The Eyes Have It

Press release from the recent Ty Hafan handover by Lifelites attended by the PGM, Deputy PGM, Asst. PGM and the Prov.G. Charity Steward and Elaine Edwards following the donation of £50,000 by Monmouthshire Freemasons.

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The Eyes Have It

Lifelites Help Children at Tŷ Hafan Look to the Future with Eye-Tracking Tech

State-of the-art technology that works by the “Glint of an eye” has been donated to a local children’s hospice by award-winning charity Lifelites as they unveiled a trend-setting technology project at Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice.

Lifelites projects provide specialist technology for the youngsters in all 49 of the baby and children’s hospice in the British Isles. The charity was announced Digital Leaders in 2012 in recognition of their innovative work with disabled children.

The Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice project, which also contains state-of-the-art touchscreen technology, the latest gaming consoles and specially adapted iPads has been put together with disabled children in mind. And Lifelites say that this is where the Eye Gaze comes into its own: the incredible technology works by tracking the movement of the user’s eye, and it means that all children – whatever their disability or illness – will have access to the power of technology.

Jayne Saunders, Director of Care at Tŷ Hafan, said: “We are delighted to have benefitted from this fantastic project which will make such a difference to the children and young people we support. We pride ourselves on being a centre of excellence for children’s palliative care and embrace new and innovative technologies which focus on improving the quality of life of children not expected to reach adulthood. We are incredibly grateful to Lifelites for their continued support and are very much looking forward to seeing the children enjoying this state-of-the-art equipment.”

Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: “This is a path-breaking Lifelites project and contains some of our most revolutionary technology to date. But it’s more than just futuristic gadgets. This equipment will mean children at Tŷ Hafan now have more opportunities to communicate, create and take control. That is why we’re determined to continue putting revolutionary technology like the Eyegaze in every hospice in the British Isles.”

The charity says that Lifelites equipment and support will cost around £35,700 over the next four years but Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice won’t have to pay a penny towards it. Instead, Lifelites has been supported by the Province of Monmouthshire and Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, amongst others.

Malcolm Lane, the Provincial Grand Master of Monmouthshire and a Lifelites trustee, said: “I’m very well acquainted with the importance of Lifelites projects for life-limited children in our Province. We know the money donated will be put to excellent use: providing specialist technology for children at the Lifelites project closest to our hearts here in South Wales.”

 

 

£1000 donation for Newport Masonic Hall restoration fund.

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During the after proceedings of a very successful Jasper Tudor LOI festival, WBro. Malcolm Beardmore is happily receiving a £1000 donation from Bro. Gary Gassor on behalf of the Brethren of the Jasper Tudor Lodge. The funds were the proceeds of the ‘Demon Divas’ evening held at the end of October along with several donations including £100 from the Casnewydd Lodge. WBro. Malcolm emphasised the importance of donations such as this to enable the restoration of the building to be continued. A new account has been opened specifically for this purpose and all donations by either Lodges or individuals can now be designated solely for this very worthwhile project. As the representative of Newport Masonic Hall he also expressed his gratitude and hoped that other events would follow in order to make progress with the considerable work needed at present.

Pictured below is Bro. Adam Heybyrne, WBro. Paul Salter, WBro. Anthony Halse and Bro. Gary Gassor. All of whom were integral to the success of the evening.

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This months social events

Date  Lodge/Chapter/Etc.         Function                     Contact

09/11/2013      Islwyn              Ladies Festival       Chris Moss       01495 229674

23/11/2013      Trevethin          Ladies Festival       Richard Davies   01633 870346

29/11/2013       Province   Charity Presentations     Your Lodge Charity Steward

30/11/2013       Silurian            Ladies Festival        Adrian Martin    01633 857593

30/11/2013       Roderick Hill    Race Night               Peter Allard           01291 623579

Demon Divas help Newport Masonic Hall

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On Saturday 26th October a social event titled the ‘Demon Divas’ was held at Newport Masonic Hall to raise funds for its restoration fund. Over 100 people attended and a wonderful show was put on by the Maindee Martial Arts group who also sponsored some of the expenses. Many of whom are members of the Jasper Tudor Lodge. The event was also supported by other Lodges, either by attendance or by making donations. In particular the Casnewydd Lodge donated £100 towards this very worthwhile cause. The caterers put a wonderful buffet on at cost and made a donation along with others who could not attend. The raffle raised over £400 and along with a donation from the Jasper Tudor Lodge the amount raised was a tremendous £1000. The most noticeable aspect of the evening was how much everyone enjoyed themselves and highlights how fundraising can be fun whilst still keeping in mind the reasons for organising such events.

Roger the Hypnotist entrances his audience.

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WBro Roger Mason of the Henllys Lodge held a hypnotic evening at the Greenmeadow Golf Club as part of the celebration of 50 years of the Llantarnam Lodge being in existence. A wonderful night was enjoyed by all who attended and a considerable sum was raised for the Lodges charity fund. WBro Roger is a qualified hypnotist and has no trouble holding anyone’s attention, often for entertainment and at the expense of those who doubt his capabilities. Pictured is WBro Paul Carey (standing) on his way to the edge of sensibility under Rogers control.

Congratulations to the Lodge and its members and those who took part in good spirit.

Freemasons make the Front Page

 

 

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It is nice to see that our efforts have not gone unnoticed in the local press. Although no photographs were used, the prominence of the article is very good. Although, in the same paper there were photographs of ‘Alfie’ the Chepstow cat who passed away earlier this year!! Hopefully the general public will be impressed with our hard work and the results that followed whilst we were in ‘Festival’ for the RMTGB.

