Commandery of King Offa - 10th anniversary celebrations

Saturday, 14 July, 2018

The Commander, Chevalier Mario Rizzardi, invites you to join the festivities for our tenth birthday at the Service of Celebration & Renewal of Knightly Vows at Southwell Minster, the Cathedral Church of Southwell & Nottingham.

The Civic Party will be led by Sir John Peace, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. The Grand Priory Party will be led by Chevalier Peter Fotheringham, who, as Bailiff, inaugurated the Commandery. The Preacher will be the Reverend Alexander MacDonald, Chaplain-General of the Grand Bailiwick of Scotland. The Services will be led by the Commandery Senior Chaplain, the Reverend John Burgess, assisted by the Reverend Kevin Charles.

Afterwards, there will be a Celebratory Banquet at The Saracen’s Head Hotel, Southwell.


12.30          Vigil Service in the Pilgrims’ Chapel, Southwell Minster.

14.00          Anniversary Service of Celebration & Renewal of Vows in the Quire.

15.30          Display by the Boys Brigade Band on the lawn.

15.40          Procession of the Order from the Minster Great West Door to The Saracen’s Head led by the Boys Brigade Band.

16.00          Pre-banquet drinks at The Saracen’s Head.

16.30          Celebratory Banquet.


 For the Services

Knights & Confreres:   Uniform of the Order, Military Uniform, Morning Coat or dark suit with Tie of the Order.

Dames & Consoeurs:   Black formal dress of three-quarter length or longer, with sleeves. Mantilla, peineta and black gloves may be worn.

All Members:                Church Mantle and Full-Size Insignia.

For the Banquet:         As for the Minster Services, but without Church Mantle.

Guests:                        Are invited to wear appropriate formal day dress.

The Hotel is close to the Minster and has parking to the rear. Parking is also available across the road from the Minster.

A number of rooms are reserved at The Saracen’s Head Hotel on the Friday and Saturday nights for bed and breakfast. Please mention “The Order of St Lazarus” when booking by 30th June to secure a reserved room and 10% discount. You may book via telephone: 01636 812 701, or email:  info [at]

You can downlaod a booking form here.

Please send in your booking forms by Saturday 30th June to:  secretary.kingoffa [at]  

A very warm welcome awaits you all.

Consoeur Pamela Levens CLJ


Commandery of King Offa