RA News

Royal Arch Appointments at Lord Swansea Chapter

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Masonic Province of South Wales was pleased to Appoint, Obligate and Invest E.Comp. Colin Hugh Thomas, OStJ, PGStB as Deputy Grand Superintendent and E.Comp. Phillip Anthony Aubrey, PGStB as Third Provincial Grand Principal and Appoint and Invest E.Comp. Ben Gait as ProvGSE, at the Regular Convocation of Lord Swansea Chapter No. 8364 on Friday 8th February 2019.

At the same Convocation, the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent was Elected to serve as First Principal of the Chapter and will therefore be Installed as First Principal of both Hendre Chapter and Lord Swansea Chapter in 2019.

Announcement Regarding the Association of Friends of the AEPoWC

The Association of Friends of the Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court held a luncheon for the Friends and their wives or partners on Sunday 20th January 2019, during which the Chairman, W.Bro. Alan Gardener, PSGD, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, announced his intention to stand down from the role with immediate effect. Brother Gardener has served the Association of Friends with distinction for nearly eight years and his contribution to the success of the Association of Friends will be felt by all who come into contact with the Home for many years to come.

At the same meeting it was announced that W.Bro. Phillip A. Aubrey, PAGDC will assume the Chairmanship with immediate effect. W.Bro. Gherold M. Davies, PPrGSwdB has been appointed to the role of Vice-Chairman.

17th Regular Convocation of Lord Swansea Chapter – Friday 8th February 2019

The 17th Regular Convocation of Lord Swansea Chapter No. 8364 will be held at the Masonic Temple, Swansea on Friday 8th February 2019 at 5.30pm.

It will be a unique opportunity to witness the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent:
Appoint and Invest E.Comp. Ben Gait, PPrAGSE as Provincial Grand Scribe E.,
Appoint, Obligate and Invest E.Comp Phillip Anthony Aubrey, PGStB as Third Provincial Grand Principal,
Appoint, Obligate and Invest E.Comp. Colin Hugh Thomas, OStJ, PGStB as Deputy Grand Superintendent.

Download the Lord Swansea Chapter Summons for 08/02/19 here.
Download the Dining Reservation form here.

The attached dining slip, which should be returned as directed no later than Friday 1st February (but preferably before).

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.


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.


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.”