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On Thursday 6th June 2024, King Offa Commandery marked the International 80th Anniversary of D-Day with the lighting of a Beacon at the Ancient Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

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The commemoration was honoured to have His Majesty the King’s Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire, Colonel Nicholas Hile DL present together with The Mayor...

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From Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June 2024, eighty pilgrims from the Grand Priory of England & Wales joined their Grand Prior on his pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.  This honoured the tenth anniversary of the international pilgrimage made to Walsingham by the late 49th Grand Master, Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón.

 A busy weekend of activities included meetings of the national Executive and of Commanders and Hospitallers, as well as a full schedule of services.  Amongst the highlights were the Holy Mile walk from Little Walsingham to the...
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It is with deep sadness we report the death on 16th April 2024 , aged 95, of our dear and much-respected member, His Excellency the Chevalier Peter Ernest Albert Fotheringham GCLJ, KMLJ, sometime Bailiff of the Grand Bailiwick of England & Wales (Malta Obedience) and Bailiff Emeritus of the Grand Priory of England & Wales.

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Peter joined the Order in 1991 in the...

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The members of the Commandery of Cumbria met at St Patrick's Church, Preston Patrick on Saturday 20th April 2024, for the Commandery Annual Church Service of Celebration and Renewal of Knightly Vows, in the presence of The Grand Prior, the Most Honourable the Marquis of Lothian PC GCLJ GCMLJ KC DL, and the Bailiff The Chevalier Dr David Woolf KCLJ OMLJ. Also present were members from the Commanderies of John of Gaunt, King Offa, The Marches, Wales and members of the Grand Bailiwick of Scotland.

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The Annual Report of the jurisdiction is now available and may be downloaded here.

The World Leprosy Day 2024 appeal of the St Lazarus Charitable Trust has been launched by the Grand Prior, the Most Hon. the Marquis of Lothian GCLJ.

He writes:

Sunday 28th January 2024 is World Leprosy Day. For members of our Order, committed to the care and treatment of those suffering from the dreadful disease of leprosy, this is a day of great significance when we can make a very real contribution towards the alleviation of leprosy. It is to that end The St Lazarus Charitable Trust has agreed with me that the Grand Prior's World Leprosy Day Project for 2024 (WLD24) will...

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'O come all ye faithful'

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The Carol Service held by King Offa Commandery in the English Midlands was a great success and a very happy occasion despite very snowy and icy conditions. It was held at the ancient church of St Wilfrid, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England.

A substantial charitable donation was presented by the Commander Chevalier Mario...

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Saturday 21 October 2023 was a very special day in the life of the Grand Priory of England & Wales.  As we gathered, in the presence of the Grand Master Emeritus, HH the Duke of Seville, we were preparing not only for our Autumn National Investiture, but to say a formal farewell to our retiring Bailiff, HE the Chevalier Charles Holloway GCLJ, and to welcome his successor, Dr. David Woolf KCLJ (Commander of Wales) to his new position.

The ceremony took place at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London. At 11.00am, the Ecclesiastical Procession entered the Church...
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On Saturday 16th September 2023, King Offa Commandery visited Burton Lazars, Leicestershire, the site of the medieval Headquarters of the Order of St Lazarus in England.

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Following a short presentation in the Village Hall to explain the importance of Burton Lazars to the Order by Chevalier John Bullock KLJ, an act of Commemoration, overlooking the site of our ancient...

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King Offa Commandery’s Annual Service of Celebration & Renewal of Knightly Vows was held at the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent on Saturday 15th July 2023. The Bailiff of the Grand Priory of England and Wales, His Excellency the Chevalier Charles Holloway GCLJ, KMLJ, and Dame Lynne Holloway were in attendance.

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The Commandery was honoured to have the...

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