On Friday 3rd of October at Blackwood Masonic Hall a dinner was organised by the Islwyn Lodge in aid of the Jacobs Starz charity.
The guest speaker was Warren Gatland (the Welsh rugby coach) who entertained all those who attended with very frank responses to the questions that were put to him regarding the Welsh team, the Lions tour and the future of Welsh rugby.
The purpose of the evening was not only to enjoy ourselves in the company of like minded people but to make a difference to others by our donations.
The Provincial Grand Master for Monmouthshire, the RWPGM the Rev. Malcolm C. G. Lane was surprised at the level of support for the raffle and the following auction. A total of almost £4000 was raised for Jacobs Starz which was founded by the inspiration of Jacob Eales who died in 2009 from a cancerous tumour at the age of 15. It was Jacobs dream to set up a charity who could help others whose future appeared bleak healthwise.
Jacobs father attended the evening and was visibly touched by the generosity of people who had never even met his son but were willing to support his ideals.
Pictured left to right, WBro Les Evans, RWBro Malcolm C. G. Lane, Warren Gatland and WBro Kevin Hurley, the current WM of the Islwyn Lodge.