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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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Connaught Club Christmas Dinner 2019

Though we’ve only just gotten through Easter, we’re very excited to launch this year’s Connaught Club Christmas Dinner!

Our Annual Festive Do will take place on Friday 6th December at The Carlton Club

As always, guests will be greeted with a sparkling reception, followed by a 3-course meal with wine, port to follow and a private bar open late into the evening! 

Tickets

Easy Terms

Easy Terms tickets are now available until 30th June and allow you to pay for your discounted ticket in instalments.

The total ticket cost is £75 and is payable in 5 monthly instalments of £15. 

Early Bird

If you’d rather pay in one go, if you purchase before the 30th June, you can get your ticket at the discounted rate of £75

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Please confirm how you would like to pay (Easy Terms and Early Bird only available before 30th June)

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AGM 2019 – Incoming Chairman’s Address

At this year’s Annual General Meeting, incoming Connaught Club Chairman W. Bro. Anthony Muirhead made the customary address to the assembly. 

Please see his address below:

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Brethren, thank you for your vote of confidence in me by electing me to be the Club’s Chairman for the ensuing year. It is a real honour and privilege for me to take on this role and was far from my expectations when I joined the Club ten years ago. 

Before I go on, I must apologise if my speech tonight seems a bit wooden; I don’t normally prepare my speeches in advance and prefer to ad-lib them. As such, I’m sorry for those not able to be with us tonight who will miss out on the ad libs. Likewise, I am sorry to those who are with us tonight who will have to endure the ad libs. 

Whilst I am never keen on naming names, there are some that I must name tonight in recognition of their commitment to the Club over the years. Firstly, my thanks to W. Bro. Laurence Hobbs – our Immediate Past Chairman – who has literally just left the Club due to old age. Laurence has been a stalwart supporter of the Club over the years and has been an enthusiastic and steady Chairman of the Club. I for one will miss his calm manner in dealing with potential problems. Whilst remaining on the subject of ‘old people’, I must mention W. Bro. Charlie Bishenden and W. Bro. Jaimin Patel, both of whom are past Chairmen whose membership has now come to an end due to age. Charlie – in particular – deserves all of our admiration and thanks, as he is one of the founding fathers of the Club, way-back-when. As a point of interest, his efficiency of responding to texts and emails has been stoically constant throughout the years. 

Whilst not due to age, the last member that I must name is W. Bro. Lewis Clement who has stood down from the committee after several years of committed service to the Club. Lewis was the first Chairman to be elected to the position at two AGMs. His committee to the Club was always absolute, and his contribution will be missed. 

W. Bro. Tes Adamou, W. Bro. Raj Chada and Bro. Jay Wong have also stood down after several years of service on the Committee. Tes has been a reliable Secretary for several years, bringing a really professional attitude to the committee, and latterly as Deputy Chairman. 

Now, brethren, onto the present and the future. The Committee exists to ensure that young masons in London can develop their masonry; either with expanding their masonic education or expanding their network of masonic friends. We also actively promote one of the cardinal virtues of our order – charity – by undertaking an annual endeavour. 

As such, I am now extremely pleased to announce my chosen charity for this year. It is: Maytree; a sanctuary for the suicidal. Maytree provide people in the midst of a suicidal crisis with the opportunity for rest and reflection and give them the opportunity to stay in a calm, safe, and relaxed environment. Their sanctuary (a house in Finsbury Park) can support four ‘guests’ at a time, and their team of volunteers spend up-to 77 hours with each guest over their stay, giving them the opportunity to talk through with fears, thoughts and troubles. Although I have not required their services, I have it on very good authority that the service they provide is of invaluable assistance to those in need. As a club, we shall raise money through our usual ways. We have our new pin – available tonight for a fiver – and our charity endeavour will be to climb Mt. Snowdon in early-summer. Details will be available shortly. 

Beyond our charity events, the committee will be organising a variety of masonic and social events throughout the year. The next one being our Open Reception on Friday the 26th of April. As always, this will be an opportunity for you to bring any friends and family who may be interested in freemasonry in general, or the Connaught Club in particular. We have some exciting acts already booked in, our very own President, V. W. Bro. Ian Currans; the Chairman of Maytree, Natalie Howarth; and the Grand Master of the Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons, M. W. Bro. Christine Chapman. Booking is already open, and details can be found on the Club’s website. 

Onto the Club in general. My committee will work tirelessly for our members, as this is the commitment that we all make when putting our names forward for election. Coupled with that, though, is the need for you – the members – to help us. We need your feedback as to what you enjoy, and which events you would like to see us put on. Of course, it’s not always possible to put on every event that is suggested, but we will always do our utmost to drive the events that we put on. Please do support our events. Your support is also key in driving the Club forward in general; let the other young masons you meet know about the Club. 

Lastly, thank you once again for electing me to be your Chairman. I am extremely proud to serve as Chairman, as the Club is held close to my heart. It is a strange feeling to have climbed to this height; it doesn’t seem that long ago when Friday drinks lasted long into the night, often ending up in the Red Rooms. There was only one rule; don’t lose your Club tie. I am pleased to reassure you that I never lost my tie there. Also, as a personal victory, I don’t recall ever buying a drink in there either, so thank you to whomever it was to buy me my drinks. I’m only sorry that I never got the opportunity to buy Candice the drink she seemingly wanted so eagerly. I look forward to seeing you throughout the year at our events and reassure you that the highlight of the Club year – the Christmas dinner – is being planned as we speak. I am on a recce next week to our anticipated venue; be sure to watch out for the next Chisel for details. 

 

W. Bro. Anthony Muirhead

Connaught Club Chairman

Maytree Mountain Challenge

Last year, we walked three days from deepest darkest Surrey to central London. 

This year, we’re climbing a mountain, and we’re doing it for Charity!

On the weekend of Friday 13th September, we will make our way to the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, to scale Wales’ highest peak, Mount Snowdon – and we would love you to join us. 

 

STUFF TO KNOW

  • The hike will take place from Friday 13th to Monday 16th September and you will need to be available all 4 days. 
  • Most equipment will be provided, however, you will need to look after your own personal gear i.e. clothing, hiking boots, etc. 
  • You need to be confident in your ability to climb the mountain. 

If you think you’d like to join us and help us raise bags of cash for Maytree, Sanctuary for the Suicidal, complete the form below and we’ll be in touch soon!

 

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • Depart Friday AM, arrive PM. Make camp. Pub.
  • Saturday; training & familiarisation day. Pub.
  • Sunday; mount Snowdon. Photographs, celebrations, descend. Pub.
  • Monday; return to Londiniumshire in the afternoon.
Tents, food etc. will be provided (except for any pub meals etc.).

Not sure this challenge is for you? No problem. We’ll be setting up our fundraising page VERY soon, and you can join us from afar and support us in raising vital funds for Maytree. 

 

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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!

Confirmed speakers include:

V. W. Bro. Ian Currans, Club President

Natalie Howarth, Chairman of our chosen charity: Maytree.

AND

M. W. Bro. Christine Chapman, Grand Master of the Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons

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!)

Just fill in the form below to let us know if you’re joining 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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