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Bro. Rob Hammond of Royal Denbigh Lodge helped to raise money, alongside his fellow cyclists from the Golden Lion in Llangynhafal, by undertaking a long distance ride - The Goldie Ride. This year they rode from the W.A.G. in Cardiff to home in support of Gobowen Hospital. The reason for choosing Gobowen Hospital as their charity this year is that they saved the life of a daughter one of their cyclists, who lives in Gellifor, by removing a tumour on her spine - tricky stuff.
As recently as this summer two friends of Rob's were treated at Gobowen having been knocked down and badly hurt after the Denbigh and Flint show, so the hospital is important as our regional Orthapaedic Centre, even if it is (just) in Shropshire.
The ride went well; the photo above is of the group from The Golden Lion in Llangynhafal at the hospital. They rode there on day 1 and then back from Cardiff over the next 3 days. The people in suits are surgeons, one of whom did the operation on one of the rider's daughters to removed a tumour from her spine.
Group 4 contributed £100 towards a total of £15,000 donated to the hospital.
Teigan & Alana's Companion Dog Show in Aid of the TLC Appeal North Wales was held at the Anglesey Showground, Mona on Saturday 29th August 2015. The event was opened by the R.W. Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Ieuan Redvers Jones, who welcomed all present and gave a brief explanation of the work of the TLC Appeal, North Wales and warmly thanked Teigan and Alana for all their hard work in organising the event.
The Dog Show was a great success with many different breeds of dogs in all shapes and sizes, rosettes and prizes were awarded in 18 different categories and all received a great acclamation from all present. There was much interest shown in the TLC scheme and team members were on hand to assist in enquires and to introduce the merchandise which was available and proved very popular.
The event concluded with the selection of the "Best in Show" dog, a Boarder Collie - a worthy winner and a fitting end to a great day for all who attended.
This is a photo of the Team and Stand at the Llanrwst Show. The names of ten men, who expressed an interest in either joining or re-joining Freemasonry, were recorded and are being actively followed up.
In the photo are left to right: W. Bro. Gareth Hughes, WM of St Grwst Lodge; W.Bro. David Wainwright, Secretary; W. Bro. Tudur Jones, Past Master; W. Bro. David Gibbison Group Chairman and TLC Chairman and W. Bro. Barry Cooper, TLC.
The initiative was the brainchild of the WM of St Grwst W. Bro. Gareth Hughes, whose wife was active with the Show organisation. He thought it would be an opportunity to register our presence and raise the awareness of the Lodge within the community.
Half the Provincial Stand was used which proved effective as can be seen from the Photo.
Once again this year, the Masonic Province of North Wales was represented at the Flint and Denbigh County Show which was held on the 20th August, 2015 at The Green, Denbigh. The Freemasons Stand was just one of over 200 stands at the show and gave a comprehensive display to the general public of the work of The Freemasons and information about our support to charity.
Also present on the stand were the Masonic Fishing Charity and the T.L.C. Appeal North Wales. T.L.C., on the day, received a very welcome donation of £1000 from Mold Lodge, No 9150, the proceeds from their Ladies Evening and Charity event held in March. The Worshipful Master of Mold Lodge, Bro J. Catlin, presented the cheque to T.L.C. Chairman, W.Bro David Gibbison who, on behalf of the many children who would benefit from the kind donation, thanked Bro. Catlin and Members of Mold Lodge for there generosity.
Brethren from the surrounding area manned the stand and were on hand to answer questions and integrate with the general public, most of whom showed a genuine interest in the work done locally by the Freemasons.
Finland, a land of Islands, forests and Santa, and it was to here that 3 members of Wepre Lodge, No. 6055, flew on their annual walk to raise much needed funds for their chosen charity, CHICS (CHILDRENS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP).
Vaasa is a small town 240 miles south of the Arctic Circle and this was where W.Bro's David Kinnair, Dave Thomas and Ian Griffin completed the 3 day, 22km per day route. This is the 15th of 18 in the European walking association calendar that they have taken part in. This is their report:
Day 1 started at noon, from the Randle Centre in Vaasa town centre. We walked through the Town and then to the coast and suburbs before walking back through thickly wooded areas and then back to the Randle Centre. The weather was kind throughout the walk.
Day 2 began early. Also starting at the Randle Centre, we walked through the Town and then to the coast before walking back through forest areas where we all got attacked by mosquito's, once again finishing at the Randle Centre.
Day 3 began even earlier at the Randle Centre and was the best of all for scenery. We all walked along the coast and through some very old villages with some amazing views
All 3 participants completed the 3 days tired but in good spirits and it is hoped that through kind donations and sponsorship they can raise over £500.
