The beautiful setting of St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, London saw the National Investiture of the Grand Priory of England and Wales on Saturday 29th April 2017.

With over 150 members, visitors and guests in attendance, the Choir of St Paul’s sang the Introit ‘I was glad’ as the Investing Officer, The Bailiff H.E. The Chevalier Charles Holloway GCLJ, KMLJ, Clergy, Members of Grand Priory and distinguished guests processed into Church. The service was led by The Chaplain-General, The Revd Canon Victor Bullock SChLJ assisted by several Chaplains of the Order. An inspirational Sermon on St Lazarus was delivered by The Rt Revd Robert Ladds SSC, Former Bishop of Whitby, Superior-General of the Society of Mary. The Investiture then took place with several postulants being admitted into the Order. Then followed Promotions and Awards together with the Appointment of Deputy Bailiff of the Grand Priory of England and Wales, Jonathan Charles Whitaker.

Members then re-dedicated their lives to the service of God through the most noble Order. The ‘Regina coeli’ was sung followed by the blessing, dismissal and National Anthem. The Royal Thames Yacht Club, founded in 1775, was the venue for an excellent banquet to conclude this highly successful and memorable day.

The Vigil before an investiture was held the evening before at The Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair and was conducted by The Chaplain-General who, assisted by Chaplains of the Order, led a meditation on the Beatitudes followed by Postulants taking their vows. The Charge to Postulants was delivered by The Secretary-General H E The Chevalier Gareth Vaughan. Following the Vigil, a delicious meal was enjoyed at The Cavalry and Guards Club overlooking Green Park in Piccadilly.

A wonderful and spiritually enriching occasion, the London National Investiture was certainly a highlight of this year for the The Grand Priory of England and Wales.

The Vigil at The Grosvenor Chapel

Reception at The Cavalry & Guards Club

The Rt Revd Robert Ladds delivers his address


Newly invested members with the Bailiff and other senior officers

Bishop Ladds, the Chaplain-General & other chaplains of the Grand Priory

Lunch at The Royal Thames Yacht Club

The Bailiff and guests

The Bailiff promotes Amanda Keaveny to CMLJ

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Spring National Vigil & Investiture of the Grand Priory - Belmont Abbey, April 2016

This event was hosted by the Commandery of Wales whose Commander, Chevalier Dr David Woolf KLJ, is to be congratulated on his hard work and attention to detail, which contributed in no small part to a successful occasion.

Nearly 70 members and guests attended the Vigil at 7.00pm on Friday 15th April in the Abbey Church at Belmont, during which 9 postulants made their vows of dedication before the Chaplain-General, Colonel The Revd Fr Ian Evans QHC, SChLJ, MMLJ, and all were led in meditation upon The Beatitudes. The Grand Prior, The Most Honourable the Marquis of Lothian PC, GCLJ and the Bailiff, H.E. The Chevalier Charles Holloway, GCLJ, KMLJ were in attendance. Afterwards, a dinner at Hedley Lodge, formerly part of the Benedictine Community’s buildings, fortified the inner man.

The next day at 11.00am the Service of Investiture was held, over 90 members and guests attending.

Members of the Order processed in to the Abbey Church to the solemn “Choral” from the Suite Gothique by Leon Boellmann. Eight Chaplains attended the Chaplain-General in the sanctuary and the Abbot of Belmont, The Rt Revd Dom Paul Stonham OSB, was the preacher. Music was provided by The Newman Hall Schola under their Director of Music, Dominic Neville MA. Anthems sung were: ‘O taste and see’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1959), between the First Reading and the Gospel, and ‘Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts’ by Henry Purcell (1659-95) before the Intercessions. The Gospel was read by The Revd Fr John Owen SChLJ, Chaplain of the Commandery of Wales, and the The Revd Fr Ray O’Shea TD, ECLJ, Chaplain Emeritus of the Commandery (and a former Chaplain-General of the Grand Priory) conducted the Intercessions. During the hymn preceding the Ceremony of Investiture, a collection was taken for the work of the Benedictine Community at Belmont.

