For the final and day 3 of the Tercentenary Events Committee, Tour of the Province bike ride, W.Bro Simon Francis and W.Bro Tim Clark are joined by W.Bro Richard Owen, Bro Gary Cairnes and W.Bro Elwyn Marfell Jones.
Leaving Swansea at 07.00, the riders visit the Masonic Halls at Bridgend, Cowbridge, Pontyclun, Penarth, Barry, Llantwit Major and Porthcawl before finishing at the The Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court in time for the annual Strawberry Tea – a total of 130km!
Day 2 of the Tercentenary Events Committee Tour of the Province bike ride sees the team down to 2 riders. Leaving at 07.34, the Swansea to Cardiff leg will see the W.Bro Simon Francis and W.Bro Tim Clark visiting the Masonic Halls at Port Talbot, Maesteg, Treorchy, Pontypridd, Treharris, Bargoed, Caerphilly – finally reaching Cardiff Masonic Hall after a 120km ride.
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.