One of the questions most asked at our public displays is "Why aren't there lady Freemasons?" , and we explain that there are lady Freemasons and we go on to provide further information. With The Order of Women Freemasons holding their October meeting in Plymouth instead of London we thought it would be a great opportunity to provide you with some information about the Order.
Our Order was founded in 1908 and we are grouped into over 300 craft lodges operating in the U K and overseas and celebrated our centenary in the Royal Albert Hall in 2008.
The Order is the oldest and largest masonic organisation for women in this country and works on the lines of regular male Freemasonry. The United Grand Lodge of England have, in a statement of March 1999, acknowledged the regularity and sincerity of women’s Freemasonry, although they do not officially recognize it and their members cannot take part. Many of our own lodges meet in temples owned by the men’s Order, they also use our temples and relations are cordial and co-operative.
We raise large amounts of money for charities supporting both local and national causes.
We have had nine Grand Masters or heads of the Order. In 2010 Most Worshipful Brother Zuzanka Daniella Penn was enthroned as head of our Order and is set to guide us through the challenges of the 21st century.
We hold four quarterly communications of Grand Lodge each year. Our installation of the Most Worshipful the Grand Master and the appointment and investiture of honours is held at the Hilton Metropole and Conference Centre in Birmingham in June, due to the large number of brethren attending. The remaining three meetings are held at our headquarters in Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill Gate, London.
This year we are breaking with tradition and the October meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, The Hoe, Plymouth on the 20th October. This is very exciting especially for the brethren in the West Country and those who find travelling difficult to have a meeting in close proximity.
The above information has been provided by Althea Delbridge, the wife of W. Bro. Ian Delbridge a member of Erme Lodge and one of last years active officers.
To find out more about the Order of Women Freemasons vist their https://www.owf.org.uk