PGM Announces Retirement

Following the first Mark meeting of the year at Risca, which was to celebrate the refurbishment of the Temple at Risca Masonic Hall, the PGM, RW Bro. Derek Thomas, announced his retirement.

This surprise news came following the Advancement of Bro. Wilfred Chivers by the PGM himself, who was ably assisted by the team that carried out multiple Advancements whilst at Bucharest in July 2017.

He explained that this meeting, the first of the year, was the appropriate one at which to make his announcement. The Maius Lodge of MMM is his Mother Lodge and he recalled that his first involvement with masonry was at the age of 11, helping to lay tables in the Risca Masonic Hall.

An impressive array of distinguished brethren were at the meeting, including the PGM of Craft in Monmouthshire, RW Bro. Richard Davies. He gave much praise for RW Bro Derek, when responding to the Visitors Toast and talked of his pleasure of the close relationships that had been developed within the principal masonic groups within our Province.

The New PGM

Following his announcement the PGM was pleased to confirm that his recommendation had been agreed by Grand Lodge, and that his successor will be the Deputy PGM, VW David Powell.

Whilst there was a general disappointment that RW Bro. Derek was standing down, all were very pleased that VW Bro David was to take over.

VW Bro David spoke about the continuation of the policies that RW Bro Derek and he have formulated during the last 4 years. These have proved to be very successful in promoting the Mark, not only within Monmouthshire, but also, via The Mark Internet Lodge, to other areas of the world including Romania.

He finished by expressing his pleasure to receive such a promotion, but that will happen in June, and in the meantime there was still much to do under the leadership of RW Bro Derek.

 

 

Large MMM Charity Donation reported in Abergavenny Chronicle

Nevill Hall Hospital’s £17,000 charity boost

By Staff reporter in Community News

The Mark Master Masons of Monmouthshire have donated £17,000 to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny to fund equipment for its Critical Care Unit.

The Masons’ contribution will be used to purchase a specialist portable ventilator, which can be used by children when they need to be transferred inside or outside the hospital. The ventilator is adaptable and can also be used to help adult patients.

The donation came after Bernard Williams, of the Monmouthshire Mark Masons, was cared for in the Critical Care Unit at Nevill Hall Hospital when suffering with a perforated bowel and Sepsis in March 2016.

Romania to get their first Mark lodges in 2018 thanks to the PGM and The Mark Internet Lodge

Romania – Provisional Consecration Programme

Prior to the advancement ceremony held on Tuesday 28th November, the Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Monmouthshire RW Bro. Derek Thomas took the opportunity to meet with the Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania MW Bro. Radu Balanescu in order to discuss the introduction of the Mark degree in Romania.

As March 2018 will mark the centenary of the formation of Romania as we now know it, it was felt that it would be appropriate if the Primus Mark Lodge could be consecrated that month. Several dates were proposed and as this first ceremony will be undertaken by Mark Grand Lodge they have been duly forwarded for consideration and it is anticipated that confirmation may be received prior to the Christmas recess.

What has been confirmed is that the second lodge will be consecrated at Mark Masons’ Hall on Saturday 2nd June 2018. Provisional dates have also been made for the consecration of further lodges in Constanta on the 10th November 2018, Bucharest on the 9th March 2019 and Timis on the 15th June 2019.

It is proposed that ceremonies of advancement will be undertaken on the day before each of the consecration ceremonies in Romania.
Please note that whilst the majority of these dates are provisional at this stage, when each or any of them are confirmed this news section will be updated accordingly.

 

Grand Patron Gold Collar award to Past DepPGM, VW. Bro. Derek Straker Moxley JP

 

PGM chating with VWBro. Derek Straker Moxley J.P. , PastDepPGM of the Mark in Monmouthshire after presenting him with his Grand Patron Gold Collar award at his home in Swindon.

VWBro Derek joined the Mark Degree in 1950 becoming Deputy ProvGMaster in 1972 retiring in 1980.

For many years he was a Draper in Abertillery before retiring  to Yeovil where he took a great interest in helping to restore old airplanes.  This included making various parts for them.

It was VWBro Derek who first brought the Benevolent Fund into Monmouthshire.

Aged 92 yrs he is as bright and sharp as a pin although lacking a little in Mobility.  We wish him and his good lady many many more years of health and enjoyment.

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.