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Welcome to the Connaught Club

The Connaught Club has been founded to give young Freemasons in London a means to meet and socialise, with like-minded people of similar ages, who might otherwise be dispersed over London’s many Lodges and large geographic area.

Membership of the Club is open to any Freemason under 35 years of age, whose Lodge/Chapter is under Metropolitan Grand Lodge or who lives/works within London.

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Open Reception 2019

The Connaught Club Open Reception is back once more!

Whether you’ve just started your journey in Freemasonry, or have questions you want answered, you’re more than welcome to join us in the Grand Temple at Freemasons’ Hall, London for an insight into Masonry and the Connaught Club!

Feel free to bring along any friends and family who might have questions too and join us afterwards for a bite to eat and glass of wine (all on us!)

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Connaught Club does Reus 2019

The morning of Friday 8th March started pretty much the same as any other early spring morning, cold and damp. But for a few hardy members of our illustrious Club that was all about to change, we were heading off on our annual jolly. After the wetness of last year’s trip to Dublin, we opted for warmer climes. We were heading to sunny Espana.

Catching flights from the majority of the major London airports, we all liaised in Barcelona and headed to Reus. Our travels went like clockwork, allowing us the time to have a pleasant meal with a couple of obligatory beers in the sun before we made our way to the hotel to get ready for the meeting at the town’s casino. Our hosts, General Prim Lodge No. 1, could not have made us feel more welcome. After a short and sweet meeting, we sat down for a fine festive board and then retired to the smoking room for some cigars. Wrapping things up at around midnight, we had the rest of the night ahead of us. I shan’t bore you by listing the numerous bars we went to and of the escapades we got up to, but you can always tell it was a good night when you’re heading back, the sun is starting to rise and the street cleaners are out.

By noon the next day, we were all cleaned up and fresh-faced for the next adventure. On our agenda was the Calcotada festival celebrated by our hosts. For those not in the know, a Calcot is like an overgrown spring onion which is barbecued until blackened. One then must peel the onion and dip it into Romesco sauce and dangle into the gullet.

If that’s not unusual enough, the wine had to drunk from a vessel that I can only describe as a medicinal glass watering can. Officially, they’re known as Porron, or Porró in Catalan. The whole experience was messy and delightfully bonkers. We loved every second of it. (Fortunately, bibs were provided otherwise we’d have looked a state.)

Standing in the sunny courtyard afterwards, we took comfort from the hearty food and drink, and the knowledge that it was raining in England! As night fell, we made our way into downtown Reus again where those with the hardiest constitution made it to 7 am (not me). Sunday, our final day was spent mostly at the seaside in Barcelona where our local friends/brothers had recommended a restaurant for a decent paella. Having gorged on that, we said our farewells at the airport and spent the flight home looking forward to our next event.

AGM 2019 – Proposed Constitutional Amendments

As required by the constitution of the Connaught Club, I am writing to you with a written list of proposed amendments to the constitution, ahead of our Annual General Meeting on Friday 22nd March. 

To view the full list of proposed amendments, please Click Here

Please note, after this document was published, an additional amendment was proposed by Chairman Elect, Anthony Muirhead, and agreed upon my myself and Orestes Adamou. 

This is as follows:

A paragraph has been added covering the circumstance of a committee member withdrawing themselves from an elected role post-nomination, and pre-election. As well as resignation from the post during the year.

The following is to be added in at 6.c.xix:

Resignation of elected officers of the committee

6.c.xix Should an elected officer of the committee find himself unable to proceed with his nomination – but prior to election at the Club’s AGM – the committee will convene at its earliest opportunity to nominate a suitable replacement who fulfils the criteria set out above. This new candidate will be elected as detailed above.

6.c.xx If this resignation occurs after formal notice of the AGM has been distributed, the new nominated candidate’s details will be distributed as an addendum to the issued notice If time does not permit this to happen, members shall be notified by the presiding Chairman at the AGM of the circumstances, and a separate agenda item will be used to elect this new candidate. An email will be sent at the earliest opportunity after the AGM explaining the occurrence to the membership as a whole.

6.c.xxi If it is not possible to find an alternative member to replace the originally-nominated member, an Honorary Officer may be appointed by the Chairman until such a time as a suitable candidate can be found, nominated and elected (as described above). It may be necessary to convene an emergency meeting of the Club to effect the election of this officer, and he will act as an Honorary Officer until duly elected in accordance with these constitutions.

6.c.xxii Should an elected officer resign after he has been elected at the AGM, the Chairman will seek to appoint a suitable replacement as soon as possible. This new officer will act as an Honorary Officer until duly elected (at the subsequent AGM or an emergency meeting so convened).

If you haven’t yet booked your place at the AGM, but would still like to attend, please Click Here

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Laurence Hobbs
Connaught Club Chairman

Connaught Club vs Kent Club Darts – Match Report

W. Bro. Laurence Hobbs

Held at Flightclub in Bloomsbury (Tottenham Court Road area), the Connaught Club’s challenge to the Kent Club to a Darts evening proved to be very enjoyable.

