Support for the ‘Progress Prostate Cancer Support Group’ at Cwrt Bleddyn Lunch

Following a lovely meal at the Cwrt Beddyn Hotel, on Sunday 19th September the PGM, RW Bro. Derek Thomas, was pleased to hand a cheque to Sister Janet Marty in support of the ‘Progress Prostate Cancer Support Group’.

The Gwent Branch is based at The Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport.

The sum given was a magnificent £4000.

Janet whose title is ‘Uro-Oncology Nurse Specialist’  is based in the Urology Department at the Gwent.

The award came about following conversations between W.Bro Mike Knight and the PGM praising the treatment faciloities at the Gwent.  The Masonic Golf  Society had previously supported this worthy cause  in 2015.

The event was full with approximately 140 dining, and a very pleasant afternoon was had by all.

Romanian visit a Huge Success

A team of over 50 strong led by the PGM and in support of The Mark Internet Lodge (TMIL) visited Bucharest during the week commencing 10th July 2017.  Many brought their ladies to make a party of over 80 visitors.

Temperatures were high at between 33C and 35C during the two meetings with the Temple air con failing during the first meeting. This is clear from the pictures below when jackets were discarded.

TMIL opened it’s 1st overseas meeting on the 11th at 4pm and under the guidance of it’s Master,  WBro. Roy Morris, accepted 5 new Joining members, and then Advanced 30 Romanian Brethren.  

The 2nd meeting on the following day saw the PGM keep the Gavel, when W.Bro Roy presented it, to then install a Provincial team into the offices of the Lodge.

With his team in place he too carried out another Advancement of 30 Brethren, but there was a difference as this was truly a unique occasion.

One of the Brethren was the Romanian Grand Master who, with all the other Brethren, enjoyed the ceremony immensely.  

This meeting was followed by a splendid dinner dance where British/Romanian lifelong friendships were cemented.  More visits are expected to follow.

Some of the pictures follow.  

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PGL Meeting 6th June 2017 – Another great day out

 

Once more all those that were at the PGL meeting appreciated the work put in by the PGM and his team to ensure that the 6th June turned out to be the great success we have come to expect.  

The word is getting out to the rest of the country judging by the distances some of the visiting PGMs had travelled.

In addition we were honoured by a visit from the Grand Secretary just prior to his resignation.

The pictures speak for themselves:

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Utrique Fidelis meets in another country!

The most recent meeting of Utrique Fidelis Mon Mark Grand Officers Lodge held at Stroud on May 15th was momentous for several reasons:

First, it was the first time that the lodge had met at a venue outside of the Province of Monmouthshire.

Second, we were the recipients of an informative talk on the work of the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA).

Third and most importantly, a perpetual Past Master’s Jewel was generously donated to the Lodge by Mrs Beryl Cavell, wife of the late R.W Bro Norman Cavell, Past Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of Bristol. 

Pictures show, Mrs Beryl Cavell presenting the jewel to the current Worshipful Master, V.W.Bro John Moelwyn Evans and V.W.Bro John presenting the jewel to the current Immediate Past Master , V.W.Bro Dennis Williams.

The meeting was supported by Grand Officers from Monmouthshire, Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire and South Wales.

Our Team did GOOD – on the MBF Charity Walk

May 6th Mark Benevolent Fund Walk, London.

Autumn 2016 saw the announcement from London of the intention of MMH to hold a charity walk on behalf of the MBF in London in May of 2017.  Provinces were invited to submit teams of walkers to undertake a 7-8 mile walk around the parks of central London.

The Deputy PGM of Monmouthshire lost the deciding arm wrestling match with the PGM and was charged with the task of putting together a team and making arrangements. The team ultimately proved to be W.Bro Phil Sefton, ProvGSec.  W.Bro Terry Sefton, ProvGMO and W.Bro Tim Huckle ProvGInsWks. The time fast approached and was upon us before we knew it.

We met on Friday pm of May 5th at Newport station and apart from the DPGM splitting his trousers, arrived without incident at the Travel Lodge at Waterloo road by mid evening.  After a curry and restorative sweet sherry, we discussed tactics for the following day. No barging, kicking, tripping or throwing of energetic walkers into the serpentine was to be allowed…. Although it is to be noted that R.W Bro Martin Wilson of Sussex was shunted sideways into a patch of nettles and scrub when he rashly tried to overtake …. On the inside!

