Annual service of celebration - King Offa Commandery

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.

The Commandery was honoured to have the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Dame Elizabeth Fradd in attendance along with several civic leaders and distinguished guests. Members of the Order were present from other Commanderies in England and Wales as well as the Grand Bailiwick of Scotland.

The Preacher was Revd David McCoulough - Priest Vicar of Southwell Minster who gave a thought inspiring sermon. Members were admitted to the Companionate of Merit, well deserved promotions in the Companionate were made and awards were presented. Commandery Officers were appointed for 2023/2024.

The Soprano Soloist was Miss Rebecca Temple MMLJ.

The service was held by permission of the Rector, The Revd Chris Lion.

A celebratory banquet was held afterwards at the Saracens Head Hotel, Southwell where a significant cheque was presented to Mr Guy Willcock of the Leprosy Mission.