Bharati 56 - Charity Project

 

News from Lodge Bharati No. 56

 “that on 4th Oct we the Women Freemasons of India/ Lodge Bharati-56 organised a personal hygine & health care …. Medical Camp for Women & Girls at Tahirpur Village,Delhi. There were about 120 participants.

Our Brethrens….Dr Gargi Negi (gynec), Dr.Smitha Rao & Dr Shivangi Mehra (Dentists) gave lectures on their subjects. Bro.Anju Paul counselled many girls & women. Private consultancy was offered by Bro.Negi to many.

Excellent field work & management of the event by Bro.Madhuri Sharma.

At the end of the session Sanitary Napkins, Dental kits & packets of Snacks were distributed to all.

We had the cooperation of few coordinators of Leprosy Mission of India which made our event a success.We have been requested to hold many more similar health camps in different village since then.”

Update

The Brethren returned on 6th November to distribute more supplies

Pale Blue Club Afternoon Tea

Sunday 19th August saw an afternoon meeting for the Pale Blue Club. This club is aimed at new Fraternity members.  It enables  all members wearing Pale Blue Aprons to get together informally, away from the formal lodge meetings. Sunday’s event at our London Headquarters was also open to those expressing an interest in Women’s Freemasonry.

Colchester donate to RNLI

Colchester Lodge presents equipment to the RNLI

Colchester Lodge presents equipment to the RNLI

 

Members of Colchester Lodge attended a crew night to present the Clacton  RNLI with equipment worth  £2500. This was made possible by their fund -raising activities over several years.

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.

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.

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.

 

Uni Scheme Updates

 

UGLE and HFAF Uni Schemes

UGLE and HFAF Uni Schemes

 

HFAF and UGLE recently had a meeting on 28th June at UGLE HQ in Great Queen Street to discuss progress on our respective Uni Schemes. Present on the HFAF side were Christine Chapman (President) and Maxine Priestley (Chairman). Present from UGLE were  Mark Greenburgh (Chairman), Julian Soper (Deputy Chairman) and Andy Green (Vice-Chairman).

 

 

As part of her ongoing work on the HFAF Uni Scheme, Chairman VW Bro Maxine met with members of Cotswold Lodge No. 51, based in Witney and representatives from the UGLE Oxford Brookes Scheme to discuss future co-operation.

Oxford Brookes Uni Scheme planning Uni Scheme Meeting

Oxford Brookes Uni Scheme planning
Uni Scheme Meeting

HFAF in Wales

Earlier this year as a result of a conversation between Karl Frowen, WM of Fforest Lodge and Dr Robert Lomas the masonic author, an invitation was extended to Grand Master Christine Chapman to join Dr Lomas on the platform at the lodge’s masonic education event  at Treharris in South Wales. Everyone enjoyed a delicious 4 course dinner beforehand and then between them they delivered four lectures covering the history of Women’s Freemasonry, the future of Freemasonry and the value of masonic education. The Provincial Grand Master for South Wales, Gareth Jones was also present.

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.

 

 

 

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