Presented at Provincial Grand Lodge on 27th June 2016
Brethren, the main purpose of our meeting today is to celebrate the end of our masonic year by honouring those whose contributions now – and in the future – have merited appointments or promotions in Provincial Grand Lodge. To all of you so honoured today, my warm congratulations; and as we always say on these occasions, your new rank is meant not only to recognise past achievements, but also to act as an earnest to efforts to come in leading your lodges to a successful future. Brethren, we have much work to do to ensure the future of our Craft and I hope that your preferments today will encourage you to take leading roles in driving forward Grand Lodge’s and this Province’s plans.
Report of the Provincial General Purposes Committee
The Provincial General Purposes Committee, consequent to the Report of the Provincial Grand Treasurer, recommended that the annual dues payable to Provincial Grand Lodge be increased by 50 pence to £13.00 (plus VAT) per Subscribing Member and that there be no change in any of the other charges made to Lodge.
The Committee further recommended that the charge for the Provincial Year Book remain at £5.00 per copy and that they continue to be distributed on the basis of one copy for every Two subscribing Lodge Members. The Committee also recommended that charges made to other Orders and Degrees remain at £18.00 (plus VAT) per page.
The Report of the Provincial General Purposes Committee was duly received and adopted.
Provincial Membership Officer’s Report
The Provincial Membership Officer W.Bro. Neil Evans, gave a comprehensive verbal report on the new role of the Lodge Membership Officer and the introduction of the Members Pathway.
He focussed on the eleven point document highlighting in particular points one to six which encompassed the profiling of both the lodge and it’s ideal candidates through to the interviewing of suitable applicants and the composition and duties of the recommended interview panel.
He emphasised the need to embrace change and suggested that all lodges implement the pathway process as best practice, it’s mechanism was a vital component in our future and was critical in addressing falling numbers and promoting future growth.
He stated that it was his intention to visit lodges throughout the Province and encouraged recruitment events and pro active recruitment.
Address to Provincial Grand Lodge Committee: May 2016
Good evening brethren and welcome to our annual PGL Committee meeting. I must start by thanking you and your brethren for the warmth of the welcome and hospitality shown to my executive team and me during our visits this year.
Today is our opportunity to discuss matters of administration, process, protocol and ceremonial – all of which would be difficult to do justice to at our annual PGL meeting in Barry in June. As I have said in previous years, and reiterate now, I want this meeting to be informative and interesting, a source of information to take back to your lodges, and a chance to give you a forum in which you can ask questions, make comments and air your views. I want all lodges to have the opportunity to engage properly in the way this Province is run.
Dear Sir and Brother,
In accordance with the provisions of By-Law No. 5 of the Masonic Benevolent Fund of South Wales (Eastern Division), I hereby give you notice that the President has caused a Special Court of Governors to be held on Tuesday 17th November 2015 at the Masonic Hall, Bridgend, Coychurch Road, BRIDGEND, CF31 2AP at 11.30am.
The business is to adopt the new constitution.
Yours sincerely and fraternally,
Peter Hamley, PPrJGW
Presented at Provincial Grand Lodge on 29th June 2015
Brethren, I have always believed that the main purpose of our meeting today is one of celebration. And we mark the end of our masonic year by honouring those whose contributions now – and in the future – have merited appointments or promotions in Provincial Grand Lodge. To all of you so honoured today, my warm congratulations; and as we always say on these occasions, your new rank is meant not only to recognise past achievements, but also to act as an earnest to efforts to come in leading your lodges to a successful future. Brethren, we have much work to do to ensure the future of our Craft and I hope that your preferments today will encourage you to take leading roles in driving forward Grand Lodge’s and this Province’s plans.
Address to Provincial Grand Lodge Committee: May 2015
Brethren, it is good to see so many of you here this evening for our annual business meeting, during which we have the opportunity to discuss domestic South Wales issues. It is the one meeting every year when I can set out various issues, issue instructions regarding our Province and lodges and where you can have the opportunity of raising matters of interest and concern to be aired in a safe and friendly environment. I hope that, following a good start last year, once I have finished my address, you will feel moved to raise any issues you wish.
Let me start by saying how grateful the Executive members are for the very warm welcomes we have enjoyed during our visits to lodges this year. This is the inaugural year when Grand Officers have provided reports on their lodges and it has been extremely useful to use those as a basis for our assessments of lodges and to have excellent background information on how lodges are doing in advance of our visits. I am pleased to see that over 80% of Grand Officers believe their lodges are in good spirits, with high quality standards of ritual, proper attention to standards and a real enthusiasm to tackle the challenges set out in our 7 Point Plan. They will receive this year’s report form in July and I look forward to seeing even more progress in lodges right across the Province. The reports I receive from every installation meeting confirm that good performance and I am particularly pleased to hear that, in the main, masters are learning the ritual, not relying overly on notes and providing that wonderful experience for our candidates by looking them in the eye at all times.
Presented at Provincial Grand Lodge on 30th June 2014
Brethren, what a wonderful day we have enjoyed.
I must repeat my grateful thanks to our distinguished visitors whose advice and support I very much appreciate and for their helping to make today so special for the most important of you here, the brethren I have had the great pleasure of appointing and promoting in Provincial Grand Lodge. It goes without saying that we all congratulate you on your preferment; and I remind you that with these new ranks come new responsibilities.
Presented to the Provincial Grand Committee on 9th May 2014:
Brethren, good evening and thank you for coming here in such large numbers for our annual business meeting, at which we generally present information on what is going on in the Province, report progress on strategic issues and provide a few helpful pointers for Lodges so that we can continually improve our freemasonry and the Craft.
This has been my first year as your Provincial Grand Master and I must tell you how delighted I have been with the warmth of your welcome at every lodge I have had the pleasure of visiting. I know that all of my Executive feel the same, so thank you to all brethren who have made this year such an enjoyable one.