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.

Mason is very well behaved! 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.

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.

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 Cuppa

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.

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.

Woman Freemason honoured MBE

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

We congratulate them both.

 

HFAF supporting TLC

Prov GM, PPrGM and DPrGM with some of the teddies.
Prov GM, PPrGM and DPrGM with some of the teddies.

Our Northern Lodges are continuing to support the  Teddy Loving Care TLC initiative promoted by UGLE. Money is raised to provide Teddies to sick and distressed children in hospitals in the area. Our Provincial Grand Master Pat Rothwell (centre),  Past Provincial Grand Master Heather Hitchen (left) and Deputy Provincial Grand Master Brenda Cook (right) braved the wind and weather to meet one of the paramedics and his teddy friends.

Ripcord Rosa's last leap

rosakingston

Our Past Grand Treasurer, Very Worshipful Rosa Kingston will be jumping out of a plane on the 14th of October in aid of the Royal Marsden Hospital’s Cancer Fund.

Rosa was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2013. Under the care of the Royal Marsden, Rosa has lived to become a great grandmother and seen her grandson marry, two other grandchildren graduate from University and her daughter get engaged. Her cancer is now terminal and she wants to give something back to the hospital for the fantastic care she has received.

You can read more about Rosa’s fundraising here: https://www.justgiving.com/Rosa-Kingston/

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