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W Bro Alun Griffiths PPrJGW
Ewenny & Llangeinor Lodges


Penybont 70th
Sunday Lunch

Ogmore Lodge
Ladies' Night
Regalia Exchange Penybont Lodge
70th Anniversary
Good Neighbours
W Bro Byron Butler
Golden Jubilee
Masonic Diaries
Festival 2021 Festival Jewel Minutes & Accounts Foodbank/Shelter Kitchen '5' Rating
Teddies for Love Samaritan Fund APPOINTMENTS
Grand Lodge/Chapter
Charity Donations Dates for 2017
Hall Access Catering APPOINTMENTS
Craft  &  Mark
Car Parking Charities 2016
PGL 2014 PGL 2015 PGL 2017 PGL Com 2015 Provincial News
PGStdB (HRA) PAGDC (Craft) GL Appt 2017 AE Summer House PGStwds
Carols 2016 Carols 2015 Carols 2014 Carols 2013 Carols 2012
Ogmore History Social Media Carols 2017 Archbishop 2014 Church Service 2017
Catering 2017


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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 David Gwyn Jones

Melville Edwin Hall

Memorial Notices for Spouses and Family of our Brethren
Mrs Isabel Crowley
(W Bro Sylvester Crowley)
Mrs Val David

(W Bro Roger David)
Mrs Anne Edwards
(W Bro Dyfrig Edwards)
Mrs Carol Lewis
(W Bro John Lewis)
Remembrance Sunday 2017
Remembrance Sunday 2016
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

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W Bro Alun Griffiths PPrJGW


It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing to the Grand Lodge above of W. Bro Alun Griffiths PPrJGW.

W. Bro passed to the Grand Lodge above at his home in Brackla at 7.15pm on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

W. Brother Alun was initiated into the Llangeinor Lodge No 4194 on 3rd February 1965, Passed on 1st December 1965 and Raised on 1st June 1966. He was invested as Worshipful Master in May 1978 .

He was a founding member of Ewenny Lodge No 8485 in 1972 and was invested as Master on 22nd March 2016.

Requiescat in pace

Alan Reeks PPrGStwd

Secretary Llangeinor Lodge No 4194 

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16th June 2018

On Saturday, June 16th 2018, Ogmore Lodge will be holding a Ladies’ Night at Bridgend Masonic Hall. This evening will be especially significant, as this year Ogmore Lodge celebrates its 140th Anniversary.

The evening will consist of a meal, with accompanying music provided by “Bridge Strings” (a local string trio), which will then be followed by a performance from World Class Soprano, Llio Evans (winner of multiple awards, with prominent parts in an array of operas worldwide). She will be accompanied on the night by Sian Davies, (daughter of the late South Wales legend Bryan Davies, and a formidable pianist in her own right). My wife, Laura, might even be putting in a guest appearance herself!

In addition to all the above, there will be games, a raffle and dancing for those who want to stay a little later on into the evening. The Ticket Price will be £30 per head, with our chosen charities being “Chron’s and Colitis UK” and “Sands (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity)”

Please help us celebrate in style, and raise money for some very worthy causes!

Thanking you in advance,

Paul Deenik (Worshipful Master, Ogmore Lodge 1752)


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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.


Yours fraternally,

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

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W Bro Melville Edwin Hall
United Services Lodge 9605

It is with deep sadness that I must inform you of the passing to the Grand Lodge above of WBro Mel Hall.

W Bro Mel had battled with Cancer over the last two years, but finally passed at the Marie Curie Hospice in Penarth at 6.35a.m. on Monday 30th April 2018, he has been progressively getting worse over the last few months and the Cancer was really aggressive in his last week.


Mel had been resident for some months at 
Geoffrey Ashe Court in Cowbridge

W Bro Mel was initiated into the United Services Lodge on the 14th April 2005, passed on 15th September 2005, raised on 2nd February 2006 and Installed as Worshipful Master on 15th November 2012, and should have received his Provincial Rank of PPrAGDC in Barry this June this year.

In his Military career he served all over the World including Northern Ireland, he was a qualified Mountaineering Instructor as well as a Skiing Instructor, and ran 4 marathons after he was diagnosed with his Cancer which was just after his late Wife Sue passed away suddenly. His Military career was cut short earlier this year, when he was the 104 Regiment Chief Clerk as a WO2.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his Daughters, Annmarie and her Husband David, Emma and her Partner Bro Liam Moran and Ellie and their respective Children.

Melville Edwin Hall Funeral Details

Annmarie Stevenson, Emma Herbert and Elanor Hobday would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt comments following our fathers death.

For all those that knew our father, you are most welcome to attend the funeral in the Wenallt Chapel at Thornhill Crematorium in Cardiff 1100hrs Friday 18 May 2018, followed by light refreshments and the sharing of memories at Raglan Barracks in Newport. 

During our fathers last days/hours the Marie Curie Hospice in Penarth did a fantastic job of easing our fathers pain and making his passing comfortable and peaceful. We would therefore ask that if you wish to make a donation please go to:

or call 0845 052 4184.

Thornhill Crematorium
Thornhill Road,  Rhiwbina, Cardiff
(If using satnav to find us please use the postcode CF14 6RG)


Yours Sincerely and Fraternally

WBro John Davies TM* PPrGReg
Secretary and Almoner
United Services Lodge 9605


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W Bro William (Bill) Lightfoot PPrGReg
Tuesday April 17th 2018

It is with deep, deep sadness that I inform you of the passing to the Grand Lodge above of our dear W Bro Bill Lightfoot on Tuesday 17th April after a lengthy stay in the Princess Of Wales Hospital following the fall that broke his hip, subsequently had a replacement hip but struggled to recover properly.

