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.
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.
The audience for the Grand Master’s talk
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.
WM Jan and IPM Barbara at the Festive Board
The two guests of honour at the Festive Board
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
Universities Scheme Trilateral meeting
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.
Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master with Grand Superintendent
Grace Banks-Martin 14/ Mabel Garrett 20 Lodge on the Isle of Man
Presentation of 50 year Jewel and Certificate
Everyone enjoyed a buffet supper after the GM's talk
Grand Master visits Coventry
On Friday 8th April, a team from HFAF led by the Grand Master Christine Chapman, visited Coventry Masonic Centre as part of the initiative to re-open Centrum Lodge No. 46 as a future member of the HFAF University Scheme. Thanks to the efforts of the Coventry Management team, led by David Joyce, maximum publicity for this event ensured a good attendance for the talk on Women’s Freemasonry given by GM Christine. After the talk in the Temple everyone adjourned to the dining room for a buffet supper. We were delighted to see some former members of the lodge there who were keen to rejoin us. Several prospective candidates came forward and we look forward to welcoming them into our Fraternity in the near future.
Everyone enjoyed a buffet supper after the GM’s talk
Isle of Man reaffirms its support for Women's Freemasonry
On Monday 7th December, the Isle of Man brethren re-affirmed their support for Women’s Freemasonry on the island at the annual Installation meeting of the combined lodges of Grace Banks-Martin 14 and Mabel Garrett 20 when W. Bro. Caroline Ronan was installed as Worshipful Master for the ensuing year. The brethren were delighted that the Grand Master, Christine Chapman was able to attend.
Grand Master's visit to the Northern Province
Our first meeting was on Tuesday 6th October 2015 when we visited Morecambe & Heysham Lodge 15 for a Passing ceremony. During this meeting the Grand Master Christine Chapman was pleased to award the OSM (Order of Service to Masonry) to RW Bro Brenda Cook, Prov. Deputy GM.
On Wednesday 7th October 2015 we visited Morecambe again for a meeting of the Cornerstone Mark 3 when the ceremony of Advancement was performed.
Both these meetings held their Festive Boards at the Headway Hotel.
We rounded off our trip with a visit to the Installation meeting of Royal Ark Mariners 2 when Bro Diane Bennett was Installed as Worshipful Commander by W Bro Cath Greenwood. This was followed by a delicious meal at Rangemoor, Blackpool provided by the amazing Margaret Tanton.
Brenda cuts her celebratory cake
Prov. GM Pat Rothwell with PGM Bernice Abram and Dept Prov.GM Brenda Cook