October 18th, 2017 – Social Evening

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Our next Social Evening will be on the 18th of October from 7pm at the bar on level two of the recently renovated Mark Masons’ Hall, 86 St James’s St, SW1A 1PL.  Regardless of whether you’re already a member of the Kent Club, are thinking of joining, or just want to see what we’re all about, make sure to come along!

Time: 19:00

VenueMark Masons’ Hall, 86 St James’s St, SW1A 1PL

Dress code: Formal Smart Casual, no jeans, no trainers!

A Blue Badge Guided Tour of Covent Garden

We have all walked through the historic landmark that is Covent Garden – but how much do we know about its history?

Join us for a wonderful evening enjoying an historical journey through this beautiful part of London which is right on our door step.

 

Starting at Freemasons hall on the 20th September at 6pm. The exclusive Kent Club tour will last 90 minutes and finish at La Ballerina Restaurant where a private room is booked for brethren to congregate, enjoy a meal should you wish to eat;  meal prices aren’t included in the price but everyone is welcome to stay.

 

A cost of £25 will include the tour and hire of headphones. Tickets are limited with only 20 places available, so please don’t delay and book asap.

 

A Blue Badge is an accreditation from the Tourist Board that the guide has exntensive knowledge of their subject.  It’s like taking a black cab who’s done the knowledge rather than a mini cab.  So we’re expecting the best.

Come !

 

https://event.bookitbee.com/13432/a-blue-badge-guided-tour-of-covent-garden

October 31st, 2017 – Royal Albert Hall Meeting Mirror Event

As there are limited places at the Royal Albert Hall and even fewer seats at the dinner afterwards at Battersea Evolution there will be a streaming of the event in the Grand Temple at Freemasons’ Hall, which will be followed by a dinner afterwards in the Grand Connaught Rooms.

The screening will be on a giant screen constructed on the dais in front of the Grand Organ and easily visible to all present.  Entrance to this event is just £10, which will include a free 72 page A4 Tercentenary commemorative brochure (usual price £10).

The screening and the dinner afterwards in the Grand Connaught Rooms will be attended by the wives and partners of the Grand Masters of recognised Grand Lodges from around the world as well as other distinguished brethren from other constitutions.  The dinner will be hosted by RWBro the Rt Hon the Earl Cadogan, PDepGM, and RWBro Simon Duckworth OBE DL PJGW, Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master.

 

Rig for both screening and dinner: Gentlemen – Lounge suits – no regalia – Ladies equivalent.

 

The dinner will commence with a champagne reception followed by a four course dinner including carefully selected red and white wines.

16.30  Screening of the Albert Hall meeting of Grand Lodge

18.15  Champagne Reception in the Grand Connaught Rooms

18.45  Four course dinner in the Grand Connaught Rooms

21.00  Carriages

Additional tickets have been released now that we know roughly how many official guests are expected to join us.

https://event.bookitbee.com/11167/royal-albert-hall-meeting-mirror-event-311017

September 19th, 2017 – Joint Meeting of London Installed Masters Lodges

As part of the celebration of the Tercentenary of Freemasonry, a joint meeting of the fourteen London Installed Masters’ Lodges will take place on Tuesday 19 September 2017.  Hosted by The City of London Installed Masters Lodge No. 8220, it will be presided over by the Deputy Grand Master, R W Bro Jonathan Spence, who is the Worshipful Master of that Lodge.

The principal item of business will be a demonstration of the very old and unique First Degree ceremony as performed in the Province of Bristol. An introduction and explanation will be given by RW Bro Alan Vaughan, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Bristol, who has organised a specially chosen team to perform the ceremony for us.

For this unique occasion in London Freemasonry, all are welcome in the Grand Temple to see this very special ceremony.  It is an opportunity for every Mason from Entered Apprentice to the most senior Grand Officer, whether or not  a member of a London Installed Masters’ lodge, to help celebrate the Tercentenary.

For those wishing to attend the meeting the price for admission to the Grand Temple is £10.00.  Admission will be by ticket only.

Please submit your applications promptly as even in the Grand Temple capacity is limited.  Payment is required on application.

