Alpha Lodge No. 54 held their Installation meeting at the Ramada Hotel on Sunday 10th September. It was a unique Installation ceremony for the new Worshipful Master Cristina. Due to a sudden family bereavement the outgoing Master W Bro Simona was unable to attend, so the Lodge was assisted by the three Founding Masters who were visiting from the UK.
The new WM and her Officers
It was a busy weekend for W Bro Hazel, at Tunbridge Wells on Saturday and at Weybourne House, Guildford on Sunday. Surrey Lodge 45 meets at Guildford.
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
HFAF donates to Barts Charity
Members of HFAF, Freemasonry for Women, were delighted to make a presentation to the Barts Charity at the London Hospital recently
Our annual Tea for new members, their friends and families took place at our Headquarters on Sunday 20th August 2017. The Grand Master opened the proceedings with a talk about the benefits of Freemasonry and then the Assistant Grand Inspector General Hazel gave a detailed explanation of our HFAF Mentoring Scheme. This was followed by Grand Secretary Maxine talking about the HFAF Universities Scheme. Our Assistant Grand Master Hedy talked about our HFAF Charity and our fundraising efforts. The Worshipful Master of Lodge Fortitude 6 talked about HFAF and Freemasonry for Women and what it meant to her. The Grand Master then concluded the serious side and invited everyone to adjourn to the Dining Room for Tea, which had been catered by Lodge Fortitude 6.
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
Chestnut Tree Hospice presentation
On Wednesday 19th July the Grand Master was delighted to present a cheque for £7982 to Chestnut Tree Hospice on behalf of HFAF Freemasonry for Women for the purchase of a specialist cot bed. This wonderful Charity supports children with life-limiting conditions and provides this support to their families both at the Hospice and also in the community.
The GM and partner John present the cheque
PGLOA Tea Party
On Monday 17th July the Past Deputy Grand Master Margaret Clarke presided over the annual Summer Tea Party for members of the Past Grand Lodge Officers Association. The occasion was enlivened by musical entertainment which brought many of the members to their feet to join in the dancing.
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.
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.
US Brethren with the GM
Our new US brethren with some of the officers who participated in the ceremonies