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A family affair at chepstow masonic hall

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.


Monmouthshire Widows, Carols and mince pies morning

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.

armed forces ladies festival a great success

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.

RMBI Albert Edward Annual Christmas Fayre 2016


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 .


Annual Gala dinner and raffle

 What a successful evening (yet again). All Lodges donated some magnificent prizes and the Brethren of the Province supported our annual raffle with great enthusiasm. Over £6000 was raised which will go to the 1997 trust fund for local charities and good causes. The evening was most enjoyable with 100 dining and dancing until late, it was good to see so many having fun and enjoying each others company.


Monmouthshire Masonic Clay Shooting Association


The Monmouthshire Masonic Clay Shooting Association appear to have settled quite well with regular shoots around the Province and are also representing Monmouthshire at inter provincial shoots. Here are a few of them enjoying a gathering at Keepers Lodge near Chepstow.

They are always looking for new members so if you feel the inclination please let me know and I will forward you the relevant details.

What a memorable occasion for the Province of Monmouthshire

On October 24th the Province of Monmouthshire was fortunate to have the installation of a new Provincial Grand Master and Most Excellent Grand Superintendent for the Holy Royal Arch in the person of RW Bro. Richard G. Davies. The last occasion this happened on the same day was over 75 years ago.

It was an extremely successful day and although an early start for many the day went as smoothly as could have been envisaged. Many thanks have been circulated and a letter of thanks has been received by the Province from the Pro Grand Master (Also the Pro First Grand Principal) who mentioned that the welcome he and his party from London received was very warm and the efficiency and decorum of both meetings were very impressive and was a tribute to those involved in the days organisation.

As far as distinguished guests were concerned, there was a plethora of high ranking Brethren/Companions from many Provinces, some had travelled great distances to be with us and we appreciate their efforts which no doubt enriched our day. The amount of visitors not only recognises the respect Monmouthshire has from other Provinces but emphasises the links we have with others who are prepared to give their time to ensure meetings such as ours are a success.

As we have enjoyed many years conjoined leadership from the Rev. Malcolm C. G. Lane, no doubt the Province will continue to move forward under the leadership and guidance of RW Bro./MEGS Richard G. Davies.

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The day belonged to the Province. We all start by joining a Lodge and then considering our next progression. The Royal Arch is where we should complete our ‘masonic journey’ although there are many steps in between. October the 24th will no doubt be remembered by all who attended as a highlight of Freemasonry within Monmouthshire in both degrees for many years to come.


Striguil Lodge continue to support local charities

Striguil Lodge recently donated £500 to St. Pierre Ward at Chepstow Community Hospital.  The Ward is predominantly for Dementia patients, and the money donated will be used to decorate the Ward dining room, and assist in creating a relaxation hub for patients and their familes.

This donation was in addition to a donation of £700 made earlier this year to the Severn View Residential Home, Chepstow, to assist in the creation of a Dementia friendly garden.

The Worshipful Master and his wife Diane have organised a number of fund raising events over the past few months, including Brunch with the Master, cooked by Diane, Race Nights, and in particular an Afternoon Tea at Portskewett Church Hall in July. The Afternoon Tea was the brainchild of Mrs Diane Cullimore, wife of Striguil Lodge Worshipful Master, WBro Adrian Cullimore. Diane baked all the cakes and savouries for the tea at which the sum of £250 was raised.

Pictured left to right in the attached photograph are: Kate Clark, Acting Ward Manager, Michelle Palfrey, OT Technician, Emma Giles – Staff Nurse, WBro Adrian Cullimore and Diane Cullimore.


This article courtesy of W. Bro. Mike Knight.


