Japes and games in the park.
Bring along your picnic, friends and family for a day of silly races, convivial atmosphere, and hopefully no rain.
See you from midday.
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.
Well we said we were going to have a Ball, and we did! What a fantastic evening it was of dancing, magic and even a little drink thrown in for good measure. We had 170 attendees throughout the evening, and raised over £1,500.00 for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and helped make it a special night for the history of the Connaught Club, and London Masonry in general. Hip, hip, hooray!
On a hot Saturday afternoon in July 2017, a dozen or so CC members attended the ‘Your Next Step – A seminar on the Holy Royal Arch’. Facta non Verba Chapter 3409, hosted us. Our President presented the history of the Holy Royal Arch steaming back to the great rivalry between the Ancients and Moderns.
The long and short of it is when the two lodges united to form what we now call the United Grand Lodge of England, they managed to find a compromise on the role and purpose of the Holy Royal Arch. The Royal Arch would be fully recognised as a separate order, which made both grand lodges happy.
This is why in the Book of Constitutions it explains “…pure Ancient Masonry consists of three degrees and no more, viz. those of the Entered Apprentice, the Fellow Craft, and the Master Mason including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch. (the light blue book we are given when we are initiated)
We were also informed of the different roles of the officers in the lodge from Zerubbabel, Haggai and Joshua, to Scribe Ezra, Nehemiah and the Principals and their clothing (a very colourful affair) and the various different aprons and jewels.
The whole event was short, sharp and snappy. Giving us an insight into the Holy Royal Arch, it wetted many a chaps appetite for more!
We finished off with a smashing buffet and 1 or 2 or 3 beers in the Freemason’s Arms afterwards. (In true Connaught Club fashion…)
A big thank you to our President Ian Currans, the Metropolitan Grand lodge officers, Facta non Verba Chapter 3409 and especially all of the CC members for presenting and attending.
Ps…If you will be exalted into the Holy Royal Arch any time soon, make sure you post in the Facebook group, I and others will attend!
S&F – Godfrey
Part One: STEPS FOR JO’S
Steps for Jo’s is a 5k walk, or a 10k run around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. Registration is between 9am to 10am, and the walk/run starts at 10am. Even the slowest of walkers should be finished by midday by which point we join in the festivities and even have a cold beverage before making our way to Burgoyne well in time for the 5pm start.
Part Two: Burgoyne Lodge No. 902
The main event on the agenda is a talk from Prof Andrew Prescott titled “What Happened in 1717?” which, given the proximity of the meeting to the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first Grand Lodge, seems most appropriate. The talk comes highly recommended by The Library and Museum of Freemasonry so I am sure that a very interesting afternoon is in store.
Dining will be at the Radisson Edwardian at a cost of £40, the menu will be confirmed ASAP.
For full details, please see the summons attached below.
MORE IMPORTANT DETAILS
So – please do consider running or walking with us (so far we have lodge members doing both). To sign up, please visit the Connaught Club team page here: https://
If you can’t make it (which may see your progression in the lodge halted) I am sure the Club would be grateful for your sponsorship. Please see the Just Giving page here: https://
It would be great to have the Lodge and Club well supported, and to show off how freemasonry really does care. I do urge those of you who are available to register for the walk/run. It will be a truly Masonic day out – charity in the morning – followed by our daily advancement – followed by much refreshment!
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…
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!