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 Entertainments Manager of Connaught Court are also Executive Committee
The Association exists to provide extra comfort and a range of social, leisure and entertainment activities for the residents. We hold their welfare and happiness paramount in all that we do and also provide things that money just cannot buy. We raise funds in order to provide for goods and services which are beyond the remit of the RMBI. To that end, we donate an annual sum for the provision of regular entertainments for the residents; we provide funds for one-off items such as televisions, computers, sound systems, specialist furniture, garden furniture and a range of other items as required all of which are provided with a view of enhancing the wellbeing of the residents of Connaught Court. In addition to the foregoing the Association has provided a new specially designed mini-bus for the use of the residents.
Members of the Association also give of their time to assist in driving the mini-bus, counselling and befriending of the residents and also in providing a weekly shop to help to provide for the resident needs and requirements. All monies raised, with the exception of minimal administration costs, go directly to the residents of Connaught Court.
The Association raises funds by donations from Freemasons Lodges, by raising monies from stalls at the at our annual Summer Fayre and from other events which are organised by the Association from time to time.
We're always keen to add new stalls to exhibit at our Summer Fayre to add to the great variety we have there. You can also help us by volunteering with the running of the Summer Fair.
Just a few hours of your time once a year can help to enhance the lives of the residents of Connaught Court all year. If you'd like a chat about how to help us, please email Martyn Latham, our Secretary
Find out how by contacting us at:
The Association of Friends of Connaught Court
Or use our online contact form.
The recent recruitment campaign has boosted our numbers, but we are always looking to welcome more volunteers.
You can join us by clicking on the link below:
Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire, West Riding
Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire, North & East Ridings
Provincial Grand Lodge of Lincolnshire