The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Cornwallis Court


RMBI Care Co. provides a home for over 1,000 older Freemasons and their families, providing residential, nursing and dementia care in 17 care homes across England and Wales.

The charity has been supporting older people for over 180 years and works closely with residents and families to offer a safe environment.

RMBI Care Co. also offers independent living apartments, day services, respite, and end of life care.


RMBI Care Co. treats each person as an individual, respecting everyone’s wishes and needs at all times. Person centred care is at the heart of what the charity does, and this is reflected in how the organisation engages with residents, visitors, and staff.

Types of care services:
Residential Care
Nursing Care
Dementia Care
Respite Care
Palliative Care Court
Independent Living
Day Services


Surrounded by landscaped gardens, Cornwallis Court is situated close to the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. The Home provides residential care, nursing, and dementia support for up to 74 residents. Read more on the Home’s webpage.

Phone: 01284 768 028
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Address: Cornwallis Court, Hospital Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3NH

Admissions to an RMBI Care Co. Home

If you’re interested in permanent care or a short stay in an RMBI Care Co. Home, please contact your preferred care home in the first instance and speak to the Business Relationship Manager or Home Manager. You can find the contact details of each Home on the website: 

The local management team will be able to provide their fee rates, however, please note this is only a range. Each person’s fee is based on a full assessment of their care needs and will also help determine if the person will be self-funding, or if they quality for financial assistance from their Local Authority.

We support people with a Masonic connection. We also support some people in the wider community who do not have a connection to Freemasonry but are able to fund their placements. Where a Home has a waiting list of residents who wish to come into the Home, priority will always be given to Freemasons and their families, as long as RMBI Care Co. can support the person’s needs.

If you have a general query about the admissions process, you can also get in touch with Debbie Hollands, Residents Placements Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Association of Friends of Cornwallis Court

Cornwallis Court has been open since 1981 and provides a home for some 74 residents all of who are Freemasons, their wives, widows, or female dependants who need the first class care and attention provided by the staff of the Home, including 23 residents in the nursing wing, plus Geoffrey Dicker House which provides further secure accommodation for up to 23 residents who need support for dementia.

The Association of Friends of Cornwallis Court is as old, in fact older than the Home itself. It is a Registered Charity, with its Main Object “to relieve and give assistance by all charitable means the residents of Cornwallis Court”.

A Management Committee which includes seven Trustees, representing Lodges and all other Masonic Orders in the Provinces of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk conduct the business of the Association. Raising funds to provide assistance, help organising social events, providing transport for the Residents, and encouraging the Masonic community to visit the Homes and support fund raising activities to fulfil the “Objective” of the Association.

Since the Association was inaugurated it has received magnificent support from all Masonic Orders in its catchment area, all of them making generous donations to the funds.

However individual membership of the “Friends” is less than one tenth of the total number of the Brethren in the area.

Over 180 Craft Lodges and other Masonic Orders are now “Affiliated” of the Association.


Individual Brethren can become Life Members by making a one-off payment of £25.00 which if donated under Gift Aid scheme increase by 25%.

Please make your Life Membership Donation and ALL OTHER Donations payable to:-

The Association of the Friends of Cornwallis Court
and sent to:

Secretary to the Association of Friends of Cornwallis Court
Paul A Oldfield
Sunny Side
Church Row
Mellis Common
IP23 8EE

Phone: 01379 783458

Membership application forms are available from:

Membership Secretary
Roger Florey
57 Lavenham Way
IP14 2PE

Phone: 01449 676927

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