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Blue Plaque to Commemorate History of Freemasonry within Treorchy and the Rhondda Valley

A Blue Plaque has been unveiled in Treorchy to commemorate the involvement of Freemasonry in the Valley community.

Phil Hanney (pictured left) was invited to join the South Wales Provincial Grand Master Gareth Jones OBE (pictured right) in the task of unveiling the Blue Plaque.

The plaque is now secured proudly on the RAFA Pub in Bute Street for all to see, as a long standing reminder to the community of the fine Masonic heritage and contribution established in the valley.

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Annual meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter 2019

The next Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter will be brought forward to Saturday, 15th June 2019 and will be convened at Cardiff Masonic Hall.

Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge 2019

The next Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge will be held on Monday, 24th June 2019 at Barry Memorial Hall.

Swansea Masonic MAMILs raise over £5,300

As a result of their successful ‘Gower Bays Challenge’ sponsored bike ride in July, the Masonic MAMILs of Swansea and Port Talbot were delighted to meet with Alan Drury of the Stroke Association at the Swansea Masonic Hall and present him with a cheque for over £5,300 for use in their local centres.

NYMC Conference 2018

The New and Young Masons Clubs Conference is the largest annual event for New and Young Masons Clubs in the United Kingdom. For the first time, the NYMC Conference will be crossing the border as The Colonnade Club welcomes committee members, representatives and leaders of the Craft to the Province of South Wales.

Please join us on Saturday, 27th October, 2018, at Cardiff Masonic Hall. We will be discussing what deliberate steps we can take to improve the Masonic experience for new and young Freemasons.

Tickets cost £20 per delegate and is open to committee members of NYMCs or representatives from provinces without an NYMC. There will be two plenary ‘feedback’ sessions during the day to share group discussions with the conference at large.

In addition, there will be a key note speech before each plenary session to guide and inspire our discussions. After the Conference, we will be enjoying an Initiation ceremony at Universities Lodge No.5461, where the Immediate Past Chairman of the Colonnade Club will be in the Chair! We look forward to seeing you there!

Further information on The New and Young Masons Clubs Conference can be found here.

Open Days at Cardiff

Under the CADW initiative dozens of interesting buildings in Wales were open to the public during September 2018. Cardiff Masonic Hall was advertised by CADW as being open on two days and we had the biggest audience ever.  The scheme has been running for years and the numbers are usually modest. In 2018 for the first time we hit 50+.  These people ostensibly come to see the beauty of a Victorian building but inevitably they ask questions about Freemasonry, often referring to a family member who once was a Freemason.  We answer all questions as candidly as we can and each year we seem to pick up at least one new candidate who follows through to being initiated in a suitable lodge.

Cardiff does have the advantage of having three temples and we work up from the smallest.  The group is overawed by the third temple when they see the splendor of the Duke of Connaught and are astonished to hear how many meals a week are served to the various lodges that meet each day.

We talk about our charitable work explaining that all funds are raised from members and not from the public.  Many people think we only fund ourselves, so it comes as a surprise to discover the breadth of the organisations and people we help.

This ‘Open Doors’ initiative is a real opportunity for us to talk to the uninitiated!

 

Have you seen the 2018/19 yearbook on-line?

Following the message below, some have had difficulty getting the necessary information from their lodge secretary.  This how you do it:

The address of the yearbook page is https://www.southwalesmason.com/online-yearbook-2018/. The password is depicted in a FC’s Lodge by a E… of C…. near to a F… of W… The first letter is capitalised. Please be careful to remember this word as without it you will be unable to gain admission to the book!