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
The new Commander sets sail
On Thursday 9th June 2016, Bro. Maxine Sherman was memorably Installed into the Chair of Royal Ark Mariners Lodge moored to Keystone Mark Lodge No. 1. The outgoing Commander was none other than our Assistant Grand Master, Hedy-Joy Babani, MBE. The new Commander displayed her usual mastery of the ritual by faultlessly investing her Officers. An entertaining meeting was followed by a very happy Festive Board at our HQ, 402 Finchley Road, London NW2 2HR.
Grand Secretary takes the Chair in Sussex
On Wednesday 1st June 2016, V.W.Bro. Maxine Priestley, our hard-working Grand Secretary was beautifully Installed into the Chair of Sussex Lodge No.17 by W.Bro. Penny Di Cara. The WM has been a member of Sussex Lodge since 2008 when it re-opened after a temporary closure and she has only recently handed over the duties of Secretary to Bro. Margaret Bartlett. An excellent meeting was followed by an excellent Festive Board at the nearby White Hart Hotel in Lewes.
Past DGM takes the reins in Colchester
On Thursday 26th May 2016, the R.W. Bro. Margaret Clarke, the Past Deputy Grand Master, achieved a long held ambition when she was Installed into the Chair of Colchester Lodge No. 31. The ceremony was faultlessly performed by the outgoing Master, V.W.Bro. Peggy Halford. The new WM then invested her Officers in her own unique and inimitable style. Several candidates were proposed for Initiation and it looks as though R.W.Bro. Clarke will have a busy year ahead.
Reta makes her Mark again
Monday 23rd May saw W. Bro. Reta Saxton-Howes commence a 2nd term of office as WM of Mystic Stone Mark Lodge No. 2. She was beautifully installed by W. Bro. Angela Kaye. Reta then proceeded to invest her Officers with her customary zeal and assiduity. The four Charges, customarily delivered at Mark Installations were received by the Brethren with due appreciation. The meeting was followed by an excellent Festive Board.
Ambassadors Lodge visits Coventry
On Sunday 15th May, the HFAF Ambassadors Lodge travelled to Coventry to admit two former members of Centrum Lodge 46. This being the first step in the process of re-opening Centrum Lodge 46 as a Universities lodge. Two candidates were successfully interviewed and will be admitted at the next two meetings of Ambassadors Lodge. W.Bro. Leonie Newell was appointed as WM of Ambasadors Lodge for this project by the Grand Master.