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Launching ‘PROGRESS’

Securing the future of Freemasonry isn’t just about finding new members; it’s also about developing our existing brethren. Our goal is to make masonic learning and career tools simpler to use so you can understand more about the Craft and its principles and tenets. This will not only help you enjoy your Freemasonry more by helping you perform your role better; but ultimately, in some small way through a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge, become a better Mason.

This means learning needs to become more mobile, more bite-sized and more digital. That’s why we’re launching “PROGRESS“, our new online learning and development portal.

PROGRESS” puts all your masonic career, training and development needs in one place. It’s simple to use and hosts our learning catalogue, personal development plans, research and oration schemes and much more.

From here you’ll be able to:

  • Watch a very special film entitled “Masonic Education: a Personal Perspective” which will give you an inspiring insight into how some of our Executive and Senior Officers view Masonic learning and development.
  • Access Solomon, the UGLE Improvement Delivery Group (IDG)’s in-development Virtual Learning System. This is planned for launch later this year.
  • Learn about the Provincial Oration Scheme and book a Lodge talk.
  • Learn about the Provincial Research Group and submit your own research.
  • Register for one of the Officers’ seminars being run this year.
  • Learn about the development of the Provincial Library being built in Porthcawl.
  • Build your own Masonic Development Plan to help you identify the skills and experience you need to achieve your daily advancement.
  • Understand Your Development Pathway, helping you advance your masonic knowledge and develop within the Province by recommending learning and experience as you transition through degrees and roles.
  • Link through to the Provincial Mentoring framework.
  • Read about other Masonic orders operative in the Province.
  • Access Masonic learning communities, both local and online.

Access to PROGRESS is easy – simply visit www.progress.swmason.com on your PC, tablet or mobile device. Make sure to take a look now to help with your development, and remember to check back regularly for updated content!

What are you waiting for? Check out PROGRESS, and start your daily advancement in Masonic knowledge today. And let us know what you think by submitting your feedback here.

2018-2019 Provincial Year Book photographs

Calling all newly appointed Craft, Royal Arch, Mark and RAM officers.

The Provincial Photographer, has kindly agreed to conduct portrait sessions at the Bridgend Masonic Hall, Tremains Road. Bridgend CF31 2AP on Sunday 15th April,  Sunday April 22nd and Sunday May 6th, Starting at 10am, and finishing at 12 Midday, It shouldn’t take much of your time if you come prepared. (more…)

Installation of Grand Superintendent


On Saturday 10th March 2018, at Cardiff Masonic Hall, Excellent Companion D. Gerald Rowbottom was Installed as the Twelfth Grand Superintendent in and over South Wales. The especial Convocation was attended by 300 Companions, with 250 enjoying an excellent Luncheon; utilising all three dining rooms.

At 11am, Excellent Companion Gareth Jones, OBE, Most Excellent Third Grand Principal (The Installing Officer) processed into the Temple, together with Excellent Companion Graham C. King (Grand Superintendent in and over Gloucestershire and Herefordshire) acting as Second Grand Principal and Excellent Companion John D. Bennett (Grand Superintendent in and over Somerset) acting as Third Grand Principal and opened the Special Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter.

Under the direction of Excellent Companion Dr David R. Staples, Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies, a Deputation was formed and the Grand Superintendent Designate was escorted into Provincial Grand Chapter.

The Patent of Appointment was examined by the ME3GP and read by Excellent Companion Brigadier William E. Shackell, CBE, Grand Scribe E.

The Grand Superintendent Designate was duly Obligated, Robed, Invested with his Chain of Office and presented with his Sceptre. The ME3GP then invited the Grand Superintendent in and over South Wales to take his place in Provincial Grand Chapter.

The Grand Superintendent Appointed, Obligated and Invested E.Comp. David J. Suter, PGStB as Second Provincial Grand Principal and E.Comp. C. Hugh Thomas, OStJ, PGStB as Third Provincial Grand Principal.  The Grand Superintendent and Two Provincial Grand Principals were Proclaimed by the Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies.

The Grand Superintendent Appointed, Obligated and Invested E.Comp. William E. Jenkins as Deputy Grand Superintendent.

E.Comp. Phillip J. Purves, Acting Deputy GDC Proclaimed the Deputy Grand Superintendent.

The Grand Superintendent Appointed E.Comp. R. Michael Coombes, PGStB and E.Comp. Gwilym H. Jones, OStJ, PGStB as Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals, E.Comp. Phillip A. Aubrey, PGStB, PPr3rdGP as ProvGSE and E.Comp. Peter Jones, PPrGSN as ProvGDC and confirmed the Appointment of the previously Invested 2017 Provincial Grand Officers.

Read the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent’s address here.

Promotions and Appointments to Grand Rank 2018

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master is delighted to announce the names of the 9 Brethren in our Province, who have accepted Promotion or First Appointment in Craft Grand Rank.

Promotions in Grand Rank

W.Bro. Paul Raymond Clement – Promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer
W.Bro. D. Gerald Rowbottom – Promoted to Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer

W.Bro. Stephen C.E. Harries – Promoted to Past Senior Grand Deacon
W.Bro. Kelvin L. Jones – Promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon

Appointments to Grand Rank

W.Bro. Merrick C. Jones – Appointed to Assistant Grand Pursuivant
W.Bro. Marc Lewis – Appointed to Past Junior Grand Deacon
W.Bro. R. Michael Coombes – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

W.Bro. Neil M. Evans – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
W.Bro. Patrick G. Pattison – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Standard Bearer

The Annual Investiture will be held in the Grand Temple, Freemason’s Hall, London on Wednesday 25th April 2018 (ticket only).

