Everyone should join!

It was amazing, everyone should join!” Those were the words of Lisa, a new Companion who along with Barbara travelled from Calahonda Lodge 53 in Spain to be Exalted into Royal Arch Freemasonry in Chapter of the Holy Sepulchre No. 6 at Rochford, Essex. The three Principals, Z, H and J and the Principal Sojourner delivered a beautiful ceremony to ensure that these two candidates had a day to remember. This was the first ceremony for MEZ Sue, H Elaine and J Angie since the Installation in November last year. Not even the presence of the 1st Grand Principal and the 3rd Grand Principal put them off. Anyone familiar with Royal Arch knows the important part played by the Principal Sojourner and Iskra certainly rose to the occasion. Proud Preceptor Jenny, (standing on the right) was delighted with the Officers. Director of Ceremonies Chrissy (Standing on the left) kept everything moving smoothly.

Discover Freemasonry event at Great Queen Street

On 6th February, GM Christine and Grand Secretary Maxine attended this event at Great Queen Street, organised by Metropolitan Grand Lodge to promote Freemasonry. Hundreds of people attended, amongst them many women and we were pleased to be able to discuss Women’s Freemasonry with them.

Unity 58 is here !!!

Sunday 6th October saw the culmination of our labours at The Cloisters in Letchworth when Unity Lodge No. 58 was consecrated to the great joy of the first WM Beverley Bourne. Beverley has led the Ambassadors project at Letchworth since the beginning. The consecrating party was led by the MW Grand Master Christine Chapman.

Making history in America

On Saturday 25th May, America Lodge 57 was consecrated by Grand Master Christine Chapman, leading a large team of HFAF members from both UK and Spain and Bro Lou Elias was Installed as the first Worshipful Master by Grand Secretary Maxine Priestley. During the visit to Washington DC, 4 further candidates were Initiated by the WM and Officers of America Lodge 57. The team returned home on 30th May exhausted but elated at having successfully completed this daunting challenge. A full report of our visit will be published on the website.

 

Connaught Club Open Evening

The Connaught Club is aimed at members of Metropolitan Grand Lodge who are under 35.  On 26th April, they held an Open Night at the UGLE headquarters in Great Queen Street in London and invited HFAF Freemasonry for Women along. Several members together with Grand Master Christine Chapman attended and Grand Master Christine addressed the gathering.

Freemasonry Today Interview

 

Grand Master Christine Chapman was interviewed by Freemasonry Today, the official magazine for UGLE Freemasons which was published in the Winter 2018 edition

Read the interview here.

Working with UGLE

Freemasonry for Women has been working with the Province of Middlesex on their initiative to raise the profile of Freemasonry in the Middlesex area. Two events have been held so far, one at Twickenham and one at Harrow. The events were publicised on Facebook and many people expressed an interest.  Each event featured an introduction from Nigel Codron, the Assistant Provincial Grand  Master,followed by comprehensive explanations and illustrations. Grand Master Christine Chapman was asked to give a brief presentation on Women’s Freemasonry. The highlight of each event was the testimony of the young members  who talked about their journey in Freemasonry. The next event is scheduled for 7th March at the Hillingdon Masonic Centre.

Vishakha talks about her Masonic journey

Vishakha talks about her Masonic journey

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. 

Northern Progress

October 8th – 12th saw us travelling North for our annual visit to our Provincial Lodges. The trip encompassed a Craft Meeting, followed by a Royal Arch Installation and finished with the customary Royal Ark Mariners Installation meeting. The week was tinged with sadness as the late Provincial Grand Master Brenda Cook was remembered at every meeting with much love and affection.

 

Robert Lomas

Sunday 2nd September, saw a very unique occasion when members of various Masonic Orders were invited by Grand Master Christine Chapman to attend an especial meeting of the Grand Lodge of HFAF to listen to the famous Masonic author and scientist, Dr Robert Lomas. UGLE gave permission for us to hold this event at Great Queen Street in London in the famous No. 10 Temple, also known as the Indian Temple. A gathering of  men and women Freemasons were entertained by Dr Lomas to hear about his journey in Freemasonry and his thoughts on various Masonic topics. The event was followed by a buffet and drinks reception in the vestibule outside the Grand Temple where people were able to chat together.

Dr Lomas had much earlier in the year offered to give a talk to HFAF and the Grand Master Christine Chapman had taken the opportunity to open it up to other Orders.

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