Volunteering in the community

Many of our members have been busy supporting their local communities by volunteering their services as drivers, shoppers and prescription collectors.

Some of our members who had retired from the NHS answered the government’s call and returned to front-line service.

Others provided hot meals, baked treats and sewed kit-bags.

HFAF Charity responding

We have been pleased to respond to local charities and initiatives during this time of national lockdown.

Obviously we had to stop our meetings and the caterer for our Headquarters, Oli’s Kitchen decided to set up a takeaway business for the local area and also to provide hot meals for NHS staff. We were pleased to provide him with funding for 300 meals.

Goods for Good UK, which we have supported in the past, was also providing help to vulnerable families, and the homeless in the local area. We decided to support them with another donation of £1000 which enables them to buy goods. Because of their buying power they are able to obtain goods worth approximately ten times the value of any donation.

Unitas our local Youthzone project obviously had to close down their normal operations but decided instead to focus on helping the homeless and vulnerable in the area. We were pleased to contribute £2000 towards their running costs

So although we are unable to hold our masonic meetings we are still able to provide help and support for our local headquarters area.

Northern Powerhouse

Our Northern lodges are always working to support local charities . In January Michele IPM of Bond of Friendship Lodge 48 was delighted to present £250 each to her two chosen charities; the Alzheimers Society and Dementia Cafe.

Michele pictured centre was surrounded by volunteers and cafe users. Receiving the cheques are Judith from the local Alzheimers Society and Maureen a volunteer.

And not to be outdone, Sue the WM of Sesame 26 presented a £400 cheque to Michelle from the Trinity Hospice

Bharati Lodge 56 providing support for local schools

Freemasonry for Women Bharati Lodge No. 56 held its 3rd Anniversary meeting at Secunderabad when four brethren were passed to the Second or Fellowcraft Degree. The day before the brethren had presented benches to the local primary school and in the evening a gala dinner was held to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of the Lodge’s consecration.

Winter Fayre 2018

The Deputy Grand Master, RW Bro Hedy-Joy Babani led a small but very hard-working team to once again stage our annual Winter Fayre on Sunday 18th November at 402 Finchley Road, London NW2 2HR. Lots of Xmas goodies were on sale and a cafe provided hot drinks and snacks.

Nigel Codron, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Middlesex gave a talk in the Temple about his life in Freemasonry. We were also delighted to receive an unexpected visitor in the form of Mason, the Medical Detection Dog who we had previously sponsored.

Canine Partners Presentation

The HFAF Charity was delighted to present a cheque for £5000 to Canine Partners, a Charity providing fully trained Assistance dogs. A special presentation event was held at Drapers Hall on 30th October to showcase the work of the Charity. The Grand Master Christine Chapman, the Past Grand Master Bernice Abram and the President of the HFAF Charity Beverley Emden were present. 

Bharati 56 - Charity Project

 

News from Lodge Bharati No. 56

 “that on 4th Oct we the Women Freemasons of India/ Lodge Bharati-56 organised a personal hygine & health care …. Medical Camp for Women & Girls at Tahirpur Village,Delhi. There were about 120 participants.

Our Brethrens….Dr Gargi Negi (gynec), Dr.Smitha Rao & Dr Shivangi Mehra (Dentists) gave lectures on their subjects. Bro.Anju Paul counselled many girls & women. Private consultancy was offered by Bro.Negi to many.

Excellent field work & management of the event by Bro.Madhuri Sharma.

At the end of the session Sanitary Napkins, Dental kits & packets of Snacks were distributed to all.

We had the cooperation of few coordinators of Leprosy Mission of India which made our event a success.We have been requested to hold many more similar health camps in different village since then.”

Update

The Brethren returned on 6th November to distribute more supplies

Colchester donate to RNLI

Colchester Lodge presents equipment to the RNLI

Colchester Lodge presents equipment to the RNLI

 

Members of Colchester Lodge attended a crew night to present the Clacton  RNLI with equipment worth  £2500. This was made possible by their fund -raising activities over several years.

HFAF at Rickmansworth

HFAF Freemasonry for Women was present at the Middlesex Family Fun Day on 15th July and the Herts Family Fun Day on 22nd July both held  at the Royal Masonic Girls School in Rickmansworth. As well as raising the profile of Women’s Freemasonry we also raised funds by running very successful Tombola stalls.

Bourne Lodge at Zetland Court

Bourne Lodge at Zetland CourtOn 2nd June, a team from Bourne Lodge No. 35 attended the Zetland  Court Annual Fete to help raise funds for this beautiful care home which is run by the the UGLE’s RMBI.  Their efforts raised £120.

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