Their sincere thanks go to everyone for their continued support.
On one of the warmest days of the summer 11 brethren and their guests took part in the 4th annual Arfon Lodge 5585 Charity Golf event. Numbers were disappointingly low this year, however, all who participated had a great time.
The Masons shield was won for the 3rd year on the trot by W. Bro Richard W Smith, J.P. There were also prizes for the 1st non-mason, nearest the pin and the longest drive. Worshipful Master, Bro Geraint Clwyd (right) was on hand to present the prizes.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the 2017 Festival.
North Wales Freemasons have presented Wales Air Ambulance based at Welshpool, with a donation of £4,000 from their national charity, The Freemasons' Grand Charity.
The Freemasons Grand Charity has been a regular supporter of air ambulance charities in recent years, donating £1.7 million in total to twenty-two rescue services since 2007. Every air ambulance charity in England and Wales has received funding. During 2014, Freemasons around the country will be presenting their regional rescue service with donations totalling £192,000.
Air ambulances rely on voluntary donations to operate. Support from grant-makers like The Freemasons' Grand Charity means that doctors and paramedics reach patients in emergency situations as quickly as possible - saving lives in the process.
Making the presentation on behalf of the Grand Charity local Freemason W. Bro. Thomas Alun Jones, speaking on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, Ieuan Redvers Jones, said: "We are delighted to be able to show our support for Wales Air Ambulance once again. The Wales Air Ambulance plays a vital role in the support and rescue of those injured on the mountains or more inaccessible places within North Wales. Charitable giving is central to Freemasonry and North and Mid-Wales Freemasons are especially happy to support organisations that help to save lives and provide support to people in emergency situations. The Freemasons' Grand Charity works on behalf of all Freemasons in England and Wales, donating millions of pounds to worthy causes every year."
For further information contact Hywel Wyn Jones, Provincial Communications Officer, Masonic Province of North Wales at 01492 860223 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Siobhan McCarthy, Head of Communications at The Freemasons' Grand Charity on 020 7395 9385 or email: email@example.com
The Freemasons' Grand Charity is a grant-making charity dedicated to supporting people in need, having donated more than £100 million since 1981. The Charity provides grants totalling nearly £8 million each year in the areas of: medical research; support for vulnerable people; youth opportunities; hospice services; air ambulances; and disaster relief, as well as providing assistance to Freemasons and their dependants in financial need.
The Charity is continuing a commitment to charitable support that began nearly 300 years ago in the earliest days of organised Freemasonry.
A total of £200 has been awarded by the Dyffryn Clwyd Group of Lodges and Chapters, £100 to the Llanynys Educational Trust which makes annual awards to assist young people as they embark on further education and £100 to Brenda Roberts.
The photographs show W.Bro. Rob Kinnier, Secretary of Royal Denbigh Lodge No. 1143 presenting the cheques to the two recipients: - Emily Peasley, whose award was partly funded by the cheque received from the Dyffryn Clwyd Group 200 Club.
Emily is now studying Criminology and Sociology in Portsmouth, and Brenda Roberts, a very keen golfer who having received a liver transplant in 2012 has been selected to represent the Team GB Golf squad in the forthcoming World Transplant Games to be held at Mar Del Plata, Argentina in August of this year.
Brenda is required to fund her own travel and also to supply her own team uniform.
In June 2015, Powis Lodge of Freemasons based in Welshpool, Powys, donated £460 for the purchase of a stage piano for Welshpool High School. The school has about 1100 pupils and serves the town of Welshpool as well as a large rural hinterland. The Music Department has an outstanding reputation and includes a full school orchestra, a jazz band, a brass band and a full choir. Many of the students are members of the North Powys Orchestra and Band, and a number of students have won places in national bands, orchestras and choirs.
The School Jazz Band comprises a saxophone, brass players and a rhythm section of Grade 3 standard and upwards. Of all the groups in school, it is the one best suited to outside gigs and events. There was however one problem when performing outside the school due to the Band having no portable piano. Such a key instrument in the rhythm section severely limited performances at outside events with the Band having to borrow a piano from other organisations if one was available.
Some time ago the School began to think about fund-raising to purchase their own stage piano. Local Freemasons heard about their need and decided to try and solve the issue for the School. W. Bro Phil Addicott is here pictured with Mrs Christine Evans (Head of Music), Miss Charles (Music Teacher) together with pupils of the school Jazz band.
On the 21st and 22nd May, two Brethren from Dinorben Lodge, Bro Steve Cooper – Secretary and Bro. Chris Otter completed a two day, 40 mile sponsored walk across part of Mid Wales via Rhayader in support of St Kentigern’s Hospice.
