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Provincial Grand Master’s Luncheon, Wednesday 25th April 2018

Dear Sir and Brother,

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master will be hosting a Luncheon in honour of those Brethren who have been Appointed to and Promoted in Grand Rank. The Luncheon will take place in the Elizabethan Room of the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London, prior to the Meeting of Grand Lodge on Wednesday 25th April 2018. Cocktails at 12.15pm for 12.45pm.

Brethren from this Province proposing to attend the Investiture and wishing to join the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master’s party will be most welcome to do so, at a fee of £40.00 inclusive of table wine (excluding cocktails and liqueurs). Names must be submitted to the Provincial Office no later than the 6th April 2018. Cheques will be refunded to those who fail to obtain admission tickets to the Investiture, provided this office is informed no later than this date.

Click here for instructions for application for tickets for admission to the Grand Lodge Investiture should be sent to the Grand Secretary by the 31st March 2018, in the manner prescribed in the Proceedings of the December Quarterly Communication.

Historically, a limited number of single and twin bedrooms (with bathrooms) have been made available at the President and Imperial Hotels, Russell Square, for the nights of the 24th, 25th and 26th April 2018 and any bookings should be negotiated by applicants direct online at www.imperialhotels.co.uk and/or by telephoning the Hotel direct on 020 7837 8844.

Please utilize the enclosed form to attend the Provincial Grand Master’s Luncheon.

Yours sincerely and fraternally,

D. Gerald Rowbottom PSGD
Provincial Grand Secretary

Download a pdf of the Reply Slip for the PGM’s Luncheon Party here.

Download a Word document of the Reply Slip for the PGM’s Luncheon Party here.

Joint Statement from Craft and Holy Royal Arch

Royal Arch

The Most Excellent First Grand Principal, HRH The Duke of Kent, KG has been pleased to appoint Excellent Companion D. Gerald Rowbottom, PGStB to the office of Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of South Wales, with effect from 13th December 2017.

Companion Rowbottom will be Installed at Cardiff Masonic Hall on Saturday 10th March 2018 at 11am.

The Grand Superintendent Designate is delighted to announce that E Comp William E. Jenkins has accepted the office of Deputy Grand Superintendent; he will also be appointed and invested on 10 March 2018.

Further appointments to Executive roles will be announced well in advance of the 10th March 2018 Installation.

Craft

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master is pleased to announce that following W.Bro. William E. Jenkins’ acceptance of the High Office of Deputy Grand Superintendent, W.Bro. Marc Lewis will succeed him as Assistant Provincial Grand Master. W.Bro. Marc will be Installed in his Mother Lodge, North Glamorgan Lodge No. 4055, at Merthyr Tydfil Masonic Hall on Monday 26th February 2018. During the evening, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master will appoint and invest, W.Bro. Phillip Aubrey, PAGDC as Provincial Grand Secretary.

Annual Investiture of Grand Officers – Wednesday 25th April 2018

Admission to the Annual Investiture is by ticket only.

Written application for seats may be made to the Grand Secretary between 1 March and 31 March by Brethren qualified to attend the Grand Lodge:
(a) Past Grand Officers;*
(b) Masters;
(c) Wardens (not Past Wardens);
(d) Past Masters qualified under Rule 9 of the Book of Constitutions.

Applications should state clearly the name, address and Lodge of the Brother concerned and under which of the four categories mentioned his application is made. If necessary, a ballot for the allocation of seats will be held in early April, and tickets will be posted to successful Brethren on or about 8 April.

Brethren who have been unsuccessful will be so informed.

Possession of a ticket will not, of itself, ensure admission – Brethren who are not Grand Officers will be required to hand their tickets to the Scrutineers before examination by them in accordance with the usual practice at Quarterly Communications.

Past Grand Officers should sign the Attendance Books in the Past Grand Officers’ Room, and give up their tickets before being admitted to the Grand Temple. Grand Officers taking part in the procession will sign in the Grand Officers’ Room.

Brecon Hospital set to benefit from surprise £50,000 donation from Brecon Freemasons

Local communities are set to benefit following a surprise £50,000 donation to Brecon Hospital from Brecon Freemasons.

The generous donation was made at the Brecon Freemasons’ Festive Board which took place recently at the Castle Hotel in Brecon to mark three hundred years of Freemasonry in the UK.

