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Dewi Sant Lodge No. 9067 to Conduct its Ritual Work in the Welsh Language

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master is delighted to announce that the Board of General Purposes is minded to grant permission, in accordance with an accompanying scheme, for a single designated Lodge in the Province to conduct its ritual work in the Welsh language.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master has nominated Dewi Sant Lodge No. 9067 for that privilege.

Accordingly, upon the Board’s receipt and approval of a certified translation it is expected that permission will be granted for Dewi Sant Lodge No. 9067 to begin working in Welsh from the beginning of the new Masonic season in October.

At a meeting of Dewi Sant Lodge on Wednesday 17th April 2019, the brethren present received the news with absolute delight; as working in what for many is their mother tongue has been a long-held ambition of the Lodge. Lodge Secretary, W.Bro. Elfan W. Jones, PPrJGW noted

“The members of Dewi Sant Lodge are absolutely overjoyed at this news and are optimistic for the exciting new chapter that lies ahead. We are incredibly grateful to the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Gareth Jones, for his invaluable work in securing this momentous step forward.”

Mae’r Gwir Hybarch Brif Feistr y Dalaith wrth ei fodd cael cyhoeddi fod Bwrdd y Dibenion Cyffredinol yn bwriadu rhoi caniatâd, yn unol â chynllun atodedig, i un Gyfrinfa ddynodedig yn y Dalaith i gynnal ei gwaith seremonïol yn yr iaith Gymraeg.

Mae’r Gwir Hybarch Brif Feistr y Dalaith wedi enwebu Cyfrinfa Dewi Sant ar gyfer y fraint honno.

O ganlyniad, wedi i’r Bwrdd dderbyn a chymeradwyo cyfieithiad ardystiedig, disgwylir y rhoddir caniatâd i Gyfrinfa Dewi Sant i ddechrau gweithio yn Gymraeg o ddechrau’r tymor Saeryddol newydd ym mis Hydref.

Derbyniodd y rhai hynny a oedd yn bresennol y newyddion â llawenydd di‑ben‑draw, am fod gweithio yn yr hyn sy’n famiaith i lawer o’r Brodyr wedi bod yn uchelgais hirdymor gan y Gyfrinfa. Dywedodd yr H. Fd Elfan W. Jones PI-WBD

“Mae’r aelodau yn llawen y tu hwnt ac uwchben eu digon a mwy wrth glywed y newyddion hyn ac maent yn edrych ymlaen yn ffyddiog at y cyfnod newydd cyffrous sydd i ddod. Yr ydym yn hynod o ddiolchgar i’r Gwir Hybarch Brif Feistr y Dalaith, y G.H. Frawd Gareth Jones am ei waith amhrisiadwy wrth sicrhau’r cam enfawr hwn.”

Notice of Provincial Grand Lodge Committee: Friday 03rd May 2019

A meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge Committee to be held at Barry Memorial Hall, Gladstone Road, BARRY, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 8NA, on Friday the 03rd May 2019 at 6.00pm

Dress: Smart/Informal

Business:

  1. To Receive and Consider the Provincial Grand Treasurer’s report
  2. To Receive and Consider the Provincial Grand Registrar’s report
  3. To Receive and Consider the Provincial Grand Almoner’s report
  4. To Receive and Consider the Provincial Grand Charity Steward’s report
  5. To Receive and Consider the Provincial Membership Officer’s report
  6. To Receive and Consider the report of the General Purposes Committee
  7. To Receive a Briefing on Developments in the Holy Royal Arch from the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent
  8. To Receive an Address by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master
  9. Any other business

N.B. Provincial Grand Lodge Committee consists of the Grand Officers, Provincial Grand Officers of the year, members of the General Purposes Committee and the Master of every Lodge in the Province (or his nominated Representative).

Any Master unable to attend should inform the Provincial Grand Secretary, through his Lodge Secretary, of the name of the Past Master nominated to represent him. Such Nominee cannot be a Grand Officer or an Acting Provincial Grand Lodge Officer.

Download a pdf of the Provincial Grand Lodge Committee Meeting summons

Preliminary Notice: The Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge will be held at Barry on Monday, 24th June 2019. Masters and Wardens of all Lodges are expected to attend.

