Our Mission Statement
The Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons (HFAF) which is now known as Freemasonry for Women is a fraternity for women and organised by women. It was founded in 1913 and membership is open to women of any race or religion, who are able to profess a belief in a Supreme Being. Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. Freemasonry has evolved over the centuries as a system of moral guidance, characterised by allegory and symbolism. It is compatible with all religions enabling men and women of different faiths and backgrounds to follow a common purpose of living a moral life for the good of themselves and others. In the UK there are single sex fraternities such as ours and mixed Fraternities. Our precepts are taught by a series of ceremonies.
Our Order has many lodges in the UK including the Isle of Man, and as far as Carlisle in the north and south to Bournemouth and westwards to the Cotswolds. We have recently re-opened Centrum 46 as a University Lodge in Coventry and consecrated Athena Lodge 59 in Stoke-on-Trent. We have six overseas Lodges: one in Gibraltar, two in Spain, one in Eastern Europe in Bucharest, Romania, one in New Delhi in India, and the latest overseas addition to our HFAF family, America Lodge No. 57 consecrated in Washington, DC on 25th May 2019. Such is the interest in Women’s Freemasonry in India that we have been asked to consecrate two further lodges, which we were hoping to do in January 2021, but due to COVID-19 have now been postponed to at a later date. We have also been approached to open lodges in Berlin and Brazil and we now have enough members for each project to proceed to consecration in the near future.
We are participating in the University Scheme . We have opened new University Lodges in Letchworth and Newcastle-under-Lyme and also re-opened Centrum Lodge No. 46 in Coventry. Surrey Lodge No. 45 is already working as a University Lodge. We are working in conjunction with United Grand Lodge of England, (masculine Freemasonry) to promote Freemasonry in our Universities.
Some years ago we took the decision to look for bigger headquarters and our headquarters building has now been sold after a long and tortuous process. Our London Lodges are currently meeting at Harrow, Radlett and Southgate Masonic Centres and a venue in Aldgate near to the City of London. Grand Lodge Quarterly Communications are being held at Great Queen Street, at UGLE headquarters.
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