PILGRIMAGE TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS
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At the AGM of the Mersey Commandery, Chevalier Sab Losy KLJ retired after nearly five years as Commander. The Chancellor has been pleased to appoint Dame Lesley Martin-Wright DLJ as his successor.
Lesley writes: “I am both delighted and honoured to be the new Mersey Commander.
"By way of background information, by birth I am a native of Northumberland, and one of my ancestors was the highly regarded romantic painter, engraver and illustrator, John Martin. Sadly, I do not possess any of his paintings. I left the North East in my early twenties to spend 12 months working and living in Singapore, which was a wonderful experience. After my return I spent 10 years living and working in London, during which time I got was married and had two children (Alexander Martin-Wright, now 23, who joined the Order in the rank of Esquire in 2008). Approximately 20 years ago the family had the opportunity to relocate to Liverpool, which we now call 'home'. I have recently changed career, from head of marketing in a commercial law firm, to become Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber of Commerce.
"The North West offers huge potential, and, of course, immense challenges. In my new role as Commander of Mersey I will be continuing the excellent work commenced by Dr Andrew Zsigmond and continued latterly by Sab Losy. St Lazarus has an international remit and sphere of influence; the Mersey Commandery will continue to play an important part in raising funds and supporting the Order's charitable works across the globe. We will also strive to make an impact on those less well known charities within our borders, which, during these difficult economic climes, are also in great need. Mersey Commandery is drafting a programme of events for 2010-2011 which will be circulated and advertised shortly.”
We offer our congratulations to the following members of the Companionate of Merit, and of the Order, in the Grand Bailiwick & Priory of England and Wales who have been honoured in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours List:
Norman Stoller, OBE, CStJ, KMLJ, Don2LJ, DL has been made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Norman has been an honorary member of the Commandery of John of Gaunt for many years, and, through the Stoller Charitable Trust, makes regular and significant donations towards the charitable work of the Order. He is consistently supportive and attends our events whenever possible. We are enormously grateful to Norman and his wife, Sheila, for the unstinting and often anonymous work they do for our Order.
Sir Christian Bonington, Kt., CBE, CMLJ, DL has been made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).
Sir Chris was admitted to the Companionate of Merit in the rank of Commander at The Guards’ Chapel, Wellington Barracks, in October 2005. His distinguished achievements are well known and we are very grateful for his support for the work of our Order, especially in Cumbria Commandery, of which he is an honorary member.
Dan Clayton-Jones, TD, KStJ, KLJ, MMLJ, DL has been made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Major Dan Clayton-Jones (brother of the late Major Huw Bartle-Jones TD, GCLJ, CMLJ, sometime Chancellor of the Grand Priory of England & Wales) has been a long-standing member of the Commandery of Wales in which he was for some years Commandery Hospitaller. Among the many distinguished offices he holds, he is Deputy Chairman of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Chairman of the Committee for Wales. A former High Sheriff of the County of Glamorgan, he is currently also Chancellor of the Venerable Order of St John in Wales.
Following The Revd Gareth Powell's promotion to a senior administrative post at Methodist Church House in London, the Chancellor of the Grand Prory, Chevalier Vincent Keaveny KCLJ, has been pleased to appoint Professor Norman Doe OLJ as Commander of the Commandery of Wales.
Norman was admitted to the Order at the investiture at Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, in May 2009. Having experienced the hospitality and fellowship of the Order on numerous occasions before investiture, his admission was stimulated in large measure by the dynamism and potential of its ecumenical character, the value of its traditions of spirituality, and the importance of its charitable work to combat leprosy. Over the coming three years, he hopes to serve the commandery through the recruitment of new members (so that it enjoys a presence throughout Wales), the development of its liturgical life (in ecumenical celebrations of the days of obligation, and in exploring the possibility of retreats, pilgrimages and the formation of a rule of life for members in Wales). The promotion of hospitaller activities at home (particularly with regard to palliative care for children) and overseas (in support for institutions which work with leprosy) will be the prime focus of his commandery's charitable work.
Professor Norman Doe is Director of the Centre for Law & Religion at the Law School, Cardiff University.