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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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Christmas Dinner 2016 – Report on Proceedings!

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.

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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

Happy New Year – Pub Quiz this Friday!

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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.

Last Chance to Book in for the 2016 Christmas Dinner!

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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!

The evening:

Champagne Reception
Three Course Meal
1/2 Bottle of Wine each
Port
Table Quiz
Ridal’s Rambunctious Christmas Sing-a-long
Connaught Club Prize Giving and Games

See you there!

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The Club updates Metropolitan Grand Lodge on our activies, events and news from our membership. To see the full magazine, please click here.

 

Next event: Masonic Secret Cinema

If you've worked out our clue, please be a good mason and don't tell !

If you’ve worked out our clue, please be a good mason and don’t tell !

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Please join the Club for an evening of Hollywood drama with a Masonic twist.

Where: The Courthouse Hotel Private Cinema

When: Thursday, 10 November 2016 at 7pm

Dress Code: Victorian Peasant (informal)

Price: £5 per person

Film: A feature length Masonic Surprise

Guests more than welcome, the more the merrier!

CLICK TO BOOK IN NOW

Beyond the Chair – Seminar and Curry Write Up

After work, in a dark, quiet and unassuming backstreet of Whitechapel, members of the Connaught Club slowly began to congregate for an enlightening evening to be held at Mumbai Square. Unbeknownst to many a mason, this hidden gem (most likely a ruby), is home to two lodge rooms. The event in question was a seminar entitled Beyond the Chair, and the club was delighted to welcome several esteemed guest speakers from the upper echelons of Metropolitan Grand Lodge, namely:

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  • Captain David Swain, RN – Metropolitan Grand Secretary

Martin Humphrys – Metropolitan Grand Mentor

John Winter – Metropolitan Grand Almoner

Michael Todd – Assistant Metropolitan Grand Charity Steward

Jules Greenwall – Former MetAGDC (and seasoned Provincial DC)

Each speaker discussed the roles available to a masons going beyond the chair; key points such as not to sit on one’s laurels but to be proactive and search out the roles that need doing in your lodge. After all you get from masonry what you put into it. After each topic, the members were invited to ask questions and delve deeper into what is required to be an efficient and productive member of a lodge’s team.  Questions ranged from “what has proven to be the biggest challenge you have faced as a Secretary” to “how does Gift Aid actually work”?  The Seminar proved to be a great success and it is safe to say that all of the members came away with a clear distinct idea of where they may wish to progress in their masonic futures.

Once the serious stuff was out of the way, it only seemed natural that we would take advantage of the delicacies being served in the restaurant below. A three course curry washed down with the obligatory couple of beers was then enjoyed by all, (in case you’re wondering, yes we also had poppadoms but they don’t count as a course). All in all, the event was a delight. As the evening closed, and the time came for the brethren to return to their homes they did so with a belly full of chicken tikka masala and plenty on their masonic plate to contemplate.

The Club encourages all of its members to learn more of an officer’s specific roles by supporting the various courses run by Metropolitan Grand Lodge. I certainly will be enrolling on the Mentoring Course having heard all about it last night.

Thank you to Bro. L. Hobbs for this report.

Final Call for Curry!

 

09-amber-curryOn Thursday of this week we will be enjoying a Beyond the Chair Lecture delivered by senior members of Metropolitan Grand Lodge, including:

Captain David Swain – Metropolitan Grand Secretary

Martin Humphrys – Metropolitan Grand Mentor

John Winter – Metropolitan Grand Almoner

Michael Todd – Assistant Metropolitan Grand Charity Steward

Each officer will discuss the duties of their respective role both in a Private Lodge and in Metropolitan Grand Lodge. The lecture will be particularly poignant to those soon to take the Chair, but all members will undoubtedly find each officers’ presentations insigas well as talks from DCs and more…

It is also a great opportunity to mingle with and  active officers from Metropolitan Grand Lodge.

Following the lecture we will be having a slap up curry at Mumbai Square, 7 Middlesex St, London E1 7AA. Dishes will include:

Chicken Masala        Lamb Bhuna          Aloo Gobi

                   Vegetable Curry          Selection of Rices          Unlimited Poppadoms

This is a chance to enjoy a rather quirky venue – an Indian restaurant with two temples!

Click here to book your place!

Christmas Dinner 2016 – Sign up now!

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.

The evening:

Champagne Reception
Three Course Meal
1/2 Bottle of Wine each
Port
Table Quiz
Ridal’s Rambunctious Christmas Sing-a-long
Connaught Club Prize Giving and Games

The meal:

Pumpkin and Ginger Soup with Coriander and Toasted Seeds

Roast Fillet of Angus Beef with Wild Mushrooms and Truffled Madeira Sauce
Gratin Potatoes, Roast Carrots and Parsnips

Christmas Pudding Cheesecake with Grand Mariner Sauce

(vegetarian option available on request)

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Peddling into the Past!

Let loose in London...

Masons let loose in London…

On 6 August around twenty Connaught Club Members and friends gathered on a sunny Saturday afternoon to on a Masonic Mystery Tour of London. We saddled up on Tally Ho!’s distinctive retro bicycles and set off around the quiet and warm streets of the City, discovering some hidden and less hidden Masonic gems. For a while it felt like our bicycles had turned into time machines as we explored the history of the Knights Templars at Temple Church; the London Medieval Corporations of the City and Guildhall; to the foundation of English Freemasonry at the Goose and Gridiron pub at St Pauls; and eventually to those places that we practice the Craft and other orders in London today.

The convoy was skilfully led by Bro. Jack Harris who conducted us with ease through the alleys and backstreets of London and imparted much of his extensive knowledge on historic London landmarks with verbal aplomb. As well as Jack, the Club Chairman, WBro. Lewis Clement, also helped to narrate the tour by presenting stories and facts of the Masonic places we visited and the history behind them.

The tour ended with a non-masonic twist as we explored the underground world of Leake Street – “the Bansky tunnel”. This is a unique location in London where painting graffiti on the wall is encouraged, so we left our mark.

The usual banter followed in few local pubs, where our Members shared some food, a drink[s], and a spontaneous tournament of Victorian pub billiards.

The Club must thank Tally Ho! Cycle Tours for helping us organise the event, and to those Club members who attended. As ever, without you the event would not have been a success!

Andrea Di Lena