£1000 for Ty Hafan from red cross of constantine

The Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, South Wales and Monmouthshire Division makes £1000.00 Charity Donation to Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice


In 2015 the Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine celebrated its 150th Anniversary with a Family Church Service at Lincoln Cathedral on Saturday 9th September, which was attended by over 800 Knights and their wives/partners, followed by luncheon at the Lincoln County Showground. The Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Graham Leslie Flight, G.C.C. in recognition of and to further commemorate the Sesqui-centenary announced that it was his wish to make a substantial donation from The Grand Sovereign’s Care for Children Fund, which had been established a few years earlier by one of his predecessors, principally for the benefit of sick or disadvantaged children who needed support.

 Leading up to the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Order, the members in England, Wales and the Divisions overseas were encouraged to financially support the Care for Children Fund with donations to boost the reserves.  Resulting from these collective efforts, it was decided that each Division within the Order would be invited to nominate a children’s hospice from within in their region to receive a donation from the Care for Children Fund: the Hospice nominated by the Division of South Wales and Monmouthshire was Tŷ Hafan, based in Sully, near Barry.  Such was the level of response to the Sesqui-centenary appeal that The Order was able to issue a cheque for £1000.00 to each of its 33 Divisions for onward presentation to a nominated children’s hospice, whilst still holding something in reserve.

 The cheques were distributed to Intendants-General at their Annual Conference held at Mark Masons Hall London on 12th October 2016, where The Division of South Wales and Monmouthshire received its cheque for £1,000. 00.  This was formally presented to Diane Stringer, Corporate & Community Administrator & Care Liaison Officer for Tŷ Hafan on the 24th October 2016 by R. Ill. Kt. Graham S. Gubb, Intendant-General (Divisional Head of Order) of the Red Cross of Constantine South Wales and Monmouthshire Division, he was accompanied by Ill. Kt. Ronald Slater, Deputy Intendant General and members of the Divisional executive  

 This article courtesy of  Nigel L. Angell, Divisional Recorder, South Wales and Monmouthshire.

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Ill.Kts. Roy Williams Divisional Treasurer, John Steward, Divisional Marshal, Mrs. Diane Stringer, for Tŷ Hafan, R.Ill.Kt. Graham Gubb, Intendant-General, Ill. Kt.Ron Slater, Deputy Intendant-General, also present was Ill.Kt. Nigel Angell, JP., Divisional Recorder

Retirement function for our pgm.


What a wonderful evening at Newport Masonic Hall last Saturday. Our current Provincial Grand Master enjoyed the company of almost 100 to celebrate his tenure of our Province. All Lodges were represented and the evening was a very casual and enjoyable event. Our congratulations must go to the retiring PGM for his outstanding representation of the Province for over 10 years.


A superb meal was enjoyed by all and much socialising was enjoyed both at the bar and in the dining room, a truly enjoyable evening. It’s a pity it was almost a ‘leaving’ party. The Rev. Malcolm C. G. Lane has been an exemplary PGM and I feel sure the members of the Province wish him well for his future, Masonic or otherwise.


I would like to thank W. Bro. Tony Charles of the Casnewydd Lodge for taking several photographs throughout the evening of which I have posted a few. (that’s me carrying the wine for the Jasper Tudor table).

Coast to coast cycle in aid of bobath


Glyn Williams of Striguil lodge and Paul Burley of Roderick Hill, accompanied by four friends and two support friends have just completed a 400 mile cycle ride in four days for Boboth children’s therapy centre based in Cardiff. The idea was started back in early 2016. It was at a lodge dinner at Glyn explained to Paul his ambition of embarking on a charity ride to raise funds for Bobath who supported his great grand niece. While the challenge was fully explained he neglected to let people know that this would involve over 2000 miles of training riding in preparation for this extraordinary challenge!

