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.

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

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

April 7th, 2017 – Kent Club Annual Dinner

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With a break from tradition, this year the Annual Dinner was held at Boodle’s, a private Members’ Club located on St. James’s Street. The Metropolitan Grand Master, Sir Michael Snyder, was our Guest of Honour and we were kindly hosted by George Pipon Francis PAGM.

After a sparkling wine reception and a chance to mingle with Sir Michael, the diners headed upstairs to enjoy a menu of pate de campagne of veal and chicken with green tomato chutney, stuffed saddle of lamb with mint and redcurrant jus and followed by pistachio souffle with iced chocolate cream. Port and coffee then completed the meal.

After the loyal toast, the toast to the Grand Master and the toast to the Metropolitan Grand Master, Sir Michael then addressed the brethren. He talked about how he had presented the London Air Ambulance with a cheque for an additional £100,000 (to tumultuous applause from all those present), and about how Masonry in London is growing. But Sir Michael went on to say there was still work to do to persuade some members that the pressures of work and family live mean that the format and timings of meetings need to evolve. He closed by toasting the Kent Club, saying that the Club played an important role in ensuring that there is cross-lodge socialising and visiting.

The Chairman of the Kent Club, Michael Todd, then responded; thanking the organisers and our host (George Pipon Francis) he went on to mention some of the past and future events the Club had organised or was about to hold.

Afterwards, everyone retired to the bar downstairs for more drinks and conversation.

With thanks to David Luckins for the photographs.

 

 

March 16th, 2017 – an interview with Sir David Wootton

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We were honoured by the presence of  Sir David Wootton (the Assistant Grand Master) at a meeting of Globe Lodge No.23 (a red apron lodge), where Bro. Noël Haynes interviewed David and asked him a series of questions ranging from his rowing days at Jesus College, Cambridge to his love of trains. We were also able to gain insight on the newly created Improvement Delivery Group.

Afterwards there was a champagne reception followed by dinner at the Grand Connaught Rooms.