At Newport Masonic Hall last Friday evening the Initiates from the last year were invited to a presentation organised by the Province. There was a good attendance from the initiates who enjoyed explanations of the Temple furniture etc. and were introduced to several of the Provincial executive. The evening was rounded off with a sumptuous buffet.
Last Thursday at the Annual Provincial Widows’ Luncheon hosted by The PGM, a gathering of 70 including some of our Almoners and their wives enjoyed each others company and a very informative talk.
The well known singer Rhys Herridge from Carmarthen, entertained the ladies during the coffee reception in the small dining room/ bar and also at lunch. The guest speaker, Jonathan Mudd representing Guide Dogs for Wales made an excellent presentation and was accompanied by Betty who has had a guide dog for about a year. The ladies loved that.
There was a raffle which raised £240, this was split 50/50 between The Newport Ladies Group and Guide Dogs for Wales.
This evening at the meeting of the Jasper Tudor Lodge W Bro. David Morgan celebrated 50 years of being a Freemason. We were very fortunate that the Provincial Grand Master called in on his way back from Provincial matters in Wiltshire to present W Bro. David with a certificate and a lapel badge. He also gave a very nice history of W Bro David’s masonic activities. David’s family were also present and we were very fortunate to have David’s granddaughter Katherine entertain us with her singing talents. Katherine was a recipient of Masonic help as one of the talent aid charity participants. I must say she has a beautiful voice and it is a pleasure to see how our assistance can help someone on their way to hopefully a successful professional future. Katherine has just signed a significant contract as the leading female singer on a cruise liner and has been shortlisted for several West End shows.
In recognition of his outstanding efforts regarding the Lodge, the Brethren unanimously voted him as an honorary member at the meeting which preceded the event. W Bro David was presented with an equine statue as he has spent most of his life looking after several horses.
As is often the case with the Jasper Tudor Lodge we made the evening even more entertaining by holding a race night. It was enjoyed by all who attended and the proceeds of the evening raised in excess of £500. This will be added to the funds we have collected recently and will be donated to Newport Masonic Hall in aid of the restoration fund.
A picture paints a thousand words!
Should you wish to purchase prints of this very important local social history mural which has now been destroyed in order to make way for ‘progress’ as far as the regeneration of Newport is concerned, please contact Newport Masonic Hall direct. on 01633 263433 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
As a footnote, there are still murals left to view in the walkways around the Old Green roundabout. Worth a visit.