Bury St. Edmunds,
Suffolk, IP33 3NH
Cornwallis Court has been open since 1981 and provides a home for some 60 residents all of whom are Freemasons, their wives, widows or female dependants, who need the first class care and attention provided by the staff of the Court. Early in 1997 the new unit, named "Geoffrey Dicker House", for elderly mentally frail residents was opened. This can accommodate a further 19 residents and is usually fully occupied.
The Association of Friends is as old, in fact older, than the home itself, it is a Registered Charity, and has as its object "to relieve and assist by all charitable means the residents of Cornwallis Court".
A Management Committee, which includes seven Trustees, representing Lodges in the Provinces of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk conduct the business of the Association.
Raising funds to provide assistance, help organise social events, providing transport for the residents and encouraging Lodges and individual brethren to visit the Court and support the fund raising activities fulfils the 'Object' of the Association.
Since the Association was inaugurated it has received magnificent support from brethren and all Masonic Orders in its catchment area, which have made generous donations to the funds. However, individual membership of the 'Friends' is less than 10% of the total number of brethren in the area.
Over 150 Craft Lodges and other Masonic Orders are now 'Affiliated' members of the Association. The cost is a minimum annual subscription of 50p per Lodge member, and is a legitimate charge on the Lodge Charity Account. The attention of those Lodges and other Orders that do not subscribe in this way is drawn to this worthy cause.
Please help us meet our 'Object' by becoming a member of the Association.
Individual brethren can become Life Members by making a one off payment of £25.