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Enough is Enough

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has taken full page ads in The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian calling for an end to discrimination of its 200,000 plus members.

Headlined ‘Enough is Enough’, the ad is a personal letter from Dr David Staples, Chief Executive Officer, which reiterates the organisation’s values and highlights how throughout its 300-year history when people have suffered discrimination, Freemasonry has welcomed them into lodges as equals.

Such is the frustration amongst members about the level of prejudice, Dr Staples has also written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission to make its case.

Dr David Staples, Chief Executive of UGLE commenting says:

“This is a first for us, but necessary under the circumstances. For too long we have been unjustly singled out. We are an organisation whose whole tenet is about helping individuals become better people, with values of honesty, integrity and service to others. Membership of Freemasonry is not only positive for them as individuals, but also for society at large.

“Sadly, too many Freemasons have to exercise caution in response to prejudice and discrimination they fear they will face. We want the day when every Freemason can proudly declare themselves a member of our great and historical organisation without fear of retribution, suspicion or damage.

“We’re open and happy to talk about anything and today we are announcing a series of sessions up and down the country too and to answer any questions people may have. I am also welcoming any queries from individuals myself.”

#enoughisenough

South Wales Freemasons support the stance taken. Our Provincial Grand Master and Deputy have given supportive interviews on radio & TV in English & Welsh. Many of our Masonic Centres took part in Cadw’s Open Doors events in 2017 and the public were able to see inside. We welcome questions from the media and the public. We will soon announce dates for open meetings to further explain our role in our communities and answer your questions.

M.E. Grand Superintendent’s Luncheon Thursday 26th April 2018 – UPDATE

The Annual Provincial Lunch, hosted by The M.E. Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion D. Gerald Rowbottom, following the Convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter, on Thursday 26th April 2018 at the Hercules Pillars is now oversubscribed.

Maesteg Lodge No. 6805 – Prestonion Lecture, 26th February 2018

Foundations: New light on the formation and early years of the Grand Lodge of England

The Prestonian Lecture – Dr Richard Berman

Maesteg Lodge are very fortunate to be able to welcome Dr Richard Berman at their meeting on Monday, 26th February 2018 (more…)

3rd Regular Convocation of the Colonnade Chapter, Wednesday 28th February

The 3rd Regular Convocation of the Colonnade Chapter is to be held on Wednesday 28th February at 5.00pm

It will be a unique opportunity to witness the Most Excellent Third Grand Principal install the Deputy Provincial Grand Master as Z. of the Chapter.

Dining reservations and apologies for absence may be given via this online form:
https://goo.gl/forms/nfH5x9n01SJxu2V53

Alternatively, you may use the attached dining slip, which should be returned as directed no later than Friday 23rd February (but preferably before.)

Fraternal regards,

E.Comp. D. Gerald Rowbottom, PGStB
Scribe E., Colonnade Chapter No. 7305

Download the Colonnade Chapter Summons for 28/02/18 here.
Download the Dining Reservation form here.

Provincial Grand Chapter Gala Dinner 2018

The Provincial Grand Chapter Gala Dinner,
hosted by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent will be held at:

The Bridgend Masonic Hall, CF31 2AP, on Saturday 26th May 2018,
commencing at 6.15 for 7.00pm.

Carriages should be organised for approximately 11.30pm.

The event will be supported by the presence of many distinguished guests. Tickets are priced at £35.00 each to include wines and entertainment. As on previous occasions all profits will be donated to charity.

This event is likely to be popular so, as numbers are limited by the size of the accommodation, you are recommended to make an early application for reservation. Places will be allocated strictly on a first come basis.

The application form may be copied if required. I look forward to your early reply.

Download a pdf of the Application Form here.

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.