Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
Providing a home for over 1,000 people across England and Wales
The RMBI is part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation – a new charity for Freemasons, for families, for everyone. We care for older Freemasons and their families as well as some people in the community.
Who we are
Caring has been our way of life since 1842 and we provide a home for over 1,000 people across England and Wales – while supporting many more.
Whether people need residential or nursing care, specialist dementia support or day services, we care for them professionally and kindly.
We treat people as individuals – and we work together with everyone to design a care plan that meets their needs and allows them to experience wellbeing and meaningfulness.
Those members of the Masonic community 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 we can still support their needs.
The Grand Lodge started the Royal Masonic Benevolent Annuity Fund for men in 1842 and for females in 1849.
In 1850, the first Home was opened in East Croydon, named the “Asylum for Worthy, Aged and Decayed Freemasons”, and the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) was established.
The Home remained in Croydon for over 100 years until 1955 when it was transferred to Harewood Court in Hove after identifying the need for bigger premises.
Homes and their Opening Dates:
1955 Harewood Court, Hove, East Sussex
1966 Devonshire Court, Oadby, Leicestershire
1967 Scarbrough Court, Cramlington, Northumberland
1968 Prince George Duke of Kent Court, Chislehurst, Kent
1971 Connaught Court, Fulford, York
1973 Lord Harris Court, Sindlesham, Berkshire
1973 Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan
1977 Ecclesholme, Eccles, Manchester
1977 The Tithebarn, Great Crosby, Liverpool
1979 Queen Elizabeth Court, Llandudno, Conwy
1980 James Terry Court, Croydon, Surrey
1981 Cornwallis Court, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
1983 Zetland Court, Bournemouth, Dorset
1986 Cadogan Court, Exeter, South Devon
1994 Prince Michael of Kent Court, Watford, Hertfordshire
1995 Shannon Court, Hindhead, Surrey
1996 Barford Court, Hove, East Sussex
1998 Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court, Braintree, Essex
2008 Scarbrough Court, Cramlington, Northumberland (re-built on the original site)
Making the decision to move into a care home can be emotionally challenging for you and those close to you.
RMBI make the transition easier by offering you support at every stage of your journey.