Lodge News

Get on your bike for Tomas

Monday, March 23rd, 2015


Tomas Martin is the son of long-standing Croeso member Bro. Phil Martin. When he was just two years old Thomas developed a rare neurological disorder which has left him severely physically disabled and totally reliant on his power wheelchair. Now 21, Thomas is a charasmatic, determined and likeable young man with a wicked sense of humour and with the love and support of his family and friends leads as active a life as possible.

Tomas’s existing transportation is now very old and tired  so Bro Phil is raising money to fund a much needed specially converted vehicle. This will accommodate Tomas’s  current and future needs and go some way towards giving Tomas the quality of life he deserves.

Bro. Phil has organised a sponsored bike ride from Blaenavon to High Cross, near Newport and hopes as many as possible will get involved. Members of Croeso took part in a similar ride a few years ago and a great time was had by all. The ride covers a distance of about 20 miles but don’t worry if you’re not a super fit athlete like those pictured above, the route follows a well-maintained, tarmac cycle track through beautiful scenery and is mostly downhill or flat. The event will take place on Saturday 13th June from about 11.00am and, even at a leisurely pace, should take no more than around  three hours, not including stops at the many fine hostelries en route!

The ride is open to everyone so please get involved if you can. We need marshalls as well as riders. To find out more or to register, please click the links below.

On your bike for Tomas


Defibrillator at Cardiff Masonic Hall

Friday, March 20th, 2015







Many of you will have noticed the new AED (Defibrillator) in the security office at Cardiff Masonic Hall. W.Bro Ceri Morgan and Bro Jeff Mears attended a training session on Thursday 19th March and are now competent to use this device. Lets hope they never have occasion to.

Croeso Lodge donate to South Wales Mountain Search Rescue

Monday, February 16th, 2015


W.Bro Henry Caylor, Immediate Past Master of  Croeso 8377  made the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Centre his chosen Charity, and through a number of Masonic and non Masonic functions and activities he and the Brethren of the Lodge were able to raise £1,000 to aid the invaluable work of the CBMRT. The team at the centre are totally self funded, as many of the rescue services in Britain are, and the funds will be used to help purchase additional equipment to aid the members of the rescue unit to carry out their vital operations. Currently there are fifty three volunteers working within the unit, using two fully equipped Land Rovers, plus an Iveco Truck that serves as a Command Centre in rescues that may need more than one vehicle. W.Bro Henry was joined by W.Bro Roger Richmond, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, on the hillside near the CBMRT Centre, to present the funds raised to the representatives of the rescue team. Pictured, receiving the cheque, left and right of W.Bro Roger and W.Bro Henry respectively are Gayle Sheppard – Fund Raising Officer – and Huw Jones – Senior Operational Member – along with a number of other team members who were conducting a training exercise. More details on the centre and its work can be seen at www.cbmrt.org.uk