After weeks and months of training and preparation the event soon caught up with us and before we knew it we were heading down to Fishguard on 31st August ready to start our epic journey from the 1st to 4 September.
Day one started with the back wheel in the Irish Sea in Fishguard before we headed on a huge climb out to Fishguard at the start of day one. The day was warm and dry and the route took us through some staggering countryside with breathtaking scenery of the Welsh hills and coast. After just over 100 miles we arrived in Bridgend for a first night stay, although sore, happy with our first days achievement.
When we work on the second day the weather was not so kind, there was light drizzle in the air we had a rather damp start. Or spirits were soon lifted however, for after a short ride we arrived at the Bobath children’s therapy centre where we were met by some of the children parents and staff with a warm cup of tea and a few chocolate treats. We couldn’t stay long however this time was against us and we had 100 miles to achieve this day. Our spirits were further lifted, for as we arrived in Chepstow our partners, friends and family were there with a huge welcome as we stopped at the Beaufort hotel for a light lunch they kindly provided as part of their support of this event. After a quick lunch we said our goodbyes and headed for our destination in Marlborough. We crossed the Severn Bridge in fairly light winds with the good pace to the ride, but it wasn’t long before you as are climbing out of Chipping Sodbury on the hill zapped a lot of energy from all of us. It was on to Castle Combe, Chippenham and then out to Marlborough by the Calne Road.
After a warm welcome from all those we met including some generous support from those residing at our hotel we bedded down for the evening a little achy but still in good spirits. The weather on day three was warm with some sun but we are conscious rain was coming in from the west we had to make good haste to stay ahead of the rain. This was probably the flattest and fastest day of the four day challenge and it wasn’t long before we arrived at Ramsgate, with our accommodation being located at the top of Ramsgate Hill, a 1 mile 20% climb that In the rain zapped the last ounce of energy from all of us. You can imagine our anger is when we arrived at our accommodation we were told they had cancelled our booking in preference to a wedding without notifying us. Feeling very down we headed to the nearest pub to formulate a new plan. This was the lowest part of the ride for all of us. After a little bit of Internet searching we found alternative accommodation just a few miles away but exhausted we relied on our support team to carry us and the bikes to our resting place. After a good evening meal we regrouped in the morning for what would be our final day to Broadstairs in Kent, a hilly start with a flat coastal ending. the perfect end to a challenge. After a good breakfast we all headed off. The route contained a lot of ups and downs but the views are spectacular and made every turn of the pedal worthwhile. As we dropped to the coast and the busy roads we jumped onto a cycle path this took us all the way to Broadstairs on a very flat run. When we arrived at Broadstairs however, our leader Glyn informed us this was not our final destination, but rather Botany Bay would be or final destination of this challenge. Tired and exhausted we climbed out of Broadstairs and around the coast to Botany Bay. On arrival we ordered some well-deserved drinks and had our final photograph on the stairs of the hotel and you can imagine the surprise when some of our family and friends arrived to welcome us at the end of a challenge.
A truly memorable experience and although it’s not on my bucket list it’s certainly one I’ll take off.
We’ve all done our part and now all we ask is you do you bit of support in whatever way you can by giving what you can afford to this amazing charity.
Giving just a few pounds makes an incredible difference of the incredible work the Bobath children therapy centre can do in support of children in much greater need than us.
Glyn, Paul and the team.

A good day for a haircut!!



W. Bro. David Hughes raised nearly £3500  for the Motor Neurone Disease last Wednesday at Manor Court Baron Street Usk . The Hot Day which brought large crowds  to watch  “Dave’s head shave “. Brethren from Kennard & Progress  including the W. Masters from both Lodges witnessed the successful event .


In the picture front Row
W. Bro David Hughes and his daughter Liz Ferder
Back Row
Bro. Stefan Williams
Kay Peacock
Roland Dale

This courtesy of W. Bro. Colin Cowles

henllys ladies festival, what a fine evening.

Pictured above are Rose and Mark Woodhouse, a very pleased couple. Mark is the Worshipful Master of the Henllys Lodge and their Ladies Festival was extremely successful with 134 attending. The raffle raised £775 with an overall total of  £1’111.00 raised on the night for the 1997 Masonic Trust Fund which supports local charities and good causes.
Congratulations both.


