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Carols 2016 Carols 2015 Carols 2014 Carols 2013 Carols 2012
Ogmore History Social Media Carols 2017 AE Summer House Festival 2021

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Memorials & Obituaries for Brethren 
Alistair Hopper Robert Bryant Neil C Jones Ronald Pike Hywel Phillips
Frank Knights Morgan J Walters

Ronald David Jones

John Wherrett John Bedoe
Rev'd Alistair E J Swinford  Cecil "Pop" Davis Kenneth A Pontin Roger Arthur ME Companion 
David A Westall
William (Bill) Lightfoot Malcolm J Froley Alun Griffiths David Gwyn Jones

Melville Edwin Hall

Bro T Gwyn Davies

Mike Hughes

Raymond T Jeynes Brinley (Brin) Davies Richard T Mountjoy
T. Haydn Morgan Philip Charles Saunders Derek King
Memorial Notices for Spouses and Family of our Brethren
Mrs Isabel Crowley
2015
(W Bro Sylvester Crowley)
Mrs Val David
2017

(W Bro Roger David)

Mr Jonathon Lewis
2018

(W Bro John Lewis)

Mrs Anne Edwards
2017
(W Bro Dyfrig Edwards)
Mrs Carol Lewis
2018
(W Bro John Lewis)
Life is terrible for some local people and little children!
Remember to get a few things for Bridgend Foodbank at the Supermarket
The Bridgend Shelter needs your old clothes to help those in need
Click here for the full details please

Submission Link for News Items

Entry Date

Item Description

31-08-2019

Obituaries

In Memoriam and Obituaries
If you wish to submit details,  either recent or historical,
  we will be pleased to try to include them
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Memorial & Obituary Submissions

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19-08-2019

 

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PROVINCIAL OFFICE CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Message from W B Ben Gait 

I greet you well and I am delighted to confirm that work has started on renovating rooms at Cardiff Masonic Hall in readiness for the relocation of the Provincial Office. . In order to undertake the necessary work related to the move, and as our IT and telephony services will have to transfer ahead of the opening, 

I will close the Provincial Office at 
128 Newport Road at 5pm on Friday 16th August 2019
Our our new office will officially open at 
5 Guildford Street, Cardiff, CF10 2HL 
Monday 2nd September 2019

It would be greatly appreciated if any routine queries that develop during the closure period could be held back until we have reopened, as we will have very limited scope to deal with enquiries whilst our computer network is being rebuilt.  Thank you for your support during this time of change.

Warm fraternal regards,

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

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20-09-2019

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The Masonic Good Neighbour Clubs

Bridgend Branch

Masonic Hall ~ Coychurch Road ~ Bridgend

Next Meeting

Tuesday 12th November 2019
Bar Opens 11.30am 
Lunch 12.30pm
 

Entertainment Follows


For contact and further details 
please see the main display using the link in the Index

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15-08-2019

exchange

Bridgend Regalia Exchange

We have resumed our endeavours for this new Masonic season and offer our thanks for the support and generosity of Freemason everywhere. We have acquired clients here in Wales as well as in other parts of the United Kingdom also France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Holland and other European countries together with Australia, Ukraine, United State of America and elsewhere. Should any of our readers have unwanted items from any Masonic Order it would be so helpful if you could consider donating them to our stocks. Many Brethren of limited means have found regalia from our Exchange to be so very useful and economic. 

As we near the end of another very successful 'season' we have re-written our web site in order to discard a huge number of background operational files and to present a new and fresh appearance for our clients.  

We have quite large stocks of Craft (Light & Dark Blue), Holy Royal Arch and a huge collection of jewels - current and charity - that are in good condition and are often sought by regalia collectors.  Prices vary but we are always open to offers especially when multiple purchases are considered.

