On Saturday 22nd July Herts and Middx Provinces of UGLE joined together to stage a Family Fun Day in the grounds of the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth. Despite the atrocious weather there was a good turnout and the event was well supported. We provided our usual Tombola Stall and well done to the HFAF Team who battled on despite several drenchings.
No-one could miss our stall!
Gwendolyn sold hundreds of tickets
Chestnut Tree Hospice presentation
On Wednesday 19th July the Grand Master was delighted to present a cheque for £7982 to Chestnut Tree Hospice on behalf of HFAF Freemasonry for Women for the purchase of a specialist cot bed. This wonderful Charity supports children with life-limiting conditions and provides this support to their families both at the Hospice and also in the community.
The GM and partner John present the cheque
Sun still shining on Calahonda 53
Monday 12th June, another sunny day here on the Costa del Sol for the Installation meeting of Calahonda Lodge 53. W. Bro. Jan Owens was Installed for a 3rd year into the Chair. W. Bro. Jan has presided over two incredible years for the lodge during which time they have had many new candidates and have raised much needed funds for DEBRA the charity for Butterfly Children.
The Grand Master had a meeting with the Provincial Grand Master of Andalucia Giles Crawford to discuss Calahonda Lodge being invited to their Annual Assembly to make a joint presentation to DEBRA.
Calahonda Lodge 53
WM with GM & DGM
WM with PMs Marion and Peggy
Mason is very well behaved!
HFAF Winter Fayre and Open Day
On Sunday 20th November from 12pm to 3pm we once again opened our doors at 402 Finchley Road, London NW2 2HR not only to promote our Fraternity but also to provide an enjoyable day out for members and visitors. Lots of lovely goods were on sale and there was the customary Fortitude cafe providing hot drinks and bagels.
There’s no doubting what the star attraction was this year. It’s this handsome chap who has been named Mason,what else? Our members have raised funds to pay for his training as a Medical Detection Dog. He has grown somewhat since the first picture was taken but a team from the Charity were there on Sunday with Mason and we were delighted to present a cheque to the Charity.
Introducing Mason who will become a Medical Detection Dog.
Mason is growing up!
Mason is very well behaved!
RIckmansworth Fun Days for HFAF
On two Sundays in July, the Royal Masonic Girls School hosted two Provincial Fun Days, one for Middx and one for Herts. HFAF was pleased to have been invited to have a presence at both events.
Lot of enquiries were received and on both occasions our Tombola was sold out.
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Calahonda 53 supporting DEBRA in Spain
The charity DEBRA works to provide care for children afflicted by an incurable condition known as Butterfly Children.This extremely painful condition necessitates 24/7 care , not least in the daily task of bandaging the children.
In Spain there is virtually no state assistance and sufferers and their parents are dependent on the nurses provided by this charity who provide care and guidance.
Calahonda Lodge No. 53 under the leadership of WM Jan Owens have raised over 2200 euros so far and will continue to support them throughout the coming year. They were delighted to make a presentation to the Charity this summer
Calahonda 53 supporting DEBRA (Spain)
Worshipful Master of Calahonda Lodge 53 Jan Owens was delighted when her friend Trish suggested a Tea, Cakes and Cards afternoon to raise funds for charity, offering to donate a percentage from the sale of her home made cards. Members enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon and together with the proceeds of the raffle raised €257 towards the Master’s chosen charity.
You’re invited to tea
IPM Marion, WM Jan and Trish the card maker.
Woman Freemason honoured with MBE
On Wednesday 24th February 2015 our Assistant Grand Master, Hedy-Joy Babani travelled to Buckingham Palace to be Invested with the MBE, by HRH Prince Charles, for services to disabled and disadvantaged children. Our Fraternity is immensely proud of her and our own Charity has also benefited from her tireless efforts to raise funds. Hedy has worked for Variety for many years and her fund-raising expertise has been put to good use to raise funds for our own HFAF Charity.
Assistant Grand Master Hedy-Joy Babani receiving her honours from HRH Prince Charles
Honours for HFAF members
We were delighted to see two of our members listed in the New Year’s Honours List for their services to Charity:
Rt. Wor. Bro. Hedy-Joy Babani, Assistant Grand Master has been awarded the MBE
Vy. Wor. Bro. Dorothea Gell, Past President of the Board of Benevolence has been awarded the BEM