New HFAF Uni Scheme Lodge for Uxbridge

HFAF is pleased to announce that they have secured the use of premises in Uxbridge for a University Lodge. This will be an Ambassadors 13 project until the lodge is ready to be consecrated. We hope that this new Lodge will be associated with Brunel University. The first meeting has been scheduled for October 14th.

Patricia takes charge at Coventry

The Ambassadors project at Coventry gained a new leader on 12th August when the Grand Master Christine Chapman appointed W Bro Patricia Garraway to become the de facto WM and charged her to do her utmost to bring the Coventry project to fruition so that Centrum Lodge No. 46 can be re-opened. As part of the drive to recruit some more members a White Table event will be organised for November. When it is opened Centrum will also be a University Lodge which will be working with UGLE’s  Collegiate Lodge.

 

WM Patricia with members and visitors

WM Patricia with members and visitors

 

Ambassadors 13 is the HFAF travelling Lodge which is used to facilitate the setting up of new Lodges. The Grand Master is the permanent WM of Ambassadors but she appoints different Brethren to lead various Ambassadors projects. The current projects are Washington, Coventry and Letchworth, with a new project at Uxbridge starting in October.

Regency/Fidelity Installation

24th July saw the annual Installation meeting of Regency/Fidelity Lodge 40/2 at Croydon Masonic Hall

. This Lodge as the name suggests is really two Lodges joined together, but as Fidelity No. 2 was one of our original Lodges from 1913 when we were founded, it was felt that the name should be preserved.

VW Bro Jane a PM of this and two other Lodges was Installed into the Chair by W Bro Anne.

 

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.

 

 

 

Ambassadors America

On 26th and 28th May, a further group of American women came to HQ and were Initiated, Passed and Raised over the Bank Holiday weekend. This means that the new Lodge when it is consecrated next year in Washington, DC will have at least 14 members. The hard working Ambassadors Team are to be congratulated on their dedication in helping to advance this project another stage towards fruition

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Rita achieves her goal

On 24th May, Colchester Lodge  No. 31 held its annual Installation meeting. RW Bro. Margaret Clarke, PDGM was the Installing Master on this occasion having just completed a two year stint in the chair of this lodge and it was a great pleasure to watch her install her successor Bro Rita Sutton into the Chair in her own inimitable style. Everyone was delighted that Rita who has been a keen supporter of our travelling Ambassadors Lodge No. 13 and even travelled out to India to help with the consecration of Lodge Bharati No. 56 had finally achieved this milestone in her masonic

Margaret hands over to Rita

Margaret hands over to Rita

Stability - the oldest with its newest

Stability No. 1, the oldest Craft Lodge held its annual Installation meeting on 9th April when Bro. Iskra installed her successor Bro. Helen. Both of these brethren are extremely keen members of Freemasonry For Women (HFAF)

Ambassadors enters the Cloisters

Sunday 1st October saw the start of a new venture for peripatetic lodge Ambassadors No. 13 when it held an informal meeting and lunch at a new venue in Letchworth, Herts.

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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.

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.

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