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.

GM talks to Haileybury & ISC Lodge

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.

PGM packs the house in Preston

Sun still shining for Tranquility Lodge

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

After the meeting the guests took the short walk along Great Queen Street to The Grand Connaught Rooms for a splendid banquet.

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