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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.

Latest News

Especial Meeting 2020

Due to the Annual General Meeting being cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Committee is currently arranging for an Especial Meeting to be held over Zoom to carry out the essential business requires by the Club’s constitution that would normally be covered by the AGM. 

The meeting will take place TONIGHT (Wednesday 13th May) at 7pm via Zoom.

The link will be made available via Chisel, the Committee and the Facebook Group. 

AGM 2020

The Connaught Club’s Annual General Meeting 2020 will take place on
Wednesday 18th March at Freemasons’ Hall from 7:00pm – 8:30pm

All members are invited to attend, and to join us afterwards at The Nags’ Head in Covent Garden for a meal and a few beverages!

Whether you want to attend just the meeting, or join us after, please book in using the link below!

P.S. This is a members only event, and so tickets must be booked through MemberMojo. If you’re having trouble logging in, please let us know!

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Open Reception 2020

The Connaught Club Open Reception is back once more on Friday 22nd May.

Tickets just £5 per person and include a full buffet and drinks!

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!

Every year we put together a number of great speakers both from within Freemasonry and ususally our chosen charity. These will be confirmed in due course. 

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.

Just complete the form below to let us know you’re coming.

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Worshipful Mastermind 2020

IT’S BACK for 2020!

Bring friends and family and join us for the Annual Connaught Club Quiz, Worshipful Mastermind on Friday 3rd January at 6:30pm at the Freemasons’ Arms in Holborn!

£5 for Members | £10 for Guests

INCLUDES A DELICIOUS CURRY

AND DON’T FORGET to bring along those extra pairs of socks and Lynx Gift Sets left over from under the tree for our Unwanted Christmas Present Raffle, all in aid of Maytree, The Sanctuary for the Suicidal.

Connaught Club Christmas Dinner 2019

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

Too late. You’ve missed out! 
There’s always next year!

Maytree Mountain Challenge – Get Donating!

The Connaught Club’s Maytree Mountain Challenge is now only a week away, and while our climbers limber up we need YOUR HELP to raise as much money as we can for Maytree, a sanctuary for the suicidal.

PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN – DONATE NOW

Watch a short video on how your money helps save lives!

£10 will pay for the recruitment and DBS check for a new befriender volunteer, and £50 will fund the costs of telephone and email support for 10 people in suicide crisis. 

PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN – DONATE NOW

Burgoyne Lodge No. 902 Installation Meeting

Saturday 26th October 2019 – 17:00
FREEMASONS’ HALL, HOLBORN

In October, Club legend Andrew Ridal is installing past Chairman Lewis Clement into the Master’s Chair of the Club Lodge.  After a stellar meeting, there will be a nautical themed festive board aboard R.S. Hispaniola where we will sing sea shanties, sport nautical themed hats, and drink rum!

To book in, contact the Burgoyne Secretary

Rose Croix Seminar

Find out more about the mysterious order of Rose Croix at its headquarters in Duke Street on Wednesday 30th October at 6:30pm.

More details about the event will be circulated very soon, but the event will include guest speakers giving a fascinating presentation about the order, and taking your questions. Plus, your entry fee will include wine!

Register your interest and we’ll keep you updated with all the details!

Annual Picnic & Sports Day

Bring along your friends and family to our annual picnic and sports day at Lincoln’s Inn Fields on Saturday 17th August!

Picnic starts at 12:30 with School Sports Day events starting at 2pm!

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PLUS Book now for an exclusive tour of Freemason’s Hall at 11am (before the picnic). Spaces are limited so to reserve a place, email Lewis (lewis@connaughtclub.org) before 4pm on Wednesday 14th!

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