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The Masonic Fishing Charity

The Masonic Fishing Charity has changed lives by providing a stimulating fishing experience to anyone with Special Needs of all ages and requirements. This is far more than just a day’s fishing though! It enables our participants to gain in confidence, meet new challenges and achieve tangible results. It helps renew their confidence in meeting people and interactive with adults from outside their spheres.

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Launching ‘PROGRESS’

Securing the future of Freemasonry isn’t just about finding new members; it’s also about developing our existing brethren. Our goal is to make masonic learning and career tools simpler to use so you can understand more about the Craft and its principles and tenets. This will not only help you enjoy your Freemasonry more by helping you perform your role better; but ultimately, in some small way through a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge, become a better Mason.

This means learning needs to become more mobile, more bite-sized and more digital. That’s why we’re launching “PROGRESS“, our new online learning and development portal.

PROGRESS” puts all your masonic career, training and development needs in one place. It’s simple to use and hosts our learning catalogue, personal development plans, research and oration schemes and much more.

From here you’ll be able to:

  • Watch a very special film entitled “Masonic Education: a Personal Perspective” which will give you an inspiring insight into how some of our Executive and Senior Officers view Masonic learning and development.
  • Access Solomon, the UGLE Improvement Delivery Group (IDG)’s in-development Virtual Learning System. This is planned for launch later this year.
  • Learn about the Provincial Oration Scheme and book a Lodge talk.
  • Learn about the Provincial Research Group and submit your own research.
  • Register for one of the Officers’ seminars being run this year.
  • Learn about the development of the Provincial Library being built in Porthcawl.
  • Build your own Masonic Development Plan to help you identify the skills and experience you need to achieve your daily advancement.
  • Understand Your Development Pathway, helping you advance your masonic knowledge and develop within the Province by recommending learning and experience as you transition through degrees and roles.
  • Link through to the Provincial Mentoring framework.
  • Read about other Masonic orders operative in the Province.
  • Access Masonic learning communities, both local and online.

Access to PROGRESS is easy – simply visit www.progress.swmason.com on your PC, tablet or mobile device. Make sure to take a look now to help with your development, and remember to check back regularly for updated content!

What are you waiting for? Check out PROGRESS, and start your daily advancement in Masonic knowledge today. And let us know what you think by submitting your feedback here.

2018-2019 Provincial Year Book photographs

Calling all newly appointed Craft, Royal Arch, Mark and RAM officers.

The Provincial Photographer, has kindly agreed to conduct portrait sessions at the Bridgend Masonic Hall, Tremains Road. Bridgend CF31 2AP on Sunday 15th April,  Sunday April 22nd and Sunday May 6th, Starting at 10am, and finishing at 12 Midday, It shouldn’t take much of your time if you come prepared. (more…)

Installation of Grand Superintendent


On Saturday 10th March 2018, at Cardiff Masonic Hall, Excellent Companion D. Gerald Rowbottom was Installed as the Twelfth Grand Superintendent in and over South Wales. The especial Convocation was attended by 300 Companions, with 250 enjoying an excellent Luncheon; utilising all three dining rooms.

At 11am, Excellent Companion Gareth Jones, OBE, Most Excellent Third Grand Principal (The Installing Officer) processed into the Temple, together with Excellent Companion Graham C. King (Grand Superintendent in and over Gloucestershire and Herefordshire) acting as Second Grand Principal and Excellent Companion John D. Bennett (Grand Superintendent in and over Somerset) acting as Third Grand Principal and opened the Special Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter.

Under the direction of Excellent Companion Dr David R. Staples, Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies, a Deputation was formed and the Grand Superintendent Designate was escorted into Provincial Grand Chapter.

The Patent of Appointment was examined by the ME3GP and read by Excellent Companion Brigadier William E. Shackell, CBE, Grand Scribe E.

The Grand Superintendent Designate was duly Obligated, Robed, Invested with his Chain of Office and presented with his Sceptre. The ME3GP then invited the Grand Superintendent in and over South Wales to take his place in Provincial Grand Chapter.

The Grand Superintendent Appointed, Obligated and Invested E.Comp. David J. Suter, PGStB as Second Provincial Grand Principal and E.Comp. C. Hugh Thomas, OStJ, PGStB as Third Provincial Grand Principal.  The Grand Superintendent and Two Provincial Grand Principals were Proclaimed by the Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies.

The Grand Superintendent Appointed, Obligated and Invested E.Comp. William E. Jenkins as Deputy Grand Superintendent.

E.Comp. Phillip J. Purves, Acting Deputy GDC Proclaimed the Deputy Grand Superintendent.