The URL remains as: www.bridgendregalia.org.uk

So now, with the new Masonic season upon us we appeal for regalia donations once again. We have exhausted our stocks of the following items and hope there will be replacements from our Brethren:

Mark and RAM,
Secret Monitor and Scarlet Cord,
Royal & Select Masters, Royal Order of Scotland,
Rose Croix,
Knights Templar, Knights of Malta, 
Red Cross of Constantine,
Allied Masonic Degrees, The 'Operatives'
The various orders of our Lady Masons
R.A.O.B and others ...........

Donations of unwanted regalia really DO assist many Brethren where the pressures of today's world often make serious demands on limited resources. 
Our Aims & Origins can be read on our Web Site: 

Once again Hugh Thomas and Phillip Aubrey join with me in thanking you for your support in purchasing and recycling regalia 
and for the most welcome cash donations to our funds. 

From:
Sylvester Crowley
Geoffrey Ashe Court, Cowbridge, South Wales
Personal Web Site & Links: www.hrs-wales.uk 

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AGAIN!!

CONGRATULATIONS !!

Yet AGAIN

Bridgend Masonic Hall  -  Catering Facilities

All users of our Hall will be very pleased to learn that following the recent Environmental Health Audit of the Catering facilities our Chef Glyn Niblett and his Staff were awarded once again 

a rating of "5"  which is the highest rate possible.  

This is the fifth time our catering team has achieved the top score.

The Trustees feel sure that everyone will be absolutely delighted and will wish to congratulate all of the Staff 
who strive to make the social experiences at our Hall safe and enjoyable.

(Notification of this was received :  March 2017)
(<gmniblett@googlemail.com>)
 

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diaries

MASONIC DIARIES ~ SOUTH WALES

First produced for 2012, our diaries are sold to provide funds to be used for the benefit of the residents of the Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court an RMBI home in Porthcawl. Over the last few years these funds have been used for the following purchases:

 

An information screen in the reception area to inform residents and visitors of the activities taking place at the home
Barbeque for use by the staff for parties for the residents as well as being used to provide substantial funds by selling burgers and hot dogs at the Summer Fayre held at the home.
Patio tables and chairs that extend the seating areas at the home for residents, family and visitors
A summer house to enhance the ambiance of the garden areas and to be used by residents and their families

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One of the unique selling points of the diary is that it contains the details of the meeting dates of all the Craft Lodges and Royal Arch Chapters for the whole of the Province of South Wales on their respective days enabling easy planning for the Masonic Year. 

Direct Link to the Diaries Web Site and Contact details

W.Bro Peter Williams 
(Adare Lodge)
Chairman 
07860 523511

 

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In Memoriam and Obituaries
If you wish to submit details,  either recent or historical,
  we will be pleased to try to include them
Photographs are welcome

Memorial & Obituary Submissions

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CAR PARKING
BRIDGEND MASONIC HALL

Dear Bethren,


Please bring the notice below to the attention of all Brethren,

No doubt you will have noticed that our carpark has been white lined / upgraded. This was done to maximise safe parking. You will also have noticed that the one-way system around the building has been re-instated in order to minimise the chance of road traffic collision. 

Please be advised that, as the car park is open to public access, the provisions of the Road Traffic Act apply and, should these not be observed, your car insurance may be invalid.

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REMEMBRANCE

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
SWANSEA
13 November 2016
W Bro Richard Peiltzer, accompanied by a distinguished guard of DPrGM, PrGChStwd and DPrGDC had the honour of laying the Wreath on behalf of the Province at St.Mary's Church, Swansea today.
Brother Richard, now a youthful 92years young, had a distinguished wartime service as an underwater diver.
We salute Worshipful Brother Richard, PPSGW and all who gave such brave service in war and peace.
From Byron Butler
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EDWARD 

ALBERT EDWARD
PRINCE OF WALES COURT
New Summer House
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W.Brethren, Brethren all,

Our support of those in need is well illustrated by the work of the Albert Edward Home in Porthcawl, and I am pleased to be able to report more good news from there..

With the last of the summer sun upon us, the RMBI care home Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court has unveiled a new summer house for residents to enjoy come rain or shine. 

