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Provincial Grand Masters Address to Provincial Grand Committee, May 2019

Good evening brethren and welcome to our annual PGL Committee meeting. I must start by thanking you and your brethren for the warmth of the welcome and hospitality shown to my executive team and me during our visits this year. And in turn by thanking my Executive, present and past, for their wonderful support to this great Province of ours. We have made significant changes to the administration of the Province this year, not least in the appointment of W Bro Ben Gait as Provincial Grand Secretary and Scribe E. He has made great strides already and I would remind you all brethren that he is always on the lookout for volunteers to help with in the Provincial Office. So if you have the necessary time and skills – or you know of anyone interested – please do contact Ben and contribute to this busy and interesting work.

Today is our opportunity to discuss matters of administration, process, protocol and ceremonial – all of which would be difficult to do justice to at our annual PGL meeting in Barry in June. As I have said in previous years, and reiterate now, I want this meeting to be informative and interesting, a source of information to take back to your lodges, and a chance to give you a forum in which you can ask questions, make comments and air your views. I want all lodges to have the opportunity to engage properly in the way this Province is run. (more…)

Agenda of the Annual Court of Governors of the Masonic Benevolent Fund of South Wales, 3rd May 2019

To All and Singular the Members of the Masonic Benevolent Fund of South Wales, I greet you well and kindly remind you that the Annual Court of Governors will be held on Friday, 3rd May 2019 at the Memorial Hall, Gladstone Road, Barry, CF62 8NA at 5:15pm

The purpose of the meeting is to consider the business outlined in this Agenda.

Yours faithfully and fraternally,

Ben Gait
Secretary

Provincial Church Service – Saturday 11th May 2019

Dear Sir and Brother,

PROVINCIAL CHURCH SERVICE – Saturday 11th MAY 2019 at 11.00am

You will have noted in the February 2019 issue of Second Rising that the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master and the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent have decided to hold a joint Provincial Church Service at St. Martin’s Church, 3 St. Martins Road, Caerphilly, CF83 1EF at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, 11th May 2019.

Both the Provincial Grand Master and Grand Superintendent wish that as many as possible of their Grand Officers, and that all their Lodges and Chapters, will be represented on this important day in our Provincial Calendar. All Masters, First Principals, Brethren and Companions along with their families and friends will of course be most welcome to attend.

Please see the attached documents for more information.

Warm fraternal regards,

Ben Gait
Provincial Grand Secretary & Scribe E.
Masonic Province of South Wales

Download a pdf of the 2019 Provincial Church Service letter here
Download the Reply Slip here

New Provincial Grand Wardens named for Appointment for 2019 – 2020

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master presided over the annual luncheon in the Elizabethan Room of the Imperial Hotel in London on 24th April 2019, where he was joined by over 100 Brethren from his Province.

At the luncheon, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master was pleased to announce that he has appointed W.Bro. Sidney J. Robling, PAGDC to be the Provincial Senior Grand Warden and W.Bro. Simon K.S. Daniel, PPrGSuptWks to be the Provincial Junior Grand Warden, for the ensuing year.

The Provincial Grand Wardens will be Appointed and Invested at Provincial Grand Lodge in Barry Memorial Hall on Monday 24th June 2019.

Gweithio yn Gymraeg

Dewi Sant Lodge No. 9067 to Conduct its Ritual Work in the Welsh Language

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master is delighted to announce that the Board of General Purposes is minded to grant permission, in accordance with an accompanying scheme, for a single designated Lodge in the Province to conduct its ritual work in the Welsh language.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master has nominated Dewi Sant Lodge No. 9067 for that privilege.

Accordingly, upon the Board’s receipt and approval of a certified translation it is expected that permission will be granted for Dewi Sant Lodge No. 9067 to begin working in Welsh from the beginning of the new Masonic season in October.

At a meeting of Dewi Sant Lodge on Wednesday 17th April 2019, the brethren present received the news with absolute delight; as working in what for many is their mother tongue has been a long-held ambition of the Lodge.