The Grand Superintendent Appointed E.Comp. R. Michael Coombes, PGStB and E.Comp. Gwilym H. Jones, OStJ, PGStB as Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals, E.Comp. Phillip A. Aubrey, PGStB, PPr3rdGP as ProvGSE and E.Comp. Peter Jones, PPrGSN as ProvGDC and confirmed the Appointment of the previously Invested 2017 Provincial Grand Officers.

Read the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent’s address here.

Promotions and Appointments to Grand Rank 2018

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master is delighted to announce the names of the 9 Brethren in our Province, who have accepted Promotion or First Appointment in Craft Grand Rank.

Promotions in Grand Rank

W.Bro. Paul Raymond Clement – Promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer
W.Bro. D. Gerald Rowbottom – Promoted to Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer

W.Bro. Stephen C.E. Harries – Promoted to Past Senior Grand Deacon
W.Bro. Kelvin L. Jones – Promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon

Appointments to Grand Rank

W.Bro. Merrick C. Jones – Appointed to Assistant Grand Pursuivant
W.Bro. Marc Lewis – Appointed to Past Junior Grand Deacon
W.Bro. R. Michael Coombes – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

W.Bro. Neil M. Evans – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
W.Bro. Patrick G. Pattison – Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Standard Bearer

The Annual Investiture will be held in the Grand Temple, Freemason’s Hall, London on Wednesday 25th April 2018 (ticket only).

The RW Provincial Grand Master will be inviting all these brethren to a celebratory lunch (along with those receiving Grand Rank next week) at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London, on 25th April 2018

Any Brother wishing to book in can do so here or by contacting either W.Bro. John Bamsey, Prov.GSwdB, 128 Newport Road, Cardiff. CF24 1DH and or through your Lodge Secretary.

Tercentenary Initiates’ Dinner – 23rd March 2018

All South Wales Brethren who were Initiated during the Tercentenary Year are cordially invited by the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of South Wales, Gareth Jones, OBE to a dinner, in your honour, to be held at Cottrell Park Golf Club, St. Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6SJ on Friday 23rd March 2018.

The Provincial Grand Master would be delighted to welcome you and your partner to this celebration, to mark the start of your Masonic journey. The dinner will give you and your partner the opportunity to meet with other new members and ask the many questions I am sure you have.

Please respond with your intention to attend by; Monday 12th March, to Brother Keri Evans using the Tercentenary Initiate Dinner Dining Return.

Tercentenary Initiates’ Dinner

Welcome from 7.30pm to sit for dinner at 8.00pm

To begin:
Warm smoked bacon and leek tartelette with dressed walnut salad
To follow:
Duo of Chicken
Stuffed Bon Bon with Glamorgan sausage and red wine jus together with a panko breast with garlic butter, potato cake and a panache of green vegetables
To finish:
Chefs Symphony of Dessert
Crème Brule, Chocolate Brownie and sticky toffee pudding with custard
Coffee and baby Welsh-cakes

*Please indicate if you require any dietary alternatives

Cost – £29.95 (cheques payable to PGL Dining);
Dress Code – Lounge Suits.
We would be grateful if you could kindly confirm your attendance directly to W.Bro Keri Evans, his details are included in the Dining Return.

A similar event will run on Friday, 13th July 2018 – details to follow.
I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in person at the dinner.

Warmest regards,
W.Bro. Neil.M.Evans PPrJGW
Provincial Grand Mentor

Enough is Enough

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has taken full page ads in The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian calling for an end to discrimination of its 200,000 plus members.

Headlined ‘Enough is Enough’, the ad is a personal letter from Dr David Staples, Chief Executive Officer, which reiterates the organisation’s values and highlights how throughout its 300-year history when people have suffered discrimination, Freemasonry has welcomed them into lodges as equals.

Such is the frustration amongst members about the level of prejudice, Dr Staples has also written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission to make its case.

Dr David Staples, Chief Executive of UGLE commenting says:

“This is a first for us, but necessary under the circumstances. For too long we have been unjustly singled out. We are an organisation whose whole tenet is about helping individuals become better people, with values of honesty, integrity and service to others. Membership of Freemasonry is not only positive for them as individuals, but also for society at large.

“Sadly, too many Freemasons have to exercise caution in response to prejudice and discrimination they fear they will face. We want the day when every Freemason can proudly declare themselves a member of our great and historical organisation without fear of retribution, suspicion or damage.

“We’re open and happy to talk about anything and today we are announcing a series of sessions up and down the country too and to answer any questions people may have. I am also welcoming any queries from individuals myself.”

#enoughisenough

South Wales Freemasons support the stance taken. Our Provincial Grand Master and Deputy have given supportive interviews on radio & TV in English & Welsh. Many of our Masonic Centres took part in Cadw’s Open Doors events in 2017 and the public were able to see inside. We welcome questions from the media and the public. We will soon announce dates for open meetings to further explain our role in our communities and answer your questions.