Presented on Friday, 2 September by the Masonic Diaries Committee to staff and residents at the care home in Porthcawl, the summer house was created to make use of an empty area in front of the Home and to make the space more personal for residents. 

"The introduction of the summer house had created a vibrant area where residents can socialise with one another or welcome other guests visiting the Home," says Rebecca Timms, Business Administrator at Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court. 

"We are always looking to find areas within the Home that residents can go for a change of scenery or environment, especially for those residents who are less mobile and are unable to leave the Home as easily as they used to. The summer house has a purpose built ramp so all our residents can access the space. It is also located in an area that acts as a suntrap in the summer and is well protected from the wind during colder weather, making it an outdoor space that can be used all year round," adds Rebecca. 

Funds to build the summer house were raised through the work of the
 Masonic Diaries Committee 
with the sales of diaries and other stationary throughout the year.
Roger Gale. PPRJGW 
Moderator Provincial Mail Group

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MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA
GRAND LODGE GUIDELINES

The Official UGLE Link

 

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MINUTES TRUSTEES MEETING
Latest Copy has been Uploaded
Published in the Members private section

Username & Password Required
Bridgend Freemasons Apply using the Application Form on the Members Section

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FOUNDATION

MASONIC 
CHARITABLE FOUNDATION


Use this link to visit the main page.

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TEDDIES

 TEDDIES for LOVING CARE

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A Huge Initiative in Support of Children

Please read the details here

 

CHARITABLE  

CHARITABLE DONATIONS
A Message from W Bro Roger Gale PPrJGW
Moderator of the Provincial Mail Group

W.Brethren, Brethren all,

THANKS to the generosity of FREEMASONS, nearly 4,500 people and over 70 charities have benefited from £18.9 million in support. As you will I am sure know, our Charitable operations are now under one organisation, the Masonic Charitable fund.

During the last 12 months, we’ve been able to provide over £14.2 million in support of Masonic families experiencing a financial, health or family need.

In the Province of South Wales, 192 Freemasons or their family members have benefitted from our wide-range of support and services with grants amounting to £793,073

During the same period, we’ve also looked beyond Freemasonry. We’ve awarded over £4.7 million in financial grants to charities that help our communities, advance medical research and provide vital support services such as hospices and air ambulances.

A creditable achievement in times where individual Lodges are experiencing financial difficulties themselves, with ongoing and increasing costs of maintaining historic buildings that house many of our Temples and meeting places…

Roger Gale PPrJGW. Moderator

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DEFIBRILLATOR

DEFIBRILLATOR
BRIDGEND MASONIC HALL
LOCATED ON STAIRS 
IN MAIN PART OF THE BUILDING

Available to the wider community whenever the building is open

This instrument was delivered to the Hall on Wednesday 17th June 2015.  It was purchased from the charity " Welsh Hearts" for £800.  This sum was shared equally following successful propositions from Ogmore and Adare Lodges.  

The funds were available thanks to the bequest made to these Lodges from the estate of the late and much respected W Bro Kenneth Viles.

Chairman of the Trustees, W Bro C Hugh Thomas PGStdB, offered a warm welcome to the director of the charity, Sharon Owen, and her team as shown in the photograph and of course to the members of our community who had come to learn about the Defibrillator.  

This welcome was followed by a short address from Sharon Owen about the conditions indicating this kind of treatment and went on to run a training session to demonstrate the use of the apparatus.

The Bridgend Masonic building now has this important item of equipment available permanently.  Another training session will be arranged for the Autumn to expand the numbers of Brethren capable of assisting should an incident occur. 

Time is of the essence in such incidents and confidence and knowledge in the use of the Defibrillator is paramount.

Those Brethren who would like to know more and perhaps form part of the group of trained operators are invited to add their names to the list for the next training session.  Please be assured that no pressure will be exerted on those who, after seeing the demonstrations, choose not to participate.  This is very much a personal decision.