The Investing Officer was The Grand Prior, assisted by The Bailiff and The Secretary-General, Chevalier Gareth Vaughan KCLJ. The Marshal was Chevalier Peter Salt, KCLJ.

The following postulants were admitted to the Order and invested with the decorations appropriate to their rank:

Rhys Llewelyn Jenkins (Cdry of Wales)                

Esquire (ELJ)                      

Daniel Llewellyn Blair Jeremy (Cdry of Wales)                

Esquire (ELJ)                                      

Graham Smith (Cdry of Cumbria)           

Member (MLJ)                                 

Emilio Antonio Chiquito (Cdry of Mersey)              

Member (MLJ)                                                 

Charlotte Natasha Kemp (Cdry of King Offa)          

Member (MLJ)                                                 

Haydn Jones Rees (Cdry of Wales)                

Officer (OLJ)                                      

Craig Frederick Williams, (Cdry of Wales)                

Officer (OLJ)                                                      

Neil Frank Buffin (Cdry of Wales)                

Officer (OLJ)                                      

Jeffrey Keeney Morgan (Cdry of Wales)                

Officer (OLJ)

The following members of the Grand Priory were promoted and invested with the decorations appropriate to their rank:

Charles Anthony Blair Jeremy (Cdry of Wales)                

Member (MLJ) to Officer (OLJ)

Donald Eric Preddy (Cdry of The Marches)    

Member (MLJ) to Officer (OLJ)

Alan Thomas Howls (Cdry of The Marches)    

Officer (OLJ) to Commander (CLJ)           

David Lindsay Watkins (Cdry of Wales)                

Officer (OLJ) to Commander (CLJ)

Alice Anne Howls (Cdry of The Marches)    

Officer (OLJ) to Commander (CLJ)

Anthony William Jeremy (Cdry of Wales)                

Knight (KLJ) to Knight Commander (KCLJ), of Grace

The Very Revd Dr Gareth Adrian Jones (Cdry of Wales)

Assistant Chaplain (AChLJ) to Chaplain (ChLJ)

The Revd Prebendary William Edward Victor Ward (Cdry of The Marches)

Chaplain (ChLJ) to (Senior Chaplain) (SChLJ)

The following were given Awards and invested with the appropriate decorations:

Mrs Dorothy Dervin       

Admitted to the Companionate of Merit in the rank of Member (MMLJ)

Alan Littlewood (CLJ), (Cdry of John of Gaunt)  

Bronze Medal of Merit (BMLJ)

Dame Erica Mary Austin DLJ, (Cdry of Wales)               

Bronze Medal of Merit (BMLJ)

The Grand Prior presented the following members with their Patents of Appointment:

Alan Thomas Howls CLJ                

Appointed to be Commander of The Marches

Keith David Johnson CLJ               

Appointed to be Commander of Avalon

The service concluded with the ‘Regina Coeli’ and a blessing from the Abbot of Belmont, after which the National Anthem was sung and members processed out to the ‘Toccata’ from Boellmann’s Suite Gothique.

A celebratory glass or two of prosecco preceded lunch at Hedley Lodge at which the Abbot of Belmont was the Grand Prior’s guest of honour. Following the Loyal Toast and the toast to the Grand Master, the Grand Prior entertained those present with a speech both amusing and instructive, before proposing the toast to the Order.

Gareth Vaughan KCLJ                                                     Secretary-General – Grand Priory of England & Wales

Photographs below










Alan Littlewood CLJ and Dame Erica Austin DLJ, waiting to receive the Award of Bronze Medal of Merit. Behind them, postulants Daniel James and Emilio Chiquito.










The Grand Prior, Bailiff and members during the service.









Chaplains in the Sanctuary. Left to Right: Revd Fr John Owen SChLJ, Revd Louis Baycock ECLJ, Very Revd Dr Gareth Jones ChLJ, Revd Justin Parker AChLJ.









Postulant Craig Williams (OLJ) delivers the First Reading.

















The Abbot of Belmont, The Rt Revd Dom Paul Stonham OSB, preaching.

















The Revd Fr Ray O'Shea TD, ECLJ, conducting the Intercessions.










