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.

 

Bourne celebrates at the Knole

On 16th April Bourne Lodge No. 37 celebrated the Installation of a new Master, W Bro. Meg Green in  their new masonic home at the Knole Masonic Centre. It was a happy day but one tinged with sadness as the lodge remembered W. Bro Alan Bailey, husband of W Bro. Jan Bailey who had recently died and who had been so instrumental in their move to their new home.

 

Cloisters Women take 2nd step

E9F01074-60D1-428A-B61D-41EE9F7C8F1AAmbassadors 13 continues its work of building new lodges for Freemasonry For Women in the UK.

The Letchworth project at the Cloisters took another step towards the Consecration of Unity Lodge 58 in October with the Passing of two more Brethren which means that Ambassadors 13(Letchworth) now has five Fellowcraft for the new lodge.

Pictured above is WM Beverley with Brothers Harshinder and Rose proudly wearing their FC Aprons.

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.

 

The next generation takes charge in Romania

The annual Installation of Alpha Lodge no. 54 was held held at the Ramada Hotel in Bucharest on September 23rd. The 4th Worshipful Master and the 1st Romanian Master W Bro Parmena saw her step-daughter Bro Nana installed by W Bro Cristina into the Chair.

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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