Making history in America

On Saturday 25th May, America Lodge 57 was consecrated by Grand Master Christine Chapman, leading a large team of HFAF members from both UK and Spain and Bro Lou Elias was Installed as the first Worshipful Master by Grand Secretary Maxine Priestley. During the visit to Washington DC, 4 further candidates were Initiated by the WM and Officers of America Lodge 57. The team returned home on 30th May exhausted but elated at having successfully completed this daunting challenge. A full report of our visit will be published on the website.

 

Connaught Club Open Evening

The Connaught Club is aimed at members of Metropolitan Grand Lodge who are under 35.  On 26th April, they held an Open Night at the UGLE headquarters in Great Queen Street in London and invited HFAF Freemasonry for Women along. Several members together with Grand Master Christine Chapman attended and Grand Master Christine addressed the gathering.

Freemasonry Today Interview

 

Grand Master Christine Chapman was interviewed by Freemasonry Today, the official magazine for UGLE Freemasons which was published in the Winter 2018 edition

Read the interview here.

Working with UGLE

Freemasonry for Women has been working with the Province of Middlesex on their initiative to raise the profile of Freemasonry in the Middlesex area. Two events have been held so far, one at Twickenham and one at Harrow. The events were publicised on Facebook and many people expressed an interest.  Each event featured an introduction from Nigel Codron, the Assistant Provincial Grand  Master,followed by comprehensive explanations and illustrations. Grand Master Christine Chapman was asked to give a brief presentation on Women’s Freemasonry. The highlight of each event was the testimony of the young members  who talked about their journey in Freemasonry. The next event is scheduled for 7th March at the Hillingdon Masonic Centre.

Vishakha talks about her Masonic journey

Vishakha talks about her Masonic journey

Canine Partners Presentation

The HFAF Charity was delighted to present a cheque for £5000 to Canine Partners, a Charity providing fully trained Assistance dogs. A special presentation event was held at Drapers Hall on 30th October to showcase the work of the Charity. The Grand Master Christine Chapman, the Past Grand Master Bernice Abram and the President of the HFAF Charity Beverley Emden were present. 

Northern Progress

October 8th – 12th saw us travelling North for our annual visit to our Provincial Lodges. The trip encompassed a Craft Meeting, followed by a Royal Arch Installation and finished with the customary Royal Ark Mariners Installation meeting. The week was tinged with sadness as the late Provincial Grand Master Brenda Cook was remembered at every meeting with much love and affection.

 

Robert Lomas

Sunday 2nd September, saw a very unique occasion when members of various Masonic Orders were invited by Grand Master Christine Chapman to attend an especial meeting of the Grand Lodge of HFAF to listen to the famous Masonic author and scientist, Dr Robert Lomas. UGLE gave permission for us to hold this event at Great Queen Street in London in the famous No. 10 Temple, also known as the Indian Temple. A gathering of  men and women Freemasons were entertained by Dr Lomas to hear about his journey in Freemasonry and his thoughts on various Masonic topics. The event was followed by a buffet and drinks reception in the vestibule outside the Grand Temple where people were able to chat together.

Dr Lomas had much earlier in the year offered to give a talk to HFAF and the Grand Master Christine Chapman had taken the opportunity to open it up to other Orders.

HFAF in Wales

Earlier this year as a result of a conversation between Karl Frowen, WM of Fforest Lodge and Dr Robert Lomas the masonic author, an invitation was extended to Grand Master Christine Chapman to join Dr Lomas on the platform at the lodge’s masonic education event  at Treharris in South Wales. Everyone enjoyed a delicious 4 course dinner beforehand and then between them they delivered four lectures covering the history of Women’s Freemasonry, the future of Freemasonry and the value of masonic education. The Provincial Grand Master for South Wales, Gareth Jones was also present.

GM visits Spain and Gibraltar

The second week of June saw the Grand Master, the Past Deputy Grand Master and several members of HFAF  visiting Calahonda Lodge No. 53 on the Costa del Sol and Gibraltar Lodge No. 45 on the Rock of Gibraltar.

Bro Barbara Meadows was Installed into the Chair of Calahonda by W Bro Jan Owens, who had completed a marathon 3 year term of office.

New WM Barbara Meadows with the members and visitors

New WM Barbara Meadows with the members and visitors

 

Two days later they travelled across the border to Gibraltar where W Bro Yvette was Installed for a second term of office as WM of Gibraltar Lodge No. 45. Next year Gibraltar Lodge will be celebrating its 30th birthday.

 

 

 

Freemasonry for Women goes back to school

On Saturday 21st April HFAF attended the annual Public School Lodges meeting at Highgate College.The GM Christine Chapman was invited to give a talk on the subject of Women’s Freemasonry. This was followed by a Champagne Reception and a delicious formal dinner. The whole day was spread across the Highgate campus at different locations.

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