The RW Provincial Grand Master will be inviting all these brethren to a celebratory lunch (along with those receiving Grand Rank next week) at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London, on 25th April 2018

Any Brother wishing to book in can do so here or by contacting either W.Bro. John Bamsey, Prov.GSwdB, 128 Newport Road, Cardiff. CF24 1DH and or through your Lodge Secretary.

Tercentenary Initiates’ Dinner – 23rd March 2018

All South Wales Brethren who were Initiated during the Tercentenary Year are cordially invited by the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of South Wales, Gareth Jones, OBE to a dinner, in your honour, to be held at Cottrell Park Golf Club, St. Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6SJ on Friday 23rd March 2018.

The Provincial Grand Master would be delighted to welcome you and your partner to this celebration, to mark the start of your Masonic journey. The dinner will give you and your partner the opportunity to meet with other new members and ask the many questions I am sure you have.

Please respond with your intention to attend by; Monday 12th March, to Brother Keri Evans using the Tercentenary Initiate Dinner Dining Return.

Tercentenary Initiates’ Dinner

Welcome from 7.30pm to sit for dinner at 8.00pm

To begin:
Warm smoked bacon and leek tartelette with dressed walnut salad
To follow:
Duo of Chicken
Stuffed Bon Bon with Glamorgan sausage and red wine jus together with a panko breast with garlic butter, potato cake and a panache of green vegetables
To finish:
Chefs Symphony of Dessert
Crème Brule, Chocolate Brownie and sticky toffee pudding with custard
Coffee and baby Welsh-cakes

*Please indicate if you require any dietary alternatives

Cost – £29.95 (cheques payable to PGL Dining);
Dress Code – Lounge Suits.
We would be grateful if you could kindly confirm your attendance directly to W.Bro Keri Evans, his details are included in the Dining Return.

A similar event will run on Friday, 13th July 2018 – details to follow.
I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in person at the dinner.

Warmest regards,
W.Bro. Neil.M.Evans PPrJGW
Provincial Grand Mentor

Provincial Church Service – Saturday 19th May 2018

Dear Sir and Brother,

PROVINCIAL CHURCH SERVICE – Saturday 19th MAY 2018 at 11.00am

As many of you will already know, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master has decided to hold a Provincial Church Service at the Margam Abbey, Margam Park. Port Talbot. SA13 2TA at 11.00am on Saturday, 19th May 2018.

It is the PGM’s wish that as many as possible of his Grand Officers and that all his Lodges will be represented on this important day in our Provincial Calendar. All Masters, Wardens and Brethren along with their families and friends will of course be most welcome to attend.

The Abbey holds a congregation of approximately 300 and, following the Church service, a Buffet Reception will be held at Margam Park Orangery (at a nominal cost of £12.00 per head).

It will therefore be essential for those planning to attend to advise W Bro Alan Gardener, PSGD APGM, utilising the enclosed reply slip no later than 4th May 2018, but preferably before that date. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Tickets will not be issued for the Church Service but will be issued for the Luncheon, but in the event of either being over-subscribed, unsuccessful applicants will be advised, if you don’t hear from W. Bro. Gardener, you can be assured that your lunch is reserved.

If any Worshipful Masters are unable to attend, they are requested to inform W Bro Alan Gardener of the name of the Brother nominated to represent their Lodge. In addition, please ensure this letter is read out on the Second Rising of your next Regular Meeting, if it is held before 4th May 2018.Brethren, I am sure I can count on your support to ensure that this year’s Church Service is a major success. Please respond positively and quickly to assure your places.

Brethren this is an opportunity to support your Provincial Grand Master at this Annual event.

Yours faithfully and fraternally

V.W.H.E. Roy Woodward PPrGSwdB
Deputy Provincial Grand Master

Download the GLO/Act Prov Officers Reply Slip here

Download the WM Reply Slip here

Provincial Grand Master’s Luncheon, Wednesday 25th April 2018

Dear Sir and Brother,

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master will be hosting a Luncheon in honour of those Brethren who have been Appointed to and Promoted in Grand Rank. The Luncheon will take place in the Elizabethan Room of the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London, prior to the Meeting of Grand Lodge on Wednesday 25th April 2018. Cocktails at 12.15pm for 12.45pm.

Brethren from this Province proposing to attend the Investiture and wishing to join the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master’s party will be most welcome to do so, at a fee of £40.00 inclusive of table wine (excluding cocktails and liqueurs). Names must be submitted to the Provincial Office no later than the 6th April 2018. Cheques will be refunded to those who fail to obtain admission tickets to the Investiture, provided this office is informed no later than this date.

Click here for instructions for application for tickets for admission to the Grand Lodge Investiture should be sent to the Grand Secretary by the 31st March 2018, in the manner prescribed in the Proceedings of the December Quarterly Communication.

Historically, a limited number of single and twin bedrooms (with bathrooms) have been made available at the President and Imperial Hotels, Russell Square, for the nights of the 24th, 25th and 26th April 2018 and any bookings should be negotiated by applicants direct online at www.imperialhotels.co.uk and/or by telephoning the Hotel direct on 020 7837 8844.

Please utilize the enclosed form to attend the Provincial Grand Master’s Luncheon.

Yours sincerely and fraternally,

D. Gerald Rowbottom PSGD
Provincial Grand Secretary

Download a pdf of the Reply Slip for the PGM’s Luncheon Party here.

Download a Word document of the Reply Slip for the PGM’s Luncheon Party here.