Above is pictured a memorial to the men of the Monmouthshire Regiment who lost 85 men in one day who were inhabitants of Newport in 1915. 85 trees were planted in their memory opposite Blaina Wharf a few of which are pictured below. W.Bro. Charles Ferris worked very hard collecting for this memorial and encouraged many Masons to be contributors from funds given to 250.000 poppy seeds.
Members of the Jasper Tudor Lodge organised a cabaret evening where many dressed up in exotic clothing and entertained everyone for a few hours. The main contributors to the evenings entertainment were the Maindee Martial Arts and Fitness Centre of which around 8 of the Jasper Tudor Brethren are either members or have family links. Everyone worked extremely hard at fundraising for local charities and in particular the outstanding effort by both Bro. Gary Gassors daughters Emma and Leanne. Local businesses were approached and the positive results were there for all to see by the end of the evening with a staggering £14,291.65 raised. Prior to the evening several individuals had raised funds by several means, from running half marathons to individual training sessions with some of the highly qualified Martial Arts Tutors. The funds will be distributed in varying proportions to the local branches of :- Cystic Fybrosis, The Stroke Association, The Sparkle Appeal (local childrens Hospital), Special Care Infant Parent Support and the Jasper Tudor Lodger Charity Account which supports local charities and good causes throughout the year.
Newport Masonic Hall was full to capacity which was also a good thing as no doubt there would have been a healthy income at the bar and as funds are always needed to help restore the building this would be an added bonus.
The Lodge of Friendship held their annual BBQ in the beautiful grounds of one of their members. The day was well attended and the sun shone throughout, which added to the enjoyment. Entertainment was provided which many sang along to and a generous raffle was held the proceeds of which will be donated to local charities.
Photos courtesy of W Bro. Mike Quick.
On the hottest day of the year so far, Monmouthshire Masonic Golf Society entertained the Wiltshire Masonic Golf Society, for their annual fixture at the Newport Golf Club.
Due to annual holidays and other commitments, neither side was able to field a full team and eventually teed off with 10 Players per team. First pairing off for Monmouthshire were R.W. Bro. M. John Hughes, and the current Society Captain, W. Bro. Mike Quick. Both were apparently in excellent form, comprehensively defeating their opponents 6 and 4, to give Monmouthshire the first points on the Board.
The next two matches did not go quite as well for Monmouthshire, W. Bro. Alwyn Webb and W. Bro. David Jones going down 4 and 3, and W. Bro. John Wigmore and W. Bro. Mike Oaten, losing on the last hole for the fixture to swing the way of Wiltshire with a 2 to 1 points lead. Fortunately the fourth pairing of W Bro. Mike Knight and W. Bro. Gordon Hughes were in fine form, winning their match 4 and 3 to square the fixture at 2 matches each. The result therefore rested on the final pairing of W. Bro. Bob Daw and Bro. Mike Faraday, who duly obliged by winning their match 2 and 1, to make the fixture result 3 points to 2 in favour of Monmouthshire.
At the Dinner following, all the players were complimentary of the excellent condition of the Newport course. The Monmouthshire Captain, W. Bro. Mike Quick was pleased to receive the ‘MONWILT’ shield from the acting Captain of Wiltshire, W. Bro. Mike Eagle, who stressed that the shield was only on loan to Monmouthshire until the fixture at Wiltshire in 2016.
This article courtesy of W Bro. Mike Knight.