Lodge Secretary, W.Bro. Elfan W. Jones, PPrJGW noted

“The members of Dewi Sant Lodge are absolutely overjoyed at this news and are optimistic for the exciting new chapter that lies ahead. We are incredibly grateful to the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Gareth Jones, for his invaluable work in securing this momentous step forward.”

Mae’r Gwir Hybarch Brif Feistr y Dalaith wrth ei fodd cael cyhoeddi fod Bwrdd y Dibenion Cyffredinol yn bwriadu rhoi caniatâd, yn unol â chynllun atodedig, i un Gyfrinfa ddynodedig yn y Dalaith i gynnal ei gwaith seremonïol yn yr iaith Gymraeg.

Mae’r Gwir Hybarch Brif Feistr y Dalaith wedi enwebu Cyfrinfa Dewi Sant ar gyfer y fraint honno.

O ganlyniad, wedi i’r Bwrdd dderbyn a chymeradwyo cyfieithiad ardystiedig, disgwylir y rhoddir caniatâd i Gyfrinfa Dewi Sant i ddechrau gweithio yn Gymraeg o ddechrau’r tymor Saeryddol newydd ym mis Hydref.

Derbyniodd y rhai hynny a oedd yn bresennol y newyddion â llawenydd di‑ben‑draw, am fod gweithio yn yr hyn sy’n famiaith i lawer o’r Brodyr wedi bod yn uchelgais hirdymor gan y Gyfrinfa.

Dywedodd yr H. Fd Elfan W. Jones PI-WBD

“Mae’r aelodau yn llawen y tu hwnt ac uwchben eu digon a mwy wrth glywed y newyddion hyn ac maent yn edrych ymlaen yn ffyddiog at y cyfnod newydd cyffrous sydd i ddod. Yr ydym yn hynod o ddiolchgar i’r Gwir Hybarch Brif Feistr y Dalaith, y G.H. Frawd Gareth Jones am ei waith amhrisiadwy wrth sicrhau’r cam enfawr hwn.”

Notice of Provincial Grand Lodge Committee: Friday 03rd May 2019

A meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge Committee to be held at Barry Memorial Hall, Gladstone Road, BARRY, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 8NA, on Friday the 03rd May 2019 at 6.00pm

Dress: Smart/Informal

Business:

  1. To Receive and Consider the Provincial Grand Treasurer’s report
  2. To Receive and Consider the Provincial Grand Registrar’s report
  3. To Receive and Consider the Provincial Grand Almoner’s report
  4. To Receive and Consider the Provincial Grand Charity Steward’s report
  5. To Receive and Consider the Provincial Membership Officer’s report
  6. To Receive and Consider the report of the General Purposes Committee
  7. To Receive a Briefing on Developments in the Holy Royal Arch from the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent
  8. To Receive an Address by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master
  9. Any other business

N.B. Provincial Grand Lodge Committee consists of the Grand Officers, Provincial Grand Officers of the year, members of the General Purposes Committee and the Master of every Lodge in the Province (or his nominated Representative).

Any Master unable to attend should inform the Provincial Grand Secretary, through his Lodge Secretary, of the name of the Past Master nominated to represent him. Such Nominee cannot be a Grand Officer or an Acting Provincial Grand Lodge Officer.

Download a pdf of the Provincial Grand Lodge Committee Meeting summons

Preliminary Notice: The Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge will be held at Barry on Monday, 24th June 2019. Masters and Wardens of all Lodges are expected to attend.

Notice of the Annual Court of Governors of the Masonic Benevolent Fund of South Wales

To All and Singular the Members of the Masonic Benevolent Fund of South Wales,

I hereby give notice that the Annual Court of Governors will be held on Friday, 3rd May 2019 at the Memorial Hall, Gladstone Road, Barry, CF62 8NA at 5:15 p.m.

Yours faithfully and fraternally,

Ben Gait, Secretary