£4,000 grant is part of £192,000 awarded to air ambulance services across the country



The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, which is now part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, has awarded £4,000 to the Wales Air Ambulance service. This was just one of several grants totalling £192,000 awarded to Air Ambulance and rescue services across England and Wales by Masonic charities in the past 12 months.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country and is funded entirely by the donations of Freemasons and their families in England and Wales.

David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said: “Every year, as well as supporting air ambulance and rescue services, the Foundation awards millions of pounds to local and national charities that support vulnerable people, as well as hospices and natural disaster relief. Every air ambulance service in England and Wales has received Masonic funding, with £1.5 million in grants awarded since 2007 alone.”

Reverend Malcolm C G Lane, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Monmouthshire, said of the grant: “The Freemasons of Monmouthshire are honoured to support our local air ambulance service. Charitable giving is at the heart of Freemasonry and we are delighted to be able to contribute to the safety of people in our community through this grant.”

Air ambulances rely on voluntary donations to operate. Support from grant-makers like the Masonic Charitable Foundation means that doctors and paramedics can reach patients in emergency situations as quickly as possible and save lives.

Monmouthshire at the National masonic Clay Shooting Championship




The Province of   Monmouthshire was this year represented at the 12th National Masonic Clay Shooting Championship by four members of the Monmouthshire Provincial Clay Shooting Association and four guests of W. Bro. Robert Daw. This years event was held at held at Wedgnock Clay Shooting Ground in Warwickshire under the banner of the Provincial Grand Lodge Of Warwickshire on the 18th of June. We were warmly welcomed by the host province and staff of the shooting ground and after a chance for a coffee and bacon sandwich after our long drive the day began with a safety briefing from the ground manager followed by the format for the day. Once he briefing was over we split up into our respective squads and headed for the shooting ground. The 100 target competition was held over 14 stands to give as wide a variety as possible. Following a sporting’s morning shoot with plenty of cheerful banter we finished the morning with a plated buffet lunch.










Sixty years a mason!!

Below is a photograph of a presentation to Bro Graham Fussell (left) on the occasion of his 60th year in freemasonry.
He was presented with a framed certificate and special pin as a memento of his achievement.


Strawberry Tea event at AEPOW Porthcawl


The planning for the Strawberry Tea starts in the January WBro Phil Aubrey and myself meet up to prepare the tickets, posters and raffles for the Home. This is followed by numerous meetings of the activities committee to ensure the smooth running of the event. The usual suspects turned up early on the morning of the Fayre. Phil Aubrey and Dave Franklin from the Friends worked with Nick Evans, Christian Prive and Sam Lloyd Williams from the Collonade Club to ensure that all the strawberries were hulled and chopped ready for the event. At the same time many of the Masonic Diaries committee arrived with Dave Basset setting up the BBQ area, Peter Williams and Martyn Wake worked on setting up the Diaries stall to prepare for what was their most successful sales day ever.

The event started at 1.30pm with the fantastic Ruth Jones of Stella and Gavin and Stacey opening the event. We would like to thank Ruth for the kinds words  about the home and I am sure attracting a number of people to the event. PGM RW Bro Gareth Jones OBE presented Ruth with a magnificent bouquet of flowers to convey our thanks. Ruth then held a 30 minute meet and greet for fans to ensure they managed to get that coveted picture.

At 2.30pm the Bridgend Tenovus Sing with Us Choir performed on the front lawn to rapturous applause. The entertainment didn’t stop there with the fantastic duo of Huw Chidgey and Mel Crew performing in the garden. At this point things were winding down and we were all grateful for the respite.

