Skydiving for Jacob’s Ladder Appeal

Monday, June 26th, 2017


On the 17th June 2017, Bro. Philip E.Rees, a member of the very apt named lodge Celtic Eagle No.9132, very bravely jumped out of a plane flying at 7,000 feet over Swansea.


Bro. Philip has very kindly donated any sponsorship money or donations received for this adventure to the ‘Jacobs Ladder Fund’, which is attempting to raise £75,000 for the supply and installation of 3 lifts at the Swansea Masonic Hall. The lifts will enable the less able brethren to access the Masonic Hall without assistance.

All the Swansea Lodges will receive a letter outlining the event and requesting their support not only for Jacobs Ladder, but in remembrance of a very brave sky dive from Bro. Philip.

We are hoping that each lodge will donate something in the order of £1 per head on behalf of each of their members. If, however, a lodge would like to donate more, then we would be pleased to accept it.

Well done Philip!

Jacob’s Ladder News December 2016

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Brethren, the Jacobs Ladder committee have been working hard over the past 2 years to establish sufficient funds for the provision of 3 lifts within the Swansea Masonic Hall.

There will be one elevator lift to rise from the ground floor to the ‘Crush’ landing and two smaller wheelchair lifts to gain access from the parking area in the front of the building to the ground floor and then another one to gain access from the ‘Crush’ landing level to the Major Temple.

These facilities will assist those less able to access the building independently.

We have established a fund and it now stands at £29,000, but we are attempting to raise somewhere in the region of £75,000, which is the sum required to purchase the lifts and complete the necessary builders work associated with the project. To date we have received tremendous support from brethren, lodges, side degrees and individuals, but as you can see from the figures we are only 40% into our anticipated total.

Jacobs Ladder are working on behalf of all those brethren who visit the Swansea Masonic Hall, and we hope that each and everyone of you will support the initiative, by bringing this information to the attention of those who may not be aware of the project.

Each lodge or Side Degree can help, by maybe donating the proceeds of a raffle, raising funds with social gatherings or making a direct donation from the lodge/side degree.

Jacobs Ladder will provide a suitable prize for any organized raffle. Jacobs Ladder would also welcome any suggestions from the brethren, that would help with the raising of funds.

Jacobs Ladder Spring Gala Festival 2016

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

The first of the Jacobs Ladder fund raising social events Jacobs Ladder Spring Gala Festival took place in Swansea at the Masonic Hall on Saturday 23rd April 2016. The event was well attended and enhanced by the presence of the Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Gareth Jones O.B.E., Deputy Provincial Grand Master VW Bro Roy Woodward, Provincial Grand Secretary W Bro Gerald Rowbottom and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward W Bro John Davies.


The event included a five course meal and entertainment together with luxury prize raffles sponsored by local Swansea business’ who have connections to masonry. The majority of the Swansea lodges were represented at the event and the Jacobs Ladder committee hope to build on this success with further social events.

The Jacobs Ladder Gala event has raised in excess of £3,500 which will greatly assist in the funding of the project.

The Jacobs Ladder committee wish to thank the Provincial Grand Master and his team for their invaluable support, the sponsors for their prize funding, and the brethren of the Swansea Lodges for their attendance and support of the event.





Additional thanks to Chris Pike for his magnificent menus & tickets for the event. Howard Stubbs for the photography. Daphne Furneaux for her floral creations on the evening.

Gala Evening

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015