W Bro Bill was 93 years of age and a wonderful Mason, loved and respected by all who new him, his wicked humour enamored him to all. He was initiated into the Ogmore Lodge on the 21st December 1981, Raised on 22nd November 1982, and became a Founder Member of United Services Lodge 9605 in February 1996, Installed as Worshipful Master in November 2010, appointed as PPrGStwd, promoted to PPrSGD and again promoted to PPrGReg in 2017.

W Bro Bill will be sorely missed in the United Services Lodge and Bridgend Good Neighbours, and I will pass on further information in due course of details of the Funeral arrangements.

The Funeral will be held at Coychurch Crematorium at 11a.m. on Thursday 3rd May, and Mrs Mildred Lightfoot and the Family would like to invite you for light refreshments at the Bridgend Masonic Hall following the internment.


Best regards
John Davies TM*

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The Masonic Good Neighbour Clubs

Bridgend Branch

Masonic Hall ~ Coychurch Road ~ Bridgend

Next Meeting
Tuesday 11th September 2018
Bar Opens 11.30am 
Buffet 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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11 January 2018

Royal Arch

The Most Excellent First Grand Principal, HRH The Duke of Kent, KG has been pleased to appoint Excellent Companion D. Gerald Rowbottom, PGStB to the office of Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of South Wales, with effect from 13th December 2017. Companion Rowbottom will be Installed at Cardiff Masonic Hall on Saturday 10th March 2018 at 11am.

The Grand Superintendent Designate is delighted to announce that E Comp William E. Jenkins has accepted the office of Deputy Grand Superintendent; he will also be appointed and invested on 10th March 2018.
Further appointments to Executive roles will be announced well in advance of the 10th March 2018 Installation.



Dear Brother Secretaries,

Statement from the Holy Royal Arch:

Excellent Companion D. Gerald Rowbottom, Grand Superintendent Designate, in and over the Masonic Province of South Wales, is pleased to announce Further appointments to Executive roles; to be Appointed and Invested at Cardiff Masonic Hall on Saturday 10th March 2018.

E.Comp. David J. Suter, PGStB will remain as Second Provincial Grand Principal

E.Comp. C. Hugh Thomas, OStJ. PGStB will be Obligated and Invested as Third Provincial Grand Principal

E.Comp. Gwilym Jones, OStJ. PGStB and E.Comp. R. Michael Coombes, PGStB will be Appointed as Assistants to the Principals

E.Comp. Phillip A. Aubrey, Past3PrGP will be Invested as Scribe E.

E.Comp. Peter Jones, PPrGSN will be Invested as ProvGDC

Fraternal regards,

W.Bro. Ben Gait
Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary
Masonic Province of South Wales
029 2043 3688


The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master is pleased to announce that following W.Bro. William E. Jenkins’ acceptance of the High Office of Deputy Grand Superintendent, W.Bro. Marc Lewis will succeed him as Assistant Provincial Grand Master. W.Bro. Marc will be Installed in his Mother Lodge, North Glamorgan Lodge No. 4055, at Merthyr Tydfil Masonic Hall on Monday 26th February 2018. 
During the evening, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master will appoint and invest, W.Bro. Phillip Aubrey, PAGDC as Provincial Grand Secretary.



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Arrangements are in hand to lay a wreath on behalf of Provincial Grand Lodge at the annual Remembrance Day Service at
 St Mary's Church, Swansea. 
Brethren and their partners are invited to come along to that service on
Sunday, November 12th commencing at 2.30 pm.

V W Bro Roy Woodward
Deputy Provincial Grand Master

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Appointment of 
Assistant Provincial Grand Master 

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master is pleased to announce that 
W.Bro. Stephen C.E. Harries, PAGDC, ProvGReg 
will succeed the late W.Bro. the Reverend Alistair E.J. Swinford as Assistant Provincial Grand Master.  W.Bro. Stephen will be Installed in his Mother Lodge, Sketty Hall No. 8752, at Swansea Masonic Hall on Friday 15th December 2017. 

During the evening, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master will appoint and invest, W.Bro. Gareth J. Jones, PAGReg as Provincial Grand Registrar.




Appointment of 
Assistant Provincial Grand Master

W.Bro. T.R. Eirian Jones, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of the Degree of Mark Master Masons of South Wales, is pleased to announce that he has appointed
 W.Bro. Phillip W. Davies, PAGDC
 to succeed W.Bro. Stephen C.E. Harries, PGJD as Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Degree of Mark Master Masons of South Wales.   W.Bro. Stephen will retire from office on Monday 4th December 2017 and W.Bro. Phillip will be Installed at a meeting of De Cymru Mark Grand Officers Lodge No. 1606, to be held in Caerphilly on Wednesday 6th December 2017.

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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)

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Annual Meeting
Monday 26th June 2017

Dear Brother Secretaries,

I greet you well and attach the summons for the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, to be holden on Monday 26th June 2017, at Barry Memorial Hall, Gladstone Road, BARRY, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 8NA, together with a booking form for Luncheon.

Fraternal regards,

W.Bro. D. Gerald Rowbottom, PSGD, PastAPGM
Provincial Grand Secretary

Please use this link to access the details and Summons

Provincial Grand Master
 Address to Provincial Grand Lodge
26th June 2017

Brethren, thank you for your attendance here this afternoon and may I reiterate my grateful thanks to all our distinguished guests for their continued support and friendship and for coming in such large numbers to help us celebrate our annual meeting. Some have travelled long distances and we very much appreciate their presence here today.

May I also take this opportunity of thanking my Deputy, Assistants and all my Provincial Officers of last year for their sterling work in representing me and supporting the Executive members with sound administration, solid finances and attendances at installations and many domestic and special occasions. The lodges’ warm welcome and unstinting hospitality has been constant throughout the year and I have been greatly heartened by what I have seen and the reports I have received.