The Investiture Ceremony commences. Left to Right: Chev. Gareth Vaughan KCLJ (Secretary-General), H.E. The Chev. Charles Holloway GCLJ (Bailiff), H.E. The Most Honourable the Marquis of Lothian PC, GCLJ (Grand Prior).








Postulants for Admission in the rank of Officer are presented to the Grand Prior.










The Very Revd Dr Gareth Jones is promoted to the rank of Chaplain (ChLJ).
















Chev. David Wheeler KCLJ (Receiver-General) leads the exit procession.
























The Grand Prior, the Bailiff and Chev. Mario Rizzardi (with Gonfalon).















Chev. Peter Hughes KLJ (Receiver, Commandery of Wales) exiting; behind him Chev. Dr David Woolf KLJ (Commander of Wales).
















   The Abbot of Belmont.










The Grand Prior, Bailiff and the Commander of Wales with the Marshal and newly admitted members.










The Marshal (Chev. Peter Salt, KCLJ) & Deputy Marshal (David Knox OLJ) with postulants for admission.









       The Abbot of Belmont at the lectern; seated on the Right, the Chaplain-General, Col. The Revd Fr Ian Evans QHC, SChLJ.
















Postulants Rhys Jenkins (left) and Daniel Jeremy (right), being admitted in the rank of Esquire.
















The Secretary-General, before the service, looking harassed - as well he might!

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17-18 April, 2015 - Spring National Vigil & Investiture

The Commandery of Cumbria was privileged to host the Spring National Investiture of the Grand Priory in Carlisle on the 17-18 April. The heavens smiled upon us and we were treated to glorious weather on both Friday and Saturday.

The Vigil Service was held at Lanercost Priory, on Friday evening, conducted by the Chaplain-General, Colonel The Reverend Fr. IanEvans SChLJ, MMLJ, SCF. Members were then taken to Naworth Castle, home of the illustrious Howard family. Here they were welcomed by the owner, Philip Howard, brother and heir presumptive oif the 13th Earl of Carlisle, who gave a brief and informative talk on the Howard family. Members were then allowed to explore parts of the castle, including the magnificent library, before returning to the Banqueting Hall for an excellent supper before a blazing long fire of gigantic proportions.

 In the Banqueting Hall of Naworth Castle for supper

Saturday morning saw the Investiture in Carlisle Cathedral. The procession was piped into the cathedral by Chevalier David Waterton-Anderson KSG, where the service was conducted by the Chaplain-General. The Dean of Carlisle, The Very Reverend Mark Boyling, preached and we were honoured to have our Grand Prior, The Most Honourable The Marquis of Lothian PC, GCLJ, QC, DL, as the Presiding Officer.

Grand Prior, Chaplain-General, Officers and Members outside the cathedral 

During the service, Emily Milburn sang Gounod’s "Ave Maria", and Frances Sutton the "Laudate Dominum" from Mozart's Solemn Vespers. Both motets were accompanied by Harry Jacques, the organ scholar at Carlisle Cathedral.

The following admissions, promotions and awards were made:

David Alfred John Crabb MLJ - Cumbria

John Harold Mason MLJ - Mersey

Patricia Gail Crabb MLJ - Cumbria

Vivien Stirrup MLJ - Cumbria

Aleksandr Volohhonski OLJ - London & Westminster

The Reverend Edward Farrington Dowland-Owen AChLJ - Wales


David Blandford Jupe MLJ > OLJ - Cumbria

John Dugdale CLJ > KLJ (of Grace) - Cumbria

Richard Julian Shepherd CLJ > KLJ (of Grace) - Cumbria

Mario Rizzardi CLJ > KLJ (of Grace) - King Offa

Constantine Philip Stephen Biller CLJ > KLJ (of Grace) - Mersey


Admission in the Companionate of Merit

James Wells OMLJ


Other Awards of Merit

David Knox BMLJ - Cumbria

Peter Barry Whalley BMLJ - King Offa

The Reverend David Victor Arthur Brown BMLJ - Cumbria

David Powell SMLJ - London & Westminster

Madam May McKerrell of Hillhouse SMLJ - Cumbria


Patents of appointment were also bestowed as follows:


Commanders receiving their patents of appointment

Jonathan Charles Whitaker      Rose d’Or

Marios Christophi Adamou       John of Gaunt


Chancellors receiving their patents of appointment

Lynne Margaret Holloway        Rose d’Or

Valerie Marion Hiscock            London & Westminster

After the Investiture, the piper led members in procession to a reception and lunch at The Crown & Mitre Hotel. 