The BBQ was a roaring success with so many outside activities on. I must thank Andy and Connor Robertson from Robertsons event catering for providing their services free of charge for the day. With the help of Dave Bassett and Mark Cornelius this yet again keeping those making a day of it well fed. Joan Murrell and Sheila Cornelius were yet again like little terriers on the door . These stunning ‘Rottweilers’ as we affectional call them netted nearly £800. The Bottle Tombola is still proving successful with Cheryl Williams and Dee Bassett ensuring we achieved nearly £300. The tombola again sold out very quickly if you have any donations for Christmas please put them aside so that we can make a bigger and better Tombola next time. Thanks go to volunteers Christian Prive and Sam Lloyd Williams for assisting on this stall.

This year the outdoor activities continued and thanks to the addition of a number of Gazebo’s purchased for the home from the Friends of the Court we even had an additional tea and coffee serving area.  We are very grateful to Joe and Gemma from Swift leisure for providing the Bouncy Slide, Mini Golf and Ring the Bell. The children who attended had a wonderful time and were thoroughly entertained. Anthony Williams of Titleist yet again donated prizes for our putting competition. We would like to thank him and Titleist for their continued support.

The Mayor of Porthcawl Mr Robert Lee and his consort wife Ann attended the event on behalf of the town council. They spent time with residents, staff and visitors. Robert then drew the raffles with many local people winning prizes. We would like to thank them for taking the time to come to our fantastic Home.

Each of the provinces were well represented at the event with PGM RW Bro Gareth Jones OBE in attendance from South Wales, VW Bro Brian C Hilling Deputy Provincial Grand Master from West Wales and WBro Jim Wheeler representing Monmouthsire. We are very grateful that each of the three provinces that the home represents were present at our event and thank all those in attendance on the day.

This article provided by Rebecca Timms

Photos from the classic vehicle show.

If you fancy a look at the wonderful selection of vehicles that attended the classic vehicle show last Saturday then copy and paste the link below into your browser. This will take you to the facebook page.


An ‘Abba’solutely fun night at the hogs head


The Summer Spectacular at the Hogs Head Llantillio Crosseny this year exceeded all our expectations. The classic vehicle show in the daytime was extremely popular with many superb vehicles brought from far and wide. The weather was beautiful and without a doubt this helped as the attendance was more than double of the same event last year.

The evening entertainment was the Abba tribute band ‘Bjorn Belief’ and they were great fun and had almost everyone dancing. Over 300 people attended this very event, the auction raised a large sum of money and the raffle raised around £1500. Once all the figures are collected up it is hoped the total raised should be over £10,000. Full details will be circulated when they become available.

Striguil Lodge raise funds for Severn View residential home

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Striguil Lodge, Chepstow, at their Lodge meeting on 25th May, held a white table event to which Ladies and non Masonic Guests were invited to the Temple, when a presentation of a cheque for £500 was made by the Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Adrian Cullimore, to Mrs. Maureen Jenkins and Mrs. Rachel Davies of the Severn View Residential Home, Chepstow.  Severn View, now caring for 26 residents with dementia are seeking to create a secure dementia friendly garden for the residents, which would give a sense of freedom, independence and theraputic benefit.
Following the presentation, Members, Ladies and Guests retired to a sumptious Banquet. A further £200, proceeds of a raffle was presented to Maureen and Rachel making a grand total of £700 towards the project.
This article courtesy of W. Bro. Mike Knight.

Monmouthshire’s Royal Arch visit to Staffordshire

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On a lovely sunny day in April, the Deputy Grand Superintendant (centre) Robert H. Arundel, the 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, (left) Robert H. Fountain and the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal (right, that’s me by the way!!) Anthony M. Halse travelled to the County Showground at Stafford. What a wonderful venue and the welcome we received was second to none. The meeting was the first official visit of the new 2nd Grand Principal (Russell John Race) and I feel sure that he enjoyed himself just as much as ourselves. We had an entertaining trip up with the navigational skills of our 2nd Principal Robert adding at least 15 minutes to our journey whilst viewing some of the quaint side streets of Stafford trying to get back on the correct road that we had so confidently left. The meeting was extremely well attended by Provinces from far and wide and the general feel of the meeting was friendship and hospitality. Congratulations Staffordshire we look forward to you visiting us in June.