I have often said that today’s meeting should be one of celebration, especially for those receiving appointments and promotions. You all take on an extra responsibility to contribute more to the success and sustainability of your lodges, the Province and the Craft more widely; and I urge each and every one of you to study our 7 point plan in detail, keep abreast of developments emanating from the Improvement Delivery Group and ensure that you are encouraging your brethren to take positive action to take our wonderful organization forward to an even more successful future.

Now is an exciting time to be a Freemason. We are in the middle of celebrating our tercentenary year and, in South Wales, we have enjoyed 2 magnificent occasions so far. Our procession through the streets of Llandaff in full regalia was a first for this Province in living memory and the subsequent Cathedral service was, I’m sure you will agree, an uplifting and memorable occasion. My thanks go to W Bro Rev Alistair Swinford, W Bro Peter Jones and all those who helped make it such a special day.

And only 2 days ago, we were honoured to host a visit from the MW Past Pro Grand Master and Lady Northampton to attend our Gala dinner in the magnificent surroundings of Cardiff City Hall. Over 400 brethren and their wives and partners enjoyed a truly great occasion. Thanks to all who attended and I am sure they would all wish to join me in expressing our deep appreciation to W Bro Dr Akram Baig, his committee and all the Stewards who worked so hard to ensure we experienced a party that will live long in our memories.

It is also an exciting time because I doubt there has ever been a period of change on the scale we are currently going through. And that situation is not going to alter for the foreseeable future brethren. As I said in an article for Freemasonry Today quite recently, change is now the order of the day. We can no longer expect periods of stability and calm; continuous improvement has to be the way in which we go about our Freemasonry from now on.

If we are successfully to reverse the decline of the last 20 years – and there is now plenty of evidence that we are starting to do just that – we must eradicate the curse of the ‘IT’LL DO’ culture. We need new members and we need to attract and retain good quality men of all ages, but particularly young candidates and they simply will not put up with some things we have allowed to become part of our ‘IT’LL DO’ ways. Sub-standard accommodation and facilities won’t do brethren; third rate food that you wouldn’t dream of entertaining in a restaurant won’t do; unprepared and poorly delivered ritual which causes everyone present to switch off, let alone try to understand its meaning won’t do. Failing to prepare a candidate properly and not looking after him with care once he joins won’t do either brethren. And sitting back while a lodge fades into a terminal state of decline without trying to use all the resources at our disposal won’t do either.

But, as I say, there are real encouraging signs that brethren in this Province are recognizing these issues. Our reduction in membership last year was down to under half of one percent, compared with recent historical trends of nearer two and a half percent. We have already surpassed our target of initiating 300 new members in our tercentenary year as a result of open days, good quality internet presence, improved engagement with our communities and, of course, the recent Sky TV series which resulted in 65 new expressions of interest coming to us over a period of just 4 weeks.

I have also been delighted with the efforts of our Provincial Membership Officer – and now Mentor – , W Bro Neil Evans, and his team who are working tirelessly to ensure firm action is being taken in all areas to address the challenges we face. Watch out for details of a Provincial Mentoring conference on 23 September this year when W Bro Neil will be bringing together all Lodge Mentors for an important session on their responsibilities, particularly in light of the new Membership Pathway which will be formally launched in October and which will set out guidance and advice on how potential members should be encouraged, interviewed, looked after and taken successfully through their 4 basic steps in Freemasonry and on to Lodge officers, the Chair and beyond.

One of the key points in our 7 point plan is Charity. What a great delight it has been for me today brethren to present additional 2021 Festival Gold awards to lodges. This brings the total of lodges in South Wales to 14 who have achieved the milestone of £1000 per member. In addition, we also have 7 lodges who have achieved the silver award or £800 per member and 55 bronze achievers or £500 per member. These significant achievements are helping us towards our target of £5 million for the RMBI and I have been pleased to see so many brethren – nearly 50% of the Province – now proudly wearing their Festival jewels. But there is no room for complacency brethren. Can I appeal to all those who do not yet qualify for a Festival jewel to approach your Charity Steward and make a pledge of £500 or more and help to make the time for elderly Masons and their dependents something to enjoy in the twilight of their lives.

May I also thank the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent for his most generous donation of £10,000. He will forgive me I know for hoping that this will continue to be an annual event for the next 4 years!

While I am on the subject of charity, I want to let you know about a splendid occasion which took place at the Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court on Saturday last week. The MW Past Pro Grand Master was gracious enough to open a new dementia unit at the Home, paid for by the generous contribution of £300,000 made by the South Wales Masonic Benevolent Fund. This is precisely the sort of good work our money can do brethren, so if your members need any encouragement to contribute to the Festival, take them to visit the Home in Porthcawl to see how residents can benefit from the amounts that we give.

You would not expect me to pass up an opportunity of mentioning the Holy Royal Arch. It is the culmination of Pure and Ancient Freemasonry, it contributes greatly to retention in the Craft and it is the most enjoyable, beautiful and meaningful ceremonial when done well. The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent and I have agreed that we should do even more to encourage Craft masons to join the Royal Arch when the time is right for them. We will therefore be reviewing and refreshing the Royal Arch representatives in lodges across the Province and, under the leadership of the Deputy Grand Superintendent E Comp Colin Weatherall, ensuring they have training, guidance and advice on how they should engage better with brethren in their Craft lodges. Each Royal Arch representative will be presented with a lapel pin on nights of installation, one of which I am wearing today, so that he can be easily recognizable and he will be asked to speak at least once, but hopefully twice a year in open lodge on various aspects of the Royal Arch including developments in Chapters which might be suitable homes for brethren of that lodge.

