Provincial Grand Lodge of North Wales

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Association for Masonic Study

The North Wales Association for Masonic Study


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All Lodges are affiliated to the Association on payment of an annual fee of �5.00 and can appoint a representative to serve on the Committee. The objects of the Association are to encourage the study of the history and symbolism of freemasonry, supporting the preparation of lectures and papers on Masonic subjects and supporting lecturers and lecture teams in the dissemination of Masonic knowledge.

In achieving these aims the Committee would: a) welcome any Brother willing to prepare and disseminate papers on any subject of Masonic import; b) kindly request lecturers to submit their papers to the Secretary prior to their delivery under the auspices of the Association.

Lodge Secretaries wishing for further information on lectures available and/or Recorded Tapes of talks by members of the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle (QCCC) for hire should contact the Association´s Secretary.

Brief history of the Association.


The Association was the brainchild of a past Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the North Wales Province, V.W. Bro. Col. James Ellis Evans, P.G.Swd.B. His Annual Report delivered, in his unavoidable absence, by W. Bro. William Jones, O.B.E., P.G.D., Assistant Provincial Grand Master, at the Provincial Annual General Meeting in September 1962 suggested that more attention should be directed towards the study of the history and development of Freemasonry throughout the ages.

His Report indicated that the Deputy Provincial Grand Master would be taking steps during the forthcoming Masonic season to establish an organisation, which would realise those ambitions. Following that Meeting and in the bleak mid-winter of 1963, probably the worst winter of the second half of the century, a meeting was convened and chaired by V.W. Bro. Ellis Evans at Rhyl on the 12th January 1963.

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It was resolved to appoint a Committee under V.W. Bro. Ellis Evans´ chairmanship, to examine how an organisation might be established "to encourage the wider dissemination of Masonic knowledge throughout the Province, particularly as regards its symbolism, history and esoteric meaning, especially amongst the more junior Brethren". W. Bro. C. S. Harrison, P.Pr.G.W. (West Lancs.) was appointed Secretary.

At the next meeting held on 16th February 1963, V.W. Bro. Ellis Evans informed the Committee that his busy schedule would not allow his regular attendance at every meeting. He therefore appointed W. Bro. Harrison as Chairman, and Bro. Kenneth Glyn Williams as Secretary.

Ancient scrollsThe Minutes demonstrate that V.W. Bro. Ellis Evans did manage to attend the majority of the subsequent formation meetings. On 14th September 1963, W. Bro. the Rev. E. Harries Jones, P.A.G.Chap. was invited to become the Association´s Vice-Chairman; he replaced W. Bro. Harrison as Chairman in 1967 and remained so until 1st June 1985 when he and W. Bro. K G Williams relinquished their offices in favour of W. Bro. Ken Leighton-Jones, P.Pr.S.G.D. as Chairman and W. Bro. Arfon Rawling as Secretary.

W. Bro. Rawling served as Secretary until his passing in July 1994,when W.Bro. Hywel Wyn Jones, P.Prov.J.G.W., succeeded him to be followed by W.Bro. Philip A. James, P.Prov.G.Swd.B., in 2011. W. Bro. Ken Leighton-Jones continued as Chairman until his passing in June 2001.

With his passing the Rules of the Association were revised to ensure that the office of Chairman was re-assumed by the Rulers in the Craft of the North Wales Province.

Under their guidance the Association continues with its work of nurturing and fostering Masonic research by supporting lecture teams and lecturers, and encouraging new lecturers to come forward to add to the dissemination of Masonic knowledge throughout the Province. A service review is currently being undertaken with a view to expanding the role of the Association to meet the future needs of the Province.

Further information about the Association and its work and/or details of lecturers and demonstrations, which may be available, can be obtained from the Secretary whose contact details are given below.

R.W.Bro. Ieuan Redvers Jones,
Provincial Grand Master

Past President
 R.W.Bro. I. L. Mackeson-Sandbach 
Past Provincial Grand Master

V.W.Bro. Owen Wheldon Williams, PGSwdB,
Deputy Provincial Grand Master
E. Comp. Allan Edgar Powell, PAGSoj
Deputy Grand Superintendent
W. Bro. Gerald John Charles Edwards, PSGD.
W.Bro. Harry L.R. Davies, PSGD.
Assistant Provincial Grand Masters

Past Vice Presidents
VW. Bro. R. Hefin Davies MBE, O.St.J., D.L., PGSwdB.,
E. Comp. Bryan Lewis, PGSwdB, PDepGSupt
W. Bro. D. E. Alun Jones, C.B.E. D.L. PSGD
W. Bro. John Tudor Morris, PSGD

W.Bro. Wynford Davies, P.A.G.D.C.

W.Bro. Hywel Wyn Jones, P.A.G.D.C.

W. Bro. Eifion W. Jenkins, P.Pr.S.G.D.
11 Hayfield Drive, Gresford, Wrexham. LL12 8YJ
Tel: 01978 854172 email:

W. Bro. P.A. James, P.Prov.G.Swd.B.
Fedw Arian, 4 Silverbirch Drive, Gresford, Wrexham. LL12 8YX
Tel. 01978 854471

W.Bro. David C. Thomas, P.Pr.S.G.W.



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