Celebrating 300 years

Welsh masons to the rescue

South Wales Province Freemasons are continuing to help their local communities. Henry Caylor of Croeso Lodge, No. 8377, which meets in Cardiff, made the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team (CBMRT) his chosen charity, raising £1,000 for the rescue unit through masonic and non-masonic functions. The funds will help CBMRT to purchase additional equipment for its vital service. Currently some 50 volunteers work within the unit, which operates from its base at Merthyr Tydfil.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 01:00

Spring clean helps to Keep Wales Tidy

Spring clean success

Porthcawl masons and brethren from the South Wales Province organised a two-day ‘spring clean’ in association with Keep Wales Tidy, helping to maintain the award-winning Blue Flag beach of Rest Bay as well as further along the coast to nearby Pink Bay. 

With grandparents and grandchildren turning out in support, more than 180 bags of rubbish were disposed of – while the grounds team at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club provided a tractor and equipment to help remove larger objects. The event was organised by Dilwyn Thomas and Peter Tayler.

South Wales tradition

Freemasons and their families from the Province of South Wales assembled at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff earlier this year for the traditional annual service, all welcomed on behalf of the Dean by Canon Graham Holcombe who opened proceedings. 

Readings were delivered by APGMs William Jenkins and Paul Marshall, while Psalm 67 was read in Welsh by Deputy PGM Roy Woodward and then in English by APGM Gerald Rowbottom. St Luke’s Gospel account of the Parable of the Good Samaritan was read by PGM Gareth Jones. 

The congregation at Llandaff Cathedral was led in prayer by Past Provincial Chaplain The Rev Dafydd Edwards and APGM The Rev Alistair Swinford. 

Those in attendance were also addressed by The Most Rev Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales. The collection, held at the service, raised more than £1,000 and was presented to further aid the work of Llandaff Cathedral.

New ProvGM appointed for South Wales

Gareth Jones has been installed as the new Provincial Grand Master for South Wales by Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes at Barry. 

A ‘seven-point plan’ is now in motion to address recruitment and retention, and to maintain standards within lodges. Charitable efforts will be further developed, as will greater social interaction for families.

Reaching the age of 100 is a significant milestone, but to do so as Master of a lodge makes it an even more memorable event, and Harold Paine of Indefatigable Lodge, No. 237, in the Province of South Wales, has achieved exactly this.

To honour the landmark occasion, South Wales Provincial Grand Master Captain Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards was in attendance at a special birthday lunch in the Connaught Hall, Swansea.

Indefatigable Lodge, No. 237, South Wales, was warranted in 1777.

Backing for heroes

Freemasonry in the community has always been at the heart of Welsh masons and is underlined by the Provincial Grand Master of South Wales’s Gala Dinner, attended by members of 62 lodges in Cardiff. At the event, Provincial Grand Master Captain Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards presented a cheque for £12,500 to Help for Heroes, a further sum of around £5,000 being added later.

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