Please apply for tickets by clicking here  or go to: https://tinyurl.com/l5dme5f

November 25th, 2017 – Visit to Apollo University Lodge No. 357, Oxford

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Bookings are now live: https://event.bookitbee.com/14706/apollo-university-lodge-no-357-visit

Date: November 25th, 2017

Time: 4:00pm

Cost: £44 for Festive Board (to be paid via a link send after registration)

Venue: Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

Dress code: Black Tie, though masonic dress for visitors is acceptable (see the December 2016 Report of the Board of General Purposes, “Standard of dress”, for guidance).

Accessibility: Trains from London to Oxford leave frequently from Marylbone Station (Chiltern Railways) and Paddington Station (Great Western Railway).

The venue is a 10 minute walk from Oxford Station.

More adventurous brethren can also catch the Oxford Bus Company’s X90, or the Oxford Tube (don’t be fooled by the name – it’s a bus).

Length of Event: Approximately two hours for the meeting, followed by the Festive Board (Tyler’s Toast is expected before 10pm).

Bookings Close: November 16th, 2017

The Kent Club will visit the prestigious Apollo University Lodge No. 357 in Oxford, the oldest university lodge in the country, on the 25th of November.

Founded in 1818, its former members include such illustrious people as Edward VII, Cecil Rhodes and Oscar Wilde, who can be seen to the left in court dress – the traditional dress of officers of the Lodge.

The meeting will take place at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel, just across the road from the world famous Ashmolean Museum.  The meeting will take approximately two hours, the dinner is estimated to last for about three hours.

April 11th, 2018 – Kent Club AGM (Members Only)

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 Date: Wednesday, the 11th of April 2018

Time: 6.00pm

Venue: Mark Masons’ Hall, 86 St James’s St, SW1A 1PL

Dress Code: Smart Casual – no jeans, no trainers, no t-shirts

Accessibility: Lifts and cloak room available

The Kent Club for London Freemasons’ Annual General Meeting 2018 will be held on the 11th of April in the Boardroom of Mark Masons’ Hall.  All members are encouraged to attend to shape the future of this club!

January 28th, 2018 – Brooklands Museum

Time: 10:45am start

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Cost: Adult £15 / Children £7.70 / Senior Citizens and Students £12.65 / Family (two adults, three children) £38.50

Children under 5 free

Venue: Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Rd, Weybridge KT13 0SL 

Dress Code: N/A

Accessibility: Parking available on site.  All exhibits are wheelchair accessible (for details please refer to the Brooklands Museum website)

RSVP Bookings: https://event.bookitbee.com/15138/brooklands-museum-visit

The Kent Club is excited to organise a trip to the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge.

We will receive a private introduction to Brooklands, and have a private area set aside for us in the restaurant for lunch.

The Museum displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from giant racing cars such as the 24-litre Napier-Railton, motorcycles, and bicycles to a unique collection of Hawker and Vickers/British Aircraft Corporation-built aircraft including Concorde.

Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century.  Many aviation firsts are also associated with Brooklands, which soon became one of Britain’s first aerodromes.  It attracted many aviation pioneers prior to World War I, and was also a leading aircraft design and manufacturing centre in the 20th century, producing a remarkable total of some 18,600 new aircraft of nearly 260 types between 1908 and 1987.

How to get there:

By Car

Just 1 hour from London, easy access from the M25 and A3. Follow the brown ‘Brooklands Museum’ signs until you reach the entrance to Mercedes-Benz World, marked by our Concorde Gate Guardian. The main visitor entrance of the Museum is reached via Brooklands Drive – follow the road around the back of the Mercedes-Benz World building until you reach the Museum car park. The postcode for the visitor car park is KT13 0SL .

By Public Transport

The nearest railway station is Weybridge (less than a mile away) which is on the Woking to Waterloo and Staines to Weybridge lines. The Museum is a 20-minute walk from the station, or you can catch one of the local buses from outside the station to the Museum entrance. Please check southwesttrains.com or call National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 before you travel.

Pedestrians from Weybridge Train Station can use the Campbell Gate Entrance off Brooklands Road. This entrance is shared with JTI and signed ‘JTI Members Hill’.

