Lodges which are part of the HFAF University Lodge Scheme are particularly aimed at University undergraduates, staff and alumni and we offer discounted fees up to the age of 25.
The students must be Initiated, Passed and Raised during their time at the University. When they leave University they will be assisted to move to other Lodges if this is more convenient. During their time as a member of the University Lodge they will be encouraged to take part in the ceremonies for other candidates. For those of us who believe wholeheartedly in Freemasonry for Women this is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to more women.
Younger members are attracted by the stability of Freemasonry, its rituals and traditions all of which provide a contrast to the fast pace of modern life. There are at present more than 50 University Lodges working under the UGLE scheme. A recent conference on the Universities scheme discovered that at least 40% of the enquiries they received were from women. If the HFAF Scheme proves successful it can only result in a more diverse membership and if we live up to our own masonic ideals we should be able to retain this membership for life.
Lodges in the HFAF University Scheme
On 31st August 2014 the Lodge of Wisdom no. 55 was consecrated at Harrow District Masonic Centre by the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Christine Chapman and Right Worshipful Bro. Helen Levene, Junior Grand Warden, was Installed as the first Worshipful Master of the new lodge. This Lodge was the first of our University Lodges and will have an association with Brunel University.
Surrey Lodge no. 45 was re-opened in February 2015 and we hope will be associated with University of Surrey. The lodge is meeting at the Guildford Masonic Centre.
Bourne Lodge 37 meeting at the Queens Hotel, Bournemouth has asked to become a University Lodge.
Plans are underway to re-open Centrum Lodge 46 in 2017 as a University Lodge, meeting at Coventry Masonic Centre.
We are very pleased to announce that we will in future be working in close co-operation with the UGLE University Scheme and we hope this will prove mutually beneficial.
HFAF University Scheme President – Most Wor Bro. Christine Chapman
HFAF University Scheme Chairman – Very Wor Bro. Maxine Priestley