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Joint Statement from Craft and Degree of Mark Master Masons of South Wales, Provincial Secretariat


Appointment of Assistant Provincial Grand Master announced.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master is pleased to announce that W.Bro. Stephen C.E. Harries, PAGDC, ProvGReg will succeed the late W.Bro. the Reverend Alistair E.J. Swinford as Assistant Provincial Grand Master. W.Bro. Stephen will be Installed in his Mother Lodge, Sketty Hall No. 8752, at Swansea Masonic Hall on Friday 15th December 2017. During the evening, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master will appoint and invest, W.Bro. Gareth J. Jones, PAGReg as Provincial Grand Registrar.


Appointment of Assistant Provincial Grand Master announced.

W.Bro. T.R. Eirian Jones, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of the Degree of Mark Master Masons of South Wales, is pleased to announce that he has appointed W.Bro. Phillip W. Davies, PAGDC to succeed W.Bro. Stephen C.E. Harries, PGJD as Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Degree of Mark Master Masons of South Wales. W.Bro. Stephen will retire from office on Monday 4th December 2017 and W.Bro. Phillip will be Installed at a meeting of De Cymru Mark Grand Officers Lodge No. 1606, to be held in Caerphilly on Wednesday 6th December 2017.

Masonic Charitable Foundation, South Wales results are in!

Once again, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the MCF Community Awards by voting and encouraging their friends and families to vote.

The Eight charities nominated in South Wales received a fantastic amount of support from their local communities and we are pleased to announce the following results:

Congratulations to the  National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Wales  who received the most votes in South Wales and have secured a grant of £25,000!

Touch Trust has been awarded a grant of £15,000

Alzheimers Society South Wales has been awarded a grant of £15,000

Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale has been awarded a grant of £6,000

Thrive Cardiff has been awarded a grant of £6,000

Prostate Cymru has been awarded a grant of £4,000

South East Wales Downs Syndrome Support Group has been awarded a grant of £4,000

The Princes Trust has been awarded a grant of £4,000

How did charities in other areas do?
The full list of MCF Community Awards Results can be found here.

About the MCF Community Awards – tercentenary Fund

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons nominated 300 local charities to receive a share of three million pounds.
Depending on the number of votes received, each charity will receive a grant between £4,000 and £25,000.

A Special Installation for Universities Lodge

Dear Sir & Brother,

The Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of Universities Lodge No. 5461 greet you well and trust that you have enjoyed a relaxing summer. As the new Masonic season unfolds before us we would like to extend you an opportunity to attend our Installation meeting on the 22nd September 2017. Such meetings are always very special but we have the honour on this occasion to host an official deputation from the Universities Scheme.

We would be thrilled if you could join us to support our Worshipful Master and Master Elect and hope that your diary permits you to do so. Please find links below to documents that we trust you will find useful.

Fraternal regards,

W.Bro. Ben Gait, ProvAGSec

Secretary, Universities Lodge No. 5461

W.Bro. the Reverend Alistair E.J. Swinford, PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master RIP

Dear Brethren,

With the greatest sadness, I bring you the news that W.Bro the Reverend Alistair E.J. Swinford, PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master has passed away; whilst at home with Myra on Wednesday 15th August 2017. Prior to being Installed as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 2012, W.Bro. the Reverend Alistair was the Provincial Grand Chaplain from 2007 to 2012.

It has been ordered by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master that Masonic Mourning shall consist of the printing of an `In Memoriam’ notice on the first summons issued for a meeting of each Lodge under the Provincial Grand Lodge, following this notification;  (on 3 lines) such as:

W.Bro the Reverend Alistair E.J. Swinford, PSGD
Assistant Provincial Grand Master: 2012 – 2017

and that where his name and designation as Assistant Provincial Grand Master appears, this should remain and be printed in black, within a box,  (on 1 line) such as:

W.Bro the Reverend Alistair E.J. Swinford, PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master

W.Bro. William E. Jenkins, PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master
W.Bro. Roger F. Richmond, PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master
W.Bro. Alan Gardener, PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master

Members of each Lodge should stand in memory of W.Bro the Reverend Alistair E.J. Swinford, at its next meeting immediately after the Lodge has been opened and before any business is transacted (except for the reading of any dispensation required to regularise the holding of the meeting).


