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.
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
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.
WM Jane in the East
WM Jane and the members of Regency/Fidelity 40/2
Uni Scheme Updates
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
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.
The Fforest Lodge Flyer
The GM with Dr Lomas and the PGM
Signing the programme notes
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
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.
Bourne Lodge at Zetland Court
On 2nd June, a team from Bourne Lodge No. 35 attended the Zetland Court Annual Fete to help raise funds for this beautiful care home which is run by the the UGLE’s RMBI. Their efforts raised £120.
On 26th and 28th May, a further group of American women came to HQ and were Initiated, Passed and Raised over the Bank Holiday weekend. This means that the new Lodge when it is consecrated next year in Washington, DC will have at least 14 members. The hard working Ambassadors Team are to be congratulated on their dedication in helping to advance this project another stage towards fruition
Ambassadors American members
Ambassadors – UK and American
Rita achieves her goal
On 24th May, Colchester Lodge No. 31 held its annual Installation meeting. RW Bro. Margaret Clarke, PDGM was the Installing Master on this occasion having just completed a two year stint in the chair of this lodge and it was a great pleasure to watch her install her successor Bro Rita Sutton into the Chair in her own inimitable style. Everyone was delighted that Rita who has been a keen supporter of our travelling Ambassadors Lodge No. 13 and even travelled out to India to help with the consecration of Lodge Bharati No. 56 had finally achieved this milestone in her masonic