The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, one of the four main Masonic Charities, has a care home in Kent – the Prince George Duke of Kent Court. It is located in Shepherds Green, Chislehurst, BR7 6PA in the Masonic Province of West Kent, and was opened in 1968 by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England.
‘The Court’ is one of 19 RMBI Homes in England and Wales and can accommodate 54 residents with various needs. Many of its residents come from the areas covered by the Masonic Provinces of East and West Kent.
The Home is surrounded by gardens containing a large collection of rose bushes as well as many shrubs, providing pleasant areas to sit and relax. A concrete path borders the garden, allowing residents with frames or wheelchairs to have unrestrained access. Part of the lawn area is laid out for putting, which is enjoyed by residents, their family and friends.
The Home operates a traditional ‘hotel’ style of care, where residents share communal facilities. The categories of care offered are dependent upon people’s assessed individual needs.
Like all of the RMBI Homes, it can offer places to people with dementia, following an assessment of their needs.
The Association of Friends at the ‘Court’
Like all Masonic Homes ‘The Court’ has a thriving Association of Friends and the members play a large part in raising funds to provide for the extra facilities that the residents would not otherwise receive.
The ‘Friends’ directly organise and support many events during the year and would welcome additional help in the form of patronage and, for those with time to spare, help with the running of events. Visitors to support the various events would also be warmly welcomed. A diary of ‘Friends’ events is shown below.
The residents enjoy talking to ‘The Friends’ and working in conjunction with the staff for the benefit of the residents is an immensely rewarding and satisfying experience.
More information can be downloaded about ‘The Friends’, together with application forms for individual or corporate membership (eg Lodges and Chapters).
Can Your Lodge Help?
The Friends are appealing for lodges to hold an occasional Lodge of Instruction at the Home, to benefit the masonic residents who can no longer attend a regular lodge meeting. Please click here for further information.
Diary of Events