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. 

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.

 

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

The next generation takes charge in Romania

The annual Installation of Alpha Lodge no. 54 was held held at the Ramada Hotel in Bucharest on September 23rd. The 4th Worshipful Master and the 1st Romanian Master W Bro Parmena saw her step-daughter Bro Nana installed by W Bro Cristina into the Chair.

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.

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.

New HFAF Uni Scheme Lodge for Uxbridge

HFAF is pleased to announce that they have secured the use of premises in Uxbridge for a University Lodge. This will be an Ambassadors 13 project until the lodge is ready to be consecrated. We hope that this new Lodge will be associated with Brunel University. The first meeting has been scheduled for October 14th.

Patricia takes charge at Coventry

The Ambassadors project at Coventry gained a new leader on 12th August when the Grand Master Christine Chapman appointed W Bro Patricia Garraway to become the de facto WM and charged her to do her utmost to bring the Coventry project to fruition so that Centrum Lodge No. 46 can be re-opened. As part of the drive to recruit some more members a White Table event will be organised for November. When it is opened Centrum will also be a University Lodge which will be working with UGLE’s  Collegiate Lodge.

 

WM Patricia with members and visitors

WM Patricia with members and visitors

 

Ambassadors 13 is the HFAF travelling Lodge which is used to facilitate the setting up of new Lodges. The Grand Master is the permanent WM of Ambassadors but she appoints different Brethren to lead various Ambassadors projects. The current projects are Washington, Coventry and Letchworth, with a new project at Uxbridge starting in October.

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.

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