RA News

2018-2019 Provincial Year Book photographs

Calling all newly appointed Craft, Royal Arch, Mark and RAM officers.

The Provincial Photographer, has kindly agreed to conduct portrait sessions at the Bridgend Masonic Hall, Tremains Road. Bridgend CF31 2AP on Sunday 15th April,  Sunday April 22nd and Sunday May 6th, Starting at 10am, and finishing at 12 Midday, It shouldn’t take much of your time if you come prepared. (more…)

Installation of Grand Superintendent

On Saturday 10th March 2018, at Cardiff Masonic Hall, Excellent Companion D. Gerald Rowbottom was Installed as the Twelfth Grand Superintendent in and over South Wales. The especial Convocation was attended by 300 Companions, with 250 enjoying an excellent Luncheon; utilising all three dining rooms.

At 11am, Excellent Companion Gareth Jones, OBE, Most Excellent Third Grand Principal (The Installing Officer) processed into the Temple, together with Excellent Companion Graham C. King (Grand Superintendent in and over Gloucestershire and Herefordshire) acting as Second Grand Principal and Excellent Companion John D. Bennett (Grand Superintendent in and over Somerset) acting as Third Grand Principal and opened the Special Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter.

Under the direction of Excellent Companion Dr David R. Staples, Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies, a Deputation was formed and the Grand Superintendent Designate was escorted into Provincial Grand Chapter.

The Patent of Appointment was examined by the ME3GP and read by Excellent Companion Brigadier William E. Shackell, CBE, Grand Scribe E.

The Grand Superintendent Designate was duly Obligated, Robed, Invested with his Chain of Office and presented with his Sceptre. The ME3GP then invited the Grand Superintendent in and over South Wales to take his place in Provincial Grand Chapter.

The Grand Superintendent Appointed, Obligated and Invested E.Comp. David J. Suter, PGStB as Second Provincial Grand Principal and E.Comp. C. Hugh Thomas, OStJ, PGStB as Third Provincial Grand Principal.  The Grand Superintendent and Two Provincial Grand Principals were Proclaimed by the Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies.

The Grand Superintendent Appointed, Obligated and Invested E.Comp. William E. Jenkins as Deputy Grand Superintendent.

E.Comp. Phillip J. Purves, Acting Deputy GDC Proclaimed the Deputy Grand Superintendent.

The Grand Superintendent Appointed E.Comp. R. Michael Coombes, PGStB and E.Comp. Gwilym H. Jones, OStJ, PGStB as Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals, E.Comp. Phillip A. Aubrey, PGStB, PPr3rdGP as ProvGSE and E.Comp. Peter Jones, PPrGSN as ProvGDC and confirmed the Appointment of the previously Invested 2017 Provincial Grand Officers.

Read the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent’s address here.

Appointments and Promotions in Supreme Grand Chapter

Provincial Grand Chapter is delighted to announce the following:-


EComp Peter Jones, Grand Standard Bearer
EComp William Emrys Jenkins, Past Grand Sword Bearer
EComp John Lyndon Howells, Past Grand Standard Bearer
EComp Clive William Walton Hughes, Past Grand Standard Bearer
EComp John Hopkin Thomas Aylward, Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies


EComp Sir Paul Michael Williams OBE DL, Grand Sword Bearer
EComp Paul Raymond Clement, Past Grand Sojourner
EComp Samuel Colin Best, Past Grand Standard Bearer


MEComp Gareth Jones OBE, Third Grand Principal

Heartiest congratulations are offered to each on their very well deserved preferment.
Gwilym Jones,
Provincial Grand Scribe E.

M.E. Grand Superintendent’s Luncheon Thursday 26th April 2018 – UPDATE

The Annual Provincial Lunch, hosted by The M.E. Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion D. Gerald Rowbottom, following the Convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter, on Thursday 26th April 2018 at the Hercules Pillars is now oversubscribed.

M.E. Grand Superintendent’s Luncheon Thursday 26th April 2018

The M.E. Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion D. Gerald Rowbottom, is hosting the Annual Provincial Lunch following the Convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter, on Thursday 26th April 2018, in the Hercules Pillars, directly across the road from Freemasons’ Hall.

To attend, please complete the attached pro-forma and return to the address shown as soon as possible, and before Thursday 12th April 2018.  As final numbers must then be telephoned to the restaurant, bookings cannot be accepted after this date. Allocations will be on a strictly ‘first come, first served’ basis, due to capacity limitations.

Where possible seating will be arranged to suit your requests. Cheques from unsuccessful applications will be returned. Please indicate clearly your choice of meal.  Dietary requests will be forwarded to the restaurant.

The charge for Lunch, including half a bottle of wine per person is £27

By arrangement with the Management, any Companion who is dining, may deposit his ‘overnight’ case at the restaurant prior to the Convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter.

Download Reply Slip for M.E. Grand Superintendent’s Luncheon here.


3rd Regular Convocation of the Colonnade Chapter, Wednesday 28th February

The 3rd Regular Convocation of the Colonnade Chapter is to be held on Wednesday 28th February at 5.00pm

It will be a unique opportunity to witness the Most Excellent Third Grand Principal install the Deputy Provincial Grand Master as Z. of the Chapter.

Dining reservations and apologies for absence may be given via this online form:

Alternatively, you may use the attached dining slip, which should be returned as directed no later than Friday 23rd February (but preferably before.)

Fraternal regards,

E.Comp. D. Gerald Rowbottom, PGStB
Scribe E., Colonnade Chapter No. 7305

Download the Colonnade Chapter Summons for 28/02/18 here.
Download the Dining Reservation form here.

Provincial Grand Chapter Gala Dinner 2018

The Provincial Grand Chapter Gala Dinner,
hosted by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent will be held at:

The Bridgend Masonic Hall, CF31 2AP, on Saturday 26th May 2018,
commencing at 6.15 for 7.00pm.

Carriages should be organised for approximately 11.30pm.

The event will be supported by the presence of many distinguished guests. Tickets are priced at £35.00 each to include wines and entertainment. As on previous occasions all profits will be donated to charity.

This event is likely to be popular so, as numbers are limited by the size of the accommodation, you are recommended to make an early application for reservation. Places will be allocated strictly on a first come basis.

The application form may be copied if required. I look forward to your early reply.

Download a pdf of the Application Form here.