Inside the Freemasons is a five part documentary that follows the journey of many freemasons across the land. Grand Lodge have granted Sky1′s cameras behind the scenes access to give the public an insight as to what we, as masons, get up to. The Club is extremely well represented with our members on show everywhere! We are only three documentaries, but here is a snippet of who we have seen so far…
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.
It was a cool, April evening when a smattering of members of our charming little club descended in full force on the leafy little hamlet of St Albans. “Who are these dapper lads?” everyone asked, but sadly due to the time of day they were unable to discover for the want of light. We entered into a very grandiose provincial temple and, after some assorted skullduggery with the Wardens columns, we were well immersed in a Hertfordshire installation of a fresh faced Master-to-be. Highlights included one club members phone going off several times (sorry!), an almost Shakespearean performance by the newly installed master, and a scholastic presentation of a certificate (which was later aptly described pointedly as “extremely comprehensive”).
Needless to say it was a fantastic meeting with a truly impressive level of ritual. The splendour only increased from that point with a riotous festive board where all of our assorted brethren claimed raffle supremacy (winning an assortment of wine and industrial size boxes of Twinnings). The evening was rounded off with a wonderful toast to our hosts which was given by W.Bro Muirhead (a man who added his own unique and audible twist to the ‘SILENT’ fire). After a great night we said our goodbyes in true brotherly fashion and convoyed back off into the oily blackness of the provincial night trying our best to fend off the onset of a hefty food coma until we arrived home.
The Connaught Club is delighted to be hosting its very own Ball in celebration of the United Grand Lodge of England’s 300th year. This tercentenary occasion is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the club could not pass up the chance to organise an evening of festivities to rival anything else out there.
We are welcoming 60 guests, and the Five of Nine Club this Saturday for our Burgoyne Lodge meeting… What japes!
Picture the scene: the Freemasons’ Arms, the aroma of a tasty curry, and several rounds of top notch quizzing. We found out who could tell their Dukes of Connaught from their William IVs,
who could name the CIA’s man from Langley in Casino Royale, and at what temperature Celsius and Fahrenheit were the same.
We were delighted to donate our team’s £60 winnings to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – and a further £180.00 was raised for this fantastic cause through the sale of this year’s charity pin badges and the annual “Unwanted Presents Raffle”. Successful ticket holders came away with everything from beard trimmers to candy canes. What japes.
We’d also like to send a huge thank you to our resident quizmaster, WBro Anthony Muirhead, for organising and hosting the event. A jolly good time was had by all, and we can’t wait for the next installation of the Worshipful Mastermind quiz!
The Club thanks Bro. Mungo Walls, winning team member, for his write up.
Some say that purchasing bitcoins a few years ago would have been money well spent. Or indeed placing a bet on Leicester City last season would have provided enough excitement to last you for the rest of 2016. However, there is a select few in Masonry that were even shrewder with their money. This bold bunch purchased, or one could say invested their pennies, in a ticket for the Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner, hosted at London’s renowned East India Club.
Arriving to delightfully chilled welcome drinks, new friendships were forged whilst discreet glances among the members began. Just who would win the coveted glory of being awarded the Merrick-Thirlway Ghastly Bow Tie award? That honour was later bestowed upon none other than WBro. Robert Selwyn. A batman bow tie featuring a lego superhero was always going to be a winner.
As expected the food and drink was exactly what we paid for, sumptuous and plentiful. All washed down with red wine, port and brandy to give our cheeks their deserved festive red glow. Once the bread rolls had either been eaten or tossed in merriment, the Club bid farewell two former Chairmen who are soon to be exceeding the Club’s 35 and under limit. WBro. Kyle Alexander and WBro. Mitchell Merrick Thirlway were presented with gifts for their distinguished service and heartily toasted.
The Club was also pleased to welcome our new President, VWBro. Ian Currans, to his first Christmas Dinner; along with RWBro Stephen Fenton DepMetGM who was also welcomed in the Club’s friendly manner. Both sang along with gusto, embraced and enhanced the fun of the evening, and managed to stay clear of all bread missiles. A success!
Then in his final legitimate appearance WBro. Andrew Ridal led the carol singing, which many would say is often the highlight of the evening. Afterwards, with his booming Brian Blessed-esque talent he treated the jovial mob to what is now a somewhat tradition, a rendition of Delilah. Repairing to the Club’s members’ bar, Christmas was further celebrated into the early hours and 2016 was reflected upon. As the numbers slowly dissipated, many of the young masons made their way back to the comfort of their beds and a die hard few ventured out into the city’s night lights. All in all, the evening was it’s usual success and it regularly proves itself to be the event of the year.
See you at the next one.
Thank you to WBro. Laurence Hobbs for reporting
All are welcome to this Friday’s pub quiz at the Freemason’s Arms… please do click the banner to book in for dinner though as we need to know how many dinners to order.
The Club Committee are very excited to announce that the 2016 Connaught Club Christmas Dinner will be held at the EAST INDIA CLUB, St James’s Square on 16th December 2016. The event will start at 18.45 with a Champagne reception, followed by a cracking three course meal at 19.30. Once the meal is over, we will decamp to a private bar to sing, chat and be merry , to which we will have access until midnight!
Tickets are £75 and available to members only! Please also note that there is limited capacity remaining as this is such a popular event, and only the first 80 members to sign up and pay will be guaranteed a place. Please book and pay for your ticket ASAP!
As usual, the dress code is black tie and a MEMBERS ONLY event. Please check your Chisel newsletter for details of how to book in!
Three Course Meal
1/2 Bottle of Wine each
Ridal’s Rambunctious Christmas Sing-a-long
Connaught Club Prize Giving and Games
See you there!
The Club updates Metropolitan Grand Lodge on our activies, events and news from our membership. To see the full magazine, please click here.