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