Notice of the Annual Court of Governors of the Masonic Benevolent Fund of South Wales

To All and Singular the Members of the Masonic Benevolent Fund of South Wales,

I hereby give notice that the Annual Court of Governors will be held on Friday, 3rd May 2019 at the Memorial Hall, Gladstone Road, Barry, CF62 8NA at 5:15 p.m.

Yours faithfully and fraternally,

Ben Gait, Secretary

South Wales Freemasons give £45,000 to victims of southern African cyclone

Thousands of people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe whose lives have been devastated by Cyclone Idai will be given access to clean water, as well as tarpaulins, plastic sheets and other emergency supplies, thanks to a grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the freemasons’ charity. (more…)

South Wales Freemasons support Advocacy Matters Wales with grant

Local people with learning disabilities and autism will be helped to manage their financial affairs thanks to a grant from South Wales freemasons. The grant of £4,688 to Advocacy Matters (Wales) will pay for an independent advocate, who will work to support clients with learning disabilities by helping them to manage their income and expenditure. This might include ensuring that all the correct benefits are being claimed, budgeting, setting up Direct Debits for regular bills and other practical measures.

Advocacy Matters (Wales) exists to protect the rights and choices of individuals with a learning disability and autism. The charity provides a free and confidential service and accepts referrals on any issue that affects the person’s quality of life. Advocacy Matters (Wales) have retained the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark since its introduction in 2009.

The grant from South Wales freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Riders announced for the ‘Home from Home’ bike ride

Brethren, I am delighted to announce that I now have a team of 6 riders who are in training to take part in my Home from Home cycle challenge on Saturday 22nd of June, 2019. The majority of the riders have been cycling with me over the last few years as part of the Swansea Masonic MAMILs cycle group and took part in the ‘Gower Challenge’ ride last summer.

Training will now be stepped up to prepare the riders for the massive challenge of cycling the 175 miles from Llandudno to Porthcawl in ONE day and I know the knowledge of your support will greatly encourage them in their efforts. We have already received many generous donations from Lodges, Chapters and individuals for which we thank you all.

Riders

  • WBro. Simon Francis, Sketty Hall Lodge No 8752
  • WBro. Jason Thomas, Tuscan Lodge No. 7267
  • WBro. Richard Owen, Sketty Hall Lodge No. 8752
  • Bro. Steve Bain, Celtic Eagle Lodge No 9132, Caradoc Lodge No. 1573
  • Bro. Scott Mewse, Lodge of Sincerity No. 8531
  • Bro. Derek Johnson, Cambrian Lodge No. 364

To sponsor this ride, you can donate online by clicking here, cheques can be made payable to ‘2021 Festival’ reference ‘Bike’ on the rear and sent to me at the below address.

Thank you for your support.

Simon Francis
Provincial Junior Grand Warden
3, Heol Pant y Dwr, Gorseinon. SA4 4ZF

Promotions and Appointments to Grand Rank 2019

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master is delighted to announce the names of the 10 Brethren in our Province, who have accepted Promotion or First Appointment in Craft Grand Rank.

Promotions in Grand Rank

W.Bro. Marc Lewis – Promoted to Senior Grand Deacon
W.Bro. Michael T. Holland – Promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer
W.Bro. William E. Jenkins – Promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer
W.Bro. Richard Lewis – Promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer
W.Bro. Jeffery T. Coles – Appointed to Past Junior Grand Deacon
W.Bro. Vivian A. Telling – Appointed to Past Junior Grand Deacon

Appointments to Grand Rank

W.Bro. Christopher M. L. Davies – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
W.Bro. Gherold M. Davies – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
W.Bro. Peter Hamley – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Standard Bearer
W.Bro. Ariel I. Roque – Appointed to Past Grand Pursuivant

In consequence of their Promotions; Brothers Jenkins, Holland and Lewis will be accorded the prefix Very Worshipful.

NB: Although being subscribing members in South Wales, Brother Michael Holland’s Promotion originated from the Masonic Province of Herefordshire and Brother Richard Lewis’s Promotion originated from the Masonic Province of Bristol, where they serve as Deputy Provincial Grand Masters.