In April the Grand Master Christine Chapman and Deputy Grand Master Irene Stewart visited the Isle of Man brethren for their Spring Festival. On Tuesday 12th April they attended a meeting of Grace Banks Martin/Mabel Garrett combined lodges 14/20 when two former members of the Manx lodges were welcomed back into the Fraternity.
The following day the Manx brethren organised a special buffet supper to welcome their distinguished guests. The Grand Master was delighted to present a 50 year certificate and Jewel to long standing member Joan Atkinson.
Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master with Grand Superintendent
Grace Banks-Martin 14/ Mabel Garrett 20 Lodge on the Isle of Man
Presentation of 50 year Jewel and Certificate
Everyone enjoyed a buffet supper after the GM's talk
Grand Master visits Coventry
On Friday 8th April, a team from HFAF led by the Grand Master Christine Chapman, visited Coventry Masonic Centre as part of the initiative to re-open Centrum Lodge No. 46 as a future member of the HFAF University Scheme. Thanks to the efforts of the Coventry Management team, led by David Joyce, maximum publicity for this event ensured a good attendance for the talk on Women’s Freemasonry given by GM Christine. After the talk in the Temple everyone adjourned to the dining room for a buffet supper. We were delighted to see some former members of the lodge there who were keen to rejoin us. Several prospective candidates came forward and we look forward to welcoming them into our Fraternity in the near future.
Everyone enjoyed a buffet supper after the GM’s talk
Kathy overcomes health problems to become WM
On Monday 4th April, Stability Lodge No. 1 celebrated a very joyous occasion when Senior Warden, Bro Kathy McLean was Installed as Worshipful Master of the lodge. It was so moving to see Kathy attain this goal as she has endured many health problems in the past few years. For Wor. Bro. Cynthia Rothman, the Installing Master, it was particularly gratifying as she had occupied the Chair for two years, keeping it warm for Kathy! Stability Lodge as the number suggests is a very old lodge and was the first lodge of our Fraternity when it was founded in 1913.
WM with members of Stability No. 1
Worshipful Master of Calahonda Lodge 53 Jan Owens was delighted when her friend Trish suggested a Tea, Cakes and Cards afternoon to raise funds for charity, offering to donate a percentage from the sale of her home made cards. Members enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon and together with the proceeds of the raffle raised €257 towards the Master’s chosen charity.
You’re invited to tea
IPM Marion, WM Jan and Trish the card maker.
It's a family affair at Sesame 26
Monday 21st March saw the Initiation of yet another member of the Pearce family into Sesame Lodge 26. Bro. Zeqeisha became the fourth member of her family to join the lodge.
Zeqeisha with proud WM and grandmother, mother and sister.
Her sister was Junior Deacon, her mum was Senior Deacon and her gran was a Steward. Worshipful Master Hazel can justifiably be proud of her Officers!
First Romanian WM for UK Lodge
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.