On Sunday 11th December Chepstow Masonic Hall held its annual Christmas Carol Service.
The service was held in the temple with W Bro Canon Arthur Edwards taking the service. Which was made up of carols, readings and prayers.
One reading was done by two of W Bro Adrian Cullimore’s(Worshipful Master of Striguil Lodge) grandchildren, Daniel & Aimee Pritchard aged 9 & 5 respectively. Aimee stole the show by putting her reading on the lectern then having to stand on tip toe to read which Aimee did very well. At the end of the service the question was asked of ‘Bampy’ where do you sit? The photograph shows, W Bro Adrian Cullimore sat with his two daughters Rachel Pritchard and Anne-Marie Powell along with grandchildren Alex Pritchard and Jacob Powell.
After the service everybody moved downstairs and enjoyed a wonderful 4 course Sunday/Christmas lunch and mince pies.
The widows of the Lodge were invited with some attending and enjoying the occasion.
The afternoon was topped off with the arrival of Father Christmas and gifts were given to all the children.
With thanks to W Bro. Bob Jones for organising a most successful afternoon.
This article courtesy of W. Bro. Adrian Cullimore.
Although the event was well promoted by all the Almoners and especially as I made a point in my initial letter to them asking that they especially invite all the Widows from the smaller local groups, numbers were down on previous years. A number of incidents on the day prevented a few Ladies attending and of course the very cold weather leading up to the event put some Ladies off.
Having said all that, the day was a great success and the first of this sort to be hosted by our new Provincial Grand Master Rt. W. Bro. Richard G. Davies. Our PGM did the rounds of all the tables and chatted to all the ladies. They enjoyed meeting him and said how much they looked forward to these meetings. The Ladies were in good voice and Bro. David James (Abergavenny) provided the music which was greatly appreciated.
A raffle was held which raised £165.00 which will be put to good use for the benefit of the group.
A photograph is worth a hundred words but unfortunately we do not have one. We were all enjoying ourselves so much, no-one remembered to take one.
This article submitted by W. Bro. Vince White.
The Brethren and their Ladies of the Armed Forces Lodge enjoyed a very successful evening at the St Mellons Golf Club last Saturday. The evening went very well with 90 attending. Particularly successful was the raffle, there were over 70 raffle prizes which included a good selection of bottles and many other nice prizes including a couple of spa days. A total of £1200 was raised on the night which no doubt will be gratefully received and faithfully applied by the two charities who will benefit from the event. The monies will be shared equally between St David’s Hospice Care and Help For Heroes. The ladies song was sung by W. Bro. Mark Pearce in his own inimitable way.
Congratulations to W. Bro. Adrian Martin and his wife Janet for their successful effort in raising such a magnificent sum.
The Christmas Fayre opened this year to beautiful weather. The Grotto looked outstanding and we are keeping the fireside themed area throughout the Christmas period for Residents and their Relatives to spend time together. Phil Aubrey was the man in red and the children flocked in to receive their free sweeties and balloons. There was so much for the children to do from ‘ Play your Cards Right’ with Henry Caylor of Croeso Lodge no 8377 to painting Christmas Decorations and plates with Dotty Spotty Pottery to my children’s favourites the Tombola and the mystery boxes.
Our volunteers were out in force, the Colonnade Club sent Nicholas Evans who took up post on the cake stall and John Evans who manned the Tombola. Gaby our volunteer and Jaki a past employee both gave up their time to ensure that the Fayre was a great success. Taking on the mantle from the late Mr Munn were great friends of his Gordon and Christine Schumack of Penarth Lodge 4113. They brought some wonderful cakes and even worked on the stall helping us to reach our fantastic total.
The atmosphere was joyful staff and volunteers donned Christmas jumpers and everyone had lots of fun. We had numerous outside traders who enjoyed the day with us and our residents relished the chance to do a little bit of Christmas shopping. Peter Williams and the diaries committee were on hand raising further money for the home, selling various Masonic items and demonstrating their app. Not only that but as they did in the summer the wives of the Diaries Committee also collected the money on the door. Everyone welcomed the new TLC bear initiative and many were sold on the day.
The Mayor of Porthcawl Cllr Robert Lee and Mayoress Mrs Ann Lee were on hand to draw the raffle. The town council are firm supporters of the Home and we are evening hosting a Town Council meeting here on the 8th of December and the Mayors Christmas Party on the 4th. We thank them for their continued support.
After all expenses the raffle raised £985 and the on the day takings were £1731.31 therefore a grand total of £2716.31was raised. Despite the raffle takings being down on last year we are pleased to report an increase in the on the day takings.
A big thank you must go out to all those who contributed from residents, to staff, to families, friends and the local community we were well supported by all.
This article by Rebecca Timms,
Business administrator .