Brethren, we have much to do if we are to continue to eradicate that ‘IT’LL DO’ culture that I spoke about earlier. But , as you have heard, we are making great strides; we are bringing in new and younger members; we are working hard to improve standards and retain members’ interest and commitment; we are more than satisfying our obligations to charitable causes; and we are doing all this in the spirit of enjoyment, friendship and brotherly affection. My thanks to the Provincial Grand Secretary and the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and their teams; and to the Barry boys under W Bro Kevin Hearn for making today such a success.

Thank you once again for coming in such large numbers today. I look forward to seeing you all on many occasions in the years ahead. May I wish you a safe return home and a restful and relaxing break until we meet again.

God bless you all.

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Llandaff Cathedral
Saturday 20th May 2017

Dear Brethren,


With just over a week until this special occasion and I have been asked to clarify certain arrangements.
1 ALL members of the Craft will be expected to be dressed in FULL DRESS regalia. This is either dark suit etc. with a Provincial tie or Morning suit with striped trousers and a Provincial tie – NO GLOVES
2 NO-ONE should be in a long tail coat. Short black jacket is the order of the day. (N B Grand Officers take note!)
3 Jewels especially Royal Arch and Tercentenary and 21 Festival jewels should be worn.
4 Parking is limited in Llandaff but we have arranged for members to park in the Metropolitan University on Western Avenue. There are approximately 80 spaces there but you MUST have 50 pence in change for “Pay and Display”. You will then approach the Cathedral via the path by the side of Llandaff Rugby Club. Members in the procession will have additional parking arranged.
5 There are no facilities for changing and therefore DO NOT bring a case. Your regalia should be in a carrier bag.
6 If you have not booked for the buffet then you can try with and maybe it is not too late!!
7 If you have not been told you are not in the procession!!!
8 Please ensure that you and anyone accompanying you have taken their seat(s) by 10.30 am.
I look forward to seeing you all on the day

Sincerely and fraternally
Peter Jones
Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies

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Brethren,  I greet you well and am delighted to offer congratulations to the following Brethren in our Province, who are to receive Promotion or First Appointment in Grand Rank.

Promotions in Grand Rank:

W.Bro. Sir Paul M. Williams  to Past Grand Sword Bearer
W Bro Dr Akram Baig  to Past Junior Grand Deacon
W Bro George C. Royle  to Past Junior Grand Deacon

Appointments to Grand Rank

W Bro The Rev'd Edward Dowland-Owen  to Assistant Grand Chaplain
W Bro Gareth J. Jones  to Past Assistant Grand Registrar 
W Bro Dr Stephen D. Bassett  to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
W Bro Kevin Hearne to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
W Bro David E. Edwards to Past Grand Standard Bearer


The Annual Investiture will be held in the Grand Temple, 
Freemasons’ Hall, London on Wednesday 26th April 2015

Warm fraternal regards,


W.Bro. D. Gerald Rowbottom, PSGD, PastAPGM

Provincial Grand Secretary


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Masonic Hall 
Catering Menus & Arrangements

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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


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)
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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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.

Kindest regards
Jan Deenik
Secretary to the Trustees

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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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Wednesday 8th March 2017
UGLE Quarterly Communication
(Great Queen Street)
Wednesday 26th April 2017
UGLE Annual Investiture
(Great Queen Street)
Thursday 27th April 2017
Supreme Grand Chapter Annual Investiture
(Great Queen Street)
Friday 05th May 2017
Provincial Grand Lodge Committee
(Barry Memorial Hall)
Saturday 20th May 2017
The Tercentenary Provincial Church Service
(Llandaff Cathedral)
Wednesday 14th June 2017
UGLE Quarterly Communication
(Great Queen Street)
Saturday 24th June 2017
Gala Banquet hosted by the Provincial Grand Master
(Cardiff City Hall)
Monday 26th June 2017
Annual Meeting
Provincial Grand Lodge of South Wales
Memorial Hall ~ Barry
Wednesday 13th December 2017
UGLE Quarterly Communication
(Great Queen Street)

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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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Should it become necessary to conserve space 
we shall remove the older pictures in strict rotation.
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A Huge Initiative in Support of Children

Please read the details here



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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A Message from W Bro Paul Haley
Provincial Communications Officer

Brethren all, 

What a great opportunity to wear a Festival 2021 Jewel alongside a Tercentenary Jewel!

As mentioned in the Pro Grand Master’s address at Quarterly Communications recently, the MW Grand Master has approved a permanent jewel to commemorate the Tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

It will go on sale in time for the start of the 300th year on the 24th of this month and those entitled to wear it are those Master Masons and above who at anytime between then and the end of 2017 will have been members of a Lodge in our Constitution.

The Pro Grand Master hopes that Grand Officers – who normally wear no breast jewels other than the Royal Arch jewel – will wear it throughout that period, and will not feel obliged to stop wearing it once we reach 2018.

The Pro Grand Master in his address stated ‘ I think it is a particularly attractive jewel and I am sure that many, if not most, members of the Craft will want to wear it.

Festival 2021 Jewels are provided FREE to all Brethren who pledge to contribute £500 over the lifetime of the Festival, equivalent to £2 per week, to the 2021 Festival for the RMBI. Please talk to your Lodge Charity Steward who can help set up a regular payment pledge, including Gift Aid, to ensure you receive your Festival 2021 Jewel.

The Tercentenary Jewel is available to purchase on the below:
Click her to access the secure Jewel Information
Paul Haley
Provincial Communications Officer
Twitter @SProvcomm

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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.

Greetings Brethren on 19th May 2017

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.  The URL remains as previously as:

So now, with a few months to run before the September work begins, 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. 

