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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!

New on-line Year Book

Please could you download the current edition of the Year Book Live 2018 from the Provincial Website. We hope this meets with your approval.

Please advise us of any edits you require; we are at the final proofing stage of the editing process prior to going to print and your comments would be valued. We are aware there are some changes to the photographs in Mark and Rose Croix, these will be uploaded prior to going to Print.

I understand that some brethren have experienced difficulties downloading the yearbook so we have reduced the size of the file  This should ease some of the problems you are experiencing. We have also found that using Microsoft Chrome when you download or view the book avoids some problems.

If you do not have the web address or password, please speak to your Lodge secretary. He will have had them by email.  The best email address for edits for the Year book is provincialyearbook@nullgmail.com

If you check only the sections that are of interest to you, that would be a great help, but if you have time please review as much as possible.

 

Business Persons Lunch 2018 – Dragon Court, Cardiff

In Support of the 2021 Festival

Friday 28th September 2018

12.00 for 12.30pm at

Dragon Court
8 Leckwith Rd, Cardiff, CF11 8EG

Dress code: Jacket & Tie

with Guest Speaker
Clive Rowlands OBE, Welsh Rugby Legend

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Wales Air Ambulance and Neath Port Talbot MIU take delivery of TLC Bears

On Thursday 26th July TLC Chairman W.Bro. Colin Grey accompanied by W.Bro. Peter Williams delivered the first TLC bears to the Wales Children’s Air Ambulance, after which W.Bro. Colin Grey then delivered 72 TLC Bears to Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Minor Injury Unit.

This was only made possible by the Masonic Province of South Wales members and lodges generosity in supporting this charity.

Tudor Lodge Summer Ball raises over £4,000

Tudor Lodge held a spectacular Summer Ball in June.

Peter Hopkins masterminded the plan and 100 Brethren and friends gathered at the St Mellons Country Club to dance, dine and dig deeply into their pockets as they enjoyed the balmy summer evening.  The raffle and auction raised £4,314 which was divided equally between Noah’s Ark and the Masonic 2021 Festival.


Andrew Gretton accepted the cheque for the RMBI and Lucy Jones the cheque for Noah’s Ark.

Peter Hopkins thanked those who had donated gifts and generous prizes. This was the culmination of many years as Secretary of Tudor Lodge, an office Peter will relinquish in September 2018.