Notification email to Jan Deenik

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THE 2021 FESTIVAL
in support of the
ROYAL MASONIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION

Click here for all the detail and the South Wales Areas

Facebook www.facebook.com/southwales2021festival
Twitter @southwales2021 #swfest21 
Email Festival2021@southwalesmason.com

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everyone  

This is a permanent Appeal to everyone who visits our Site
Please click the link for full information

Bridgend Shelter and the Bridgend Foodbank

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Samaritan

Masonic  Samaritan Fund
Reproduced by kind permission of 
West Wales Mason
www.wwmason.com 
Submitted by W Bro Byron Butler PAGDC
Click this link to read the article

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Prov

News from our Province

See the link in the Index or click here

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Ogmore

History of  Ogmore Lodge has been uploaded
See:  Bridgend Lodges  ~  Ogmore Lodge 1752

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Stewards 

Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge
Lodge History added to the Lodge Site page

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CATERING 

CATERING ARRANGEMENTS AT HALL

All menu matters must be negotiated separately with Mr Glyn Niblett our Caterer:   Email Link

Please note:  
All orders and agreements for catering should be confirmed 
in writing please to avoid confusion or misunderstandings

Private Menus September 2019

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  NOTICE

GENERAL NOTICE
Brethren who require access to the Hall during closed periods  
are asked to contact the 
Secretary of the Trust on :  07761 584 128
 or 
W. Bro. John Davies on 07771 560 971

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2017

Bridgend Combined Lodges
Annual Carols Service 2017

 
Nine Lessons & Carols
Smyrna Welsh Baptist Chapel
Penyfai
Friday 8th December 2017
7.00pm

The collection will be divided equally between
The Provincial Samaritan Fund 
and 
Smyrna Baptist Chapel

Donations from Brethren unable to attend are most welcome and will be faithfully applied
Cheques payable to:  "BMLCT" marked 'Carols' on the back may be given 
or sent to our organiser W Bro Dyfrig Edwards of Glanogwr Lodge.

Mr T Dyfrig Edwards, 
c/o Masonic Hall, Coychurch Road, Bridgend, CF31 2AP

The organisers appeal to our Ladies please
for assistance serving at the after-proceedings in the Chapel Vestry. 
 The refreshments consist of 
Tea/Coffee/Mulled Wine/Mince Pies
Volunteers please contact 

W Bro Dyfrig Edwards

 

The Report of the Carols Service
W Bro T Dyfrig Edwards

The service was opened with a sincere and heartfelt welcome by the Rev Alwyn Evans BA the minister at Smyrna Welsh Baptist Chapel Pen y Fai to all those present.
We were honoured by the attendance of :
Asst Prov Grand Master W Bro William Jenkins, 
Prov Grand Secretary W Bro Gerald Rowbottom
Prov Grand Chaplain W Bro The Rev Edward Dowland Owen.
The chair of the Trust W Bro Richard J Phillips opened with an introductory welcome to all present. He also graciously thanked the organiser W Bro T Dyfrig Edwards.
The service then began with the bidding prayer delivered by the Prov Gnd Chaplain and The Lords Prayer recited by all.
The representatives of the Bridgend Lodges then read portions of the scriptures, interspersed with carols in a dignified seamless manner.

The Prov Gnd Secretary read the penultimate portion of scripture from the book of 
St Mathew, Math2 vs1 -11 with heartfelt dignity. 
The final lesson was read by the Prov Gnd Chaplain followed by the final Carol, during which a free will offering was taken and blessed by the Chaplain.
The closing was then conducted by the Chaplin.
The congregation was then invited to retire to the vestry where tea, coffee and mulled wine were on offer along with mince pies.
During this time the Asst Prov Gnd Master, W Bro William Jenkins congratulated everyone for both partaking and attending the service, he also said he wished to take part next time.
Wor. Bro Gerald Rowbottom was invited to speak, he also commended the service and wished all present his best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
W Bro T Dyfrig Edwards thanked the Provincial Officers most sincerely for their attendance and help in delivering such a delightful service, at the same time he announced the collection had been made up by the trust to a sum of £300 which will be divided equally between the Provincial Samaritan Fund And Smyrna chapel.
Finally the Trustees offer their thanks to the Minister The Reverend Alwyn Evans BA the Deaconate and Organist and Secretary Peter David for their continued help and support.

