This year has seen several organisations in Porthcawl celebrate key anniversaries and one of these was that of the Porthcawl Masonic Lodge of Sker who celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the Masonic Hall, New Road, Porthcawl, with a Celebration Meal. This milestone in their history also coincided with Porthcawl RNLI also celebrating their 50th anniversary earlier this year.

During the course of the masonic evening a charity raffle was held, realising the sum of £200.00. Lodge secretary Henry Harris said, ‘as Porthcawl is a seaside town, reliant on the lifeboats to ensure the safety of all sea users along its shores, it was decided that the raffle monies should be donated to the RNLI Lifeboat Station, to show our support for the work that they do’.

Leading members of the Lodge of Sker visited the lifeboat station during a crew training session where Worshipful Brother Stephen Rudd, the Current Master of the Lodge of Sker presented the cheque to the Porthcawl Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mr Philip Missen, MBE. The presentation was supported by the Town Mayor, Councillor David Newton-Williams and his Consort, Mrs Gaynor Newton-Williams.

Philip Missen added, ‘we are delighted to receive this donation and pleased that the brethren of the Lodge of Sker recognised and considered the work that our volunteers do. This evening they have witnessed at first hand the dedication of our crew during our normal Wednesday evening training. The Masonic fraternity have a long history of supporting the RNLI on a national level and it is good to have this local link also’.