The Vigil Service for our Investiture in Lydiate, Lancashire, was followed by a Dinner where our Grand Prior, Martin Thacker, the Baron of Fetternear, presented a cheque for £2,000 to the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire Col. Alan Jolley for the work of BLESMA (The British Limbless Veteran's Association), one of the charities Col. Jolley has been intimately involved in supporting over the years.
This is the second year we have been supporting BLESMA. It seems particularly appropriate for the Order, as, like us, it is both military and hospitaller in its concerns. A reminder amidst the rather good dinner we had, that the charitable work of supporting those in need is the distinctly spiritual and Christian bedrock of the Order.
Though the dinner reminds us, to quote G K Chesterton, that, "“All true friendliness begins with fire and food and drink." The photographs prove give ample evidence of the friendliness of the Grand Priory!
Lots more photos at the Grand Priory of Great Britain.