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.

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.

Isle of Man visit

The Grand Master Christine Chapman accompanied by several Grand Lodge Officers was pleased to visit the Isle of Man for the annual Spring Festival. During this visit she attended the Installation meeting of Grace Banks-Martin/Mabel Garratt 14/20 Lodge at  which W Bro Carolyn Craige was once again Installed into the Chair of the Lodge. During this visit the Grand Master was pleased to appoint V.Wor. Bro. Mona Purvis as the Grand Superintendent to succeed R.Wor. Bro. Irene Bridson who had expressed her wish to retire from the Office. The Festive Board was held at the newly refurbished men’s Temple in Douglas.

Grand Mark

The bi-annual meeting of HFAF Grand Mark was held on Monday 27th March at 402 Finchley Road, London NW2. The Grand Master of the Mark, MW Bro. Christine Chapman was pleased to make several new appointments. The meeting was followed by a tea.

Grand Master receives a sweet reception in Kendal

On Friday 20th January, the Grand Master Christine Chapman accompanied by the Grand Secretary Maxine Priestley travelled to Kendal, the home of the famous mint,  at the invitation of Eversley Lodge and Kendal Castle Chapter. The evening which had been organised by artisan baker and freemason Simon Thomas and Maxine was supported by both the local masonic community and also by members of the HFAF from our lodges in  Morecambe, Blackpool, Preston and Carlisle. The talk outlined the history of Women’s Freemasonry and the current development of HFAF.

 

Calahonda celebrates on the Costa

Calahonda Lodge 53 celebrated its 11th year with W. Bro. Jan Owens continuing for a 2nd year as Worshipful Master. The Installation meeting at the Tamisa Hotel in Mijas Costa was attended by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Christine Chapman and the Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master Irene Stewart who were treated to a beautiful Installation meeting when W Bro. Barbara Green again demonstrated her skill and workmanship in delivering the ritual in a beautiful ceremony of Installation.

The M W Grand Master was pleased to appoint W Bro. Marion Brown as Preceptor to lead the Brethren forward into yet another new Chapter in their history.

Grand Lodge visits Gibraltar

Grand Master Christine Chapman was more than happy to take a special meeting of Grand Lodge to Gibraltar to coincide with the HFAF anual visit to the Rock. The meeting was held to allow Bro Yvette Sanguinetti to be examined in the Master’s work to qualify her to take the Master’s Chair next year and to present two members of Gibraltar 47 and two members of Calahonda 53 to the Grand Master in the customary manner. The Grand Master suggested this meeting as she realised that brethren from Spain and Gibraltar were not always able to visit London at the required times.

This special meeting was followed by the annual Installation meeting at which W Bro Marion Brown installed her successor W Bro Alexandra Schumann. For the past few years members of Calahonda 53 have supported Gibraltar 46 by taking office in both lodges.

 

Trilateral Universities Scheme

On 25th April a unique meeting between the UGLE Universities Scheme and the Grand Masters of HFAF and OWF was held at the Guildhall in London to discuss the further progress of the Scheme between the three fraternities.

Isle of Man Spring Festival

In April the Grand Master Christine Chapman and Deputy Grand Master Irene Stewart visited the Isle of Man brethren for their Spring Festival. On Tuesday 12th April they attended a meeting of Grace Banks Martin/Mabel Garrett combined lodges 14/20 when two former members of the Manx lodges were welcomed back into the Fraternity.

The following day the Manx brethren organised a special buffet supper to welcome their distinguished guests. The Grand Master was delighted to present a 50 year certificate and Jewel to long standing member Joan Atkinson.

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