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

Yours sincerely and fraternally,

Sylvester Crowley
Geoffrey Ashe Court, Cowbridge, South Wales
Personal Web Site & Links:


Our message of Aims & Origins can be read on our Web Site: 
Link to our Site

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Grand Lodge Appointment

W Bro Phillip Aubrey PPrJGW


You will be pleased to learn that our great supporter and friend, 
W Bro Phillip Aubrey PPrJGW 
has been appointed 
Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in Grand Lodge (PAGDC).   

He will assume this official title when he is Invested as such in April. Phillip is currently Secretary of Ogmore Lodge, Scribe E of Adare Chapter, a Director of the Square & Compasses Bar and very active the Bridgend Regalia Exchange.

Congratulations to W Bro Phillip Aubrey on his well deserved appointment

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Appointments in Supreme Grand Chapter

E.Comp Martyn Lyndsay Daley

Companions will be pleased to learn of this appointment

E.Comp Martyn Lyndsay Daley has been appointed 
Past Grand Standard Bearer

Martyn will assume this new title following the investiture in London in April

We all must congratulate Companion Martyn on his very well deserved appointment and wish him well for his future Masonic career.

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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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in support of the

Click here for all the detail and the South Wales Areas

Twitter @southwales2021 #swfest21 

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

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Grand L

Provincial Grand Lodge
Barry Memorial Hall
Monday 29th June 2015

Link to the address from our Provincial Grand Master

See also the PROVINCIAL pages on this site

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Friday 8th May 2015

Address from Provincial Grand Master

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Transcript of Address by RW Provincial Grand Master Gareth Jones OBE

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News from our Province

See the link in the Index or click here

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His Grace The Archbishop of Wales 
The Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan MA PhD 

Transcript of sermon at Llandaff Cathedral 2014
see -
Reports section 

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

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

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Catering must be negotiated separately with Mr Glyn Niblett our Chef. Email Link

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

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Brethren who require access to the Hall during closed periods  
are asked to contact the 
Secretary of the Trust on :  07768223430
W. Bro. John Davies on 07771560971

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Bridgend Combined Lodges
Annual Carols Service 2017

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

The collection will be divided equally between
The Provincial Samaritan Fund 
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

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)


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:

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Bridgend Masonic Lodges Charitable Trust

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

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)


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:

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

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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Joint Lodges Annual Service 2013
Nine Lessons and Carols  ~  Smyrna Baptist Chapel

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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.


Posted January 2014

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

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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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W Bro The Rev'd Alistair E J Swinford
Requiescat in Pace

 With great sadness and sense of real loss we have to report the death yesterday Tuesday 15th August 2017 of our Brother Alistair.  He was a good friend to so many people, a loyal Freemason and a dedicated Minister of Religion.  

We shall post more information in due course.

Those who wish to send cards may do so to:

Mrs Myra Swinford & Family 
24 Southgate Avenue
CF72 8DR

The Internment for W Bro Alistair took place at:
Coychurch Crematorium
Simonston Road
CF35 6AB 
Friday 1st September 2017  at  11.30am

The occasion was marked with approximately 500 mourners which is an indication of the respect and admiration for this dedicated Baptist Minister and loyal Freemason

Refreshments were served afterwards at:
Bridgend Masonic Hall
Coychurch Road
CF31 2AP

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R I P    W Bro Kenneth A Pontin PProvGSwdB

Adare Lodge 9247
Adare Chapter 9247
Llangeinor Chapter 4194
Funeral Arrangements

Coychurch Crematorium
Tuesday 19th December 2017

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Most sadly, the passing to the 
Grand Lodge Above of our 
Most Excellent Grand Superintendent,
 Excellent Companion 
David Anthony Westall, 
is announced.

The Grand Superintendent passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, in the early hours of this morning 
21st November 2017. 
He was 76, born 15th March 1941.

Details of the funeral service will be forwarded when available.

Gwilym Jones

Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra

A Tribute Page has been placed on our website 
Companions are welcome to place any messages or condolences following the sad passing of our M.E. Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion David Anthony Westall.



The Funeral of Excellent Companion David Anthony Westall
 All Saints Church, 3,Park Rd, Barry CF62 6NU 
on Friday 1st December at 2.45 p.m.

This was followed by a Service of Cremation at the 
Cardiff and Glamorgan Memorial Park and Crematorium,
 Port Road East, Barry, CF62 9PX at 4 p.m.

Afterwards there was a reception at the
 Three Horseshoes , Moulton, Barry, 
Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 3AB.

At the family’s request we are all to wear our 
Red Royal Arch Provincial Ties in memory of David.

Yours sincerely and fraternally

Gwilym Jones

Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra 

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Bro David Gwyn Jones

Llangeinor Lodge 4194
Bro. David Gwyn Jones passed to the Grand Lodge Above on 14th January 2018 and his funeral was held at Coychurch crematorium on 15th February 2018.
Bro. David was a director of St. Mary’s Hill Golf Club, St. Mary’s Hill, Pencoed CF35 5EA which was his residence although I believe he also had a property on the Brackla Estate and resided there for the last two years of his life.
Bro David, DoB 7th April 1941, was Initiated into Llangeinor Lodge No 4194 on 4th April 1984, Passed on 4th April 1984 and raised on 7th January 1985.

Requiescat in pace

Alan Reeks
Llangeinor Lodge No. 4194

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Bro Roger Arthur

Llangeinor Lodge 4194


It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Bro. Roger Arthur, on Sunday night at 11.30pm.

I will forward details of the funeral arrangements when they are known.

Roger’s daughter Helen and son Graham will be making the arrangements so any cards of condolence will be picked up by them at Rogers address in Coychurch. (Orchard Cottage, Main Road, Coychurch, Bridgend. CF35 5HT).