Investiture lunch at The Crown & Mitre

Following lunch, a trip on a steamer down Ullswater had been arranged. The afternoon was glorious, the sky over the lake cloudless, as about 30 members and guests enjoyed this pleasant and relaxing conclusion to a most successful national event.

 Daffodils at Ullswater

David Knox OLJ, BMLJ
Secretary, Cumbria Commandery

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18th April, 2015 - National Investiture Service, Carlisle Cathedral

We were privileged to have the Dean of Carlisle, the Revd Mark Boyling, as the preacher at the Spring National Investiture of the Grand Priory in Carlisle Cathedral on Saturday 18th April. He has kindly given permission for his wise and moving homily to be published on our website. Please click here to download a PDF of the text.

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25th October, 2014 - Autumn Investiture


Lunch at The Guildhall, Exeter

The Commandery of Avalon hosted this year’s Southern Investiture in Exeter on the 25th October, and we were treated kindly by the weather when the Bailiff and members, headed by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Exeter, with The Hon. Miss Ann Widdecombe, DSG as an honoured guest, moved in procession from The Guildhall to the splendour of the Cathedral Quire. The service was conducted by the Commander of Avalon, the Reverend Louis Baycock, ECLJ, the address given by the Reverend Canon Brendan Clover ChLJ MMLJ, Senior Provost of Woodard Schools, the first lesson was read by the Postulant from Avalon, Mr Timothy Smart, and the assisting chaplains were Father Ray O’Shea ECLJ, MMLJ, the Very Reverend Father Sergius Scott ECLJ, and Father David Skeoch ECLJ all former Chaplains-General of the jurisdiction). The Organist was Mr Ian Smith and the Heritage Singers, under their director Mrs Sylvia Pritchard, led the hymns and sang the anthem ‘Beati quorum via’ by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and a setting of the Nunc Dimittis from the Evening Service in F by Sir George Dyson.

The following admissions, promotions and awards were made, the investing officer being the Bailiff, H.E. The Chevalier Charles Holloway GCLJ, KMLJ:

Timothy Roger Smart - MLJ (Avalon)

Dr Richard John Ebrey - MLJ>OLJ
Terence Sloan - MLJ>OLJ
Philip Murray Hutchens - OLJ>CLJ
Colin Walter Spong - OLJ>CLJ
Derrick William Grainger - CLJ>KLJ (of Grace)
Jonathan Charles Whitaker - CLJ>KLJ (of Grace)
Dr Paul Mycock - CLJ>KLJ (of Grace)
Dame Valerie Marion Hiscock - DLJ>DCLJ (of Grace)
The Revd Canon Brendan David Clover - AChLJ>ChLJ

His Honour Judge Timothy Gordon Pontius - BMLJ
John Colin Barden - SMLJ
Damian Edward Riddle - SCrLJ
Professor Colin Coulson-Thomas - 20 Years MSM

Before the Blessing and Dismissal, the Revd Louis Baycock received from Colonel the Chevalier Dr Glynn Evans KLJ the St Lazarus flag (now laid up and framed) which had flown over Camp Bastion during 2014. It will be sent to the Order's archives at the Torri Ta Lanzun on Malta.

The service was followed by a reception in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Guildhall; an excellent luncheon was served in the Guildhall attended by 78 members and friends. The usual toasts were honoured, and the Bailiff proposed a toast to ‘The Lord Mayor and the City of Exeter’, at the same time presenting a cheque for £500 to the Lord Mayor’s Charity, Exeter Leukemia Fund. The Lord Mayor expressed his thanks and gave a very amusing reply with an explanation of some of the heraldic devices on display. It is fair to say that the whole occasion was thoroughly happy and enjoyable, giving those who had never visited Exeter an excellent impression of a lively and forward looking city.

