Light Blue clubs came into existence in 2007 as a result of an initiative in London where young Masons met at the Connaught Rooms as a social group. This became known as "The Connaught Club".
We have had young Mason's groups in this Province, in one form or another, since 2008. These groups have flourished across the country to the extent that national conferences are now held, with attendees from every Province.
In 2019 we sent five representatives to represent our Province, one from each area, accompanied by W. Bro Marcus Greenwood. Our Provincial Grand Master was also present, as a guest speaker, to deliver a talk about "Solomon".
Initially, we had a very relaxed attitude to young masons groups allowing them to meet as and when they wished under whatever name they wanted. As a result of seeing how other Provinces were taking forward their own clubs, the PGM instituted a new initiative in this Province.
"Yorkshire West Riding New and Young Masons Clubs" is the Provincial umbrella and support body for all Light Blue, Goose & Gridiron, Brothers Breakfast Clubs and Rough Ashlar Groups etc. It came into existence in February 2020 to set up a formal strategy and constitution for the running of groups across the five areas of the Province and is led by W. Bro Marcus Greenwood who reports directly to the Provincial Mentor.
The ethos is to bring New and Young Masons together to meet socially, to help with learning and development and to share ideas, experiences and develop best practices related to Freemasonry. It is also a forum to meet socially, debate Masonic issues, become better informed and enjoy like-minded Men's Company.
There are currently around twenty such groups meeting across the Province with a new Light Blue Club just recently being formed in the Skipton, Craven and Keighley area.
Although the Yorkshire WR NYMC will operate under the Provincial banner, it will not interfere with the day to day running and formation of the clubs but will be available through the Provincial Lead for help, guidance and support.
Details of area contacts and a diary of events are available from the Provincial Lead for interested new and young masons or potential new Freemasons.