Quarterly Communication at Newport

On Wednesday, 13th September over fifty members of the Province of West Wales left the West to travel to the East.

Their destination was the International Conference Centre at Newport, which is next door to the Celtic Manor Resort. The reason for the trip was to see history being made with the United Grand Lodge of England holding its quarterly communication outside of England for the first time..


The meeting was opened by the Pro-Grand Master in the language of Heaven, obviously another first. Just under 1200 Freemasons (from all over the world) were in attendance but were easily accommodated in the magnificent main hall.


The first order of business related to succession planning and involved a change to the statutes stating that ‘the son of a Royal Prince’ could now appoint a Pro-Grand Master. You amateur detectives out there should now be able to have an educated guess as to who will take over when the Duke of Kent relinquishes his position as Grand Master.


There followed three very well-prepared presentations on the successes of the Members Pathway in Wales with our very own Membership Officer W.Bro. Steve Fearn kicking off with a short presentation on the success of the University Scheme in St. Padarn Lodge.


Following the meeting 1,160 Freemasons sat down to dine, with every member being served a three-course meal in a timely manner. Thanks must go to the centre staff for the efficient manner they distributed the food, and thanks to the Stewards who were on hand to provide extra wine and other drinks to the tables. (One minor criticism was that the red wine ran out long before my desire to drink it did.)


The shuttle bus service between the venue and Newport station also worked extremely well and our travelling band of brothers were back in West Wales by early evening, having enjoyed a thoroughly good day out.

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


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