No 1 St John’s Officially Opened

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On Saturday 19th of October Abergavenny Masonic Hall saw the culmination of 3 years of planning and hard work when they officially opened their new dining centre at No 1 St John’s Lane, Present at this important event was the Provincial Grand Master R W Bro the Rev’d. Malcolm C G Lane J.P. who dedicated the Centre and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the event.
Also in attendance was the Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Degree R W Bro Derek Thomas along with many members and Wives of the several Orders that use the centre. All who attended enjoyed a fabulous meal and an evening that will be long remembered by Abergavenny Masons for many years to come. The Picture shows The Provincial Grand Master with W Bro Howard Caine Immediately after the unveiling.

Initiates Evening Very Enlightening

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Last evening a meeting was held at Newport Masonic Hall for all recent initiates into Freemasonry within Monmouthshire. Almost 100 people attended. Many were new members with their partners and of course many of the executive were there to introduce themselves and to chat informally to the Brethren and their partners. A very enlightening talk was presented by WBro. David Powell who delivered it is his own inimitable way. I am sure those who attended were very impressed and left the building with considerably more knowledge than they previously had. It was good to see so many people enjoying themselves.

Monmouthshire Shooting Group the ‘Strongest Team’.

Congratulations to WBro. Martin Price and his group of fellow shooters for attending a clay shoot at Podimore Somerset. They were made very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Unfortunately they came fourth out of four teams so they did prop up all the other teams, hence the ‘strongest team’. A great day out was had by all and without doubt there will be other events held within Monmouthshire and visits to surrounding Provinces. The group are currently looking for members so if you are interested please let me know.

anthonyhalse@btinternet.com

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RA Bicentennial Appeal total announced

Today at the Supreme Grand Chapter meeting in London, the Most Excellent First Grand Principal the Duke of Kent announced the total of the Bicentennial Appeal for the Royal College of Surgeons.

The total is a staggering £2 million. This amount is double the original target, and far exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Monmouthshire Royal Arch Companions can be pleased with our efforts as we raised over £12,000 towards this total. No mean feat considering we were in Festival for the RMTGB at the same time.

Research is crucial, and modern techniques are changing all the time to benefit those who are unfortunate enough to require surgery. Lets hope our funds will make a difference and help those who need it most.

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Master Elect of the Internet Lodge is from Monmouthshire

Master Elect for 2014

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At the Manningtree meeting of the International Internet Lodge on October 12th 2013 W.Bro Royston Morris the current Senior Warden was elected as Master Elect. He will be installed as Worshipful Master of the lodge on 15th March 2014

Bro Roy is 63 years old and a resident of South Wales and is a Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in the Province of Monmouthshire.

He joined the Internet lodge in March 2008 and has attended lodge meetings and gatherings in England, Europe and the USA on many occasions. He has been the life and soul of many of our social gatherings as ring leader of a group of his Welsh colleagues who truly know how to work hard in Masonic toil and to play hard in Masonic refreshment.

During his term of office the lodge will hold meetings in Manchester, Olney and Newport and a wonderful year is in prospect. We look forward to all of it except perhaps his singing.

 

2004/5 Masters enjoy another annual gathering

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The annual gathering of the 2004/5 Masters was again held at the Parc Golf Club Newport on the 5th October. The meal was excellent and the company just as good. Everyone was extremely pleased with the calibre of the entertainment, Rhys and Rhianna Herridge are brother and sister and no doubt are destined for great things. Rhianna has one of the purest voices I have ever heard. With Allan reaching the grand age of 80 that week it was quite entertaining to hear Happy Birthday sung in Welsh. Quite a challenge for some (including me). A raffle was held in support of the Sparkle appeal and £100 will be given to them in due course.

2013 RMTGB Festival Result

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PROVINCE OF MONMOUTHSHIRE FESTIVAL RESULT

A letter from the Provincial Grand Master to the Brethren of the Province

Dear Brethren,
2013 Charity Festival Appeal Total Raised
£1,219,414.00

The 27th September, 2013 will always be a date when I have been proud to be your Provincial Grand Master and Festival President for our Charity Appeal for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls & Boys.

The presence of the Pro Grand Master, MW Brother Peter Lowndes, the President of the Trust VW Brother Michael Woodcock , so many fellow Trustees and guests including the Member of Parliament for Monmouth David Davies was a great honour and tribute to the Province of Monmouthshire.

The presence and support of over 400 hundred members of the Province and their Ladies made the evening an even greater delight when the Chief Executive of the Trust, Worshipful Brother Les Hutchinson announced the result of our Fund Raising efforts over the last five years as a staggering £1,219,414.00.

In addition by your very generosity it was possible to make a donation £50,000.00 to the Lifelites The Children’s Hospice Charity. A very appropriate charity to compliment the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls & Boys.

My very sincere and grateful thanks to you all for your sterling efforts and particularly to the 2013 Festival Committee under the Chairmanship of the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Robert Arundel ably supported by the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, Worshipful Brother Vernon Edwards.

The contributions of the membership of the Province by Gift Aid and fundraising activities have been greatly appreciated. I extend my grateful thanks to you all.

A wonderful effort by all,

With grateful thanks and all good wishes,

Yours sincerely & fraternally,

Malcolm CG Lane

Provincial Grand Master,

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