 

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Bridgend Masonic Lodges Charitable Trust

The Joint Lodges Annual Service 2016
Nine Lessons and Carols  ~  Smyrna Baptist Chapel
Penyfai

Friday 16th December 2016

The Bridgend Masonic Lodges Charitable Trust organised once again an evening of Nine Lessons and Carols at Smyrna Baptist Chapel, Penyfai which was well attended by Masons and their families.

Program Links (pdf)
Outside

Inside

The organist as always was 
Mr Peter David FNCM
Secretary, Organist & Deacon of Smyrna

The Carol service this year began with a sincere and warm welcome from the Rev'd Alwyn Evans the minister of Smyrna,who had insisted on being in attendance even while suffering a heavy cold.
Our Provincial Grand Chaplain W Bro the Rev'd Edward Dowland-Owen opened the service with the Bidding Prayer.

The Chairman of Bridgend Masonic Trust W Bro Richard Phillips gave the introductory address for the first time, he welcomed everyone and thanked members of the lodges and their families for their continued support, so began a wonderful evening of readings from God's Word read by Masters of Bridgend Lodges interspersed by traditional carols sung with gusto to a wonderful accompaniment on a fine organ by Mr Peter David, who is also Chapel secretary.

We were honoured with the presence of the Provincial Grand Secretary W Bro D Gerald Rowbottom PSGD, PAPGM who also delivered God's Word from St. Matthew Chapter 2 and remained to enjoy fellowship in the vestry.

During the singing of the last carol a free will collection was taken, the proceeds of the collection was made up to £300 by the Trust and donated to Smyrna's appeal for the purchase of a defibrillator.

The Rev'd Edward Dowland Owen then closed the service with prayers and Blessing, and inviting the congregation to retire to the vestry for tea, coffee or mulled wine accompanied by mince pies.

Finally the Trust acknowledged the immense help of the Minister, deacons and members again this year. Also a personal thanks to those Chapel members who helped my wife Ann and myself in preparing the vestry and serving refreshments.

Many thanks to all,
Dyfrig Edwards
Deputy Chair Bridgend Masonic Trust.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.

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For those interested in the oldest Welsh Baptist Chapel in Wales
with Worship going back for over 300 years please see the web site:
Smyrna Web Site: www.smyrna-penyfai.org.uk

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Bridgend Masonic Lodges Charitable Trust

The Joint Lodges Annual Service 2015
Nine Lessons and Carols  ~  Smyrna Baptist Chapel
Penyfai

Friday 18th December 2015

The Bridgend Masonic Lodges Charitable Trust organised once again an evening of Nine Lessons and Carols at Smyrna Baptist Chapel, Penyfai which was well attended by Masons and their families.

Program Links (pdf)
Outside

Inside

The organist as always was 
Mr Peter David FNCM
Secretary, Organist & Deacon of Smyrna

Our Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro The Rev'd Alistair Swinford, who is the incumbent Minister for Smyrna, began the evening with a heartfelt welcome to everyone to the Chapel and by leading the opening prayers of the Service.

The Chairman of the Masonic Trust, W Bro C.Hugh Thomas PGStdB gave the introductory address and expressed his pleasure at seeing so many visitors and Members of the Bridgend Fraternity supporting this occasion


During the Service the Lessons were interspaced with popular carols and were read by the reigning Masters of Bridgend Craft Lodges, together with W. Bro. William Jenkins Assistant Provincial Grand Master and our Provincial Grand Chaplain W Bro The Rev'd Edward Dowland-Owen who is the Vicar of the Cowbridge Group of Churches. Brother The Rev'd Edward closed the service with prayers and his Blessing. 


