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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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Statement from Provincial Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Chapter

Monday 26th November 2018 – Vanessa Holt to retire as Private Secretary

Today, Ms Vanessa Holt met with the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master and the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, to inform that she will be retiring on 31st December 2018, after having served the Province loyally for some 27 years.

“Vanessa’s vast experience and expertise has served this Province without interruption since 1991 – and her support and advice for Provincial Grand Secretaries together with the past and current Executive has been unswerving. We know her calm and good-humoured presence will be sorely missed by us all, particularly by the Executive, Secretariat and active Provincial Officers. We are sure that the whole Province will wish to join us in wishing Vanessa a long, healthy and happy retirement.”

Gareth Jones, OBE
RW Provincial Grand Master

D Gerald Rowbottom
ME Grand Superintendent

Should Brethren wish to offer their good wishes to Vanessa, she can be contacted via the Provincial Office address or vanessa@nullprovince.org.uk

Announcing Two Significant MBF Grants

The Chairman of the South Wales Masonic Benevolent Fund (MBF) is delighted to announce two significant grants in pursuance of the Fund’s principal aim of providing assistance to aged and infirm brethren in the Province of South Wales.

Grant 1: £52,000 to provide disabled facilities at Penarth Masonic Hall; specifically, a lift to allow easy access to the first floor temple and changing rooms as well as disabled toilet facilities.

Grant 2: £75,000 to provide several lifts for Swansea Masonic Hall to allow brethren of all ages and physical abilities to access every level of the building from the entrance to the main temples.

The Chairman, V W Bro Andrew Gretton PGSwdB, said: “These grants, which fall squarely within the objects of the MBF, will make a huge difference to our brethren who, for reasons of age, infirmity or disability, find it difficult to attend Swansea or Penarth meetings. Brethren in both centres have been working hard to improve facilities for local members and I hope that, in providing this money, the MBF will be helping those efforts and making a real difference for brethren now and in the future.”

In making his announcement, V W Bro Gretton was keen to emphasise that the MBF would be willing to consider further applications from other Masonic centres which could clearly demonstrate that a grant would make a positive contribution to the comfort and enjoyment of aged and disabled brethren.

The Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro Gareth Jones, said: “This is a major step forward for the MBF and I am most grateful to the Chairman and his hard working committee for their foresight in realising that, in addition to the excellent work the Fund does for others, our own brethren need assistance too. These grants will make a tremendous difference to many brethren who find it difficult to attend their lodges. In recognising that we are all getting older and living longer, I am sure they will also make a difference for many of us for many years to come.”