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.
Calahonda Lodge 53
WM with GM & DGM
WM with PMs Marion and Peggy
Investiture of Provincial Grand Master
On Monday 5th June at Morecambe RW Bro. Brenda Cook was invested as the new Provincial Grand Master by RW Bro Pat Rothwell the outgoing PrGM. RW Bro Cook had previously received her Letters of Patent from the Grand Master at the December Grand Lodge Quarterly Communications in London and been Obligated at the May Quarterly Communications. RW Bro Cook was was pleased to appoint VW Bro. Angela Seed as her Deputy.
Grand Master and Provincial Grand Master
Provincial Deputy Grand Master
Isle of Man visit
The Grand Master Christine Chapman accompanied by several Grand Lodge Officers was pleased to visit the Isle of Man for the annual Spring Festival. During this visit she attended the Installation meeting of Grace Banks-Martin/Mabel Garratt 14/20 Lodge at which W Bro Carolyn Craige was once again Installed into the Chair of the Lodge. During this visit the Grand Master was pleased to appoint V.Wor. Bro. Mona Purvis as the Grand Superintendent to succeed R.Wor. Bro. Irene Bridson who had expressed her wish to retire from the Office. The Festive Board was held at the newly refurbished men’s Temple in Douglas.
The bi-annual meeting of HFAF Grand Mark was held on Monday 27th March at 402 Finchley Road, London NW2. The Grand Master of the Mark, MW Bro. Christine Chapman was pleased to make several new appointments. The meeting was followed by a tea.
Grand Master receives a sweet reception in Kendal
On Friday 20th January, the Grand Master Christine Chapman accompanied by the Grand Secretary Maxine Priestley travelled to Kendal, the home of the famous mint, at the invitation of Eversley Lodge and Kendal Castle Chapter. The evening which had been organised by artisan baker and freemason Simon Thomas and Maxine was supported by both the local masonic community and also by members of the HFAF from our lodges in Morecambe, Blackpool, Preston and Carlisle. The talk outlined the history of Women’s Freemasonry and the current development of HFAF.
The audience for the Grand Master’s talk
March Open Day
Are you interested in meeting up and talking to us about Freemasonry for women? We are holding an informal lunch at the beautiful Cloisters in Hertfordshire on the 4th March 2018 from 11.30am.
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