Holy Sepulchre celebrates another successful year.
On Wednesday 17th February , the Chapter of the Holy Sepulchre No. 6 held its Installation meeting at Rochford in Essex. 3rd Principal Ex.Companion Chrissy West-Webbe installed her successor Companion Christine Chesterman into the Chair of J and was then herself installed into the Chair of H by Ex. Companion Jane Walbancke the outgoing 2nd Principal. The outgoing 1st Principal Ex. Companion Carol Cole then installed her successor, Ex. Companion Jane Walbancke into the Chair of Z. This, the youngest Royal Arch Chapter in our Fraternity is now 7 years old and it was very encouraging to witness such high standards of ritual from all three installing Principals.The Royal Arch Degree is a very colourful ceremony based around the rebuilding of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem.
The 3 newly installed Principals
Gemma continues the family tradition
On Wednesday 10th February W Bro Gemma again assumed the mantle of leadership of Grace Bilantz Lodge No. 34,when she was beautifully Installed into the Chair of King Solomon by IPM W Bro Marcia who despite a long period of illness this past year exceeded all expectations. W Bro Gemma continues the family tradition in this lodge, being the 3rd generation of Women Freemasons in her family to take the Chair of Grace Bilantz Lodge 34. This lodge meets at our London HQ at 402 Finchley Road, NW2.
Keystone Mark No. 1 Installation
On Monday 8th February 2016, at our London headquarters, another stone was placed in the Masonic superstructure when W Bro Pat installed Bro Lesley into the Chair of this our first Mark lodge. W Bro Pat having completed two years service for the lodge gave Lesley a ceremony to remember and Lesley responded by Investing her Officers with skill and assiduity. Their illustrious Preceptor, our Past Grand Master Bernice Abram was equally delighted with the high standard of the work and complimented everyone on a wonderful ceremony.
Monday 25th January saw the Installation meeting of Sesame 26 at Blackpool. Bro. Hazel Whattam was Installed as Worshipful Master by W. Bro. Anne Hughes. An excellent meeting enjoyed by everyone present.
WM, IPM and PPGM
A very happy Hazel the new WM with IPM Anne
HFAF University Scheme to expand
Following a successful meeting with UGLE Scheme President, Sir David Wootton; Chairman Edward Lord; Vice-Chairman Dan Large and Grand Secretary Nigel Brown we are pleased to announce that we shall in future be working in close co-operation with UGLE on the Universities Scheme. We hope this will prove mutually beneficial to both HFAF and UGLE.
Honours for HFAF members
We were delighted to see two of our members listed in the New Year’s Honours List for their services to Charity:
Rt. Wor. Bro. Hedy-Joy Babani, Assistant Grand Master has been awarded the MBE
Vy. Wor. Bro. Dorothea Gell, Past President of the Board of Benevolence has been awarded the BEM
We congratulate them both.
Isle of Man reaffirms its support for Women's Freemasonry
On Monday 7th December, the Isle of Man brethren re-affirmed their support for Women’s Freemasonry on the island at the annual Installation meeting of the combined lodges of Grace Banks-Martin 14 and Mabel Garrett 20 when W. Bro. Caroline Ronan was installed as Worshipful Master for the ensuing year. The brethren were delighted that the Grand Master, Christine Chapman was able to attend.
2nd term for Natalie
W. Bro. Natalie Gluckstein was Installed into the Chair for a second term of office as Worshipful Master at Doric Lodge No. 11 on Tuesday 1st December 2015.
HFAF supporting TLC
Prov GM, PPrGM and DPrGM with some of the teddies.
Our Northern Lodges are continuing to support the Teddy Loving Care TLC initiative promoted by UGLE. Money is raised to provide Teddies to sick and distressed children in hospitals in the area. Our Provincial Grand Master Pat Rothwell (centre), Past Provincial Grand Master Heather Hitchen (left) and Deputy Provincial Grand Master Brenda Cook (right) braved the wind and weather to meet one of the paramedics and his teddy friends.
Lodge Fortitude Installation
Lodge Fortitude no 6 celebrated its Installation meeting on Tuesday 10th November at HFAF HQ.