Commencing at 7 pm the night began with an hour and a half to chat and enjoy a couple of beers and nibbles. The purpose of the event was to build a bridge between our two clubs so those in the twilight years of their membership have somewhere to join once they’re no longer eligible to be the Connaught Club members. The Oche wasn’t booked until 8.30pm so this gave us plenty of time to get to know the Kent Club contingent! (For those not in the know, the Oche is the throwing line and according to Google, the word is believed to be derived from the Old Flemish meaning a ‘notch’ or ‘nick’.

After a rusty start, it would be fair to say the Connaught Club team held their own against the Kent Club’s worthy opposition, some of whom arrived sporting their own darts. Mind games I’m sure. Whilst I’ve always struggled to get my head around the concept of having to pay to play a game that’s free in nearly every pub in the country, time and money at Flightclub is well spent. The dartboard does all the counting, controls who’s turn it is and then indicates what to aim for. It really speeds up the games which does make quite a difference, otherwise, buffoons like myself can slow everything up. Additionally, their table service was very quick and efficient.  The “call a waitress button” was put to good use – I’m sure we nearly wore it out.

I would love to report that we smashed them, but the reality is, it was a draw. Despite having Bro. Ben “The Power” Sinclair on our side that’s all we could muster. So all to play for next year it would seem.

Time to get some practice in, although thinking about it, I’ll be playing for the Kent Club by then!

Connaught Club AGM 2019

This year’s AGM is to be held at Freemasons’ Hall on Friday 22nd March at 7:00 pm, and there are some important constitutional amendments the committee is putting to the membership at this meeting. Read more about them, here.

Afterwards, join us at The Nag’s Head in Covent Garden for a meal with the new Chairman!

Dining is subsidised by the Club making the cost to you just £15, including a main course and dessert. 

DEADLINE FOR MEAL BOOKINGS IS MONDAY 18th MARCH

 

The Menu

Cheeseburger – served in a pretzel bun with pickle, red onion, gem lettuce, tomato and burger sauce – with triple cooked ships and house slaw;

or

Hunters Chicken – chicken breast topped with smoked streaky bacon, cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce, triple cooked chips and house slaw;

or

Grilled Vegetables and Feta Pie (V) – new potatoes, spiced tomato and herb sauce

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Hot Belgium Waffle (V) – caramel sauce and ice cream;

or

Bubble Chocolate Mousse – with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

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Connaught Club vs Kent Club Darts

We’re taking on the Kent Club at the old pub favourite, Darts!

Join us at the Flight Club in Bloomsbury on Thursday 7th February

£5 Entry, pay on the door and kicking off at 7PM!

 

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Join us in Reus Spain!

Fancy a little winter Sun? Come on a jolly to Spain with the Connaught Club!

Friday 8th March –  Sunday 10th March

This year, for the Connaught Club’s annual overseas jolly, we’re going to Reus, Spain to visit Joan Prim Lodge No1. to see them perform an initiation on Friday evening and then enjoy their festive board afterwards.

Saturday lunchtime, we’ve been invited to enjoy the Lodge’s hospitality at their Calcotada Festival. A three-course extravaganza (with wine), leaving the evening to ourselves in downtown Reus.

Accommodation will be at the very comfortable Hotel Reus Park.

Flights can go directly to Reus, but the most practical flight times are to Barcelona and will require an inconvenient train ride.

£120 plus flights (circa £130 with easyJet)

If you have any questions contact laurence@connaughtclub.org

 

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Ask The Club

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a long time: Ask the Club!

We want you to ask us anything you like about Freemasonry, and we will our best to answer it! 

CLICK HERE to submit your question, or click on the blue link on the right!

 

 

 

Worshipful Mastermind 2019

We’ve started, so we’ll finish…

Worshipful Mastermind is back for another year, and we want you to bring along as many friends and family as you can muster!

Join us for our annual New Year’s quiz which gives you the chance to show off your general knowledge.

Bring Your Unwanted Christmas Gifts

Plus, as with past years, we’re bringing back our Really Rubbish Raffle of unwanted Christmas Presents, so bring along that pair of socks you can’t abide or one of the many Lynx Gift Sets all in the name of Charity!

Friday 4th January
Freemasons Arms, Holborn
7:00pm

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Worshipful Mastermind 2018 – Annual Quiz

Friday 5th January 2018

7:00pm – Freemason’s Arms, Holborn

The Club welcomes in the new year with a relaxing evening of teasing questions, laughs and games.

Teams of up to six people allowed, and friends and guests are more than welcome.

Members – £5
Guests – £8

Price includes a free hot dinner!

And don’t throw away those crappy Christmas gifts from grandmother – oh no – bring along unwanted presents for our spectacular “Unwanted Presents Raffle”! All monies will be donated to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.