2021 Festival

On 22nd January 2015, at Hendre Lodge, our Festival President Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Gareth Jones OBE launched the Provincial Grand Lodge of South Wales’ 2021 Festival on behalf of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. This special occasion marked the opening of another important chapter in the history of our wonderful Province which has held no less than 10 Festivals since they began in their present format in 1921. By the end of this Festival, South Wales brethren will have given 100 years of unstinting commitment to support the Central Masonic Charities

We have set ourselves the challenge of raising £5 million over the next 6 years. By working together as a team we can meet this challenge by promoting the benefits of the RMBI and encouraging our members to support the Festival’s two objectives. First to raise money for the Festival Fund and secondly to raise the profile of the RMBI in South Wales so that Freemasons and their families may enjoy the assistance it offers in the future. Please check back here regularly for news and updates. You can also ​​follow us on Twitter @southwales2021 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/southwales2021festival

You can make an online 2021 Festival donation here.

Latest News

PGM’s Business Persons’ Lunch 2019 – The Beech Tree, Cardiff

Tickets available from:
Paul Bunyan
E: paul.bunyan@nullcpengineering.co.uk
T: 07966 241980

Our guest speaker, Brynmor Williams

Brynmor Williams played representative level rugby union for British Lions and Wales, at invitational level for Barbarian F.C., as a scrum-half and representative level rugby league for Wales.

In 1977 he toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions when he had yet to be capped by Wales. He made his international début in the first test of the series against the All Blacks at Athletic Park, Wellington, in June 1977 and went on to play in the first three tests before being replaced due to injury during the third match.

He made his Wales début against Australia at Ballymore, Brisbane in June 1978 and scored a try on his début.

Brynmor played club rugby for Cardiff RFC, Swansea RFC and Newport RFC. His sons Lloyd Williams and Tom Williams are both professional rugby union players.

In 2016 Brynmor took up the voluntary role as Chair of Fields in Trust Cymru, a charity dedicated to protecting outdoor space for play, sport and recreation.

Home from Home Cycle Ride 22nd June 2019

Picture updates from the Home from Home, The Queen Elizabeth Court in Llandudno, North Wales to Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court, Porthcawl, South Wales. Approximately 175 miles with in excess of 10,000ft of accumulative climbing in one day.

RMBI 2021 Festival

Our Provincial Charity Steward W.Bro Robert Payne is talking about the progress of our 2021 Festival and how your continued support is making such a valuable contribution to each and every resident across our 18 RMBI care homes. Have you pledged your support to our Festival ? A Minimum commitment of just £500 over the Festival period will ensure your qualification for a Festival Jewel.

Festival Golf Day – 2019

Teams of 4 Players using the
Stableford format

£130 per team which includes:
Bacon Roll and Coffee on arrival, Green Fees,
On-course Refreshments and 2 Course Dinner to finish.
Excellent prizes for the winners and runners up.
Including a unique competition within a competition for the

Masonic Ryder Cup

12 players East and 12 West of the Province will be selected from the entered teams to compete for the Cup, currently held by the East of the Province.

TEAM CAPTAINS
WBro Alan Gardener APGM – EAST
VWBro Roy Woodward PDPGM – WEST

Masonic and non masonic golfers all welcome.

Tee times from 9.00am to 2.00pm
Deposit of £10 per player required to guarantee tee time.

To book please contact
Alan Gardener: M: 07904048817 E: alangardener@nullsky.com
Phil Osborne: M: 07774 203170 E: philip.n.osborne@nullgmail.com

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

Home from Home – 22 June 2019

Sponsor the riders online here:
https://e0043.everydayhero.com/uk/home-from-home-bike-ride

Download a pdf of the Home from Home Cycle Ride poster for distribution.

Home from Home – cycle from Llandudno to Porthcawl

5th February, 2019

Dear Brethren,

In the early hours of Saturday the 22nd of June 2019, I together with a small group of Swansea Masons will be jumping on our bikes to take on my biggest ever cycling challenge in aid of the 2021 Festival supporting the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. You may be aware that two of the seventeen Care Homes owned and managed by the RMBI are located in Wales, they are The Queen Elizabeth Court in Llandudno, North Wales and our very own Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court located in Porthcawl, South Wales.

The challenge I, together with my team of ‘Home from Home’ cyclists is to take on is to ride from Llandudno, North Wales to Porthcawl, South Wales, in ONE DAY. This is a total of approximately 175 miles with in excess of 10,000ft of accumulative climbing. To achieve this we will be cycling from The Queen Elizabeth Court, Llandudno at 4.30am that Saturday morning with the aim of averaging a moving speed of 13mph which equates to nearly 14 hours in the saddle. Factoring in rest and food stops we hope to be arriving at The Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court, Porthcawl approximately 16 hours later, that being 8.30pm that evening, a very long and hard day of cycling!

Brethren, we are looking for your support and sponsorship to make this massive challenge a success for the 2021 Festival, there are several ways you can sponsor the event. We are looking for cycle jersey sponsorship, advertise the logo of your Company or maybe your Lodge on our ride jerseys, prices range from £125 for a sleeve to £250 for the main body of the shirt. You can sponsor the riders on line by visiting https://e0043.everydayhero.com/uk/home-from-home-bike-ride or by completing details on a sponsor form being distributed by the riders and please give full details for Gift Aid where applicable. We also welcome Lodge donations and cheques should be made payable to ‘The 2021 Festival’ and referenced ‘BIKE’ on the rear, they can be posted to me at the address below.

For full details of the riders taking part in this event please look for updates on the News page of this website or the ride poster that will be displayed at Masonic Centres.

Thank you for your support.
My warmest fraternal regards,

Simon Francis ProvJGW

Please send your donations to:
Simon Francis, 3 Heol Pant y Dwr, Gorseinon, Swansea SA4 4ZF

Download a pdf of the Home from Home Cycle Ride poster for distribution.