Yours fraternally
Alan Reeks

Funeral Service
The funeral will take place at 
Coychurch Crematorium
 at 1.15pm on Friday 28th July 2017. 
Light refreshments to follow at the
 White Horse Coychurch. 



Alan Reeks
Llangeinor Lodge No. 4194


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W Bro Ronald David Jones PPrAGDC


It is with great sadness that I bring you the news of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of W.Bro. Ronald David Jones, PPrAGDC, 
​a Past Master of Glanogwr Lodge No 8508 but latterly
a Joining Past Master of Bridgend's Lodge of Contentment, No. 9763.

W.Bro. Ron, who died earlier today at the age of 85, was a widower, having lost his dear wife Doreen in December 2015. They had lived in the Quarella Road area of Bridgend.

Understandably, no funeral details are available at the present time and these will be communicated via this medium when known.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron's family at this very sad time.

Yours fraternally,

Martyn Daley

The Late W.Bro. Ronald David Jones, PPrAGDC, 
a Joining Past Master of Lodge of Contentment No. 9763
Funeral service to be held on 
Monday 10th July 2017 at 11am in 
Coychurch Crematorium.

Light refreshments at The Pheasant, Penyfai, CF31 4LY. 
Donations gratefully received for Cancer Research.


Posted at the request of W.Bro Leslie Pickford, PPrJGW, ProvAGReg,
Secretary, Lodge of Contentment No 9763.


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W Bro Cecil "Pop" Davis PPrSGD


It is with great sadness that we bring you the news of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of W.Bro. Cecil "Pop" Davis, PPrSGD, ​born 18 March 1921 thus achieving 96 years of age.

He died on 30 June 2017

Past Master of Glanogwr Lodge No 8508
Past Master of SWED ProvGStwds Lodge No 8900.

W.Bro. "Pop" was Initiated on 6th September 1975 into Ubique in the East Lodge, No 3338 (London) and joined Joined Glanogwr Lodge No 8508 on 24th February 1994.
He was appointed PPrGStwd in 2008.
Joined SWED ProvGStwds Lodge No 8900 on 5th April 2008 and became Master in 2012
He was promoted to PPrSGD 2015

"Pop" was a most loyal member of the Bridgend Good Neighbours Club and served as our Chairman for very many years - he will be greatly missed for his good humour and service.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Cecil's family at this very sad time.


(This additional note was composed by, and posted at the request of,
W.Bro. Byron F. Butler, PAGDC)

After a long and full life born on 18th March 1921, W Bro. Cecil (Pop) Davis has passed away.

Master of Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge 8900 during the years 2012 and 2013 (his presumed successor passed away) He was aged 96

A former regular soldier, joining up in the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1938, following his father and step father into the services. He was involved with the British Expeditionary Force in 1940, and arrived back in Plymouth some two weeks after the evacuation of Dunkirk. He later served up through Italy, having specialised in sniping and afterwards in Greece.

De-mobbed after 33 years, Pop became a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London where he served for 15 years, retiring as Chief Yeoman Warder in 1986 when he was recognised by Her Majesty with the honour of being appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order.

Initiated in London's Ubique In the East Lodge, No 3338 in 1975, Pop joined Bridgend's, Glanogwr Lodge, No. 8508 in 1994 and his contribution there as a Master Mason saw him appointed a PPrGStwd. In 2008 Pop became a joining member of Stewards 8900, was installed in 2012, serving two years due to force of circumstance.

Pop was quite unique, proud of having served his family, the Crown and the Craft. and will be missed.

His funeral will be at 
Coychurch Crematorium 
at 1.45pm on Wednesday 12th July 
and afterwards at the Lodge.


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W Bro John Beddoe
Dunraven Mark Lodge 950

The funeral arrangements for W. Bro. John Beddoe are as follows:

A service at St. David's Church in Tonyrefail 
to celebrate the life of W. Bro. John

Wednesday 11th May 2017  at 11:45 am
followed by a Cremation at Coity Crematorium at 1:15pm
After proceedings will be held at the Pontyclun Masonic Temple.



Jan Deenik 
Tel: 07768 223430
01656 861930


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W Bro John Wherrett PPrSGW
Venables Llewellyn Lodge 3756  and several Bridgend Orders


It is with much sadness that I inform you of the death last Monday of W.Bro. John Wherrett who was a resident at the R.M.B.I. Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court.

John was initiated in the Venables Llewelyn Lodge No.3756 on 1st November 1969 and was Master in 1981. He was Treasurer of the Lodge from 1982 to 1990 and served as Secretary from 1990 to 1997. He was a former member of the Hendre Lodge, No.3250. In Provincial Grand Lodge he was appointed acting Provincial Senior Grand Deacon in 1987, promoted as Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1995, and further promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 2007. Only last month he was elected an Honorary Member of the Lodge.

In the Holy Royal Arch John was exalted in the Venables Llewelyn Chapter, No.3756 on 12th November 1975 and was 1st Principal in 1985. He served as Treasurer of the Chapter from 1989 to 1998. He was a former member of the Hendre Chapter, No.3250. In Provincial Grand Chapter he was appointed acting Provincial Grand Steward in 1988, promoted to Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in 1989 and further promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Scribe N. in 1996. He was elected an Honorary Member of the Chapter in November last year.

W.Bro. John was active in other Masonic Orders and held a number of active offices and in which he held both District and Grand Rank.

He will be missed by all who had the privilege of sharing his company.

I have been informed that the funeral arrangements are: 
Margam Crematorium on Tuesday 11th April 2017 at 12.00 p.m., 
followed by light refreshments at the AEPOWC.
W Bro Brian Comley PJGD

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W.Bro. Frank​ Knights  PPrSGW
Morganwg Lodge No 5084
Requiescat in Pace


I​t is with great regret that I must bring you news of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above​ of W.Bro. Frank ​ Knights.​

Sadly Frank died in his sleep - probably of heart failure - at 6.30 am ​on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.  Born in the county of Norfolk on 25th February 1927, he had ​recently ​celebrated his 90th birthday.

