Over 90 attendees joined the launch of the new Chorley and Leyland Group New and Young Masons Club. The new club has been named The Corinthian Club and has been several months in the making. It is the result of much hard work by the committee, which was formed from the Leyland Lights and the Chorley Blues Brothers after the amalgamation of the Chorley and Leyland Groups.
The launch event was, as has become the norm in the last few months, a Zoom meeting, at which the club president and Provincial Membership Officer Neil Ward, introduced the committee to the attendees.
The committee members then gave everyone an overview of the structure, vision and goals of the club setting out their ambitious plans to take forward the work of the old light blues clubs from the former groups. The club is using all the popular social media platforms to promote its events and engage with members. Full details can be found at the end of this article.
Taking its name from the classic Greek style of architectural column design, the aim of the club is to provide a strong platform for new and young Masons to build greater friendships, create new social circles and provide learning opportunities to help self-development. In addition, the club will support and promote the good work Freemasonry does in the community and in charitable giving.
After the committee members had completed their introductory presentation, the club chairman, Wayne Haslam, then introduced the special guest speaker, Gareth Jones OBE, Third Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter and the Provincial Grand Master for the Province of South Wales. Gareth is also the United Grand Lodge of England lead for new and young Masons clubs.
Gareth congratulated the committee on the work they had done so far in bringing the club to life and wished them and all the members well as they embarked on their new venture. He said from what he had seen so far, he was sure the club would be a great success. He then gave everyone an insight into the focus for new and young Masons clubs in the country and finally took some time to answer questions from the attendees.
The event was rounded off with a few more words from club president Neil Ward, who thanked Gareth for attending and sharing his thoughts with everyone. All agreed that the inaugural event of The Corinthian Club had been a great success and had set the standard for the events planned in the coming months. Details of forthcoming events can be found in the club’s various social media pages or by joining the club’s TeamApp page.
Neil commented after the Zoom call had closed: “The launch has been a huge success. It was good to see so many brethren from the group joining our inaugural event. Also, to receive such great support from our Provincial leaders. Gareth Jones has laid a solid foundation for other guest speakers to follow.”
Full membership of The Corinthian Club is open to all Freemasons in the Chorley and Leyland Group, however brethren from outside the group or those interested in joining Freemasonry can apply to be associate members. Membership requests can be made by visiting the clubs TeamApp page and filling in a simple enrollment form. The page can be found by clicking link:- https://thecorinthianclub.teamapp.com or by downloading the TeamApp for IOS or Android phones.
The social media links to the club are as follows:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CorinthianClub
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Corinthian_Club
Instagram – https://instagram.com/corinthian_club