The Connaught Club is aimed at members of Metropolitan Grand Lodge who are under 35. On 26th April, they held an Open Night at the UGLE headquarters in Great Queen Street in London and invited HFAF Freemasonry for Women along. Several members together with Grand Master Christine Chapman attended and Grand Master Christine addressed the gathering.
The HFAF members arrived early to get a good seat
Club President V W Bro. Ian Currans
On 6th April the UGLE University Lodge Apollo No. 357 celebrated their bicentenary at a very special meeting held in the Sheldonian Theatre of Oxford University in the presence of the UGLE Grand Master, H.R.H. Duke of Kent. Our Grand Master Christine Chapman and University Scheme Chair Maxine Priestley were invited to attend this very special event and the after meeting celebrations, which included a Champagne reception at the Ashmolean and a splendid banquet at Keble.
A unique meeting at the Sheldonian
Everybody making their way to the Ashmolean
HFAF are well represented
The magnificent Keble College Dining Hall
Sunday 2nd September, saw a very unique occasion when members of various Masonic Orders were invited by Grand Master Christine Chapman to attend an especial meeting of the Grand Lodge of HFAF to listen to the famous Masonic author and scientist, Dr Robert Lomas. UGLE gave permission for us to hold this event at Great Queen Street in London in the famous No. 10 Temple, also known as the Indian Temple. A gathering of men and women Freemasons were entertained by Dr Lomas to hear about his journey in Freemasonry and his thoughts on various Masonic topics. The event was followed by a buffet and drinks reception in the vestibule outside the Grand Temple where people were able to chat together.
Dr Lomas had much earlier in the year offered to give a talk to HFAF and the Grand Master Christine Chapman had taken the opportunity to open it up to other Orders.
The wonderful Temple No. 10
Robert Lomas with two very appreciative members of HFAF
The Doctors chat – Dr Lomas and Dr Staples
HFAF at Rickmansworth
HFAF Freemasonry for Women was present at the Middlesex Family Fun Day on 15th July and the Herts Family Fun Day on 22nd July both held at the Royal Masonic Girls School in Rickmansworth. As well as raising the profile of Women’s Freemasonry we also raised funds by running very successful Tombola stalls.
The HFAF Team at Middlesex
The HFAF team at Herts
Bexhill Open Day
Sussex 17 and Rising Star 38 joined forces to represent HFAF Freemasonry for Women at the Bexhill Open Day on Saturday 30th September. Sussex was represented by Bro. Jan and Bro. Shirley and Rising Star by W. Bro. Janet.
UGLE and HFAF Teams at Bexhill Open Day
Tunbridge Wells Open Day
W, Bro. Hazel manned the display at Tunbridge Wells Open Day on behalf of Sussex 17 and Rising Star 38. She received lots of enquiries as a result of her eye-catching display.
Eye-catching display at Tunbridge Wells Open Day
Family Fun Day at Rickmansworth
On Saturday 22nd July Herts and Middx Provinces of UGLE joined together to stage a Family Fun Day in the grounds of the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth. Despite the atrocious weather there was a good turnout and the event was well supported. We provided our usual Tombola Stall and well done to the HFAF Team who battled on despite several drenchings.
No-one could miss our stall!
Gwendolyn sold hundreds of tickets
Cotswold 51 joins the Carnival Parade
Members of Cotswold Lodge 51 were pleased to be able to participate with their fellow Freemasons from UGLE in the Carnival Parade through the beautiful town of Witney on Saturday 8th July. Cotswold 51 meets at the Masonic Temple in Witney.
Women Freemasons at Great Queen Street
On Thursday 22nd June Grand Master Christine Chapman, at the invitation of the WM V.W. Bro. Ian Currans, Met GL AGM addressed the members of Jubilee Masters Lodge and their guests on the subject of Women’s Freemasonry. The Grand Master accompanied by her Grand Lodge Officers was escorted into the Grand Temple where she was received by the WM. The invitation had been issued many months ago and was arranged as the lodge’s Tercentenary event. Due to the size of the audience which had also been augmented by guests and members of HFAF, the event was moved from Temple 10 to the Grand Temple.
Her talk which was entitled Women in Blue was enthusiastically received and at the end she received a standing ovation. She answered several questions on the subject to the satisfaction of all present! Her talk is now available on Met GL Porchway website.
The iconic view of Freemasons’ Hall in London
It’s a long walk to the East!
Grand Master at GQS
After the meeting the guests took the short walk along Great Queen Street to The Grand Connaught Rooms for a splendid banquet.
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.
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