Frank worked for the National Provincial Bank​ which, was later to become NatWest, and indeed it was his career that brought him to South Wales. It was his father-in-law William May, a Founder and Past Master of Morganwg Lodge No 5084 who introduced him to Freemasonry. William May was better known as Police Superintendent May, the divisional commander responsible for the Bridgend area at the time of the Island Farm POW camp escape in March 1945.

Initiated in May 1955, Frank became Secretary ​of Morganwg Lodge ​in January 1959 whilst still a Master Mason. He served in that capacity until 1965 when, presumably it was time to progress to the chair of KS, which he did in 1968. After the Chair and his year as IPM, Frank was elected Treasurer in 1970 and held that office for precisely a quarter of a century! In 2002 he compiled the history of Morganwg Lodge.  ​Frank was such a faithful and hard-working servant of ​Morganwg that I personally doubt that his record of service to the Lodge will ever be surpassed.  ​ As recently as a couple of years ago, he was still learning and delivering fresh pieces of ritual - his most recent being the Charity Charge in the First Degree, which he did magnificently.​

The funeral will take place at St John the Baptist Church, Sully, where Frank was a regular worshipper​, at noon on Monday 3rd April 2017. Cremation will follow at ​the Vale of Glamorgan Crematorium at 1pm. Mourners will be welcome at the subsequent wake, details of which will be provided at the services.

​Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Knight, their son Richard and the rest of the family at this very sad time.​


Yours in fraternal sincerity,

Martyn Daley
PM 5084 


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W Bro Morgan James Walters, PPrJGD (Berks)
Morganwg Lodge 5084


With much sorrow, I bring you news of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of W.Bro. Morgan James Walters, PPrJGD (Berks). He was 86 years old when he died in hospital on 30th March 2017.

Morgan, although born and brought up locally in South Wales, spent a large part of his working life at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment in Aldermaston, Berkshire. He was Initiated in the Padworth Lodge, No 7505 in October 1977. I was very privileged to visit the Lodge, which meets in Aldermaston Parish Hall, some years ago with W.Bro. Morgan and W.Bro. Keith Goddard (who has a similar professional and Masonic lineage to W.Bro. Morgan).

Morgan became Master of Padworth Lodge in May 1993 and was appointed Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon in the Province of Berkshire in September 1999. He was still a Subscribing Member of his Mother Lodge at the time of his death.

Following retirement, Morgan returned 'home' to live in Pencoed and became a Joining Member of Morganwg Lodge, No 5084 where his colleague W.Bro. Keith Goddard was already a Joining Member and his nephew, W.Bro. John E. Phillips, an Initiate of the Lodge.

Sadly, Morgan's formal sojourn among us in Morganwg lasted only three and a half years between 2002 and 2005, when he resigned on a point of principle - not concerning the Lodge, but due to Bridgend Masonic Hall's early imposition of the Welsh Assembly Government's smoking ban. From this, two things were very evident. 1. Morgan was a man of very firm principles, and; 2. he did enjoy his cigarettes! Informally, however, it was a very different story. For many years after his resignation, Morgan continued to run "Masonic masterclasses" at home which were of great value to the Morganwg members in progression towards, and whilst in, the chair of KS.

Although it is a long time since his ready smile has graced Morganwg Lodge, Morgan's legacy far outweighed that which will appear in the record books. Many Brethren and the Lodge itself are still reaping the rewards. He will be sorely missed.   

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time. I understand that he was particularly close to his niece Danielle, and, of course, his nephew W.Bro. John.

The funeral will take place at Coychurch Crematorium, Bridgend, CF35 6AB, 
at 1.15pm on Thursday 20th April 2017. 
The service will be conducted by W.Bro. Rev. Fr. Edward F. Dowland Owen, ProvGChap, 
Assistant Grand Chaplain Designate, PM 5084.


Yours sincerely and fraternally,

Martyn Daley
PM 5084 


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W Bro Ralph Alistair Hopper PAGDC

We are sad to relate that a good friend and a Mason dear to many of us in the province,W.Bro Alister Hopper PAGDC , lost his fight against illness early on the morning of the April 5th 2016 in Bridgend Hospital.

We knew and respected him, and can recall his quite manner and gentle smile. We  will-miss him, and share in this tremendous loss to his family.

The funeral is at the Coychurch Crematorium at 10.00 AM Thursday 14th April 2016, to be followed by refreshments at the Grove Golf Club , Porthcawl

May he forever rest in peace

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W Bro Neil Carmichael Jones PPrGSuptWks
Penybont Lodge 6743

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With great sadness, I report the news of the passing to the Grand Lodge above of Worshipful Brother Neil Carmichael Jones, PPrGSuptWks, a Past Master of the Penybont Lodge No.6743.

W.Bro. Neil was Initiated into the Penybont Lodge in September 1996 and was Installed as its Master in February 2003. During his year as Master, he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent extensive surgery and prolonged additional treatment to combat this disease. It did not detract, though, from his responsibilities, as he insisted on performing most ceremonies during this time and carried these out in an impressive manner. In all the offices he held in the Lodge, his dedication and commitment was notable, especially his work as Almoner where he was very effective in providing support and advice for those in need.

In 2006, he became First Principal of Atholl Chapter No.1752 where, again, his dedication and support of younger members was greatly admired.

By profession, W.Bro. Neil was involved in the construction industry linked to national companies throughout his adult life. Outside Freemasonry, his passion for MG motor cars was well known. His support of the Bridgend MG Owners Club was influential in making this a success by promoting both the marque and the club throughout the area and beyond.

