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Connaught Court celebrates golden jubilee!


To celebrate the milestone anniversary, the Home, alongside the Association of Friends, organised a special ceremony to unveil a 50th anniversary plaque and tree. This was followed by an outdoors tea party with live music for residents, care staff and other special guests including Provincial Grand Masters from Yorkshire West Riding, Yorkshire North and East and the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters from Lincolnshire.

In addition, a number of cheque donations totalling £11,000 were presented to the Chairman of the Association of Friends of Connaught Court, Mark Payne, and funds were pledged by the three provinces where it will aid the Association of Friends of Connaught Court to help to improve the lives of those living at Connaught Court over the next five years.

Among the guests, eight centenarians living at the Home also attended including Constance Ireland, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Constance said: “I love living at Connaught Court, the staff are very kind, and we are like a big family. I enjoy taking part in the music and singing activities and having the odd sherry at times.”

Home Manager, Victoria Wilson, who has worked at the Home for 19 years, said: We wanted to say a big thank you to our residents, staff and all the people who have supported our Home over the years. Not forgetting our lovely Association of Friends, both past and present, for their ongoing support.

Provincial Almoners have recently been made aware of a special offer in place at Connaught Court, which I hope will be of interest to members.
The Home is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and provides residential care, nursing and residential dementia support for up to 94 people. Currently, any Freemasons (or their family members) who move into the Home can receive four weeks’ stay for the price of three, for the first three months (the person must be self-funding).
If you have any queries, Victoria Wilson (Home Manager) and Lisa Neary (Business Relationship Manager), would be happy to hear from you; you can contact the Home on 01904 626238. You can also get in touch with the RMBI Care Co's Residents’ Placement Manager, Debbie Hollands at if you have a general query regarding the admission process.
For more information about Connaught Court, please visit the website

Residents at Connaught Court, were overjoyed to be reunited with their loved ones this week after four months without visitors.

The Home is among the first in the country to install a COVID-secure visitor pod, to enable residents to meet safely with their families again.

Connaught Court closed its doors to all but essential visitors before lockdown to protect its residents. Staff have worked tirelessly to ensure residents have had regular contact with their families by ‘phone or video call, but close up, face to face conversations have not been possible.

The newly created, partitioned space has an airtight, glass screen to ensure the safety of residents, their families, and the Home’s staff. Visitors enter and exit from the outside the Home to minimise the risk of infection. Residents access the pod from a different door inside the Home.

The pod has an intercom system to allow residents and their visitors to speak with each other easily. Both sides of the pod are deep cleaned between each visit.


January 2021 Activity Report


Since the AGM in November we have enjoyed a quiet Christmas at Connaught Court with our residents. It was a far cry from our now familiar 8 concerts and lots of other providers, visitors and families coming in to the home. We managed a couple of concerts with Nigel Rae and Rewind Matt that had made downloaded concert for us, all be it from their bedrooms. We attempted a live streamed concert with Jessa with all areas of the home by zoom which turned out to be the day the internet/wireless completed failed us here. She did record the concert so other areas of the home had something to look forward to. Technology is great when it’s working!!!


On Christmas Day Santa visited the home, distributing presents to all our residents around the home and a big thank you to the friends for providing monies for this and their continued support throughout this difficult year.

We continue to have our volunteer Kate coming in to help us out with music mornings and any resident IPad or technology queries for which we are grateful. John from the shop has been kind enough to replenish the shop for us a couple of times which is fantastic.

Our January programme is very low key with poetry mornings, films and classic music sessions sourced from our new friend You Tube. Fran continues to support the areas with marmalade making, bird feeders and music sessions which are wonderful on our dementia areas.

We are planning a day around Burn’s Night with a special lunch and various Scottish themed activities, and the residents are looking forward to our cocktail afternoon later this month. 

With the latest lockdown and the visitor pods being closed for the present we have understandably  had an increase in the number of families wishing zoom calls with their loved ones.

On the plus side we’ve all been pfizered!!!


