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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Annual Report of the Commandery of Aragon, 2014

It is with regret and embarrassment that I must announce the inadvertent omission from the Grand Priory's Newsletter of the Annual Report from the Commandery of Aragon. To go some way towards offseting this error and the disappointment it must cause, I give below the Report as submitted and edited:




In 2014 the Commandery gained the full benefit of being “under new management” as our Secretary, Anne Doak, got her feet firmly under the table, and tackled her duties with gusto and efficiency.  We are grateful to her for all her hard work in organising our events.  

These included the Annual General Meeting on 12th April 2014 at the Salisbury Arms Hotel, Hertford, which was followed by the Annual Dinner, attended by 21 members and guests. The proceedings were enlivened by the Hotel’s inability to get our orders correct, whether for the food or the lubrication which should have accompanied it, but all was eventually sorted out satisfactorily.  

The Annual Service at St Mary’s Church, Hertingfordbury was conducted by The Revd Dr Graham StJohn-Willey AChLJ, since our own Chaplain, The Revd Timothy L’Estrange MMLJ, was unfortunately not able to be present.  It was another very enjoyable occasion, however, and we are pleased that Dr Graham will be joining us in Aragon as a full member. Of particular note is that Confrère Walter Pasifull donated a large sword to the Commandery, and this was used in the procession. We would like to record our very considerable gratitude to Confrère Walter for his generosity.  

After the service 23 members and guests dined at the White Horse Hotel, a most welcome increase on the rather sparse numbers who had managed to attend the year before. It is good to record also that the hotel’s cuisine had been very much improved, and the contrast with previous rather poor meals was marked. A raffle raised a very creditable sum, and resulted in our being able to present a cheque for £750 to DEBRA, a good amount for a small  -  perhaps we would prefer to say select!  -  Commandery.


Chevalier Robert Morrow KCLJ



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