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.
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
Additional tickets have been released now that we know roughly how many official guests are expected to join us.
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
Picnic and Open Garden
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
A small but perfectly formed group met in the bar of Mark Masons’ Hall for a convivial drink (or two!).
A group of Kent Clubbers and family members were treated to a private guided tour of the fascinating Guards Museum, but the curator Andrew Wallis MBE. The Museum reflects the fascinating history of the 5 regiments of Foot Guards (Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards), and the tour covered the period from the end of the English Civil War right up to the NATO-led Afghanistan campaign. We learnt about the life of the officers and soldiers, the campaigns they fought in, their uniforms and equipment and their ceremonial duties in guarding the Sovereign and the Royal Palaces, and heard some terrific stories from Andrew.
Our quarterly Social Evening was held in the recently-refurbished Mark Masons’ Hall where there was plenty of lively conversation!
As the Club’s membership continues to grow and become more established, we have started to look at what the Club can do in the area of charity. One of the Connaught Club “graduates”, Seirios Kokkalis, has joined the Committee as Charity Steward and to kick-start his term of office Seirios ran the Greek Marathon to raise money for a charity that received an overwhelming number of votes from the Club’s members – the Metropolitan Masonic Charity.