertainment’ was Sir Trefor Morris giving a talk on some of his interests and observations around the Province, both historical events and interesting personalities. This was received very well. The draw then took place where around 30 fantastic prizes were drawn for by a selection of the guests. The winners will be notified over the next few days.
The evening then continued with a superb vocal talent in the name of Rhys Herridge from Carmarthen. He sang a varied selection of songs both traditional and modern both in Welsh and English.
Congratulations to all those who worked very hard making this raffle a success and those who supported it by buying tickets or providing such worthwhile prizes. The proceeds of the raffle will be directed to the 1997 Trust Fund which has given over £200,000 to charities and good causes within Monmouthshire over the last 15 years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
W.Bro. Allan Williams MBE had great enjoyment presenting the RWPGM the Rev. Malcolm C.G. Lane with the proceeds of the raffle this evening. An enjoyable time was had by all who attended at the Parc golf club.
The meal was excellent and the entertainment was refreshing, Bro. Rhys Herridge travelled all the way from Carmarthenshire to treat us to his repertoire of songs, many of them in Welsh.
Allan, who is the main organiser of the event, is a spritely 81 years young. He thoroughly enjoyed the evening and it is obvious from the enjoyment in the picture above that the night was a great success.
Brother Gary Gassor, his friends, family and many of the members of the Jasper Tudor Lodge and members of the Maindee Martial Arts group, put on a cabaret evening styled on the ‘Stars in their eyes’ programme from times past. Much hilarity was had by the almost 150 people who attended at Newport Masonic Hall. The event was organised to benefit Parkinson’s UK and the Province of Monmouthshire’s home charities festival. Several of the fund raising methods were innovative to say the least, ranging from text giving directly to PUK to a football scratch card that raised £200.
Congratulations must be given to Brother Gary, his team and the brethren of the Jasper Tudor Lodge who participated for their outstanding effort and training for the event to ensure the night was entertaining as well as rewarding. Also, without the hard work over several weeks by Gary’s daughters Emma and Leanne procuring sponsorship and support the event would not have been anywhere near as successful as it was.
Well done everyone. £8000 is a colossal sum of money and without a doubt, this money will make a difference to many worthy causes.
This morning many Masons throughout our Province attended remembrance meetings at many war memorials. Pictured is the WM of the Jasper Tudor Lodge WBro. Peter Howells, Mr Karl Nielsen and WBro. Roy Wigmore PGADC. All of whom attended the service in Newport.
Many others attended events throughout the Province and it is good to see that respect for those who’s sacrifice enables us to live in the society that we do today without fear, continues.
Date Lodge/Chapter/Etc. Function Contact
01/11/2014 2004/5 Masters Social Evening Allan Williams
01/11/2014 St Georges Choir Evening Sean Rees
08/11/2014 Jasper Tudor Stars in their eyes Paul Salter
15/11/2014 Blue Lamp Ladies ‘Dining In’ Mike Knight
21/11/2014 Trevethin Ladies Festival Alan Hodge
22/11/2014 Province Provincial Dinner Vernon Edwards
24/11/2014 Concord The 2013 Prestonian Lecture Bill Davies
28/11/2014 Province Charity Presentation Evening
Your Charity Steward
29/11/2014 Beaufort Mark Ladies Night John Walters
29/11/2014 AEPOW home (Porthcawl) Christmas Fayre Rebecca Timms 01656 785311