Sunday 17th January saw the Pale Blue Club, for pale blue members of HFAF Freemasonry for Women, step into the limelight at the latest Young and New Masons Socials. A presentation was made by Club Chairman W. Bro. Lesley Adams ably assisted by Bro Tina Akande. She explained how the Club by holding online meetings enabled our pale blue members from all lodges in the UK and also overseas to regularly socialise together. The Club also held special Zoom meetings for candidates to meet members and to learn more about the Fraternity.
Freemasonry for Women (Coventry) supporting a high-flier of the future
When we set up our HFAF Uni Scheme it was with the intention of not only attracting younger members from Universities, it was also with the intention of providing bursaries to deserving students.
Our project at Coventry aimed at re-opening Centrum Lodge 46 as a University Lodge recently received a request from UGLE University Lodge 9907 if we would join with them in supporting a very promising student called Farrah Barber. We were very happy to do so and agreed a sum of £250 and in conjunction with AMULL (Association of Medical, University and Legal Lodges) a grant totalling £1000 was made to enable to Farrah to pursue her MSc studies at Oxford in Social Science of the Internet, having recently graduated from St Andrews with a first-class honours degree in International Relations.
Centrum Lodge was due to be re-opened in April but due to the COVID-19 epidemic this has been postponed until next year. We wish Farrah every success in her future life. She certainly is deserving of our help as she has made every effort to support herself in her studies.
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.
Uni Scheme Conference
Freemasonry for Women was invited to participate in the Uni Scheme Conference held at Chester on 16th November. Scheme Chair Maxine Priestley addressed the conference on the subject of our involvement to date with the Uni Scheme. The Province of Chester are to be congratulated on their excellent organisation of this conference which was held in the splendid surroundings of the Christleton Centre, just outside Chester. In fact there were so many interesting seminars that it was difficult to choose which to attend. We were pleased to meet representatives from the Order of Women Freemasons, who were also present at the Conference.
The official header
The lovely temple upstairs
The UGLE team
FFW Scheme Chair Maxine
The OWF were also present
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.
The HFAF members arrived early to get a good seat
Club President V W Bro. Ian Currans
On 6th April the UGLE University Lodge Apollo No. 357 celebrated their bicentenary at a very special meeting held in the Sheldonian Theatre of Oxford University in the presence of the UGLE Grand Master, H.R.H. Duke of Kent. Our Grand Master Christine Chapman and University Scheme Chair Maxine Priestley were invited to attend this very special event and the after meeting celebrations, which included a Champagne reception at the Ashmolean and a splendid banquet at Keble.
A unique meeting at the Sheldonian
Everybody making their way to the Ashmolean
HFAF are well represented
The magnificent Keble College Dining Hall
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.
The wonderful Temple No. 10
Robert Lomas with two very appreciative members of HFAF
The Doctors chat – Dr Lomas and Dr Staples
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.
The HFAF Team at Middlesex
The HFAF team at Herts
Bexhill Open Day
Sussex 17 and Rising Star 38 joined forces to represent HFAF Freemasonry for Women at the Bexhill Open Day on Saturday 30th September. Sussex was represented by Bro. Jan and Bro. Shirley and Rising Star by W. Bro. Janet.
UGLE and HFAF Teams at Bexhill Open Day
Tunbridge Wells Open Day
W, Bro. Hazel manned the display at Tunbridge Wells Open Day on behalf of Sussex 17 and Rising Star 38. She received lots of enquiries as a result of her eye-catching display.
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