Stephanie & Fran

Manager's Report for 30th April 2020


Hello from everyone at Connaught Court!  We are now into our 5th full week of closure due to coronavirus, and what a journey it has been for us all. The home is a very different place with all our residents confined to their rooms and the areas they live in.The dining room is closed and the main lounge only available for very small numbers from the same area to see a film, socially distancing of course! Meals are all taken in their rooms, and exercise is taken in our grounds only for short periods of time. Thank goodness for the lovely weather we have been experiencing, which has helped with this enormously.


Amongst all their other tasks the care team have been trying to help the residents keep in touch with their families via any means possible and those on the ground floor have had the occasional wave through closed windows. An equally difficult time for families who are unable to give them a hug or visit in person.


All our staff are masked for the duration of their shift strict infection control measures in place and for those residents showing symptoms of covid19 full barrier nursing is in place with complete isolation.


It is with great sadness that we currently have 11 residents throughout the home with symptoms and 7 were tested yesterday. We have one positive resident who is doing well in hospital and one other who is in the home and stable at the time of writing this. Unfortunately we have lost two residents who were covid positive, a very distressing time for the families and for our staff who feel helpless to prevent this horrendous virus, despite all their hard work.


Staffing the home is now our greatest challenge as currently I have a total of 34 staff off with symptoms isolating, at last we are now able to have testing which has been a long time coming. We have had great support from our district nurses, GP practice and local authority, and most important from our senior team at the RMBI who have worked tirelessly to get us the information which has changed hourly at first and secure PPE for us with weekly deliveries. Thank goodness for the support of the freemasons and trustees with very deep pockets who have taken extreme measures to purchase this valuable stock of PPE.


On a happier note we managed to have a lovely meal for Easter and Nestle sent many Easter eggs, which as you can imagine went down a treat with staff and residents. We have received lots of lovely letters from children accompanied with drawings, and the wine and sherry along with chocolate and excellent local food suppliers the Connaught Court standards have been maintained!


This is just a short insight into Connaught Today at what is our lowest time in this journey; we look forward to happier times and welcoming you all back into the home.


Please stay safe and well.


Victoria Wilson

Home Manager



AFoCC Secretary's addendum


As all outdoor and indoor visits have been cancelled the Association of Friends has purchased six iPads to enable the residents to stay in touch with their family and friends. These were bought with the kind donations from all the Lodges in the three Provinces linked to us.

Connaught Court receives 'Outstanding' rating from Care Quality Commission 

Connaught Court in Fulford, York, has received an overall rating of 'Outstanding' following a recent inspection of the care home by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The Home, which provides residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 94 residents, is described by CQC as offering an “exceptionally” effective and well led service which is ‘outstanding’. The inspection also found that the Home is a safe place to live and that staff are responsive and caring towards residents.

This means Connaught Court is now one of just a handful of care homes within the Vale of York to be rated ‘Outstanding’. It is also the third RMBI Care Co. Home to be assessed as ‘Outstanding’.

For a good cause

Situated in extensive parkland close to York City centre Connaught Court was purpose built by the RMBI and opened in 1971, the land having been donated by the Province of Yorkshire West Riding in 1967. The home is registered to provide residential nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 90 residents.


The home has two Dementia Support Houses; Fred Crosland House has its own enclosed outdoor space including a summer house, courtyard and sensory garden, providing specialist care and support for up to 10 people whilst Knavesmire has two sensory gardens and 16 bedrooms. People who choose an RMBI Home have the security of knowing that they have a home for life, even if their financial circumstances change – as long as their needs can still be supported. The home is supported by the Provinces of Yorkshire West Riding, Yorkshire North and East Ridings and Lincolnshire.


The Association, which was established in 1973, is a registered charity entirely independent of the RMBI and consists of freemasons from the Provinces of Yorkshire West Riding, Yorkshire North and East Ridings and Lincolnshire, together with representatives from Castlegate Ladies. There are a set number of Members of the Executive Committee all of whom are put forward by their respective Provinces together with certain Co-opted Members who perform specific tasks within the Committee. Additionally the Manager and Activities Co-Ordinator of Connaught Court are also Executive Committee Members. In addition to the Executive Committee there are also Life Members who become so by application and by paying a one off fee (currently a minimum of £10.00). Life Members are encouraged to attend the AGM of the Association and are able, should they so desire, to offer assistance by befriending and or assisting with the care of the residents.



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