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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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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!

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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!

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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!

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Masonic Mystery Tour! Explore Masonic London by bicycle!

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The Club promises to bring you yet another advancement in your Masonic knowledge with an exciting and fun ‘Masonic’ cycle tour! Now that the the sun has started to shine, it is the perfect time of the year to get out and about on the streets of London to take in some of the masonic hotspots in London!


On Saturday the 6th August 11.30 am we will meet to enjoy ride a very easy and safe route around London, at a very easy going pace, with plenty of refreshment breaks (!!) to make it suitable for all abilities in the Club. We will enjoy our usual fun and camaraderie together with a wealth of Masonic information and some physical exercise… surely there is no excuses to miss out on this unique combination! And if you don’t have a bicycle, don’t worry, we can help kit you out with a folding single speed bike from our friends at Tally Ho! Bicycles for £15 for the day. If you have your own bike, the event is free.

For more information, please click here.

Club’s Quarterly Update in Arena Magazine

As ever, London’s favourite Masonic publication has reported on our goings on…

Please see below for more, or click here for a full copy of the magazine!

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Annual Open Reception – 6 May 2016

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NOT TO BE MISSED!

For more details and to book in, please click here.

Thames to Change rowing event – £5,000 and counting!

Thames to Change rowing event for Rethink Mental IllnessOn Saturday, 12th March 2016, around fifty Club members, plus friends and family, came together on an uncharacteristically sunny afternoon at Fulham Reach Boat Club to cumulatively row the length of the Thames, on rowing machines, in aid of Rethink Mental Illness.

Rethink Mental Illness, in partnership with Mind, is behind the biggest campaign to end the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems still face in England.

The event was organised for two very important reasons:

Rethink Mental IllnessFirstly, to raise funds for Rethink Mental Illness to help them continue their fantastic work in reducing the very damaging and spiteful stigma surrounding mental illness. So far, the Club has raised over £5,000 via donations from Lodges, Club members, friends and family members and from the sale of specially designed lapel pins. Over 300 of the Thames to Change lapel pins have been sold in numerous Lodges across London and also over the Internet to Brethren all around the world (Click here to purchase your Thames to Change lapel pin).

Secondly, to give Club members an excuse to stand in their Mother Lodges, explain what the Clubs’ aims are and to bring the subject of mental illness into the temple. With one in four people suffering with a mental illness at some point in their life, we all do, or will, know someone who is unwell and in need of our help. They may be your partner; your mother; your father; your sibling; your friend; or you may have personal experience. No matter who’s suffering, one thing is guaranteed, at some point in your life, you will have to deal with the issue of mental illness – if you haven’t already.

The Club believes the more we discuss our experiences of mental illness, the sooner the metaphorical elephant in the room will be eliminated.

Not only were Club members out in force to take onThames to Change rowers the challenge, but we were also joined by Daniel and Kate, of Rethink Mental Illness, who helped knock off a very respectable amount of kilometers from our target distance!

With so many incredible people participating, it didn’t take long for us to reach our target in just under six hours – well done all!

Once the target distance was reached (and the participants had showered), everyone gathered on the river’s edge at The Rutland Pub for a celebratory drink and well-deserved pub lunch whilst watching the Six Nations Rugby Championship.

The Club would like to thank Rethink Mental Illness for its amazing support throughout the past year and Fulham Reach Boat Club for their generosity in letting us use their wonderful facility.

Thames to Change celebratingThe Club will continue to receive donations (http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/thames-to-change) and sell the Thames to Change lapel pin until June, when it will present a cheque to Rethink Mental Illness at its Lodge, Burgoyne Lodge No.902, on Saturday 11th June. Please email mitch@connaughtclub.org , if you’d like to attend. Thames to Change rowers