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Cardiff homeless charity, Rainbow of Hope, receives a grant from local Freemasons

A Cardiff-based charity, that offers food, shelter and clothing to the homeless and disadvantaged people of the city, has received a donation of £500 from the South Wales Freemasons.

The Rainbow of Hope Charity offers support to people from a wide range of backgrounds, who are suffering from poverty and distress, by providing food, shelter and clothing as well as advice and guidance. The charity, which is approaching 20 years old, was founded by Elizabeth Perret-Atkins, who decided to set it up following a very difficult period in her own life.

Robert Payne of the South Wales Freemasons presented the cheque to Ms. Perret-Atkins during a recent visit, when he went to find out how the local charity was helping the homeless and disadvantaged people of Cardiff, which includes asylum seekers and refugees.

Ms Perret-Atkins said: “the Rainbow of Hope drop-in Centre on Broadway is open five days a week and offers a range of services, which includes daily free daily tea, coffee and lunches for anyone in need. We also have a diverse range of support and educational groups for those who are interested. These include a weekly Bible study group, a group for asylum seekers called “welcome a stranger” and a weekly free hairdresser”. She went on to say: “we also offer classes in English and arts & crafts and provide the services of a legal case worker”.

As well as the drop-in centre, the Rainbow of Hope also has a ‘soup-run’ in the centre of Cardiff, which it calls “The Paradise Run”. This is located on Charles Street, and between 8 pm and 9 pm every weekday feeds those who are hungry. It also offers friendship and support to those in need.

Ms. Perret-Atkins said: “this generous donation from the Freemasons of south Wales will really help us in our work with the people of the city, who through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times”. She went to explain: “some of the people we help are those with nowhere to sleep, sleep in squats or live in hostels. Many have experienced relationship difficulties, struggle with drugs or alcohol, or are lonely or bereaved. What they all have in common is the need for someone to stand alongside them and share their burden.”

Mr Payne said: “the South Wales Freemasons are delighted they’ve been able to help the Rainbow of Hope, who do truly outstanding work helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community”. He went on to explain, “the South Wales Freemasons donate over £150,000 to local charities every year. This money is raised by our members in south Wales for many diverse and deserving local causes”.

Further information on the Rainbow of Hope (registered charity number 1088856) can be found on its website, wwwrainbowofhope.co.uk, or by telephoning 029 2049 4317. The charity is always in need of volunteers to help and assist them, either at their centre in Broadway or on the evening Paradise Run. Donations of clothes or un-wanted household items are also very gratefully received.
Opening hours for its drop-in centre in Broadway, Cardiff are: Weekdays 10:30am to 1:00pm (Friday evening twice monthly from 7:30pm to 9:30pm) and Saturday from midday to 1:00pm

Masonic Benevolent Fund comes to the rescue of the rescuers in the Central Brecon Beacons region

The Masonic Benevolent Fund has been long established in the Province of South Wales, assisting through grants to organisations outside Freemasonry. The disastrous fire to the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team Headquarters that destroyed their base along with equipment and rescue vehicles came to the attention of the MBF administrators, contact made to see how Freemasonry could assist.

The result was the full funding of a new ‘state of the art’ Rescue Vehicle, the £55,000 Isuzu D-Max Utah converted by Pickup Systems Burnley, and presented to the CBMRT at the South Wales Provincial Grand Lodge meeting at Barry. The Isuzu will be a ‘first response’ emergency vehicle, with search operations capability. It can traverse flood water with a high level exhaust and is readily identifiable with Mountain Rescue colours and blue lights to support urgent responses. The Isuzu also carries the name of The Freemasons of South Wales as a visible link to our support for the communities of which we are a part.

Since the hand over to the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, ‘first response’ rescue operations have included a missing person callout in Cardiff, rescue of two people in a waterfall location, a further waterfall callout to a walker with serious injuries, prior to a winch out by helicopter, and saving a young boy missing on a South Wales mountain.

Pictured at the formal ‘hand over’ ceremony at Barry are (left to right) Andrew L. Gretton MBF Chairman, CBMRT Incident Controller David Cross, David Swain representing Brecknock LodgeNo.651, CBMRT Team Leader Penny Brockman, CBMRT Foundation Team Member Kate Murray, Gareth Jones PGM , William E. Jenkins Deputy PGM, and CBMRT Fund Raiser & PR Officer Lee Faulkner.

Tickets available for PGM’s Summer BBQ, 4th August 2019

UGLE’s Grand Master, The Duke of Kent, unveils Victoria Cross Remembrance Stone at Freemasons’ Hall

UGLE’s Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, alongside Emily Draper who carved the Remembrance Stone

In honour of all English Freemasons awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross (VC), the United Grand Lodge of England’s (UGLE) Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, unveiled a unique Victoria Cross Remembrance Stone at Freemasons’ Hall on 27th June 2019

The Remembrance Stone was commissioned in 2016 by Granville Angell to commemorate all English Freemasons who were awarded the Victoria Cross. The VC is the highest award for gallantry that can be conferred on a member of the British Armed Forces and since its introduction in 1856, more than 200 Freemasons have been awarded the Victoria Cross – making up an astonishing 14% of all recipients. (more…)

Provincial Grand Master’s Address to Provincial Grand Lodge – 24th June 2019

Brethren, thank you for your attendance here this afternoon and may I reiterate my grateful thanks to all our distinguished guests for their continued support and friendship and for coming in such large numbers to help us celebrate our annual meeting. Some have travelled long distances and we very much appreciate their presence here today.

May I also take this opportunity of thanking my Deputies – V W Bros Roy and William – Assistants, and all my Provincial Officers of last year for their sterling work in representing me and supporting the Executive team at installations and in running our administration.

Today’s meeting is one of celebration, especially for those receiving appointments and promotions. You should all now take on an extra responsibility to contribute more to the success and sustainability of your lodges, the Province and the Craft more widely. (more…)

Home from Home Cycle Ride 22nd June 2019

Picture updates from the Home from Home, The Queen Elizabeth Court in Llandudno, North Wales to Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court, Porthcawl, South Wales. Approximately 175 miles with in excess of 10,000ft of accumulative climbing in one day.

Provincial Grand Almoner’s Report 2019

Dear Brethren,

I greet you well and attach a copy of my report, for your consideration.

Provincial Grand Almoner’s Report 2019

Fraternal regards,

Philip Bevan
Provincial Grand Almoner