2021 Festival

Swansea Masons raise £12,500 for the RMBI by cycling the length of Wales

On 22 June 2019, four Swansea Masons set out on gruelling 175-mile one-day ‘Home from Home’ ride from Llandudno to Porthcawl to raise funds for the 2021 festival in aid of the RMBI. The RMBI Care Co. is a charity which provides caring support for people in need of residential or nursing care, dementia support or limited sheltered accommodation, which it does via its network of 19 residential homes throughout the UK.

Simon Francis, Jason Thomas, Derek Johnson and Richard Owen – all members of an informal cycling club – had come up with the idea of cycling between two RMBI homes during the planning of the upcoming festival events.

The day of the ‘Home from Home’ event was sunny with a cooling breeze, and after a 4.30 am start at the Queen Elizabeth Court RMBI nursing home in Llandudno, the team set off at a relatively gentle pace towards Blaenau Festiniog. There, a respite from the energy-sapping gradients of Snowdonia was taken before a gentler run down to Machynlleth and then Aberystwyth.

However, the mid-Wales stage of the ride was more challenging than expected. Organiser and lead rider Simon Francis commented “the combination of steady headwinds and relatively gentle but long climbs made this stage a real test of endurance and toughness for all the riders.”

Fortunately, the rest of the journey via Ammanford and Swansea was easier. The team was joined for the last 35 miles by Alison Aberdeen, the manager of the Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court Nursing Home in Porthcawl, which was also their ultimate destination.

Francis commented that “Everyone had to dig deep to get the ride done in one day – it was very challenging, and it was an honour to have had such a team to do it with. Without exception everyone performed admirably, and it was fantastic that we were able to raise £12,500 for such a good cause”.

The cheque for the money raised from the ride was presented by the group to the Provincial Grand Master Gareth Jones OBE, and Chairman of the 2021 Festival Sir Paul Williams, at the PGM’s Summer Ball held in Brangwyn Hall on 29 June, where it was gratefully received.

Francis concluded “Events like these, where like-minded Freemasons capitalise on a passion or a skill to raise much-needed funds, are really important. Not only do we set ourselves a challenging personal task, but in doing so we are able to raise a significant amount of money, in this case for the RMBI, and to support our Province in reaching its £5m target during our festival period.”

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.

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

Festival Golf Day – 2018

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 DPGM – WEST

Competition includes a special guest team of famous Rugby Celebrities
Masonic and non masonic golfers all welcome.

Tee times from 9.00am to 2.00pm

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