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Regalia Exchange Penybont Lodge
70th Anniversary
BRIDGEND
Good Neighbours
W Bro Byron Butler
Golden Jubilee
Masonic Diaries
Festival 2021 Festival Jewel Penybont 70th
Sunday Lunch
Foodbank/Shelter Kitchen '5' Rating
Teddies for Love Samaritan Fund Minutes & Accounts Charity Donations Dates for 2017
Hall Access Catering APPOINTMENTS
Grand Lodge/Chapter
Car Parking Charities 2016
PGL 2014 PGL 2015 APPOINTMENTS
Craft  &  Mark
PGL Com 2015 Provincial News
PGStdB (HRA) PAGDC (Craft) PGL 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 Alun Griffiths David Gwyn Jones

Melville Edwin Hall

Mike Hughes

Richard T Mountjoy Brinley (Brin) Davies
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

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GN

The Masonic Good Neighbour Clubs

Bridgend Branch

Masonic Hall ~ Coychurch Road ~ Bridgend

Next Meeting
Tuesday 9th October 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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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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prov-appoin

 

PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE
 & CHAPTER APPOINTMENTS

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.

FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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
http://www.southwalesmason.com/

Craft

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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CRAFT
 APPOINTMENTS

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.

 

 

MARK
 APPOINTMENTS

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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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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pgl2017

 

PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE OF SOUTH WALES
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
SOUTH WALES

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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PROVINCIAL CHURCH SERVICE
Llandaff Cathedral
Saturday 20th May 2017

Dear Brethren,

CHURCH SERVICE LLANDAFF 20th MAY 2017


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 alangardener@sky.com 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


Click this Link for Complete Details 

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GL2017

GRAND LODGE APPOINTMENTS IN 2017
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,

Gerald

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

Provincial Grand Secretary

 

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2017menus

Masonic Hall 
Catering Menus & Arrangements
2017

Click here for the full listing

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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,
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Photographs are welcome

Memorial & Obituary Submissions

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park

 

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.

Kindest regards
Jan Deenik
Secretary to the Trustees

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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

 

minsep

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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PERMANENT

FESTIVAL 2021 PERMANENT JEWEL
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
email: provcomms@southwalesmason.com
Twitter @SProvcomm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthWalesMason/
Web: www.southwalesmason.com

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  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.

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: www.bridgendregalia.org.uk

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


From:
Sylvester Crowley
Geoffrey Ashe Court, Cowbridge, South Wales
Personal Web Site & Links:   www.silvabel.com

 

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

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Grand  

Grand Lodge Appointment

W Bro Phillip Aubrey PPrJGW

Brethren,

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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Supreme

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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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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fest21

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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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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GRAND LO

PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE COMMITTEE
BARRY MEMORIAL HALL
Friday 8th May 2015

Address from Provincial Grand Master

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GRAND LOD

PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE
BARRY MEMORIAL HALL
MONDAY 30TH JUNE 2014

Transcript of Address by RW Provincial Grand Master Gareth Jones OBE

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Archbishop

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

Transcript of sermon at Llandaff Cathedral 2014
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Reports section 

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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

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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  NOTICE

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

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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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photograph  of the principal participants at our Service


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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photograph  of the principal participants at our Service


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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Click this thumbnail to view an enlarged copy of the 
photograph  of the principal participants at our Service

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

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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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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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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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