The Revd Louis Baycock ECLJ
Commander of Avalon

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2nd August, 2014 - Bailiff's Special Investiture

Bailiff’s Special Investiture - King Offa Commandery - Southwell Minster

The Bailiff invests a new member. On the left, Chev. Peter Salt KCLJ, Marshal; on the Right, Chev. Bob Morrow KCLJ, Deputy Bailiff

The Bailiff with the new Commander of King Offa, Mario Rizzardi CLJ

The spectacular setting of the Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Southwell, Nottinghamshire saw the Bailiff’s Special Investiture on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

Hosted by the Commandery of King Offa, it was a splendid occasion with some 100 members, guests and visitors in attendance. A triumphal fanfare for Trumpet and Organ heralded the arrival of the Bailiff, His Excellency the Chevalier Charles Holloway, GCLJ, KMLJ, Executive Officers and members of the Grand Priory, Commandery and Clergy as they processed into the magnificent Minster Quire. Air Vice-Marshal Canon Robin Turner, on behalf of The Dean and Chapter of Southwell Minster, welcomed those present; the service was conducted by the Commandery Chaplain, The Reverend John Burgess, ChLJ, BMLJ assisted by seven chaplains of the Order. Colonel The Reverend Father Ian Evans, SChLJ, MMLJ, SCF, Chaplain-General of The Grand Priory of England and Wales, preached an inspirational sermon; the choir was the Florian Singers, who, as well as leading the congregational singing, performed choral works by Viadana, Stanford and Goss. The Presiding Officer at the Investiture was the Bailiff, assisted many distinguished members of the Order.

Following the service of investiture, the Saracen’s Head Inn was the venue for an excellent banquet to conclude this highly successful and memorable day.

John Bullock OLJ
Commandery Secretary


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National Investiture (South) at the Temple Church

Following a very succesful Investiture Ceremony last weekend at the Temple Church, which was followed by lunch in the Middle Temple Hall, we are pleased to announce that the photographs of the occasion are now available to view in the Gallery. Please note that because of the volume, the photographs have been split into three different galleries.

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Avalon Investiture 15-06-2013

The Bailiff & members of the Grand Priory outside Exeter Cathedral following the annual investiture of the Avalon Commandery on Saturday, June 15th, at which the Precentor of Exeter Cathedral, The Revd Canon Carl Turner, was admitted as a Chaplain of the Order.

Avalon Investiture - outside Exeter Cathedral

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National Investiture of the Grand Priory of Hungary - 18th August, 2012

A report by the Deputy Chaplain-General, the Revd Louis Baycock, on this National Investiture may be read here.

The pictures below show the reliquary holding the right hand of St Stephen being placed in position, and the Crown Jewels of the saint.

Crown Jewels of St Stephan of Hungary

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Terence Sloan said:
Louis gives us a very readable account of his trip to the Grand Priory of Hungary. Clearly he and Barbara had a joyful and friendly time and enjoyed lots of fun as well representing us during the formal aspects of the visit.
21-07-2012 National Investiture - Southwell Minster

The Revd Fr Jonathan Allen-Hemmings' inspirational address to those present at the investiture at Southwell Minster can be read here.

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2011 Investitures

Following the succesful completion of this year's National Investitures at Arundel and Grappenhall, a selection of photos is now available for viewing in the Gallery.

For the Northern Investiture, a further selection of photos, including individual photos with the Bailiff, is available on David Green's Blog page.

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Edward the Confessor Investiture - 17-09-2011

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Oxford update

The Celebratory events at Oxford on 13th and 14th May went extremely well.Over the next few days we will publish various reports, photos and videos as they become available, so please do continue to return to this page to see what is new. The links below will become active once the items are ready.

Investiture of Earl Shrewsbury

Presentaion of Gold Medal to the Grand Bailiff, The Rt Hon Lord St John of Fawsley

Presentation of Gold Medal of Merit to the Grand Prior, The Rt Hon Earl Ferrers

Presentation of 20 Year Meritorious Service Medal to Chevalier Dr Michael Waters

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