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A unique venue
for those unique
Situated on the banks of the River Ham- ble overlooking
our Prince
which is
due for comple-
tion in Spring 2015,
Southampton Water and the
Isle of Wight, the Royal Southern Yacht
Club has much to offer. A spacious dining
room with seating for up to 200 guests has a small bar
and direct access to large kitchens where our chef and staff can cater for all your needs. The River Room with the Members’ Bar immediately alongside is ideal for smaller functions.
The name seems to imply a group of people sipping Jack Daniels in a smoky room listening to Joe Bonamassa play his guitar. The reality is a Hampshire and Isle of Wight gathering of junior masons, or those who have not yet been appointed to provincial rank. It follows therefore that all those in ‘light blue’ are automatically a member. The group was set up with the intention of providing a way of encouraging friendship, open discussion and inter-lodge visiting from those members in Botley, Woolston, Albion Place and Totton, where there are many craft lodges. Various events are held throughout the year, ranging from breakfast meetings with guest speakers to family fun days in country parks. Most of them are not masonically exclusive, meaning that family and friends are also welcome. By involving family, the Light Blues hope to increase family support for freemasonry and there is also the possibility that, by inviting friends, new members might result.
While this group is focussed on the central Southampton area, there are other groups around the province with the same aim; Basingstoke, Petersfield, Winchester and Andover, and others such as the Rough Ashlar Club.
The Yeoman Room on the first floor is used for more intimate dining and is off the large Upper Deck bar which has a large balcony taking advantage of the wonderful views across the river.
Within our 18th century listed cot- tages are 11 elegant bedrooms and a Master Suite. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, free WiFi and
flat screen televisions with tea and coffee facilities. Rates include a full English or continental breakfast served in the dining room.
Please contact the Club Secretary on 023 8045 0301 or e-mail for a bespoke, no obligation quotation for your next function.
The first meeting, breakfast at the Brook House Masonic Centre, was well attended and showed that this was something that should help to keep some of the younger masons engaged. 26 brethren from across Southampton turned up to hear what was proposed and Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Jon Whittaker set out the aims and structure of the group, and out of it came a plan for 4 breakfast meetings per year and up to 4 other events.
So far, the Light Blues have held a quiz night, at which 40 people attended and had their general knowledge tested, all helped by a drink or two and a superb buffet. The second event was another well attended breakfast meeting; the guest speaker this time was Kyle Wilks, grandson of the Provincial Grand Master, Michael J Wilks, and motor cycling ace of British Superbike Superstock 1000 Championship fame. As it happened, the morning started off with torrential rain and a thunderstorm, but this did not put off those attending albeit a little damp for those who arrived by motorbike! Mike Wilks set the scene for Kyle and it was interesting to hear of Kyle’s early interest in riding and of Mike running alongside in case he fell. Kyle then took the floor and kept the roomful of eager listeners enthralled by the life he leads.
Looking to the future and in addition to more breakfast gatherings, the plan is to arrange visits to Grand Lodge and lodges in this and other provinces including London, preferably on special occasions.
We are on Facebook: Southampton Light Blues Club and Twitter: @SotonLB
Andy Venn
7 Insight • Issue 8

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