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Brilliant sunshine for the Connaught Court Summer Fair


The Connaught Court Summer Fair was hosted by The Association of Friends of Connaught Court this year on Saturday 17th June and we were blessed with glorious sunshine.


The Fair was opened by Right Worshipful Brother David S. Pratt, Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire West Riding, in splendid fashion.

R. W. Brother Pratt commented on the wonderful turn out of stalls and attractions on the day and on the hard work that had gone into the arrangements and thanked the members of the Association and the Lodges involved for their efforts. He mentioned the sterling work being done on behalf of the Association by the newly appointed Ambassadors and urged them to continue their efforts and also hoped that similar success might be achieved in the other two Provinces associated with the home. The home itself also came in for praise for the wonderful facility that it is and for their having received an excellent report from the Care Quality Commission as well as achieving the Butterfly Standard for Dementia Care. R. W. Bro. Pratt wished all present a wonderful day.


The event was blessed by the presence of more than 20 stalls and attractions as well as the  York Railway Institute Development band who kept all entertained with a varied selection of rousing brass band music. New attractions this year included a petting animal display, farm tractor, bouncy castle, guess the number of flowers in the RMBI sign and clown and ball game. As has become the custom at this event we also had a goodly selection of classic cars to be viewed which were provided by the brethren of Classics on the Square.

Other notable stalls and attractions were bag a bottle, whiskey galore, the human fruit machine,  play your cards right and a wonderful selection of tombola’s,  cake stalls, bric-a-brac, home made goods, regalia sales and others too numerous to mention.

The sincere thanks of the Association go out to all who contributed on the day and assisted in raising the magnificent total in excess of £5000.00.


W. Bro. Paul Hornby, Membership Secretary, was also present along with his good lady Margaret and was able to enhance the income on the day by recruiting many new life members and also selling lapel pins.



Get Cycling at Connaught Court


Yesterday afternoon we have had a wonderful time with 'Get Cycling', a local specialist cycling company, who supply bikes, with an emphasis of making cycling available to all, whatever needs we have. Jim and his team brought several, tricycles, tandems, and wheelchair bikes, and our residents immensely enjoyed the wind breezing through their hair sailing up and down the drive!


Each resident had a go at being wheeled or assisted, with the side by side bike and the rickshaw bike, and we had a lot of fun with the 7 seater circle bike.. The residents were delighted to be able to cycle again and feel so mobile, lovely big smiles and enthusiastic to try these 'new-fangled machines'! It was a treat to see our resident having a go, and feeling confident on the bikes! A huge success, a real fun afternoon and great to see what is possible!!

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