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Festival Golf Day – Neath Golf Club 19th May 2017

The Provincial Ryder Cup Goes East


The inaugural “Ryder Cup” golf tournament between Brethren representing the East and West of the Masonic Province of South Wales was held at Neath Golf Club, Swansea on Friday 19th May 2017. The event, organised by WBro Phil Osborne of the RP St John Charles Lodge No 6466, was well attended with the Deputy Provincial Grand Master VWBro Roy Woodward Captaining the West team and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro Alan Gardener Captaining the East. All proceeds on the day to be donated to support the 2021 RMBI Festival.

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Provincial ties / Church service on Saturday, 20th May 2017

Regarding the Tercentenary Provincial Church Service on Saturday,  20th May 2017, all Brethren are to wear the Provincial tie, and full dress regalia.

If any brother has not yet purchased or wishes to purchase a Provincial tie, Provincial stewards tie, or hankie; they are available from:

Phillip Saunders, Cardiff/Barry
07747 628663 or philsaunders25@nullgmail.com

Peter Williams, Bridgend
07860523511 or welshbreakers@nullaol.com

A.V.C. Regalia,  Cardiff
02920 491333 or avcregalia@nullbtconnect.com

Masonic Hall, Cardiff
02920 396576 or cmhco@nullcardiffmasonichall.co.uk

Masonic Hall, Barry
01446 737064 or enquiries@nullbarrymasonichall.co.uk

Lodge and Chapter,  Swansea
01792 310110 or 07970 614073 or sales@nulllodgeandchapter.com

Summons for the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, Monday 26th June 2017

Dear Brother Secretaries,

I greet you well and attach the summons for the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, to be holden on Monday 26th June 2017, at Barry Memorial Hall, Gladstone Road, BARRY, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 8NA, together with a booking form for Luncheon.

Fraternal regards,

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

Download the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, Monday 26th June 2017 summons here

Download the Provincial Grand Lodge 2017 Luncheon booking form here

Church Service, Llandaff 20th May 2017

11th May 2017

Dear Brethren,

CHURCH SERVICE LLANDAFF 20th MAY 2017

With just over a week until this special occasion and I have been asked to clarify certain arrangements.

  1. ALL members of the Craft will be expected to be dressed in FULL DRESS regalia. This is either dark suit etc. with a Provincial tie or Morning suit with striped trousers and a Provincial tie – NO GLOVES
  2. NO-ONE should be in a long tail coat. Short black jacket is the order of the day. (N B Grand Officers take note!)
  3. Jewels especially Royal Arch and Tercentenary and 21 Festival jewels should be worn.
  4. Parking is limited in Llandaff but we have arranged for members to park in the Metropolitan University on Western Avenue. There are approximately 80 spaces there but you MUST have 50 pence in change for “Pay and Display”. You will then approach the Cathedral via the path by the side of Llandaff Rugby Club. Members in the procession will have additional parking arranged.
  5. There are no facilities for changing and therefore DO NOT bring a case. Your regalia should be in a carrier bag.
  6. If you have not booked for the buffet then you can try with alangardener@nullsky.com and maybe it is not too late!
  7. If you have not been told you are not in the procession!
  8. Please ensure that you and anyone accompanying you have taken their seat(s) by 10.30 am.

I look forward to seeing you all on the day

Sincerely and fraternally,

Peter Jones
Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies

Families Day, Highnam Court on Saturday 12th August 2017

UPDATE – Families Day, Highnam Court on Saturday 12th August 2017 – 12:00 to 19:00pm

Join the Provincial Executive and the Festival Team from the Province of Gloucestershire Freemasons for a relaxing afternoon in the stunning gardens of Highnam Court for a charity fundraising event. Enjoy strawberries and cream with a glass of bubbly between strolling through the gardens, enjoying a family picnic in sumptuous surroundings with fine musical entertainment and of course visiting the bar. Highnam Court (just 2 miles west of Gloucester) is a Grade I listed mansion built in 1658 and surrounded by fine landscaped gardens, including four lakes, rockeries, a fernery, knot garden, a one acre rose garden and fine lawns. It was once the home of Sir Hubert Parry, the composer of “Jerusalem” and the present owner has restored the Victorian gardens and increased their size to 40 acres. (more…)

Provincial Grand Masters Address to Grand Committee, May 2017

Brethren, first of all may I thank all of you for attending here this evening. This is an important meeting in our Provincial calendar as it gives us the opportunity to present the progress we are making as a Province, outline some of the challenges we face, and discuss – and I use that word advisedly brethren – a few issues of concern which we might address in the coming year. Every lodge should be represented here today and I trust you will take back to your brethren all of the matters we talk about today, though I have to say that has not always been the case in the past. I have often raised an issue with a Worshipful Master during the year – getting away from early starts for Installations is a good case in point – only to find that he has had no knowledge of what I have said at a Provincial committee meeting and that it has not been brought to the attention of the lodge or its committee, even though the address appears online and is printed in full in the Provincial yearbook. Please make sure your lodge members have an opportunity to discuss and debate issues that are covered today.

Brethren, a huge thank you must go to my Executive and the Provincial team for all their support and contributions this year. And I want to express my and my Executive’s grateful thanks for the warm welcome and hospitality we have enjoyed on all of our visits to your lodges. As well as Installations, we have attended domestic meetings and a number of special celebratory occasions since we last met and the Provincial teams have always come away from those meetings with happy hearts and a warm feeling about the fraternal bond which makes our Craft so important to us all. (more…)

Summarised Accounts (Year Ending 31/03/2017) of the Masonic Benevolent Fund of South Wales

MBF Accounts – Year Ending 31-03-2017

MASONIC BENEVOLENT FUND OF SOUTH WALES – STATEMENT BY TRUSTEES 

The summarised accounts (link found above) are a summary of information extracted from the annual accounts and certain information relating to both the statement of financial activities and the balance sheet. These summarised accounts may not contain sufficient information to allow for a full understanding of the financial affairs of the charity. For further information, the full annual accounts and the Trustees’ Annual Report should be consulted: copies of these can be obtained from Mr Martyn Ridge. The figures are taken from the independently reviewed financial statements by the independent reviewer Mr Pankaj Bakshi FCA, for the year ended 31st March 2017, and received an unqualified report and have been approved by the Trustees. The annual accounts were approved on the 28th April 2017 and have been submitted to the Charity Commission.