At the Charles Lyne Installed Masters Lodge Installation meeting the PGM RW Bro. Richard G. Davies, gave an address regarding the Tercentenary year and the Province of Monmouthshire in general.
He mentioned the hugely successful charity donations which had culminated in the presentation evening at Newport Masonic Hall, where the grand total donated or awarded came to £120,900. A truly staggering sum of money which has gone to very worthwhile causes.
He mentioned the 10 ‘Goose and Gridiron’ Dinners held around the Province and how pleased he was that many of those involved took part in the Lord Mayors parade in London. Also, the very successful Inter-Provincial Dinner held with our close friends and neighbours in the Province of Bristol. These events, along with the other major events that Monmouthshire had either organised or had been part of made him feel truly satisfied the Province had celebrated our Tercentenary year with style and great enjoyment and no doubt would move forward into 2018 all the stronger for what we had achieved in the past year.
Looking forward to 2018, he mentioned the setting up of the Provincial Building Fund with its potential to assist Lodge buildings in case of emergency or development in the future. The fund is growing quietly but surely.
The formation of the Light Blues Club for new and young Masons was now established. The introduction of the TLC scheme at the Royal Gwent Hospital, where distressed children are given a Teddy to comfort them in A & E and that the Light Blues Club were currently fund raising for that appeal. He was very pleased that the publicity we had enjoyed from the South Wales Argus had been frequent and constructive and that Freemasonry at present appeared to be riding on ‘A crest of a wave’ generally and Monmouthshire were striving to continue that both regarding membership and closer links with the community.
He closed by mentioning the ‘Mini Festival’ in aid of the depleted capital funds within the Monmouthshire Masonic Trust Fund. This will be concluded on the 31st December and it was hoped that the final figure would be in excess of £325,000. He thanked all those who had been involved in raising such a magnificent sum, particularly the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, the Charity Committee, the Lodge Charity Stewards and all those who gave so generously.
The Provincial Grand Master would also like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your loved ones a happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.