Tuesday 22nd February saw the Installation meeting of Gothic Lodge No. 27, which meets at our London HQ at 402 Finchley Road, NW2 when W. Bro. Penny Di Cara installed Bro Cristina Poppa as her successor as WM. She gave her a ceremony to remember which was only to be expected from a Brother who is also a Past Master of Sussex Lodge No. 17. The new WM invested her Officers beautifully and is to be congratulated when one realises that English is not her mother tongue. At this meeting the lodge said goodbye to their Preceptor of many years the incredible Vy Wor Bro Sue Bentley who has proved herself to be a Preceptor par excellence and welcomed their new Preceptor W Bro Lesley Adams. Although we have a lodge in Romania, Alpha No. 54, W. Bro. Cristina is resident in the UK and so can lay claim to the title of the first Romanian WM for a UK Lodge.
The WM and members of Gothic 27
Woman Freemason honoured with MBE
On Wednesday 24th February 2015 our Assistant Grand Master, Hedy-Joy Babani travelled to Buckingham Palace to be Invested with the MBE, by HRH Prince Charles, for services to disabled and disadvantaged children. Our Fraternity is immensely proud of her and our own Charity has also benefited from her tireless efforts to raise funds. Hedy has worked for Variety for many years and her fund-raising expertise has been put to good use to raise funds for our own HFAF Charity.
Assistant Grand Master Hedy-Joy Babani receiving her honours from HRH Prince Charles
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.