On Sunday 20th November from 12pm to 3pm we once again opened our doors at 402 Finchley Road, London NW2 2HR not only to promote our Fraternity but also to provide an enjoyable day out for members and visitors. Lots of lovely goods were on sale and there was the customary Fortitude cafe providing hot drinks and bagels.
There’s no doubting what the star attraction was this year. It’s this handsome chap who has been named Mason,what else? Our members have raised funds to pay for his training as a Medical Detection Dog. He has grown somewhat since the first picture was taken but a team from the Charity were there on Sunday with Mason and we were delighted to present a cheque to the Charity.
Introducing Mason who will become a Medical Detection Dog.
Mason is growing up!
Mason is very well behaved!
Freshers Fairs 2016
In the autumn of 2016 we were delighted to participate in University Freshers Fairs at Bournemouth, Brunel, Chichester, Chelmsford and Guildford. Many enquiries were received and these were followed up by an invitation for coffee and a chat.
Theresa working hard at Bournemouth
Amy spreading the word at Guildford
Chrissy in action at Chelmsford
Alpha 54 at the Palace
Our Romanian Lodge Alpha No. 54 held its Installation meeting at a palace due to the closure of their usual venue in Bucharest. The resourceful Simona, 5th WM and Preceptor of the Lodge located and negotiated this wonderful venue once owned by a ruler of Romania.
Five HFAF brethren from London including the Grand Master Christine Chapman enjoyed a wonderful meeting when W Bro. Simona Installed Bro. Simona into the Chair as the new WM. Yes Simona is a popular name in Romania!
Imposing entrance to the palace
Amazing decor intheTemple
Anne takes the driving seat in Regency/Fidelity
Driving Instructor Anne was Installed into the Chair as Worshipful Master of Regency/Fidelity Lodge No. 40/2 on 26th July. IPM W. Bro. Kim handled the manoeuvre very skilfully to the satisfaction and delight of the assembled brethren. The meeting was held in the Croydon Masonic Centre.
Anne takes the driving seat
Calahonda celebrates on the Costa
Calahonda Lodge 53 celebrated its 11th year with W. Bro. Jan Owens continuing for a 2nd year as Worshipful Master. The Installation meeting at the Tamisa Hotel in Mijas Costa was attended by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Christine Chapman and the Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master Irene Stewart who were treated to a beautiful Installation meeting when W Bro. Barbara Green again demonstrated her skill and workmanship in delivering the ritual in a beautiful ceremony of Installation.
The M W Grand Master was pleased to appoint W Bro. Marion Brown as Preceptor to lead the Brethren forward into yet another new Chapter in their history.
WM Jan and IPM Barbara at the Festive Board
The two guests of honour at the Festive Board
RIckmansworth Fun Days for HFAF
On two Sundays in July, the Royal Masonic Girls School hosted two Provincial Fun Days, one for Middx and one for Herts. HFAF was pleased to have been invited to have a presence at both events.
Lot of enquiries were received and on both occasions our Tombola was sold out.
The information section
Calahonda 53 supporting DEBRA in Spain
The charity DEBRA works to provide care for children afflicted by an incurable condition known as Butterfly Children.This extremely painful condition necessitates 24/7 care , not least in the daily task of bandaging the children.
In Spain there is virtually no state assistance and sufferers and their parents are dependent on the nurses provided by this charity who provide care and guidance.
Calahonda Lodge No. 53 under the leadership of WM Jan Owens have raised over 2200 euros so far and will continue to support them throughout the coming year. They were delighted to make a presentation to the Charity this summer
Calahonda 53 supporting DEBRA (Spain)
Grand Lodge visits Gibraltar
Grand Master Christine Chapman was more than happy to take a special meeting of Grand Lodge to Gibraltar to coincide with the HFAF anual visit to the Rock. The meeting was held to allow Bro Yvette Sanguinetti to be examined in the Master’s work to qualify her to take the Master’s Chair next year and to present two members of Gibraltar 47 and two members of Calahonda 53 to the Grand Master in the customary manner. The Grand Master suggested this meeting as she realised that brethren from Spain and Gibraltar were not always able to visit London at the required times.
This special meeting was followed by the annual Installation meeting at which W Bro Marion Brown installed her successor W Bro Alexandra Schumann. For the past few years members of Calahonda 53 have supported Gibraltar 46 by taking office in both lodges.
HFAF working with UGLE to promote Freemasonry
Hazel and Jim
Hazel dealing with enquiries
HFAF Team with Peter Martin
HFAF represented by members of Sussex Lodge 17, Regency/Fidelity Lodge 40/2 and Surrey Lodge 45 shared a space with the Sussex Provincial Information Team at the South of England Show at Ardingly for the 3 days of this premier agricultural show in June.
This was a groundbreaking event for HFAF and thanks to the forward thinking Province of Sussex (UGLE) we received several enquiries about potential membership and much interest was shown in our organisation.
GM visits Morecambe
The Grand Master, Christine Chapman was in Morecambe for the KT (Knights Templar) and KTP(Knights Templar Priest) weekend in June and she extended her visit to take in the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting on Monday 6th June. She was given a very cordial welcome and said that she hoped to be able to attend again next year.
Provincial GM Pat Rothwell and GM Christine Chapman