We were very pleased to welcome our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V W Bro Roy Woodward, who said how delighted he was to be able to attend, had enjoyed the singing and the company and expressed the wish that this very worthwhile Service would continue in years to come and flourish.

The congregation gathered afterwards in the Vestry for mince pies and mulled wine and to enjoy informal conversation in very good company.

The proceeds of the very generous collection will be shared equally between the Chapel and the Provincial Samaritan Fund. 

Finally, the Trustees wish to acknowledge the help and support given once again by the Deaconate and Members of Smyrna by making their Chapel available and by their most generous welcome. 

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.
(W Bro Byron Butler PAGDC)

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For those interested in the oldest Welsh Baptist Chapel in Wales
with Worship going back for over 300 years please see the web site:
Smyrna Web Site: www.smyrna-penyfai.org.uk

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Joint Lodges Annual Service 2014
Nine Lessons and Carols  ~  Smyrna Baptist Chapel
Penyfai

20th December 2014

The Bridgend Masonic Lodges Charitable Trust last evening organised once again an evening of Nine Lessons and Carols at Smyrna Baptist Chapel, Penyfai which was well attended by Masons and their families.

The Christmas message was read by the reigning Masters of each of the craft lodges of Ogmore 1752, Adare 9247, Llangeinor 4194, Ewenny 8485, Glanogwr 8508, Penybont 6743, Morganwg 5084, by Past Master Roger Thomas for Dewi Sant 9067 and by our Provincial Grand Secretary W. Bro. Gerald Rowbottom.

Between each reading carols were sung with gusto by an enthusiastic congregation of Masons, their families and friends throughout the district. It was a delight to be able to welcome our much respected and loved Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V W Brother Peter Frost and Mrs. Frost who travelled from Cowbridge to support the event.

At the end of the carol service all restored to the chapel vestry where mulled wine and mince pies were served. The company was excellent and much friendly chat was enjoyed by everyone.

The Trustees join together to wish all Brethren and their families in our Province a Happy Christmas and to those in distress for whatever cause relief from their suffering

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.
(W Bro Byron Butler PAGDC)

(The organist as always was Mr Peter David FNCM - Secretary, Organist & Deacon of Smyrna)

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For those interested in the oldest Welsh Baptist Chapel in Wales
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Joint Lodges Annual Service 2013
Nine Lessons and Carols  ~  Smyrna Baptist Chapel
Penyfai

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The Bridgend Masonic Lodges Charitable Trust Carol Service was held on the evening of Friday last, 20th December 2013, at Smyrna Baptist Chapel, Penyfai.  This ancient chapel with more than 300 years of history is recognized as the oldest practicing Baptist Chapel in Wales. It stands on the site of even older premises dedicated to nonconformist worship.

The Service of Nine Readings and Carols took place in the presence of senior Brethren with readings by the reigning Masters of Bridgend Lodges and our RW. Provincial Grand Master under the supervision and participation of our Assistant PGM, the Reverend Brother Alistair Swinford together with our Provincial Grand Chaplain and his Assistant, the Reverend Brothers Gareth Thomas and Edward Dowland Owen.

The congregation was welcomed by our Chairman, Brother C Hugh Thomas.  As in previous years, at the close of the service Brethren and visitors restored to the Vestry for animated conversations helped along with mulled wine, and an abundance of mince pies, tea and coffee served by the ladies of Smyrna Chapel.

The Trust would like to place on record our thanks to our Brother Alistair, the Deaconate of Smyrna, their splendid organist Peter David and our great appreciation to the ladies for their ever ready welcome and hospitality.

The "plate" will be shared between the Chapel and our Provincial Samaritan Fund.

With my very good wishes for abundant blessings for Christmas and the New Year.

