On Wednesday 1st June 2016, V.W.Bro. Maxine Priestley, our hard-working Grand Secretary was beautifully Installed into the Chair of Sussex Lodge No.17 by W.Bro. Penny Di Cara. The WM has been a member of Sussex Lodge since 2008 when it re-opened after a temporary closure and she has only recently handed over the duties of Secretary to Bro. Margaret Bartlett. An excellent meeting was followed by an excellent Festive Board at the nearby White Hart Hotel in Lewes.
Past DGM takes the reins in Colchester
On Thursday 26th May 2016, the R.W. Bro. Margaret Clarke, the Past Deputy Grand Master, achieved a long held ambition when she was Installed into the Chair of Colchester Lodge No. 31. The ceremony was faultlessly performed by the outgoing Master, V.W.Bro. Peggy Halford. The new WM then invested her Officers in her own unique and inimitable style. Several candidates were proposed for Initiation and it looks as though R.W.Bro. Clarke will have a busy year ahead.
Reta makes her Mark again
Monday 23rd May saw W. Bro. Reta Saxton-Howes commence a 2nd term of office as WM of Mystic Stone Mark Lodge No. 2. She was beautifully installed by W. Bro. Angela Kaye. Reta then proceeded to invest her Officers with her customary zeal and assiduity. The four Charges, customarily delivered at Mark Installations were received by the Brethren with due appreciation. The meeting was followed by an excellent Festive Board.
Ambassadors Lodge visits Coventry
On Sunday 15th May, the HFAF Ambassadors Lodge travelled to Coventry to admit two former members of Centrum Lodge 46. This being the first step in the process of re-opening Centrum Lodge 46 as a Universities lodge. Two candidates were successfully interviewed and will be admitted at the next two meetings of Ambassadors Lodge. W.Bro. Leonie Newell was appointed as WM of Ambasadors Lodge for this project by the Grand Master.
Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge No. 19 closes
On Wednesday 11th May 2016, the Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge no. 19 held its last meeting. The lodge which was consecrated in 1944 has had a long and honourable history but sadly membership levels had dropped to such an extent that despite a concerted effort from members of other Lodges, the decision was taken to hand in its Warrant.
Rising Star Installation
Rising Star Lodge No. 38 held its annual Installation meeting on Monday 9th May 2016 at the Shirley Woolmer Temple in the Sidcup Masonic Centre. W. Bro. Tracey Worth was re-installed for a second term of office. The Lodge was pleased to show the Grand Master the Lodge Honours Board which had been kindly installed by the management. The HFAF banner was also given a permanent home at the Centre.
Rising Star Honours Board
HFAF Banner – Sidcup
WM Tracey Worth and members of Rising Star Lodge No. 38
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
Kathy overcomes health problems to become WM
On Monday 4th April, Stability Lodge No. 1 celebrated a very joyous occasion when Senior Warden, Bro Kathy McLean was Installed as Worshipful Master of the lodge. It was so moving to see Kathy attain this goal as she has endured many health problems in the past few years. For Wor. Bro. Cynthia Rothman, the Installing Master, it was particularly gratifying as she had occupied the Chair for two years, keeping it warm for Kathy! Stability Lodge as the number suggests is a very old lodge and was the first lodge of our Fraternity when it was founded in 1913.
WM with members of Stability No. 1
It's a family affair at Sesame 26
Monday 21st March saw the Initiation of yet another member of the Pearce family into Sesame Lodge 26. Bro. Zeqeisha became the fourth member of her family to join the lodge.
Zeqeisha with proud WM and grandmother, mother and sister.
Her sister was Junior Deacon, her mum was Senior Deacon and her gran was a Steward. Worshipful Master Hazel can justifiably be proud of her Officers!
First Romanian WM for UK Lodge
Tuesday 22nd February saw the Installation meeting of Gothic Lodge No. 27, which meets at our London HQ at 402 Finchley Road, NW2 when W. Bro. Penny Di Cara installed Bro Cristina Poppa as her successor as WM. She gave her a ceremony to remember which was only to be expected from a Brother who is also a Past Master of Sussex Lodge No. 17. The new WM invested her Officers beautifully and is to be congratulated when one realises that English is not her mother tongue. At this meeting the lodge said goodbye to their Preceptor of many years the incredible Vy Wor Bro Sue Bentley who has proved herself to be a Preceptor par excellence and welcomed their new Preceptor W Bro Lesley Adams. Although we have a lodge in Romania, Alpha No. 54, W. Bro. Cristina is resident in the UK and so can lay claim to the title of the first Romanian WM for a UK Lodge.