June the 2nd saw the 138th meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge held at a much larger venue with nearly 200 Brethren attending.
The hosting of the event at the Newport Holiday Inn enabled 70 more of the Brethren of our Province to attend their Provincial Grand Lodge Annual Meeting.
RW Bro Derek Thomas’ address is reproduced on this website in “Annual Meeting” under the “Province” tab.
A very enjoyable day was had by all.
The Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province of Monmouthshire, R.W Bro Derek Thomas is seen here presenting a cheque for £150 to W.Bro Sean Rees, secretary of St George’s craft lodge.
The presentation was made on the evening of the 13th of May 2015 just before the installation of Dyffryn lodge of Royal Ark Mariners.
This cheque is one of eleven that have been presented, one to each of the Masonic Halls in the Province of Monmouthshire, as a gesture of goodwill from the Mark degree. The money can be used for any purpose within the building.
Duffryn RAM installation.
The after proceedings in full swing at on the evening of the installation meeting at Dyffryn Royal Ark Mariner Lodge.
A happy and memorable evening with W.Bro Mike Bugler staying in the chair for a second year.
The Provincial Grand Master RWBro Derek Thomas seen here presenting a cheque for £500-00 to Mr Lewis Roberts.
Mr Roberts is the Head Coach of Bleanau Gwent Youth Rugby Development Team. He is in charge of the development of coaching facilities for young players with special needs, and the money will go towards extra facilities and new equipment for the team.
The money raised for this project was made up of contributions from the following Mark Lodges.
Ashlar, Tylery, Beaufort, together with Mark Provincial Grand Lodge.
The Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province of Monmouthshire R.W.Bro Derek Thomas seen here presenting a cheque to W.Bro Charles Ferris at Blackwood Masonic Hall on the 6th of May, just prior to the installation meeting of St Margaret’s Mark Lodge 1478. W.Bro Charles is a member of a group who are building a memorial in Newport to the men of the 2nd Monmouthshire Regt who fell in the 1st World War. The money is to be used to prepare the ground for the building of the monument.
A packed dining room at the after proceedings of the installation meeting of St Margaret’s Lodge of Mark Master Masons at Blackwood Masonic Hall on 6th of May 2015.
Saturday 18th of April saw the Mon Mark Charity Gala Dinner at the Holiday Inn, Newport when 195 brethren and guests of the Mark Province of Monmouthshire came together in support of Mark Charities.
During the course of an evening of fine food and entertainment and laughter, the charity raffle raised the sum of £1000.
The toast to Mark Masonic Charities was proposed by the W.Bro David Powell, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and was responded to by Right Worshipful Brother, Derek Thomas, the Provincial Grand Master who was accompanied by Mrs Enid Thomas.
The new venue for the Charity Gala Dinner has proved a great success with every lodge in The Mark Province being well represented. Well done everyone.
After Derek Thomas, our PGM, had overseen the supply of a Defibrillator to all the Monmouthshire Masonic Centres, W,Bro Jonathan Roberts has undertaken the job of training the Brethren in their use.
The training courses started at Newport in February and a second was done more recently in Blackwood. He is intending to visit Chepstow and the other centres in the near future.
Use of the machine was just part of the training. Learning to give life saving CPR (which is short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on a number of dummies was also included as can be seen from the photographs.
Johnathan was thanked for the time he had spent and the excellent way he had carried out the training.
A lovely time was had by all at a recent luncheon organised by Andrew Hopkins and the other brethren at the Albert Edward MMM Lodge.
The Sunday lunch was used to raise money for Llwynypia Hospital Stroke Unit. Having provided one of these life saving chairs it’s full speed ahead for a second chair to help those who suffer a stroke.
The Monmouthshire Mark Mason’s officers mess met for Lunch at Castleton Masonic Hall on Sunday afternoon 22nd of February. The second of the Masonic season.
In all, a total of 91 members and wives sat together for a relaxed afternoon of dining and chat.
A bumper return on the raffle elicited a general response of thanks from our Provincial Grand Master to everyone who attended and contributed towards making the lunch a happy and memorable event.
Christmas is the time for celebrating and giving and so it is particularly concerning when we hear of families struggling at this special time of year. Our Provincial Grand Master was especially concerned to hear of a young boy with severe learning difficulties whose most effective means of communication with others is an iPad but, due to a series of difficult circumstances that had befallen his family, was without one for significant periods in the day. Further enquiries uncovered the reality of a family struggling at this time even to make ends meet let alone provide a level of festive cheer enjoyed by the rest of us at this time of year. In conjunction and collaboration with Professionals , R.W.Bro Derek and his wife Enid personally undertook and oversaw the provision of an iPad for the young boy and a hamper of considerable size , laden with appropriate fare. Gift vouchers were also included to provide for the young boy’s older sister.
Our Provincial Grand Master is especially keen to reinforce the message that at all times the Mark Degree ensures its donations are centred on the point of need and are whenever possible done in as timely manner as can be achieved. R.W.Bro Derek also wishes to thank Bro Paul McGrath and W.Bro Norman Davies for their invaluable assistance. Pictured with R.W.Bro Derek are Mrs Darya Brill- Williams, Head Teacher and Mrs Cheryl Buck, Senior Teacher of Pen y Cwm school who collaborated with this initiative.