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
Women Freemasons at Great Queen Street
On Thursday 22nd June Grand Master Christine Chapman, at the invitation of the WM V.W. Bro. Ian Currans, Met GL AGM addressed the members of Jubilee Masters Lodge and their guests on the subject of Women’s Freemasonry. The Grand Master accompanied by her Grand Lodge Officers was escorted into the Grand Temple where she was received by the WM. The invitation had been issued many months ago and was arranged as the lodge’s Tercentenary event. Due to the size of the audience which had also been augmented by guests and members of HFAF, the event was moved from Temple 10 to the Grand Temple.
Her talk which was entitled Women in Blue was enthusiastically received and at the end she received a standing ovation. She answered several questions on the subject to the satisfaction of all present! Her talk is now available on Met GL Porchway website.
The iconic view of Freemasons’ Hall in London
It’s a long walk to the East!
Grand Master at GQS
After the meeting the guests took the short walk along Great Queen Street to The Grand Connaught Rooms for a splendid banquet.
Freemasonry on the Rock
As part of our annual visit to the Costa Del Sol we made an an excursion across the border to visit Gibraltar Lodge 47 for their Installation meeting on Wednesday 14th June. Before the meeting an interview was recorded with the Grand Master Christine Chapman and later with the new Worshipful Master Yvette Sanguinetti specially for Gibraltar TV.
We were particularly delighted to attend this meeting as Yvette was a first-time Master and it was particularly moving to see how much it meant to her.
Sun still shining on Calahonda 53
Monday 12th June, another sunny day here on the Costa del Sol for the Installation meeting of Calahonda Lodge 53. W. Bro. Jan Owens was Installed for a 3rd year into the Chair. W. Bro. Jan has presided over two incredible years for the lodge during which time they have had many new candidates and have raised much needed funds for DEBRA the charity for Butterfly Children.
The Grand Master had a meeting with the Provincial Grand Master of Andalucia Giles Crawford to discuss Calahonda Lodge being invited to their Annual Assembly to make a joint presentation to DEBRA.