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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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Report: KT Seminar

Dr Viv

On Tuesday 21 November the Club gathered in the opulent surroundings of the Grand Temple at Freemasons’ Hall to listen to a talk by Right Eminent Knight Dr Viv Thomas. When looking for an authority on the history, origins or practices of the Masonic Knights Templar one needs look no further than Dr Viv who is widely renown for his in depth knowledge and understanding of the topic.


Well, Dr Viv did not disappoint. We were taken back to the story of the Crusaders and traced the story of the Templars in Europe. We learnt about the many templar orders and Christian degrees that were practiced by various Masonic groups throughout Europe in the 18th century and before, and speculated on how Ireland came to form the first Great Priory of the United and Religious Orders of the Temple.


Dr Viv spoke enthusiastically and authoritatively on a topic that is rich with history, myth   and speculation – as like most things in Freemasonry. The Club was extremely privileged   to host Dr Viv, and thank him for such an enlightening talk.


As well as Dr Viv, we also hosted the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master, Paul   Raymond Clement. The Grand Master spoke a little on the founding of Great Priory (the   Grand Lodge of the Order) and how it is administrated today before answering our   questions with charm and knowledge.

Following the presentation, we mingled over wine and nibbles in order to continue the   discussions amongst ourselves. I noted that, whilst the numbers were not as buoyant on   this cold November night as we had expected, we were fortunate to have a few “newbies”   amongst our ranks. I hope they enjoyed their first experiences of the Club, and came away enlightened happy, content and not too groggy the next morning.

Burgoyne Lodge No. 902 – October Meeting

Burgoyne October 2017



As I’m sure you’ve seen in the Chisel, 28th October is the Burgoyne Lodge Installation Meeting, and you’re invited to attend!

This year’s installation is a particularly special occasion as one former Chairman of the Connaught Club, W. Bro. Jaimin Patel, will install another, W. Bro. Mitchell Merrick-Thirlway. An excellent occasion is certainly in store!

Dining will be at the Radisson Edwardian at a cost of £40, the menu will be confirmed ASAP.

If you would like to attend, please contact the Lodge Secretary, Kyle Alexander know on

Please let Kyle know of your intention to attend and if you are bringing guests. As ever, feel free to pass on the meeting details to your Masonic friends who might wish to join us.

Summons attached below

2017-10-28 – Burgoyne Lodge No. 902 Summons October 2017



The Grand Ball: Club Out in Force!


The Grand Ball at Freemasons’ Hall, London, was a lavish white tie

affair organised by the United Grand Lodge of England.

Write up by Bro. G. A. Junior

The Masonic event of the year (after the CC 300 Ball…of course) was finally here – the Grand Ball – celebrating 300 years of organised Freemasonry on Saturday 30th September 2017 at Freemasons’ Hall in Great Queen Street. We were welcomed with a Champagne reception, the drinks, food and good vibes flowed all night long until 3am until the iconic survivors photo at 3am. Many lodge rooms were transformed in to various entertainment space: in each of the rooms, a rock band, silent disco, Gin bar, casino, skeletrix, and (my favorite) the miniature golf. The list goes on. The highlight of the night for me was the Grand Temple, which had a raised dance floor, and we danced the night away with a big band playing in the background.

Brethren from across the whole world had traveled to attend and I met brothers from Brazil, Malta and even Barnet. The night was amazing and a lot of fun, all of the CC members and partners had a jolly good time.

Thank you to UGLE for arranging a special night… I look forward to saying in many years’ time – “I was there”!

Now roll on another 300 years, I say!

Knights Templar Uncloaked

1 Knights Templar Uncloaked (1)

The Club welcomes the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master, Paul Raymond Clement GCT, who will be telling us a little about the story of the KT and answering our questions. The Grand Master will be aided by R.E.Kt. Viv Thomas who will be presenting a comprehensive history of the Masonic KT. It will be an interesting and insightful evening.

Following the seminar, we will enjoy wine and nibbles.

The event will be held at 6.30pm in the Grand Temple at Freemasons’ Hall which is a spectacular venue in which to meet and enjoy each other’s company.

The event is Free to Members. Non-Members may attend at the price of £5.00.



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Connaught Club Does Dublin, Again!

The Connaught Club Return to Dublin


We will be supporting our young Irish brothers by travelling to Dublin to witness the Consecration of a new lodge in the home of Irish Freemasonry – the Grand Lodge of Ireland. The magnificent building hosts some of the most beautiful lodge rooms in the world, and houses some of the most interesting ritual in the Masonic community.

We will arrive on Friday 12th January and enjoy the Consecration ceremony and dinner thereafter. The lodge is being founded with a view of being the meeting place for young Freemasons in Dublin. The young Freemasons of Scotland are also joining so it will be a real celebration of the young Masonic movement!

On Saturday (after waking up with sore heads) we will be shown around Dublin with a private bicycle tour. I am told it’s very safe, easy, and by far the best way to see the beautiful Georgian city. After the tour we will visit the Guinness Brewery before heading to Temple Bar for a slap up meal and maybe even another pint of the black stuff.

We will travel back on Sunday with happy memories and new friends. This really will be a brilliant trip!

For more information, please see the PDF document attached here: Itinerary Doc

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Summer Picnic: This Weekend!

Summer Picnic 2017

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.

300 Ball: Thank you for coming (my head still hurts)

300 Ball thank you


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!

REPORT: Your Next Step – A Seminar on the Holy Royal Arch

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

300 Ball – One Month to Go!

One month to go!