Pictured here at the launch of Teddy Bears for the Accident and Emergency Dept at Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny.
This initiative was instigated originally by W.Bro Rendall Williams who came up with the idea of providing teddy bears as a comfort aid for small children who are admitted to hospital in crisis.
The picture shows on the left, the Provincial Grand Master, and W.Bro Rendall Williams Charity Steward of Tylery lodge. On the right Mrs Justine Presland, Senior staff Nurse, and W.Bro Geoff Brice, W.M. Tylery.
Other Brethren present although not pictured who are sponsors and prime movers in this extremely worthwhile endeavour were W.Bros Brian Bevan and Peter Johnson.
The Mark Province of Monmouthshire held its annual Carol Service at Castleton Masonic Hall on Sunday 13th December .
As always, it was a well attended , sell out event. The service was officiated by V.W. Bro Don Maxfield.
Lessons were read by R.W.Bro Derek Thomas PGM, W.Bro David Powell DPGM, W.Bro John Steward ProvGTreas, W.Bro Philip Sefton ProvGSec, W.Bro John Court ProvGReg.
A sumptuous Christmas dinner was provided by the caterers with over £400 being raised at the raffle.
Also pictured is W.Bro Nigel Angell, winner of the best Festive tie competition. The photographer had to lie down in a darkened room after taking the picture.
Pictured below is our Provincial Grand Charity Steward W.Bro Norman Davies presenting a cheque for £250 to the Risca Friends of the Heart association.
Friends of the Heart are a Cardiac rehabilitation club for members of the public who require follow up therapy in recovery from recent cardiac illness.
The proposal for this donation was originally made by W.Bro Terry Radford ( far right) who is a member of Risca Friends of the heart. The cheque is seen being presented to Mrs Linda Evans and Mr Gareth Hodson. The money will be put towards the purchase of a rowing machine.
Pictured above are our Provincial Grand Master R..W Bro Derek
Thomas and W.Bro Derek Giddings presenting a cheque for £1000 pounds to “Dreams and Wishes”,
This is a charity that provides and facilitates surprises, treats and special occasions for children and young people with life shortening illness. The charity is run solely by volunteers with every penny donated being used for its original purpose.
The cheque is being presented to Mrs Diane Evans and Mr Tony Curtis O.B.E from Dreams and Wishes. This donation represents £500 generously given by W.Bro Derek Giddings which was then matched by the Mark Province of Monmouthshire.
I know what you are all thinking. The Aberbargoed RFC 3rds front row are looking a yard or two off the pace. Notwithstanding, the picture shows The lodge charity steward, W.Bro Howard Luff presenting a cheque for £400 to the Provincial Grand Master and his Deputy. The cheque represents the proceedings from the excellent Lodge social evening with entertainment ranging from songs from the shows , comic monologues and the internationally acclaimed stage hypnotist “The Great Maso”, who worked his magic on the Provincial Grand Master , his Deputy and the Provincial Charity Steward in a spell binding and exciting performance. Special thanks to W.Bro Roger Mason and his wife Marion for producing the evening and performing , along with the artistes of the local theatre group . Also thanks to W.Bro Howard, W.Bro Dave Rees and their respective wives, Val and Pam for their invaluable assistance with setting up and refreshments.
The Great Maso would like it to be known that no hypnotic influence or auto suggestion was exerted upon the author of this paragraph to further publicise the artiste’s magnificent performance or amazing prowess.
Brethren….. It could only happen in the Mark Degree. Ex Paratrooper, W.Bro Tony Rising decided sometime ago to subject himself to the rigours of a charity parachute jump…. Despite his advancing years. Monmouthshire Masons, at first incredulous at his courage (and apparent insanity) willingly sponsored the event. However, the Lord moves in mysterious ways and shortly before the day, he sustained an injury that he blamed on a heavy training schedule (although rumours persist that he strained himself carrying chips home from Alonzi’s fish bar on Caerleon road). As a result of this injury his GP advised him not to go ahead with the jump. W.Bro Tony put a brave face on it and set about returning the sponsorship money but to his surprise and delight was asked by the brethren to give it to the Provincial discretionary fund. The cheque is for £350.
Never mind Tony…. I understand you are toying with the idea of swimming the channel next year.