Situated in extensive parkland close to York City centre Connaught Court was purpose built by the RMBI and opened in 1971, the land having been donated by the Province of Yorkshire West Riding in 1967. The home is registered to provide residential nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 90 residents.
The home has two Dementia Support Houses; Fred Crosland House has its own enclosed outdoor space including a summer house, courtyard and sensory garden, providing specialist care and support for up to 10 people whilst Knavesmire has two sensory gardens and 16 bedrooms. People who choose an RMBI Home have the security of knowing that they have a home for life, even if their financial circumstances change – as long as their needs can still be supported. The home is supported by the Provinces of Yorkshire West Riding, Yorkshire North and East Ridings and Lincolnshire.
The Association of Friends of Connaught Court, which was established in 1973, is a registered charity entirely independent of the RMBI and consists of freemasons from the Provinces of Yorkshire West Riding, Yorkshire North and East Ridings and Lincolnshire, together with representatives from Castlegate Ladies. There are a set number of Members of the Executive Committee all of whom are put forward by their respective Provinces together with certain Co-opted Members who perform specific tasks within the Committee. Additionally the Manager and Activities Co-Ordinator of Connaught Court are also Executive Committee Members.
In addition to the Executive Committee there are also Life Members who become so by application and by paying a one off fee (currently a minimum of £10.00). Life Members are encouraged to attend the AGM of the Association and are able, should they so desire, to offer assistance by befriending and or assisting with the care of the residents.”