RAF CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

The GLMMM joins in the RAF spirit of festivities by remembering not only the Magnificent Men in their flying Machines but the wonderful women in the WRAF who supported them.

The GLMMM joins in the RAF spirit of festivities by remembering not only the Magnificent Men in their flying Machines but the wonderful women in the WRAF who supported them.

On April 1st 2018, the Royal Air Force celebrates its 100th birthday, and to mark this occasion they are reflecting their history and achievements, up to the modern day. The award-winning RAF Museum marks this anniversary through a major transformation of its visitor experience, sharing the RAF story on site and online. This multi-million pound transformation of the RAF’s Museum’s London home will welcome visitors to a new green heart of the community in Colindale, North West London, reflecting the historic RAF Hendon airfield. Over 100 events are planned to mark this amazing occasion including – Hendon Pageant – Saturday 15th September The Historic Hendon Pageant takes its inspiration from the 1930s and 1940s, featuring historic vehicles on display, vintage stalls, dancing and music on the Museum’s new green space. FREE ADMISSION

Family Festival of Flight – Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July Take the paper plane challenge, follow the Squadron Dog family trail, and get the chance to handle original and replica objects and try on flight clothing at this exciting family festival

FREE ADMISSION

On April 1st 2018, the Royal Air Force celebrates its 100th birthday, and to mark this occasion they are reflecting their history and achievements, up to the modern day. The award-winning RAF Museum marks this anniversary through a major transformation of its visitor experience, sharing the RAF story on site and online.

This multi-million pound transformation of the RAF’s Museum’s London home will welcome visitors to a new green heart of the community in Colindale, North West London, reflecting the historic RAF Hendon airfield. Over 100 events are planned to mark this amazing occasion including – Hendon Pageant – Saturday 15th September The Historic Hendon Pageant takes its inspiration from the 1930s and 1940s, featuring historic vehicles on display, vintage stalls, dancing and music on the Museum’s new green space.

FREE ADMISSION

Family Festival of Flight – Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July Take the paper plane challenge, follow the Squadron Dog family trail, and get the chance to handle original and replica objects and try on flight clothing at this exciting family festival

FREE ADMISSION


SIR WINSTON

CHURCHILL

FREEMASON

Sir Winston Churchill Lodge United Studholme. N o: 1591


Sir Winston Churchill gives his famous V-sign as he opens the new headquarters of 615 (county of Surrey) Squadron of the RAAF (Royal Auxiliary Air Force) at Croydon, in 1948.
(Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images. Photographer: Central Press: Taken on: 01/01/1948).

Rt. W. BRO GERTRUDE & Flt. Lt. LEONARD SHAFFER


The Royal Air Force celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and we join in their festivities by remembering not only the magnificent Men in their Flying Machines but the wonderful women in the WRAF who supported them.

One such woman was our Rt. Worshipful Bro. Trudie Shaffer, who was in the WRAF, seen with her husband Flight Lieutenant Leonard Shaffer – looking like forties film stars. Bro. Trudie’s work during her WRAF years was converting small airfields for military use, and setting up and commissioning new ones. When the war ended she was involved in decommissioning them until her demob.

Rt.W. Bro. Gertrude Shaffer – Trudie, to her friends, passed to the Grand Lodge Eternal on Saturday 2nd December, at Prince Michael of Kent Care Home, Watford, London Rt.W.Bro.Trudie was 96 years old.

Brethren of Lodge Hermetica – GLMMM – will remember her with love and fondest affection and had the greatest respect admiration for her. She was a member of the Order of International Co-Freemasonry, Le Droit Humain, in Surbiton, Surrey, for over 25 years and the first WM of Lodge Annie Besant when the new Order of GLF4M&W was formed in 2001.

Bro. Trudie carried out her work with due diligence, and had the most beautiful speaking voice when delivering Ancient Charges and other rhetoric. Bro. Trudie brought her own special light to the work –and will always have a very special place in our hearts.

MAY LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON HER


GETTING PREPPED FOR TAKE-OFF – A MAGNIFICENT MAN ON HIS FLYING MACHINE


MIKE SHARPE RISKS ALL

AND

TAKES TO THE SKIES WITH A DARING WINGWALK

It was a Red Letter Day on Tuesday 7th August for lion-heart Mike Sharpe who seized the day, taking to the skies on the top wing of one of the impressive 1940’s Boeing Stearman biplanes. Mike experienced a daring series of flypasts, zoom climbs and steep dives, from the backdrop of the beautifully restored WW1 Airbase at AeroSuperBatics, RFC Rendcomb Airfield, The Whiteway, Cirencester, Glos.GL7 7DF.

This truly amazing experience is all in the aid of the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Charity, which is the largest organisation that offers support and information for sufferers of Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD) in the UK.

The Charity referred to as CCUK also funds numerous research projects aiming to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis, IBD affects over 300,000 people in the UK alone, with a new sufferer diagnosed every 30 minutes.


FLYING THROUGH THE AIR WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE


Mike Sharpe, 57 years young, who is also a fellow sufferer said: “ The work carried out by CCUK is vital but also expensive, which is why I have made it my goal to raise as much awareness and funds as possible.

Mike who is married with two children, hails from Netley Abbey, Near Southampton, and works as an Area Sales Manager for Barden (Battery & Power Solutions) UK Ltd., Near Fareham. He has raised over £2,300 since he started in 2016; but hopes this event will be the best yet. He’s already received a constant stream of well-wishers before and after the event and a steady flow of funds still coming in.

Mike said: “ I’m so grateful to everyone for all their support, thank you so much for your donations, every penny counts towards finding a cure for this debilitating disease”. Donations to this worthy cause are much appreciated – Please send donations to the Justgiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Mike-Sharpe5?utm_id=26