The Tercentenary Events Committee Tour of the Province bike ride team set off from Swansea Masonic Hall at 7.30am on Thursday 1st June 2017. Visiting the 23 Masonic Centres of the Province over three days, celebrating 300 years of United Grand Lodge, a total of 380km will be covered with over 3,000m climbed.
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.
A quiz night was held on Monday 27th February, 2017, at the Rose Indienne Restaurant, St Helens Road, Swansea, inviting Swansea Lodges (and non Masons) to attend and show the support that Swansea Lodges continue to provide towards the 2021 Festival. The event was organised by W.Bro. Philip Osborne and the quizmaster on the night, at great expense (not really), was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Roy Woodward.
The St Cecilia Demonstration Team performed the very first of several unique 1717 Enactment Ceremonies in celebration of the Tercentenary of United Grand Lodge, by kind invitation of Cambrian Lodge 364, at the Neath Masonic Hall on Tuesday 31st January 2017.
The team are aiming to perform this unique Enactment throughout the Province in order to raise funds for the 2021 Festival. St Cecilia Lodge 8748 is very proud to support the 2021 Festival and have recently achieved a Bronze Award.
This is a great example of how Brethen & Lodges can create additional ways to raise further funds towards the 2021 Festival in aid of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.
The two major concerts of this year’s Brecon Jazz Festival will take place in the splendid and acoustically superb setting of Brecon Cathedral. On Satuday 13 August at 6.00 pm, A Duke Ellington Showcase will feature The Capital City Jazz Orchestra, vocalist sublime Sarah Moule and all-round dancer and entertainer Johnny Tudor. They will present a programme of Ellington favourites alongside excerpts from some of his landmark but rarely performed large scale works. On Sunday 14 August at 7.30 pm, the hugely talented Jacqui Dankworth together with her celebrated American singer/songwriter/pianist husband Charlie Wood and stellar group of supporting musicians will deliver a feast of jazz classics, contemporary icons, original compositions and the very best of The Great American Songbook. Further details of the concerts are attached for your information.
Hopefully many of you will wish to take advantage of this memorable opportunity to enjoy the performances of some true A list artists. Therefore, in addition to increasing the potential for the full houses which these concerts merit, as a further incentive to Brethren, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Gareth Jones OBE, has readily agreed to the concerts also being used to generate a financial contribution to our 2021 Festival. I can therefore confirm that 20% of every ticket sold to members of the masonic fraternity and their guests, including the booking fee, will be donated to the 2021 Festival funds. This means that the Festival will benefit by £2.64 for every ticket sold for the Ellington Showcase. For Jacqui Dankworth’s concert the return per ticket sold will be £3.08.