Tercentenary Celebrations

tercentenary-symbol-210pxTercentenary Celebrations within South Wales Province

On 24 June 1717, four established London Lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard. Thereupon, our Grand Lodge, the first in the world, was formed with Anthony Sayer as their Grand Master. Thus United Grand Lodge of England will be 300 years old next year.

At Provincial Grand Lodge in Barry, our Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. Gareth Jones, OBE in addressing us said, “Looking ahead to next year, we will have our tercentenary to celebrate. We already have 2 big events planned in South Wales and I have asked W.Bro. Kevin Hearne to co-ordinate all activities across the Province and to take the lead in ensuring we contribute to national activities too. 2017 is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to our communities with pride, show what we as Freemasons do for the good of society, dispel some more of the myths about our Craft and attract more good men into our ranks. I hope all lodges – or all masonic centres – will plan to hold at least one event to celebrate our 300 years, perhaps linked to a showing of the Royal Albert Hall celebrations.”

The following is an indicative listing of celebration events, activities, & plans that will give dates for diaries, encouragement to Worshipful Masters, Lodges, Masonic Centres, & all Brethren to consider how you can get involved in supporting & organising celebratory events.

Launch of Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) Scheme

teddyDate:
Saturday 24th September 2016, opens at 10.15am, Cardiff Masonic Hall

Details:
Hosted by Sure & Stedfast Lodge 8991 in Cardiff Masonic Hall. South Wales Province will raise funds to present Teddies to children admitted to Accident & Emergency Units. Presentation address to be given by W Bro Ian Simpson PAGPurs, Chairman of the National Appeal.

Lead Organiser:
W.Bro. Colin Grey, W.Bro. Peter Williams
Chairman.southwalestlc@nullgmail.com

300 New Members

Date:
September 2016 to December 2017

Details:
To aim to welcome 300 new members into the Province. All to be presented with a copy of the 1st Degree Charge at Initiation, uniquely numbered & signed by PGM. All invited to a special event at end of 2017 to meet the PGM & Exec Team.

Lead Organiser:
W.Bro. Neil Evans, Provincial Membership Officer
neilmartinevans@nullhotmail.co.uk

Provincial 1st Degree demonstration

Date:
November 8th 2016

Details:
Colonnade Club at Beehive Lodge, all Initiated in last 12 months are invited to attend.

Lead Organiser:
W.Bro. Nicholas Evans & W.Bro. Kevin Hearne
evansnick187@nullgmail.com

Commemorative Plaque

commemorative-plaqueDate:
September 2016 to April 2017

Details:
To install commemorative ‘blue plaques’ on Masonic Centres. Each will be unveiled by the Provincial Grand Master.

Lead Organiser:
W.Bro. David Weston, ProvGSuptWks
davidweston@nullntlworld.com

Provincial Church Service

Date:
May 2017

Details:
To be confirmed.

Lead Organiser:
W.Bro. Alistair Swinford, PSGD, APGM
alistair.swinford@nulltalktalk.net

Tercentenary Grand Summer Ball

Date:
June 24th 2017

Details:
Cardiff City Hall

Lead Organiser:
W.Bro. Akram Baig, PAGDC
drbaig@nullsky.com

Masonic Classic Vehicle Club Car Rally

mcvc-flagDate:
July 23rd 2017

Details:
The MCVC are intending to visit every Province and stop off at destinations throughout South Wales. Will include a unique visit to the new Aston Martin HQ at St Athan.

Lead Organiser:
W.Bro. Malcolm Lucas, Mg2mal@nullaol.com
and W.Bro. Allun Jones, allun.jones@nulloutlook.com

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Date:
Summer 2017

Details:
Masonic Centres, Lodges, & individuals can organise a TLC Teddy Bear Picnic. A party pack box will be available from UGLE with supporting material, to raise funds for the TLC programme in the Province. Lots of national publicity has been arranged.

Lead Organiser:
Bro. Jason Angostino Green
nuratwo@nullbtinternet.com

Heritage Open Days

Date:
Between 1st & 30th September 2017

Details:
Masonic Halls to open as part of the national Heritage Open Days run by Cadw & listed on their website. Each Hall to register from 1st March 2017 on Cadw website with date(s).

Lead Organiser:
W.Bro. David Weston, ProvGSuptWks
davidweston@nullntlworld.com

Grand Ball in London

Date:
September 30th 2017

Details:
Freemasons Hall. Starts at 8.30pm and finishes at 3am. Cost £160 per person

Lead Organiser:
Tickets available from 30/9/16 via: www.thegrandball.uk

Main Celebration Event at Royal Albert Hall. Dinner at Battersea

Date:
October 31st 2017

Details:
Royal Albert Hall

Lead Organiser:
W.Bro. Kevin Hearne

Armistice/ Remembrance Day

Date:
Saturday 11th / Sunday 12th November 2017

Details:
Lodges across the Province to be represented and lay wreaths. Our Provincial Grand Master has given kind permission for Brethren to wear Masonic Chains and Collars at wreath laying ceremonies 2017.

Lead Organiser:
Worshipful Master of all Lodges in Province to contact their local British Legion Association to order their wreaths.

1700’s  Enactment Ceremonies

Date:
To be announced.

Details:
St Cecilia Demonstration Team will conduct a series of enactments throughout the Province of a 1717 ceremony. New members welcome to join in the fun of rehearsing.

Lead Organiser:
W.Bro. Roger Mapstone & St Cecilia Lodge
Rogermapstone@nullsky.com

300 New members meet the Provincial Executive Team

Date:
December 2017

Details:
All Brethren initiated in the Tercentenary will be invited to a special event to meet the Provincial Grand Master and his Prov Exec Team

Lead Organiser:
W.Bro. Neil Evans, Provincial Membership Officer
neilmartinevans@nullhotmail.co.uk

For further information, support, and to get your event listed in the Province Tercentenary Events Listing, please contact Tercentenary Coordinator, W.Bro. Kevin Hearne on 300celebs@nullsouthwalesmason.com.

For assistance with communication matters, please contact Provincial Communications Officer Paul Haley on Provcomms@nullsouthwalesmason.com.

tercentenary-jewelTo mark the Tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England, the Grand Master has approved a special jewel, which will be available from the start of the three-hundredth year on 24th June 2016.

The jewel will be a permanent jewel and may therefore be worn by qualified Brethren of the English Constitution for the rest of their lives.

The jewel may be worn only by Master Masons (and above), but any Brother who will at any time between 24th June 2016 and 31st December 2017 have been a member of a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England will qualify for it. (Those who are only Entered Apprentices or Fellow Crafts during that period will be entitled to wear the jewel as soon as they have been Raised).

The Pro. Grand Master hopes that Grand Officers – who normally wear no breast jewels other than the Royal Arch jewel – will wear it throughout the period, and will not feel obliged to stop wearing it after the end of 2017.

The Jewel is available from Toye, Kenning & Spencer, Newton Road, Bedworth CV12 8QR and can be ordered online here.