Post includes content from Wikipedia contributors, “Brooklands Museum,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Brooklands_Museum&oldid=799558048 (accessed October 9, 2017).  Concorde picture courtesy of Kane L S SmithBritish Airways Concorde at Brooklands MuseumCC BY-SA 3.0  Vintage car picture courtesy of Colin Smith, 1922 filling station & vintage car, Brooklands, 22 July 2012CC BY-SA 2.0

April 11th, 2018 – Social Evening

* Please note the changed date! *

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 Date: Wednesday, the 11th of April 2018

Time: 7.00pm

Price: Free, just pay for your drinks

Venue: Mark Masons’ Hall, 86 St James’s St, SW1A 1PL

Dress Code: Smart Casual – no jeans, no trainers, no t-shirts

Accessibility: Lifts and cloak room available

Our first Social Evening of the new year will be on the 11th of April 2018 from 7pm at the bar on level two of Mark Masons’ Hall.

Headquarters of no less than ten appendant Orders, the Grade II listed Crown property in the heart of St James’s sports a welcoming – and reasonably priced – bar with views over Pall Mall and St  James’s Palace.

This will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, or even make new ones.

Regardless of whether you’re already a member of the Kent Club, are thinking of joining, or just want to see what we’re all about, make sure to come along – we are looking forward to seeing you!

May 10th, 2018 – Annual Dinner at Boodles

*** Bookings Now Open ***

Date: Thursday, the 10th of May 2018

Time:  7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)

Price: £85 + fees (members receive a £10 discount)

Venue: Boodle’s, 28 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1HJ

Dress Code: Black Tie

Accessibility: Lifts and cloak room available

Bookings: https://event.bookitbee.com/16133/kent-club-annual-dinner-at-boodles-2018

The Kent Club is proud to announce that it will hold its annual dinner at Boodle’s private members’ club.  We can also reveal that RW Bro Stephen Fenton, Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master, will grace us with his presence as the guest of honor.

Boodle’s rightfully prides itself on the excellence of its kitchen and is preparing the following menu for us:

STARTER

Guineafowl and foie gras quenelle with Madeira sauce

MAIN

Spiced short rib of beef with champ potatoes and green and white asparagus

DESSERT

Baked vanilla and salted caramel cheesecake

Dinner will be accompanied by red and white wine. Tea, coffee, chocolates and port will be served with dessert.

A cash bar is available for those who would like to socialise with fellow members and guests after dinner.

Boodle’s is regarded as one of the most prestigious clubs in London, and counts many British aristocrats and notable politicians among its members.

It is the second oldest club in the world, with only White’s being older.  Ian Fleming is said to have based the Blades Club from his James Bond novels on Boodle’s (however, Boodle’s itself is referenced in the novels Moonraker and You Only Live Twice).  It is reputed that Beau Brummell’s last bet took place at the Club before he fled the country to France.

Post includes content from Wikipedia contributors, “Boodle’s,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Boodle%27s&oldid=798613291 (accessed October 9, 2017).  Boodle’s facade picture courtesy of DebonairchapBoodle’sCC BY-SA 3.0

July 2nd, 2017 – Picnic at Thatched Cottage, Kent

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With the announcement that the open day at Freemasons Hall will be on the 24th June, we have moved our masonic picnic back a week to the 2nd July.


Wendy and Ivor Macklin will be opening their garden (best amateur garden in Kent) to Masons and families from 11.30am until 4.30pm. the cost of entry is £5.00 per person. There is a 4.5 acre wild flower meadow and orchard, ideal for you to bring your picnic and enjoy the countryside.


Thatched cottage is 300yds walk from Hever Castle the ancestral home of Ann Boleyn. So, come down and make a day of it.
Thatched Cottage, Hever Road, Hever, Kent, TN8 7NH – just 20minutes from the M25 or 50 minutes from London by train.

Bring your families and friends, picnic etc and spend an afternoon in the summer sunshine.

More online information can be found at www.heverbedandbreakfast.co.uk Please RSVP. ivor@qualitydecor.co.uk