A highly colourful Malta meeting was held in the Province of Monmouth and South Wales in November when seven candidates were admitted to the Ancient and Masonic Order of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta.
This annual Provincial Malta Meeting cut quite a sight with Bro Knights robed in the red, white and black regalia of the Malta Degree together with Knights in the red and white Templar regalia also.
The meeting this year attracted a particularly large number of brethren from right across the south of Wales from Chepstow to Milford Haven.
Presided over by the Provincial Prior for Monmouth and South Wales, RE Kt Dr Paul Richard Calderwood, the ceremonial was largely conducted by the Provincial Sub-Prior, E Kt David Francis Court â€“ and in an exemplary manner.
As the Provincial prior said in his address: It was so good to see so many Bro knights in attendance and so many new entrants seeking to extend their masonic knowledge.
The photo shows (left to right) E Kt Paul Calderwood, Kt Christopher Evans, E Kt David Court, Kt Louis Mahendra and E Kt Stephen Hookey.
For more information about Knight Templar masonry please visit the provincial website at kt-msw.org
Earlier this week W. Bro. Vince White and W. Bro. Vernon Edwards attended a Celebration of Lifelites upgrades to the special equipment installed by them at Ty Hafan in Sully. The Provincial Almoner and his wife Val attended representing the Province along with W. Bro. Vernon Edwards and his good lady Elaine. Pictured left to right are: Carol Killa, Director of Care Services, Ty Hafan; Katherine Bentley, LifelitesTrainer; Simone Enefer Doy, C.E.O. Lifelites ; W.Bro. Vince White, Provincial Grand Almoner.
In the centre of the picture is the latest ‘Eyegaze’ equipment which allows the user to control the computer cursor by simply looking at the screen. Special sensors on the equipment detect where the eye is looking and moves the cursor accordingly.
The CEO of Lifelites and the staff at Ty Hafan thanked the Freemasons of Monmouthshire for their most generous support.
It was most rewarding watching the children enjoying the sights and sounds of some of the new equipment. More information can be found on the Lifelites website : www.lifelites.org
The Sparkle Appeal were very pleased to invite me to the Serennu centre to show off their fantastic facilities for the young with disabilities. It was good to meet such dedicated people, well deserving of the £25,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.