We assembled At 9:30 on the sixth at MMH; got signed in; had the riot act read; then the last rites; and then assembled in the Grand Temple to be issued with the Hi Viz vest.  Naturally, Mon DPGM’s did not fit.  He has kindly donated his to PGM in readiness for presentation to the next Provincial Car Park Attendant.  10:30 signalled commencement, and off we processed in alphabetical order of provinces.

The weather was good, the scenery was excellent, the banter and camaraderie all that one would expect from a Mark event. The conduct of the walkers was generally good except for the team from Durham who leapt on me from the bushes and relieved me of my anchovy paste sandwiches.  I would recognise Danny Guy – anywhere.  The Sefton brothers suddenly turned into Olympic distance walkers and zoomed off into the distance leaving W.Bro Tim and I choking in their dust strewn wake. However we ploughed our own furrow and made steady progress.

As the miles went by we loosened up a bit and aside from sore feet the walk passed by in sunshine and conversation. There was a flutter of consternation from the provinces of Devon, Herts, Leicester and Hants IOW as we overhauled them successfully in the latter stages of the Hyde Park stretch (no one wants to be overtaken by the fat bloke). We arrived back at MMH at 13:10 about 2 ½ hours after setting off. A tremendous effort. The Monmouthshire team reunited, signed back in…. thus preventing the need for a search party to be sent out and we repaired to the bar for a restorative glass of lemonade followed by a first class buffet.

In conclusion: a most enjoyable day at MMH and a super weekend with my Mon Mark brothers who were fabulous company, the spirit was tremendous and I thank them warmly for their effort , commitment and selfless use of their own resources in the support of the walk launched by MMH. The Mark Province of Monmouthshire has sent £3,500 in acknowledgement of our efforts. The overall amount raised has been £350.000 so far. I think you will agree that this has been a very successful venture.

In the picture below we see Mon DPGM being clapped in by MMH staff relieved at not having to carry him up the stairs.
 W.Bro Tim Huckle with his “man bag” (says jealous DPGM)
W.Bro Phil Sefton modelling his “hi viz” vest on the MMH catwalk.
W.Bro Terry Sefton photo bombing his brother…. Because he could!

 

 

Elvis seen at Provincial Charity Ball

8th April 2017 saw the annual Provincial Charity Ball which was once more held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Newport.   There was however a bit of an upset when Elvis put in an appearance.

After half an hour of classic songs and great entertainment Elvis left the building.

          

The PGM then held a discussion as to whether or not Elvis was still alive.  

       

Following a lively debate everyone got on with some dancing in an attempt to burn off the carbs just gained from the feast that had been served.

We are all looking forward to the next one when some are hoping to see Freddie Mercury and Queen!!

Local Charity Helped by members of Utrique Fedelis

A  presentation of £1000 was recently made to National Star by members of Utrique Fedelis.  The cheque  was presented by W.Brothers Louis Mahendra and John Gillo and the money is to  be used by the charity to purchase iPads.

From left to right Standing. Susan Worman, Kaitlin Sims, Louis, Gill Henry, John, and Hayley Wamen.    Front row. Kayleigh Pask  and Ariel Evans ( Students) Hannah Jones (Kneeling).

Picture of Ariel using an iPad

Support Monmouthshire MMM Walk Team (please)

A message from VW Bro. David Powell, DPGM

As a Mark Province in Festival, we are delighted to announce our participation in the 2017 MBF Mark Charity Walk. Our team of walkers will be headed by our DPGM, VWBro Dave Powell.

We look forward to receiving the full and active support of our Brethren. As well as Lodge and individual MBF patronage opportunities, all donations from our Brethren can be allocated to our Province.

The MBF has put together an excellent online giving portal for this event and we encourage Brethren to use this method for their generous donations. However, there will be many opportunities to give between now and May 2017.

Individuals are also encouraged to give. For taxpayers gift aid will increase such donations by 25%.

Boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate Gift Aid is reclaimed by the charity from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Your address is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer.

If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code

We have For full details and the Donation link please go to the following link:

https://mbfwalk.org.uk/index.php/donate/provinces/monmouthshire