At the Jasper Tudor Lodge at Newport Masonic Hall last Saturday evening it was the election of the new Worshipful Master for 2016/17. Bro. Ben Waters was well supported by fourteen Wardens of the Province. That’s over half the Lodges of the Province represented. A good night was had by all enjoying an excellent ceremony and after proceedings with the festivities continuing until quite late.
The inaugural shoot of the MMCSA was held at Tree Tops, Newport.
The event was attended by three Monmouthshire Masons, one Wiltshire Mason and a non masonic guest.
Left to right – David Trevelyan (guest), Martin Price (MMCSA Treasurer), Paul Burley (MMCSA Secretary), Simon Burley (Wiltshire Province) and Kevin Phillips (Monmouthshire).
The day started with bacon rolls and coffee at the local Greggs store at 9am before heading up tree tops. We were met by Andrew Groombridge and the his team and once signed in headed down to the first stand. It started rain on the first few stands but this didn’t dampen the spirits and we made the most of a few covered stands. The first fifty clays soon flew by and by the halfway stage Martin Price had the lead but due to family commitments had to leave it there. Another 50 clays were soon dispatched and by the end of the 9th stand Kevin Phillips had the lead. Despite good shooting all round and a good first time outing by David Kevin managed to keep the lead, finishing the morning with the highest score, but only by 2 shots to Simon.
Back at the Tree Tops Lodge Paul Burley handed a bottle of wine to Kevin as winner of the first MMCSA shoot. Well done Kevin and to all those who too part.
The next shoot will be held a Keepers Lodge on the 7th February and will start at 9:45. This will be a friendly shoot with members of the Bristol Masonic Shooting Association popping over the bridge to join us. The cost of the event is £20.00 for 50 clays, a bacon roll and hot drink on arrival and hot drink at the end of the days shoot. It is open to members and non members, licensed guns and beginners alike.
If you wish to join the sociable company of this group and find out what we are all about.
W. Bro. Paul Burley
Worshipful Brother George Reynolds of the Jasper Tudor Lodge No. 4074 has been providing his services to many Lodges over decades as a Tyler of the Lodge. W. Bro. George (a WWII veteran and an ex Japanese POW) at 96 years young still imposes a daunting figure to those who meet him for the first time, but respect is soon gained for the demeanour of a man who has seen much and does his best to share his knowledge of Freemasonry and the correct way of giving the various salutes and behavioral aspects which should be expected from all true Freemasons. W. Bro. George is also renowned for his inimitable Tylers toast at the dining table which signifies the end of the formal proceedings.