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isca Lodge of instruction festival

In the presence of the Provincial Grand Master for the Masonic Province of Monmouthshire, the Brethren of the Isca Lodge of Instruction held their annual Festival on Thursday 5th of May at Newport Masonic Hall.

The Lodge of Instruction demonstrated a ceremony of Initiation with Bro. Robert Hepworth of the NIOBA Lodge presiding as Worshipful Master. Assisting the WM in the chair were Bro Paul Holloway as SW and Bro Paul Francis as JW, both members of the Silurian Lodge.

Brethren from many Monmouthshire Lodges participated in the ceremony proper, namely Bro David Murray of the AEPOW Lodge as SD, Bro Nigel Davies of the NIOBA Lodge as JD, Bro Ben Bennett of the Homfray Lodge as IG, W Bro Martin Price of the Isca Lodge as IPM, W Bro Ray Jones of the Silurian Lodge as Charity Steward & ADC, W Bro Graham Turner of the NIOBA Lodge as Chaplain, W Bro Matthew Eales of the Isca Lodge as DC, W Bro George Reynolds as Tyler and W Bro Andrew Murphy as Organist; Both of the Jasper Tudor Lodge. To conclude, Bro Paul Angeli of the Isca Lodge offered himself as the candidate.

The demonstration of the initiation ceremony was regarded as a resounding success, with accolades led by the PGM RW Bro, the Rev Malcolm Lane, the PAPGM W Bro Robert Arundel, and the many visitors in attendance. Special mentions were credited to Bro Ben Bennett who delivered the Extended Working Tools in the 1st Degree, to Bro Paul Francis who delivered the Charge to the Initiate, to Bro Nigel Davies who led the perambulations as JD, and to W Bro Ray Jones who delivered the Charity Charge.

The WM in the chair, Bro Robert Hepworth, was afforded the highest of accolades with the PGM commenting that his ceremony was of “silver matchbox” quality.

The Festival was concluded by an excellent Festive Board where the Isca Lodge of Instruction paid their gratitude to the retiring preceptor W Bro Brian Leach, and duly rewarded him for his many years of active service.

This article courtesy of W. Bro. Huw Gallagher.

a family affair

At the Casnewydd Lodge this week a very proud family initiated yet another of their family into Freemasonry. The Seftons, pictured above are a very well known and prominent family within Monmouthshire and many of the main Lodge offices were filled by Family members to initiate Bro. Neil Sefton.
W.Bro Philip Sefton was Master in the Chair (Uncle of the Candidate)W.Bro Terence Sefton acted as Junior Deacon (Uncle of the Candidate)
W.Bro Bernard Sefton delivered the Charity Charge (Uncle of the Candidate)
W.Bro Terence Sefton also presented the Working Tools
S.W. Bro Graham Greenway invested the Apron (Uncle of the Candidate)
J.W. Bro Shane Sefton delivered to Charge to the Initiate (Cousin of the Candidate)
It was a very emotional and well performed ceremony with top marks going to Bro Shane for a floorless Charge to the Initiate, (Which made his father W.Bro Bernard smile a little).
 It was also a fraternal visit for the Brethren of Preswylfa Lodge No 5792 from Cardiff, and the feeling within the Temple and dining room was absolutely splendid.

Congratulations to all concerned.




Air Ambulance receive £1500 from the Roderick Hill Lodge

During the evening at the Roderick Hill Ladies night held at Chepstow Masonic Hall on 6th Feb, a cheque for £1500 raised by the Brethren was presented to Ms Catrin Hall, the Wales Air Ambulance Community Coordinator for the South East by W. Bro. Mike Wightman. Congratulations to the Lodge members for their hard work raising such a sum for a truly worthwhile cause.