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Funeral Arrangements for Excellent Companion David Anthony Westall, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent

Please be advised of the following details, concerning the recent death of Excellent Companion David Anthony Westall, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent.

The funeral is to be held at All Saints Church, 3 Park Rd, Barry CF62 6NU on Friday 1st December at 2.45pm
This will be followed by a Service of Cremation at the Cardiff and Glamorgan Memorial Park and Crematorium, Port Road East, Barry, CF62 9PX at 4.00pm

Afterwards there is to be a reception at the Three Horseshoes, Moulton, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 3AB.

At the family’s request we are all to wear our Red Royal Arch Provincial Ties in memory of David.

The family have requested that it be family flowers only at the funeral. If anyone wishes to make a donation in lieu they would appreciate that this be made to what was formerly Holme Towers.  It is now the Marie Curie Hospice Cardiff and the Vale, Bridgeman Road, Penarth, CF64 3YR

Cheques should be made payable to – Marie Curie Hospice Cardiff and the Vale.

Yours sincerely and fraternally,
Gwilym Jones
Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra

Excellent Companion David Anthony Westall, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent RIP

With the greatest sadness, I advise that our Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion David Anthony Westall passed away peacefully in hospital, surrounded by his family, today, Tuesday 21st November 2017.

It has been ordered that Masonic Mourning shall consist of the printing of an `In Memoriam’ notice on the first summons issued for a meeting of each Chapter under the Provincial Grand Chapter, following this notification such as:

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Excellent Companion David Anthony Westall
Most Excellent Grand Superintendent 2009 – 2017

and that where his name and designation as Most Excellent Grand Superintendent is shown, this should remain and be printed in black, within a box such as:

Excellent Companion David Anthony Westall
Most Excellent Grand Superintendent

Members of each Chapter should stand in memory of Excellent Companion David Anthony Westall, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, at its next meeting immediately after the Chapter has been opened and before any business is transacted (except for the reading of any dispensation required to regularise the holding of the meeting).

REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Yours sincerely and fraternally,

EComp Gwilym Jones OStJ PGStB
Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra

South Wales Freemasons donate to Blood Bikes Wales

Blood Bikes, Wales, the fourth Emergency Service, after the police, fire and ambulance services, which is 100% charity funded and run totally by volunteer riders, provides a vital service to the NHS, transporting blood supplies, plasma, documents and other items between hospitals outside of weekday hours, on weekends and bank holidays. This service saves the NHS substantial sums which can be used for front line patient care.

A new motorcycle has been gifted by the Masonic Benevolent Fund of South Wales, and this will be going into service immediately. The photograph shows Blood Bike Wales Area Committee member Bro Andrew Morgan of Bonvilston with the new bike, together with Trustees of the Masonic Benevolent Fund of South Wales, W.Bro Simon Francis, W.Bro Martyn Ridge (Treasurer), and W.Bro Patrick Pattison.

In presenting a cheque for £6,000 to Bro Andrew, himself a Freemason and very dedicated to the work of Blood Bikes, W.Bro Patrick said  “We are very pleased on behalf of our Committee of Trustees and the Freemasons of South Wales to make this donation to such a worthwhile and vital service to the community of South Wales.”

 

300 years of Freemasonry celebrated at Royal Albert Hall global event

Over 4,000 Masons from 136 Grand Lodges around the world embraced Freemasonry’s rich heritage and relevance at the culmination of the United Grand Lodge of England’s Tercentenary year on 31st October 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall

  • Performances by the renowned Sir Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond and Sanjeev Bhaskar showcased Freemasonry’s unique history
  • Monumental 55ft gold Square and Compasses frame a musical performance by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
  • Official Tercentenary celebration presided over by HRH The Duke of Kent, Grand Master.
  • 2017 marks the founding of the world’s first Grand Lodge in London 1717.

October 31 2017: Freemasons from around the world gathered in the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate their Tercentenary. It marked 300 years from 1717, when four lodges had met at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard to form the first Grand Lodge.
Presided over by the Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, over 4,000 Masons from 136 Grand Lodges enjoyed a theatrical extravaganza produced and directed by leading impresarios Matthew Mitchell and Richard Clifford.

The cast was headed by acclaimed actors Sir Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond and Sanjeev Bhaskar against the backdrop of a specially created colossal 55ft gold Square and Compasses – the universally recognised symbol of Freemasonry. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, along with soprano Fleur de Bray provided the musical accompaniment.

With a combination of entertainment and education, the stunning production featured a dramatic light show incorporating the ‘All Seeing Eye’. The celebration showcased the unique heritage of Freemasonry, highlighting its role and relevance across the ages and in society today.

The Tercentenary event was also streamed live to audiences around the world, including UGLE’s headquarters at Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden, London. There are around six million Freemasons worldwide, with over 200,000 in the UK under UGLE.

Speaking of the celebration, Brigadier Willie Shackell, Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England, said: “The event was a true showcase of what Freemasonry is all about, our unique history and strong traditions and values – integrity, kindness, honesty, fairness and tolerance. I feel that Freemasonry’s role and relevance in society today could not be stronger and we now look forward to our journey through the next 300 years”.

South Wales Grand Master Gareth Jones OBE said: “2017 has been a year of celebration for us all. For the first time since the Second World War, Freemasons processed proudly in their regalia through the streets of Cardiff to show how much we want to be seen to be part of our communities, helping others, especially those in need. I was very proud to lead a delegation of over 50 South Wales members to attend the Royal Albert Hall to join brethren from around the world and to celebrate the wonderful contribution that Freemasonry has made and will continue to make for many years to come.”

There will be a full report and further pictures of the event in the next edition of Y Dalaith. Brethren may be able to find videos of the event on YouTube, and further official footage will be released soon.

September 2017 Lottery Draw

The winning numbers for the September 2017 Festival Lottery (for tickets bought in September 2017), drawn at Swansea Masonic Hall, on Tuesday 31st October 2017 are:

09 11 17 24

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Sine Favore Lodge No. 9856: Meeting in Merthyr Tydfil on Friday 24th November 2017

Sine Favore Lodge No 9856 was consecrated at Great Queen Street, London on 13th September 2017, its Founders being members of the Police Federation or service providers. It draws its membership from around the country so it was setup to meet twice a year in London and twice a year in another Province.

On 24th November 2017 we will meet and hold a Third Degree ceremony at Merthyr Tydfil Masonic Hall, followed by a Festive Board White Table.

The local arrangements are being made by Bro Howard Casey a member of this Lodge.

We welcome members of the Province to attend our meetings and ask the information is circulated  to the membership.

Sincerely and fraternally
Harry Smith
Secretary
Sine Favore Lodge No 9856

Bookings should be forward to me at this email address:
secretary@nullsinefavore.com

Our practice is to receive the dining fee electronically in advance.  Enquiries should be directed to the email address above.

Colonnade Club Conference Win

The Colonnade Club is delighted to announce that on 14th October 2017 in Birmingham we were named the hosts of next year’s New and Young Masons Clubs Conference. This is the first year in which the conference hosts were chosen by a vote of all clubs in the Constitution and we are incredibly grateful to our fellow NYMCs for having such confidence in us – we look forward to welcoming them to the Provincial Grand Lodge of South Wales in 2018!