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St Cecilia Lodge – Friday 1st February

Dear Brethren of the Province of South Wales,

The Worshipful Master, Wardens, Officers and Brethren of the St Cecilia Lodge invite you (under Rule 3) to attend a meeting to be holden on Friday 1st February 2019 at Bridgend Masonic Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to carry out an Enactment of the Second Degree Ceremony. (more…)

South Wales Freemasons grant for Llanishen Fach Primary School.

South Wales Freemasons are delighted to support Llanishen Fach Primary School by providing a Grant totheir Special Resource Base (Dosbarth Enfys).

This amazing class is specifically for children who have been diagnosed with a broad spectrum of physical, medical and learning difficulties. The grant will assist the school in adapting the classroom as well as their resources to suit the children’s varying conditions.

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South Wales Masonic Bikers support Amelia Trust Farm.

South Wales Freemasons Motorcycle Club, known as “Widows Sons”, recently donated £500 to the Amelia Trust Farm at their Christmas Farm Day. The money was raised through bike ride outs & events.

Based in the Vale of Glamorgan, the Amelia Trust Farm is a countryside sanctuary for all to enjoy. As a registered charity, it has a long and proud history of providing therapeutic support to disadvantaged and vulnerable people in a Care Farm setting.

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Statement from the Royal Craft – 17 December 2018

Secretariat

Further to the changes announced to the Provincial Executive and Secretariat on Friday, 30th November 2018 the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master will be pleased to appoint W.Bro. Michael J. Lewis, PPrJGW as Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary.

Brother Lewis will be Appointed and Invested as such at the meeting of Hendre Lodge No. 3250 to take place on Thursday, 24th January 2019 at the Masonic Hall, Cardiff.

Given at Cardiff; Monday, 17th December AD2018 AL6018

South Wales Freemasons fund new service to help families cope with grief of losing a child

A new, specialist bereavement service for families who are dealing with the grief of losing a child, is being launched at Tŷ Hafan, the children’s hospice in Wales, thanks to a £20,000 grant from South Wales Freemasons.

Tŷ Hafan, based in Sully, Vale of Glamorgan, offers comfort, support and care to life limited children, young people and their families throughout Wales.

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Joint Statement from the Royal Craft and Holy Royal Arch

Royal Craft

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master has reluctantly accepted the decision of V.W.Bro. H.E. Roy Woodward, PGSwdB to retire from the high office of Deputy Provincial Grand Master, with effect from 31st December 2018. Brother Woodward has served our Province with great distinction as our Deputy for over 5 years and at Executive level for many years before that, and his leadership and wise counsel will be greatly missed.

In consequence, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master will be pleased to appoint W.Bro. William E. Jenkins, PSGD to succeed Brother Woodward as Deputy Provincial Grand Master.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master Designate will be appointed and invested at the regular meeting of Hendre Lodge No. 3250 in Cardiff Masonic Hall on Thursday, 24th January 2019.

Holy Royal Arch

Following the Deputy Grand Superintendent’s appointment as Deputy Provincial Grand Master, the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent is pleased to announce that E.Comp. C. Hugh Thomas, OStJ, PGStB, Third Provincial Grand Principal will succeed Companion Jenkins in that high office. E.Comp. Phillip A. Aubrey, PGStB, ProvGSE will succeed Companion Thomas as Third Provincial Grand Principal.

The Deputy Grand Superintendent Designate and Third Provincial Grand Principal Designate will be appointed and invested by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent at the regular meeting of Lord Swansea Chapter No. 8364 in Swansea Masonic Hall on Friday, 8th February 2019.

Secretariat

As a result of Companion Aubrey’s appointment to the Royal Arch Executive, the Provincial Grand Master and Grand Superintendent have decided to appoint W.Bro. and E.Comp. Ben Gait ProvAGSec/PPrAGSE to the roles of Provincial Grand Secretary and Provincial Grand Scribe E. Brother Gait will be appointed to the former role at Hendre Lodge and to the latter at Lord Swansea Chapter.

Gareth Jones, OBE
RW Provincial Grand Master

D Gerald Rowbottom
ME Grand Superintendent

Given at Swansea; Friday, 30th November AD2018 AL6018

Solomon – Your Journey of Masonic Learning and Development

In the Autumn edition of Freemasonry Today, Assistant Grand Master and Chairman of the Improvement Delivery Group Sir David Wooton explained how a new online service will allow members to access the learning resources necessary to enjoy Freemasonry to the full. The requirement to learn ritual by rote and then present it without any attempt at providing the most basic of context and understanding fails the candidate, because it overlooks the important messages that lie within. Member surveys have also highlighted learning as a major unmet need and a potential reason why members leave.

The new online service is Solomon – an accessible searchable repository of ‘Nuggets’, presentations, papers, demonstrations and quizzes to stimulate interest and meet current and future needs. It also offers practical guidance for lodges and chapters to plan and deliver learning materials. It will see its official launch at the Quarterly Communication of UGLE on 12th December.

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