The walk commenced at Dolau railway station at 11.30am, arriving at Rhayader at 7.30pm for an overnight stay at a very nice local pub.
The two Brethren departed Rhayader at 9.30am on the Friday arriving at Strada Florida at 8pm, the second day was a hard walk mainly because of the condition of the ancient track which at one point found them almost waist deep in bog.
The walk has raised £194 from sponsorship paid and pledged by Dinorben Lodge and Conovium Chapter members.
On Sunday 5th July 2015, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno celebrated its 150th Anniversary with a service led by Officiating Priest the Reverend Prebendary John Nice, Rector of Llandudno. The Sermon was delivered by the Most Reverend Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales who also dedicated a new plaque for the Corner Stone of the building, replacing the original plaque which has now been re-positioned within one of the Church entrances.
The land for the church was originally donated by Lady Augusta Mostyn who had also provided land for the construction of many ecclesiastical buildings serving a number of denominations in the area. Members of the St Tudno Lodge of Freemasons were instrumental in the foundation of the Church, the first Rector, the Rev. John Morgan was the first initiate of St Tudno Lodge. Foremost amongst the Lodge members was the architect of the original Church, Bro. George Felton who had worked tirelessly with the fund raising committee as well as preparing the drawings.
In 1865 the basic groundworks for the church had reached the point where the cornerstone- rather than the foundation stone - could be laid. In Masonic terms the Corner Stone is regarded as the most important and is laid in the north east corner of the building. Due the illness of Lady Augusta Mostyn, the corner stone was laid by Katherine Morgan (wife of Rev John Morgan) with Masonic ceremony by the Provincial Grand Master of North Wales and Shropshire Sir Watkin Williams Wyn, Bart, M.P. on the fifth of July 1865.
In view of the Masonic connection with the church it was considered fitting that the current Provincial Grand Master of North Wales, R.W. Bro. Ieuan Redvers Jones be invited to read the prayer originally prayed at the laying of the Corner Stone and to read in Welsh the First Reading during the service.
Inside the Church was a display of Masonic memorabilia connected with the foundation of the Church including the Gavels used at the laying of the Foundation Cornerstone.
Also present at the ceremony were; former Rectors and Curates and their families, members of the Masonic Province of North Wales Executive together with the Worshipful Master of the Lodge of St Tudno, Bro. Richard S. Billings, supported by a number of Lodge members including the great, great grandson, of Bro. George Felton, Bro. Christopher M. Brigg a Past Master of the St Tudno Lodge.
The Provincial Grand Master presented a cheque for £500.00 to the Rector Rev. John Nice as a donation towards the ongoing project to repair and renovate the windows and stonework at the east end of the church and the south transept windows.
A children's choir drawn from the three Llandudno Primary Schools under the direction of Mr. Dilwyn Price sang a number of songs during the service.
Also in attendance were, the Member of Parliament for Aberconwy, Guto Bebb, M.P., the Welsh Assembly member for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders A.M. and the Deputy Mayor of Llandudno, Cllr Miss Carol Marubbi and other civic leaders. Other Christian Churches and denominations were also represented.
The North Wales branch of the Masonic Salmon and Trout Fishing Charity held a fishing event at the Tan-y-Mynydd fishery near Abergele on the 30 June 2015. In total, some twenty children, ten from Ysgol Pendelar in Caernarfon and ten from Ysgol Y Bont in Llangefni attended the event.
The weather was good and a sufficient number of rainbow trout were caught for the children to take a fish home if they wished.
The aim of the Masonic Fishing Charity is to bring an interactive fishing experience to those with special educational needs, including disabled and disadvantaged children and adults.
The Charity intends to provide a quality day in a safe and caring environment to ensure that the experience is both stimulating and rewarding both to the participants and the volunteers.
After much discussion and research it was decided to introduce TLC Teddies into Minor Injury Units situated near to popular holiday areas in North Wales.
On Monday June29th the launch took place at Dogellau and Barmouth District Hospital, Tywyn Memorial Hospital and Bryn Beryl Hospital Pwllhli. At all these units the scheme was well received by the staff who will distribute the Bears to children in trauma.
In Dolgellau the Matron Catrin Morris and Clinical Practitioner Menna Owen were both delighted that their Unit was now part of the scheme and felt the Bears would be a great help in treating children in trauma.
In Bryn Beryl hospital Pwllhli the nursing staff were also delighted to be part of the scheme, nurse Karen Roberts and Sister Meinir Hughes felt the TLC bears would be a great asset to the unit.
