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.
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.
What started out as a simple attendance by the Provincial and Deputy Provincial Grand master to Belgium District Grand Lodge, snowballed into a full blown winter excursion. Such was the interest generated by the Brethren of the Province, that 32 Mark Brethren and their respective partners eventually made the trip via Luxury coach.
The four day trip took in the sights of the historical city of Ghent and a day in Brussels, where the ladies assailed the Christmas markets while the brethren attended the District meeting. The District brethren greeted the block of visitors enthusiastically as did R.W.Bro Keith Emerson Deputy Grand Master, who was also visiting.
The long weekend was deemed a resounding success by all who attended. Future plans are being made for further such excursions….. watch this space!
The Provincial Grand Master has been please to make a donation to the Abergavenny and District deaf and hard of hearing class. It had come to his attention that this small but highly valued group were in need of financial assistance to secure premises for the class to run for the coming year . The very timely intercession of the Mark degree has now ensured the class has access to suitable rooms for the foreseeable future.
Pictured is R.W.Bro Derek Thomas presenting a cheque to Mrs Jo Glynn a group Member on 16th January. The Lady on the left at the rear is the instructor, Mrs Chris Coventry . The Spaniel dog in the picture is a highly trained “hearing dog” that provides invaluable assistance to one of the more severely impaired members of the group.