Family life was very, very important to Neil with his wife Lynne being fully supportive of his progress in Freemasonry and Neil spoke frequently of his pride in the achievements of their daughters, Heidi and Samantha.

The funeral, comprising of a service followed by cremation,will take place at Coychurch Crematorium at 10.30 am on Wednesday February 1st 2017. His family has requested donations in lieu of flowers to the Sandville Self Help Foundation, Sandville Court, Ton Kenfig, Bridgend, CF33 4PU.

Although not enjoying the best of health over a number of years, Neil remained a generous, loyal and kind hearted individual with a highly developed sense of humour. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with Lynne and the family at this most sad and difficult time.


Yours sincerely and fraternally,

Andrew Wood
Secretary - Penybont Lodge No.6743

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Brother Ronald Trevor Pike RIP
Llangeinor Lodge 4194

More sad news I’m afraid.

It’s with much sadness that I have to report the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of Bro. Ronald Trevor Pike on Sunday 1st January 2017.

Bro Ron , an honorary member of Llangeinor Lodge No. 3194 since 2nd March 2016 was initiated into Llangeinor Lodge on 3rd April 1968, was passed on 2nd April 1969 and raised on 4th February 1970.

Bro Ron, has been a resident in Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court, Porthcawl, since 15th April 2013, and celebrated his 100th birthday on 23rd October 2016 when the occasion was marked by the presentation of a cake and a gift by the Provincial Grand Master, R. W. Bro Gareth Jones OBE.

I understand Sylvia, Ron’s widow, is comfortable though it is sad that Bro. Ron’s passing has occurred just before her 97th Birthday.

I have just been informed of the funeral arrangements for Bro. Ron. Pike.

There will be a memorial service in Albert Edward, Prince of Wales Court, Penylan Avenue, Porthcawl, starting at 1.00 p.m. on Monday 16th January. This will be followed immediately afterwards by awake in the home.

There is to be an internment but the family has not yet settled on the details nor whether they or any one should attend.

Requiescat in pace.


Alan Reeks

Secretary Llangeinor Lodge No. 4194




Bro Ron, one of our longest serving members, though not quite yet a Masonic Veteran, will be celebrating his 100th birthday on 23rd October 2016. 

Brother Ron was initiated into Llangeinor Lodge No. 4194
  on 3rd April 1968

Having made Bro Ron an Honorary member of Llangeinor Lodge earlier this year, Llangeinor Brethren would like to celebrate his birthday and mark the occasion with a small gift and presentation.

Bro Ron is a resident of the Albert Edward Prince of Wales home in Porthcawl.

Unfortunately Bro Ron is too frail to attend Lodge in Bridgend but he is an honorary member of the Albert Edward Court Lodge which meets in the Masonic home and Bro Ron does attend.

The next meeting of the Albert Edward Court Lodge No.9908 will be on Friday 14th October. It is an Installation meeting and will commence at 5pm.

Provincial Grand Secretary, W. Bro. Gerald Rowbottom PSGD PAsstPGM has agreed to make the presentation on the behalf of the Provincial Grand Master.

It is hoped that as many Llangeinor Brethren as possible will attend when a presentation will be made to Bro. Ron.  If you would like to attend please advise me (before 9th October) and I shall make a booking for Llangeinor Brethren.

Yours Sincerely and fraternally

Alan Reeks
Secretary Llangeinor Lodge No. 4194

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Bro Robert Griffith Bryant
Llangeinor Lodge 4194

Sad news I’m afraid.

Our Almoner , Bro. Colin Griffiths has informed me that Bro Robert Bryant passed to the Grand Lodge above last evening 2nd November 2016

Bro Colin is in touch with Marion, Rob’s wife, and I understand that she is being comforted by their family.

I shall advise further as soon as the funeral arrangements are known.

Robert Griffith Bryant 
33, Cwrt Pant-Yr-Awel, Lewistown, Bridgend. CF32 7HW.

DoB 14th August 1946. 
Initiated Llangeinor Lodge No 4194 7th January 1987, 
Passed 6th January 1988, 
Raised 2nd March 1988.

Requiescat in pace.



Secretary Llangeinor Lodge No. 4194

The funeral of Bro Robert Griffith Bryant J.P.
of Cwrt Pant-Yr-Awel, Lewistown, Bridgend.

Will take place on Friday 11th November 2016.
Service at St Ceinwyr Church, Llangeinor  CF32 8HX.
at 12:00 noon.

Followed by Interment at
Pwll-Y-Pant Cemetery Ogmore Vale at 1:00 pm.

And afterwards in the Mason’s Arms Hotel, Bryncethin.

Mini bus available leaving Lewistown at 11:40am
for church and then Ogmore Cemetery.

Family flowers only.
Donations in lieu of flowers if
so desired to Y Bwythyn Newydd.
c/o. C & O J Sendell. 1A. Cardiff Street, Ogmore Vale, Bridgend. CF32 7EW.

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(Wife of W Bro Roger David)


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
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)



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. 


Yours fraternally,

Martyn Daley
PZ & Almoner C9247

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


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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.


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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W Bro Hywel Phillips PPrAGDC
Llangeinor Lodge 4194

Sad news I’m afraid.

It’s with much sadness that I have to report the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of W. Bro. Hywel Phillips P.Pr.A.G.D.C. late last evening. (December 28)

W. Bro. Hywel was Llangeinor Lodge’s organist and an honorary for many years.

 Requiescat in pace.


Funeral Arrangements are as follows:
St. Mary’s Church, Coity: 
2.15 p.m. Wednesday 11th January 2017 
followed by
Bridgend Crematorium (Coychurch) at 3.15 p.m.


Alan Reeks

Secretary Llangeinor Lodge No. 4194

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