Dr John Lloyd Bursary 2023


Megan Phillips is the recipient of the 2023 Dr John B Lloyd Masonic Bursary Award. James Ross, Head of West Wales Freemasons presented Megan with a cheque for £1500 and a certificate to commemorate the award on Thursday 19th October 2023 at Aberystwyth University.


The award is given annually by the Provincial Grand Charity of the Masonic Province of West Wales to encourage worthy students to further their education and Megan was selected this year because of her previous outstanding achievement in Higher Education.


Megan is taking a three-year master’s degree in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production, centred around increasing efficiency and reducing the environmental impact with the agricultural industry. Modules including Livestock Nutrition, Agricultural Genetics and Genomics, as well as a final dissertation. The genetics and genomics module will especially benefit her career development.


In addition to her successful academic studies, Megan has won medals for tug of war at the highest levels - gold in the UK championships and silver in the worlds; won stock judging awards; awards for her acting and she recently completed the Leeds Marathon.


The selection of the recipient of the Dr John Lloyd Bursary is handled exclusively by the University, with no input from the province, although the Provincial Secretary and the Provincial Grand Master do receive a copy of the successful candidate’s application. The reason for mentioning this, is that Megan is a graduate trainee at Dunbia Llanybydder and as some of you may be aware the Sales Manager at Dunbia is W Bro Adrian Thomas, the Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary. When the PGM read the CV, he immediately bounced it on to Adrian to see if he knew Megan. Not only did he know her, but they work closely together. Megan is part of the Operations team, currently assigned to Procurement, reporting to the Operations manager, which is where their paths cross. It was an opportunity not to be missed! The PGM invited Adrian to the presentation. Megan was completely unaware that Adrian was a freemason and that he would be at the presentation. Her face was a picture when she finally spotted him at the far end of a very busy meeting room. It was a fun moment, that brightened everyone’s day!



The Province of West Wales wishes Megan every success in her future studies and we look forward to Megan becoming Adrian's boss in due course.

For Freemasons, for families, for everyone

The Masonic Charitable Foundation builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community.

Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.


How the Foundation helps Masonic families

 A wide range of help and support is available for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows, children and grandchildren. Most of the support provided takes the form of financial grants to assist with financial, health or family related needs.


  • Daily living costs
  • Grants following an accident, redundancy or personal crisis
  • Funeral bills
  • Minor home repairs


  • Medical treatment
  • Dental treatment
  • Mobility aids and home adaptations
  • Counselling

Family – Children in full-time education

  • Costs for education or training
  • Scholarships, travel grants and student accommodation
  • Supporting exceptional talent in sport, music or the performing arts

Family – Care

  • Masonic care homes – including nursing, residential and dementia care
  • Respite care
  • UK holidays

Practical assistance

The Foundation’s Advice & Support Team offer confidential, impartial and practical guidance about the help we can provide. The Team can also help with applications for state and local authority benefits and can put you in touch with other organisations who can give advice on care, employment and education.

How to apply

For further information about the help and support available from the Foundation, please call their dedicated freephone enquiry line: 0800 035 60 90 or email help@mcf.org.uk.  You can also write to Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

For more information about the Foundation’s grants and the application process, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk


How the Foundation helps communities

In addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation looks beyond Freemasonry, making significant financial grants to charities that help people to live happy, fulfilled lives and to participate actively in society.

The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to people in need.  We aim to benefit as many people as possible and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families have told us they are most passionate.

To find out more about the Foundation’s Community Support and Research grants, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk/community


Keep up to date with the Foundation’s work

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