It is hoped to introduce the TLC scheme in Holyhead Stanley Hospital and Llandudno General Hospital before the holiday season begins later in July.
Mark, Emily's husband and Sam's brother in law, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in October last year, and thanks to the fantastic care Mark received on ward 7Y in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, where Emily works in A&E, he is fighting for a full recovery.
Sam Hill recently became a Master Mason in Bromfield Lodge 4233 and to raise money for The Bloom Appeal he completed the Wiggle Dragon Devil Ride, a 187 mile loop over the Brecon Beacons mountain range through elevations of 16,000 feet in just 14 1ˇ2 hours.
Emily, together with over 50 friends, colleagues and family ran the Liverpool 10k. They have raised over £12,000 for this relatively new charity, which benefits patients from Merseyside and the surrounding areas including North Wales, Cheshire, Isle of Man and Lancashire and funds research into treating and curing leukaemia, lymphomas and other blood cancers.
The research carried out by the University of Liverpool has a wide impact both nationally and internationally. More information atwww.thebloomappeal.org.uk
The Provincial Grand Lodge of North Wales and the members of Mossley Lodge 7985 in particular send their congratulations to the Secretary of Mossley Lodge - W.Bro. David Vernon Hughes, PAGDC. David has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Chester.
This award is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University over his many years of loyal service and, in particular, to the role of secretary to what was then the Chester College Alumni.
A new Craft Lodge - Glaslyn Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9902 - was consecrated on Tuesday 19 May 2015 at the Masonic Hall in Porthmadog by the R.W. Provincial Grand Master assisted by his Provincial team.
Glaslyn Lodge meets four times a year May and June in the evening, November and February at lunchtime. The name Glaslyn comes from the River Glaslyn which enters the Estuary at Porthmadog. The Lodge logo is based on the Glaslyn Osprey which nests in the Glaslyn Estuary some two miles from Porthmadog.
The first Master of the Lodge is W. Bro John Lister Jones-Morris a Past Master of St Cyngar Lodge who comes from a family of masons which included his Great Uncle, Grandfathers paternal and maternal and Father and Father in law.
Nearly 100 Brethren attended the consecration ceremony which was followed by dinner at the Porthmadog Golf Club. The Twrcelyn Singers performed both at the ceremony and afterwards at the dinner. A most enjoyable day was enjoyed by all and we wish the new Lodge every success for the future.
The photographs included show the R.W. Provincial Grand Master and his team and the new Worshipful Master and his Officers.
Cambria Meridian Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9876 recently held their annual White Table event at Elwy Hall, Rhyl. 80 masons and 15 non-masons attended and received a presentation from Mr Martyn Coomer and his 5 Freemason Research Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons Research Team, whom the "The Freemasons' Fund for Surgical Research" supports with £2.5 million grants per year.
Then followed a "fine dining" festive board for 100 people including the Royal College of Surgeons Research Team, in which the raffle raised £780.00 towards the 2017 Festival.
W.Bro. Richard Jones, Worshipful Master concluded the afternoons proceedings by thanking the Royal College Of Surgeons representatives for their attendance and W.Bro. Nick Woodward, Lodge Secretary for organising the event.
Further details on Freemason Research Fellowships with the Royal College of Surgeons can be found on https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/surgeons/research/case-studies/one-year-research-fellowships-2012-2013#miss-annabel-sharkey
Despite the high winds the TLC team raised a magnificent total of over £200 for the appeal, selling the full range of TLC merchandise including the newly introduced 8''Teddy Bear which proved a big hit.
. Very welcome donations were also presented on the day to the TLC Chairman W.Bro David Gibbison by Eryri Chapter No1509 Porthmadog - £400 and Cefni Lodge No 4086 Llangefni - £485.
These donations were gratefully received and the TLC Chairman thanked the Chapter and Lodge concerned on behalf of the many children admitted to our A&E units who will benefit from their generosity.
W Bro Sydney Gaskin Jnr and W Bro Sydney Gaskin Snr, presented Jo, Todd and 3 year old Ava with cheques donated from the Dyffryn Clwyd Group of Lodges and Chapters, St. Asaph Lodge No. 8034, St. Melyd's Lodge No. 3840, St. Kentigern's Lodge No. 7772, Prestatyn Lodge No. 7020 and Clwyd Chapter No. 1674 totalling £860, towards Tree of Hope (Ava's walking wish). They received the cheques with delight and thanked everyone for such a generous donation by all the Lodges and members.
Ava lives in Prestatyn and was born with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy. This was caused by her premature birth and means her legs are very stiff which causes a lot of discomfort. She has no core strength to stand up and wears splints.