Byron

Posted January 2014

www.smyrna-penyfai.org.uk

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Joint Lodges Annual Service 2012
Nine Lessons and Carols  ~  Smyrna Baptist Chapel
Penyfai

 

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Obituaries

In Memoriam and Obituaries
If you wish to submit details,  either recent or historical,
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Photographs are welcome

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Morganwg Lodge No 5084
Family Bereavement
Mr Jonathon Lewis
Brethren,

I must bring you the sad news of the passing of Mr Jonathan Lewis, the son of W.Bro. John Lewis, PPrGSwdB, and the blood brother of Bro.. David P. Lewis, both being well known and much respected members of Bridgend's Morganwg Lodge. Jonathan had been particularly unwell for some months and it is understood that he was being treated for a brain tumour. This is the second major tragedy to befall the Lewis family in 2018; Mrs Carol Lewis, wife of John, Mother of Jonathan, David and Anthony, died almost exactly four months ago.

Indeed, 2018 has not been kind to the members of Morganwg Lodge generally. Jonathan is the third relatively young man closely related to Morganwg members to succumb since January. The others were the son-in-law of W.Bro. John Hek; and the son of W.Bro. Brian Murrell (who features in the new edition of Y Dalaith). We have also lost W.Bro. Norman O. Thomas, PPrSGW, one of our senior Past Masters. It is to be sincerely hoped that the remainder of the year passes uneventfully.

Our immediate thoughts and prayers will be directed towards, John, David and the family at this tragic time.

 

Further to my earlier notice  I have just had an email from Bro. David Lewis, presumably from his home in Western Austrailia, providing details of his brother, Jonathan's funeral.

t will take place on Thursday 13 September, initially at 3pm at St Mary's RC Church, Ewenny Road, Bridgend, CF31 3HS followed by the committal at 3.45pm at Coychurch Crematorium, CF35 6AB.

I know that we will give the family all the support we possibly can.

 

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Yours sincerely and fraternally,

Martyn Daley, PM 5084
for W.Bro. Brian Murrell, PPrGStwd, Lodge Almoner

 

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RIP
Mrs Carol Lewis

It is with great sadness that I advise you of the passing, last weekend, of Mrs Carol Lewis after a short illness.

Carol was the wife of W.Bro. John Lewis, PPrGSwdB, Past Master and currently Chaplain and Charity Steward of Morganwg Lodge, No. 5084. Carol and John had (I believe) three sons, one of whom is Bro. David Paul Lewis also of Morganwg Lodge.

David, who lives and works in Western Australia, tells me that he learned of his mother's condition on Thursday of last week, and returned to the UK immediately.

Carol was a lovely lady whose passing will be greatly lamented by all those who had ever had the privilege of her company. Her soft Irish accent was a joy to hear and she together with John, was very proud of her family. 

The funeral of Mrs Carol Lewis will take place at 11am on Saturday 12 May 2018, at St. Mary's RC Church, Ewenny Road, Bridgend, CF31 3HS followed by interment at 11.45am at St. Crallo's Churchyard, Coychurch, Bridgend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with John and the family at this very sad time.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Yours fraternally,

Martyn Daley, PM 5084
on behalf of the Lodge Almoner, W.Bro. Brian Murrell, PPrGStwd

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MRS VAL DAVID
REQUIESCAT IN PACE
2017

(Wife of W Bro Roger David)

Brethren,

It is with a heavy heart that I have to let you know that Mrs Val David passed away at 7.00am today.

Val was doing really well and had been moved from intensive care to a general ward yesterday and was in good spirits and determined to cope with the removal of part of her leg.

Then at 5pm yesterday I heard from Roger that the infection was back and she was to have further surgery and at 11.00pm she was taken to theatre to remove the rest of her leg above the knee. Unfortunately this proved too much and this lead to her passing away.

We are all aware how close Roger and Val were and it must be devastating for him and we share his loss.

S & F,

Peter Davies
Almoner - Adare Lodge

Additional Message from W Bro Peter Davies:

Brethren, I spoke to W.Bro Roger David yesterday and he has me to forward the message below.

Roger is being supported by his family, and as we all will understand, it is an extremely difficult time for him. It is good to know that he is having some comfort from the cards and messages he is receiving and I am sure that we will respect his privacy in enquiring about the circumstances regarding Val's passing, the events of which are still very raw and painful to Roger.