Professor Vivienne Harpwood, Chair of Powys Teaching Health Board, receiving the donation on behalf of the hospital, said: “I am so grateful and humbled by this generous donation from Brecon Freemasons. We knew in advance that the Freemasons wished to make a donation to Brecon War Memorial Hospital, but the size of the donation was very much under wraps until the cheque was presented to us. This will make an amazing difference, and we look forward to working with the Brecon Freemasons to use this donation for the benefit of local communities.”

Graham Richards, Charity Steward of the Brecknock Lodge, presented the cheque saying: “The highlight of our Tercentenary celebrations was the presentation of a cheque for £50,000 for the benefit of the Brecon War Memorial Hospital in appreciation and a recognition of the services and care given to Freemasons and their families and indeed to the whole community of Brecon & District. Indeed, this was an evening to remember and a momentous and fitting celebration of the formation of the United Grand Lodge three hundred years ago.”

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£79,000 charity awards from South Wales Freemasons announced following public vote

Eight local charities have benefited from a series of special Community Awards from South Wales Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote of 178,801 votes across England and Wales.

The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.

The full list of Community Awards in South Wales was:

NSPCC WALES

Congratulations to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Wales who received the most votes in South Wales and have secured a grant of £25,000!

Touch Trust

Touch Trust has been awarded a grant of £15,000

Alzheimers Society South Wales

Alzheimers Society South Wales has been awarded a grant of £15,000

Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale

Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale has been awarded a grant of £6,000

Thrive Cardiff

Thrive Cardiff has been awarded a grant of £6,000

Prostate Cymru

Prostate Cymru has been awarded a grant of £4,000

South East Wales Downs Syndrome Support Group

South East Wales Downs Syndrome Support Group has been awarded a grant of £4,000

The Princes Trust

The Princes Trust has been awarded a grant of £4,000

The charities were presented with their Awards at a special ceremony at Cardiff Masonic Hall by the Provincial Grand Master Gareth Jones OBE from South Wales Freemasons on Tuesday 19th December 2017.

The three million pound fund is being administered by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which obtains all of its funding from Freemasons, their families and friends. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.

Gareth Jones said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate three hundred years of Freemasonry by helping 8 excellent local charities. We’ve been active in charity work for all that time, but this is the first occasion we’ve asked the public to help us decide how to spend our money. We are very pleased that so many people from South Wales took part in the vote.”

An update of the Provincial Grand Lodge of South Wales, 2021 Festival Appeal – Hendre Lodge 25th January

Hendre Lodge No. 3250 will be hosting a meeting on Thursday 25th January 2018, at the Masonic Temple, Guildford Crescent, Cardiff (CF10 2HL) where V.W. Bro Sir Paul Williams OBE DL KStJ PGSwdB, Chair of The 2021 Festival Committee will be giving a presentation talk An update of the Provincial Grand Lodge of South Wales, 2021 Festival Appeal in aid of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.

There will also be a presentation to those Lodges, who have achieved the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, in recognition of the donations they have made to the 2021 Festival in aid of the RMBI. The meeting will celebrate the achievements of those Lodges who will be presented with their Award by the Festival President R.W.Bro. Gareth Jones OBE, Provincial Grand Master.

The Lodge Charity Steward or Worshipful Master will attend and receive the Award and all Brethren are welcome to witness the presentation and celebrate their outstanding achievement. However, those wishing to attend will need to book early as numbers are limited.

Please contact Michael Coombes for further information rmichaelcoombes@nullvirginmedia.com

Promotion and Appointments to Tercentenary Grand Rank, 2018

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master is delighted to announce the names of the Four Brethren in our Province, who have accepted Promotion or First Appointment in Craft Grand Rank in:

Promotion in Grand Rank

W.Bro. John Theophilus Jenkins Davies – Promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon

Appointments to Grand Rank

W.Bro. Timothy Robert Clark – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

W.Bro. Phillip Colin Weatherall – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

The Province of Bristol have been awarded a First Appointment of their ProvSGW in 2015; who is a Subscribing Member of our Proscenium Lodge No. 9059:

W.Bro. Richard Lewis – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

Their Investiture will be held in the Grand Temple, Freemasons’ Hall, London at the especial Quarterly Communication to be held on Wednesday 14th March 2018. It is hoped that as many Brethren as possible will travel to London to help celebrate the especial Investiture, and stay for Lunch at the Grand Connaught Rooms, thereafter. The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master will be inviting the Brethren named, together with the April 2018 Appointees, to the Provincial Lunch, to be held preceding the Annual Investiture on Wednesday 25th April 2018.

All members of the Province offer warm and hearty congratulations to the above Brethren on their preferment.