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.
Eye-catching display at Tunbridge Wells Open Day
Family Fun Day at Rickmansworth
On Saturday 22nd July Herts and Middx Provinces of UGLE joined together to stage a Family Fun Day in the grounds of the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth. Despite the atrocious weather there was a good turnout and the event was well supported. We provided our usual Tombola Stall and well done to the HFAF Team who battled on despite several drenchings.
No-one could miss our stall!
Gwendolyn sold hundreds of tickets
Cotswold 51 joins the Carnival Parade
Members of Cotswold Lodge 51 were pleased to be able to participate with their fellow Freemasons from UGLE in the Carnival Parade through the beautiful town of Witney on Saturday 8th July. Cotswold 51 meets at the Masonic Temple in Witney.
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