On Saturday 30th September 2017 the Grand Master, Christine Chapman gave a talk to members of the Haileybury and Imperial Services College Lodge at Great Queen Street as part of a special White Table Meeting open to members and their families and members of the Haileybury Society. She gave a brief history of the HFAF with special emphasis on the particular benefits Freemasonry offered to women and she also looked ahead to the links which she hoped to forge with the Haileybury School in the future.
Saturday 23rd September saw the annual Installation meeting of Costa Blanca Lodge of Tranquility No. 52 when W. Bro. Wendy Sharpe was Installed as Worshipful Master. The Lodge was delighted to welcome visitors from London especially the Grand Master Christine Chapman and the Deputy Grand Master Irene Stewart Founding Members of the Lodge.
Tranquility members and visitors from London
Autumn Special in Bucharest
Alpha Lodge No. 54 held their Installation meeting at the Ramada Hotel on Sunday 10th September. It was a unique Installation ceremony for the new Worshipful Master Cristina. Due to a sudden family bereavement the outgoing Master W Bro Simona was unable to attend, so the Lodge was assisted by the three Founding Masters who were visiting from the UK.
The new WM and her Officers
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
US women join HFAF
On Saturday 1st July seven American women were admitted into our Fraternity with a view to consecrating a Lodge in Washington DC. They came to us via UGLE where they had originally directed their enquiry. After much correspondence between their leader and the Grand Secretary they eventually travelled to London on the 30th June and were interviewed by the Grand Master and the Grand Secretary. On the Saturday they took the first two Degrees of our Craft ritual utilising Ambassadors Lodge 13 which will also travel to Washington next year. On Monday 3rd July they returned to HQ to take their 3rd Degree to become Master Masons. Many of the Brethren who had visited India the previous year assisted in these ceremonies as by now they were experts at multiple candidate ceremonies. The Grand Inspector General oversaw all the details of these ceremonies to ensure they ran smoothly. Further brethren will come over in the autumn to be admitted.
US Brethren with the GM
Our new US brethren with some of the officers who participated in the ceremonies
Women Freemasons at Great Queen Street
On Thursday 22nd June Grand Master Christine Chapman, at the invitation of the WM V.W. Bro. Ian Currans, Met GL AGM addressed the members of Jubilee Masters Lodge and their guests on the subject of Women’s Freemasonry. The Grand Master accompanied by her Grand Lodge Officers was escorted into the Grand Temple where she was received by the WM. The invitation had been issued many months ago and was arranged as the lodge’s Tercentenary event. Due to the size of the audience which had also been augmented by guests and members of HFAF, the event was moved from Temple 10 to the Grand Temple.
Her talk which was entitled Women in Blue was enthusiastically received and at the end she received a standing ovation. She answered several questions on the subject to the satisfaction of all present! Her talk is now available on Met GL Porchway website.
The iconic view of Freemasons’ Hall in London
It’s a long walk to the East!
Grand Master at GQS
After the meeting the guests took the short walk along Great Queen Street to The Grand Connaught Rooms for a splendid banquet.
Freemasonry on the Rock
As part of our annual visit to the Costa Del Sol we made an an excursion across the border to visit Gibraltar Lodge 47 for their Installation meeting on Wednesday 14th June. Before the meeting an interview was recorded with the Grand Master Christine Chapman and later with the new Worshipful Master Yvette Sanguinetti specially for Gibraltar TV.
We were particularly delighted to attend this meeting as Yvette was a first-time Master and it was particularly moving to see how much it meant to her.
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
Investiture of Provincial Grand Master
On Monday 5th June at Morecambe RW Bro. Brenda Cook was invested as the new Provincial Grand Master by RW Bro Pat Rothwell the outgoing PrGM. RW Bro Cook had previously received her Letters of Patent from the Grand Master at the December Grand Lodge Quarterly Communications in London and been Obligated at the May Quarterly Communications. RW Bro Cook was was pleased to appoint VW Bro. Angela Seed as her Deputy.