There is a life changing operation called SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) that Ava could have in St Louis Children's Hospital, USA. The SDR operation will permanently remove all the spasticity in her legs and help build muscle so that she can learn to walk. This operation is not funded by the NHS in the UK. £80,000 is needed for the operation, travel to USA and accommodation. So far just over £25,000 has been raised.
At the May Meeting of Pennant Lodge No. 7384, an Old Welsh Night was held at the Festive Board. 46 Brethren were subjected to various Fines and a total of £1,000 was raised. This was presented, on Thursday 11th July, to The Blind Veterans UK Llanduno, this being the Worshipful Masters preferred Charity.
The picture shows the Worshipful Master, Bro. Philip Michael Piercy along with W.Bro. Roger Calverley, Secretary, W.Bro. Herbert Michael Thomas, Treasurer and W.Bro. Ronald Thomas presenting the Cheque to Vicky of the Blind Veterans U.K.
Buckley Lodge No. 8154 have made a donation of £250 to the Flintshire Disability Forum. The photo shows W.Bro. Brian Clarkson presenting the cheque to Jan Thomas, Manager of the Flintshire Disability Forum.
The Forum was set up in 1999 and are a user led organisation providing free, impartial and confidential advocacy, advice, support and signposting services to physically disabled adults, their families and carers in Flintshire.
On Friday, 8th November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. It was the strongest storm ever to hit land, with reported wind speeds of over 190mph. The typhoon caused widespread destruction, killing over 6,000 people and affecting a further 14 million people. Hundreds of schools and health centres were seriously damaged or destroyed leaving thousands of children with no educational provision and thousands more without adequate healthcare.
Within days, The Freemasons' Grand Charity awarded an emergency grant of £50,000 to the British Red Cross to provide immediate disaster relief across the region. This money provided 8,500 families with desperately needed Hygiene Kits.
In response to the extent of the destruction caused, it was decided that a dedicated Relief Chest should be opened in support of long term redevelopment in the area. Over the next six months Freemasons from across England, Wales and Jamaica joined forces to raise an incredible £185,385.
After giving careful consideration to several regeneration projects proposed by charities working in the disaster zone, the funds were donated to Plan's "Rebuilding Lives in the Philippines" project. Through this project, 14 classrooms and 2 health centres were to be rebuilt in Eastern Samar, one of the most severely affected areas in the disaster zone.
We are happy to announce that in March 2015 the project was successfully completed and has already made a huge impact on the communities of Eastern Samar, benefitting over 13,000 people.
On 29th May 2015, at the invitation of the Rector to help celebrate Trinity Sunday on 31st May 2015, the display highlighting the contribution of Freemasonry to the Church in early Llandudno was set up as part of an exhibition in Holy Trinity Church, which incidentally was viewed by the Bishop of Bangor among many others. Over the weekend the display was generally very well received and created numerous positive comments from both parishioners and visitors.
This could not have been achieved without a great deal of help from Paul Williams, who is a member of both Holy Trinity Church and St. Cystenin Lodge, No. 6321, along with John Hughes the curator of the Masonic Hall. Greg Nary of St. Tudno 755 kindly lent a secure jewellers display case.
A copy of the leaflet 'Charitable Giving' was shown to the Rector and he was happy that copies could be placed on the stand along with the 'Church and Freemasonry in early Llandudno' Leaflet. These too were of great interest and surprise was expressed at the positive contribution of Freemasons to the town and the amount of money given to non-Masonic charities.
The display has now been taken down but is ready to be re-installed for the 150th Anniversary event on 5th of July which will be attended by the R.W. Provincial Grand Master where he will read the lesson.
On 14th April the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. Ieuan Redvers Jones, accompanied by a full team of Provincial Officers, dedicated the new Masonic Hall in Llanidloes, Powys. The Brethren of St Idloes Lodge No. 1582 have worked for many years to replace their old hall and the new structure is a credit to their efforts in fund raising and building skills.
With over eighty Brethren in attendance the small lodge room was bursting at the seams, but they witnessed what is becoming a very rare ceremony of dedication carried out with a high degree of finesse by the Provincial Grand Master and his team, followed by an interesting and informative oration by the Provincial Chaplain, Rev Canon Dr. Raymond Bayley.
The Provincial Grand Master commended W.Bro. Hugh David Jones for his efforts in progressing the scheme and project managing the construction work and appointed him to the past Provincial rank of Senior Grand Deacon.
A dinner was held in the hotel adjacent to the Lodge room and the celebrations went on late into the evening. The Photograph shows the Provincial Grand Master with members of St Idloes Lodge.
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