Fraternal regards,

W.Bro. D. Gerald Rowbottom, PSGD, PastAPGM
Provincial Grand Secretary

Over 3,000 children & their families helped by Teddy Bear Picnic

South Wales Freemasons recently held a Teddy Bear Picnic at St Lythans, near Wenvoe, to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry and to raise funds for the Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) Appeal.

The Teddies for Loving Care scheme has provided over 2 million teddies to children in A&E departments in hospitals across England & Wales. Supplied by Freemasons, the teddies are used to comfort children visiting hospitals and are used as a distraction or helpful show-and-tell.

Over 3,000 distressed children and their families will be helped by the fantastic sum raised at the picnic event. The £4,000 will provide TLC Teddies to A&E Hospitals in South Wales, including Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital. South Wales Freemasons aim to donate over 20,000 Teddies per year and the Teddy Bear Picnic is a major contribution.

The planning for the event took several months, with a hard working committee driving things to put together a wonderful afternoon of entertainment.

Glorious weather enabled the team of helpers to set up a Bouncy Castle, a straw maze, rubber duck floating competitions and various other stalls and amusements in readiness for the children, their teddies, and of course Mums & Dads, & Grandparents.

As guests arrived, the heat of the day started to build but thankfully, Mr and Mrs Whippy came to the rescue.  Earlier in the day, Mr and Mrs Whippy had hidden images of ice cream characters around the picnic site for children to find and trade for a free ice cream, get set go…. The children were off, laughing and screaming with joy, the heat of the day temporarily forgotten.

As the day wore on, the heat increased, ice cream was eaten in ‘bucket loads’, burgers were flipped, sausages rolled, onions fried and buns filled with delicious relish, all hungrily consumed by parents and children, all washed down with an ice-cold water or soft drink.  In-between, the ice cream and hot dogs, parents and children tried their hand on the various attractions around the picnic site including guess the name of the teddy, the number of gummie bears in a jar and the weight of the TLC cake.

The Provincial Grand Master Gareth Jones OBE and his wife, children and grandchildren attended to act as judges of competitions and of course ice-creams!

The day a success, it was time for the raffle and to declare the winners of the guessing games, best dressed teddy and teddies questionnaire.  With kind & generous donations to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, every child was awarded a runner up prize and left with smiles on their faces.

A big thank you to everyone involved in organising this splendid event, in particular: Michelle Gonthier,  Wendy Gaughan, Graham Gonthier, Ian Gaughan, Robert Salter, Peter Constantine and Event Chairman, Jason Agostini-Green.

South Wales Freemasons donate £55,000 to MS Cymru

People living with multiple sclerosis given specialist support thanks to grant from South Wales Freemasons.

A project which will support around 1,300 people living with and affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) in Wales has received a huge boost with a grant of £55,000 from South Wales Freemasons.

The My MS; My Rights, My Choices project, financed by the Big Lottery Fund, is starting this month and will champion the lives of people living with MS in Wales.

The grant from the Freemasons will fund a crucial part of the project, a series of self-management and advice workshops and courses for people with MS, which also have specific sessions for families and carers. These are aimed at providing awareness of rights and choices around health and social care, welfare benefits and employment support. (more…)

South Wales Freemasons urge the public to vote for local charities to share £3 million

An online public vote is being held to decide which local charities within South Wales will receive up to £25,000 each, as part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations.

Freemasons have nominated 8 good causes to receive South Wales’s share of a special £3 million Community Awards Tercentenary Fund. (more…)