Dear Brethren,

Please accept my sincere apologies for having to dwell for a time on the loss of my dear wife Val. It will take a long time for me to recover because for 52 years we have done everything together. I am being reminded that a lot of people care and I can’t hide forever. Therefore anyone wishing to call at my house will be made very welcome – please ring first as we are back and fore making arrangements. 

The funeral has been arranged for 
March 27th at 1:15pm at the Bridgend Crematorium
I hope that as many as possible will be able to give her a good send off and all are equally invited to the Wake which will probably be at the Masonic Hall.

Thank you all for the lovely cards and words of sympathy

Yours S & F
Roger
Secretary
Adare Lodge No. 9247

 

 

Copy of posting by  Martyn Daley  PZ & Almoner C9247

(Posted at the request of W.Bro. D. Peter Davies, PPrGPurs, Almoner L9247)

 

Brethren,

With much sorrow, I bring you the news of the sad passing of Mrs Val' David of Tondu, Bridgend.

Val was the wife of W.Bro. Roger A. David, PPrSGD (PPrJGW designate), PM and Secretary of Bridgend's Adare Lodge No 9247; Past First Principal of Adare Chapter No 9247 and currently First Pricipal of Llangeinor Chapter No 4194. Roger is possibly better known around the wider Province as the current Editor of the Provincial Magazine Y Dalaith.

Having suffered poor health for several years, Val had been in hospital since the beginning of March and underwent two operations in that time.

Prior to her illnesses Val' was a regular attender at social functions at Bridgend Masonic Hall. She and Roger were seemingly inseparable. Characteristically, I understand that Val remained optimistic and cheerful throughout her indisposition; perhaps in large part from the high level of devoted and dedicated care she received from Roger, who apart from his busy Masonic life, is still very active in business.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Roger at this very sad time. He has expressed his gratitude for all the cards and messages of sympathy and support that he has received and hopes that as many as are able will attend Val's funeral which will take place at 1.15pm on Monday 27th March 2017 at Coychurch Crematorium, Bridgend, CF35 6AB. Light refreshments will be available after the service a short distance away at the Masonic Hall, Coychurch Road, Bridgend, CF31 2AP. 

REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Yours fraternally,

Martyn Daley
PZ & Almoner C9247

(Posted at the request of W.Bro. D. Peter Davies, PPrGPurs, Almoner L9247)

 

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dyfrig

MRS ANNE EDWARDS
2017
 
REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Brethren,

At the request of W.Bro. Ralph Jones, PPrJGW, Secretary of Glanogwr Lodge No 8508, I bring you an update to the news of the passing of Mrs Anne Edwards, wife of W.Bro. Dyfrig Edwards, PPrGSwdB, PM 8508. Dyfrig is currently First Principal of Glanogwr (Royal Arch) Chapter, No. 8508; Junior Warden of Y Bont Faen Lodge, No. 8533; and Director of Ceremonies of Glanogwr Lodge, No. 8508.

Mrs Edwards died suddenly at home in Pencoed, Bridgend, in the early hours of 27th February, despite Dyfrig's efforts to resuscitate her.

Of course, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Dyfrig and the family at this difficult and particularly traumatic time. 

The funeral service will take place at Coychurch Crematorium, Bridgend, CF35 6AB, at 1.15pm on Tuesday 14th March. Friends and family will be welcome to gather for light refreshments after the service at Southerndown Golf Club, CF32 0QP. Family flowers only, by request, but donations in lieu in aid of the British Heart Foundation, if desired may be sent via the Funeral Directors Mel & Ron Watkins of Pencoed.


REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Yours sincerely and fraternally,

Martyn Daley
PM 5084

The Trustees of the Bridgend Masonic Lodges Charitable Trust offer their deepest sympathy to their fellow Trustee and Brother, Dyfrig Edwards, at this most dreadful of times and assure him and his family of their willingness to assist in whatever ways may be helpful.

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