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.
One of the premier events in this year’s RMBI Festival Calendar will be the Summer Ball to be held at the prestigious Brangwyn Hall, Swansea on Saturday 9th July.
We will be honoured by the presence of the Provincial Grand Master RW.Bro Gareth Jones OBE, Festival President. It is hoped that as many Lodges as possible will attend to support the Provincial Grand Master and the RMBI Festival.
I, as Chairman of the 2021 Festival Appeal, invite all Lodge members, especially Worshipful Masters and Wardens, to support this prestigious event in aid of the RMBI. It shall be a delight to see you and representatives of your Lodge, accompanied by their partners supporting the event.
There are a few tables of 10 still available and it would be encouraging if Lodges of the Province supported the event by booking or sharing a table with a partner Lodge.
The Lodge of St. Theodore No. 8536 hosted a very successful and enjoyable 2021 Festival Awards Presentation on 11th April 2016 in Port Talbot.
The Festival Vice-President, VW.Bro. Roy Woodward DPGM, opened the event by thanking the Worshipful Master W.Bro. Jason Heatman and the members of the Lodge for their generosity in hosting the event. He also thanked all the Brethren for attending and giving their support. The Temple was full to capacity which demonstrated the depth of feeling for the success of the Festival.
The 2021 Festival for the RMBI held its latest celebration of success in Merthyr, on the 4th February hosted by the historic Loyal Cambrian Lodge No. 110.
The Temple in Merthyr was filled to capacity to receive the Rt. W.Bro Gareth Jones OBE, PGM accompanied by V.W.Bro Roy Woodward DPGM, four of his Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, Provincial Secretary and the Chair of the Festival Committee Sir Paul Williams.
The PGM thanked the Loyal Cambrian Lodge for hosting the event and outlined the importance of the Festival.
Sir Paul Williams was then invited to address the Brethren. He began by thanking the PGM and DPGM for their support and advice as President and Deputy President of the Festival. He then went on to acknowledged the outstanding support he and his committee had received from the Brethren. The feedback he had received from his presentations and visits to Lodges throughout the Province was that the target of £5million was achievable providing as many brethren as possible throughout the Province commit to make a donation of £500 or more.
Loyal Cambrian Lodge No. 110 will host a meeting at the Merthyr Tydfil Masonic Hall at 7 Park Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RF on 4th February 2016 to celebrate the achievements of the Province in the first year of the 2021 Festival.
The Lodge will open at 6.30pm and Visitors received 6.40pm
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Gareth Jones OBE and W.Bro. Sir Paul M. Williams OBE DL KStJ PJGD will be in attendance.
Brethren wishing to attend should send their reservation with names of guests and payment to Loyal Cambrian Lodge Secretary using the form attached.