Jacob a two year old child is suffering with Neuroblastoma and although receiving treatment in this Country requires specialist treatment to hopefully stem the Cancer.
Unfortunately the specialist treatment is only available in America at a cost of around £250000. So far the fund has reached nearly £100000 with various events and donations.
Presentation of £1000 cheque towards Jacobs fight by Mark PGM RWBro Derek Thomas at Ebbw Vale today towards Jacobs Fight. In the photo are; PGM. Hannah England (Aunty) Mrs Mandy Williams (Grandmother) Emma Williams (Mother) Jacob, Sophie Dawn (Aunty) Mrs Mary Ellen Cooper.
The PGM presents £1000-00 to Mrs Jan Sidoli who is riding from London to Paris in aid of Women v Cancer.
A special event took place at the Ashlar Lodge on Thursday 22nd March 2018. The Provincial Grand Master R.WBro Derek Thomas, accompanied by the Provincial Grand Master Designate V.WBro David Powell, brethren of the lodge and visitors gathered to celebrate 50 years in Mark Masonry of a respected and popular brother V.WBro Nigel Mumford.
Following Military Service V.WBro Nigel who is an accomplished musician followed a career as a peripatetic music teacher for Monmouthshire Education Department. He was a Musical Director and teacher of several Brass Bands in the area.
It was during this time that VW.Bro Nigel was Advanced into the Mark Degree on 28th March 1968 becoming Worshipful Master of his Lodge in 1979.
Nigel was accompanied by his Daughter and Son-in-Law
VW. Bro Nigel has served Mark Masonry and Masonry in general worthily and faithfully for many years. We wish Him many more years of enjoyment in Mark Masonry.
On Friday 2nd March I was thrilled to attend an extraordinarily meeting of The Mark Internet Lodge, held at the Ramada Nord Hotel Bucharest in which a further 42 brethren were advanced into the Mark Degree.
I was then invited to accept the gavel in order to undertake a quite unique ceremony. To “Confer the Secrets of the Chair” on Bro. Radu Balanescu, Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania and Bro. Razvan Buzatu his Grand Chancellor.
The following day, Saturday 3rd March, I was then privelaged to witness and participate in the Consecration of the first Lodge of Mark Master Masons in Romania. The new lodge is the Alexandru Vaida-Voevod Lodge No. 1988, and W Bro. Florian Birlea was installed as the Primus Master.
More excitement was to follow as at the end of the meeting the Deputy Grand Master, RW Bro. John Prizeman announced the appointment of W Bro. Radu Balanescu as Past Grand Junior Warden, so his style and title is now RW Bro.
But the icing on the cake was to happen later at the Gala Dinner. The children of a local orphanage gave an enchanting display of folk dancing and singing. Afterwards when thanking the children and staff it became apparent that due to a recent cut in state funding the orphanage was in severe financial straits.
A discussion amongst the senior representatives present from Mark Grand Lodge led to the Deputy Grand Master announcing to the ladies and brethren present that the Mark Benevolent Fund would make an immediate grant of £10,000 available.
The Worshipful Master, Officers and brethren of The Mark Internet Lodge then made it known that the alms collection taken at the advancement ceremony would also be presented to the orphanage.
Just to complete the story on my return home, and following a series of brief telephone calls to the executive it has been decided that the Mark Province of Monmouthshire will make a further £1000 available, the intention being to make this presentation in person on my return to Romania in April.
The brethren of Monmouthshire Mark Masons held a successful Sunday Lunch at the Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel, Usk in support of Prostate Cancer. The event was well attended and raised the sum of £4000-00p.
The photograph shows the Provincial Grand Master presenting the cheque at the Urology Dept. Royal Gwent Hospital Newport.
Left to Right: RW Bro. Derek Thomas (PGM), Mrs Janet Marty (Uro-Oncology Nurse Specialist) Adam Cox (Consultant Urologist), and Adam Carter (Lead Cancer Urologist)