2nd May 2016


St George's Dinner
Halsey Hall, Cheshunt

24th April 2016

This Provincial event of The Knights Templar, has been held in Hertfordshire for 10 years. It is always a great festival of colourful fun and camaraderie. This year was no exception. Over 100 Knights with their families and friends gathered again for what turned out to be a superb afternoon.

Entering the dining hall before the knights came in was quite a beautiful sight. The whole room was decked out with all forms of red and white decorations and St George’s flags.

In traditional form, the ‘Roast Beef’ was paraded in under an Arch of Steel in the firm hands of Bob Landragin, and after circling the hall, was presented to The Provincial Prior Tony Lapsley, and was duly ‘Knighted – Sir Loin’!!

The meal was excellent, and as the afternoon progressed, and much ale was quaffed, the wenches were kissed, and the jollity continued!! Mike Beaty and Bob Landragin led the Stand Up Bingo, which caused great rivalry.

We were entertained by the lovely soprano – Gemma Turner, who gave us a medley of traditional English songs, leading up to the wonderful singing of the patriotic hymns, when everybody joined in with great enthusiasm.

Many knights by this time had shed their formal dinner suits and had donned patriotic fancy dress. Our Green Dragon re-appeared looking vaguely like Bob Landragin. It was also good to see John Paternoster in full flow, although confined to his wheel chair following his recent injury.

Our pictures will show what a happy occasion this was and we hope will continue to be so for many years to come. Certainly not an occasion to be missed.

Denis Gibney

Banner Dedication at The Preceptory of Saint Alban 266
Ashwell House, St Albans

25th May 2016

The RE Provincial Prior, Tony Lapsley will be attending the Preceptory of Saint Alban with a Provincial Team, where he will be presiding over the dedication of the Preceptory's new banner. The current banner has become thread bear and it was decided by the Committee to have it refurbished but it became apparent that it would cost the same to have a replacement. A company agreed to manufacture a replica of the existing banner which was delivered after 6 weeks and looks fantastic! To complement the meeting, the Preceptory will also be having its scheduled Installation meeting where the present Preceptor will be continuing for a second year in office. This will be a meeting not to be missed.
Booking form

Provincial Priory

23rd June 2016

Booking Form is now available to download on the Forms page.

Provincial Appointments and Promotions 2016

8th March 2016

The RE Provincial Prior, Tony Lapsley, is pleased to announce the Appointments / Reappointments to, and Promotions in, Provincial Rank for the forthcoming year 2016-17. A full list can be found on the PROMOTIONS and APPOINTMENTS page.

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital presents ...

29th March - 16th April 2016

The Museum of the Order of St John is delighted to announce that it will play host to an exciting and remarkable production this Easter season: The Devil's Passion (or Easter in Hell), an extraordinary 90-minute solo piece written and performed by award-winning playwright Justin Butcher and directed by the Olivier-award winning director Guy Masterson. This acclaimed production finds its perfect setting in the beautiful and atmospheric Crypt of the Priory Church, where it will premiere on Tuesday 29th March and run through at 7.30pm Mon-Sat until Saturday 16th April.

30% of every ticket sold for The Devil's Passion will go to support the work of St John Ambulance. There will also be a retiring collection after every performance in aid of St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group.

The Church Times has described The Devil's Passion as "A serious and seriously fine piece of writing, a terrific performance, a startlingly original presentation, which crackles with great lines." Framed satirically against a "War on Terror"-style backdrop, The Devil's Passion tells the Easter story from the perspective of the devil, a diabolical Secret Service Chief striving to combat "extremism" in the Middle East in defence of our "freedoms". The Huffington Post praised the play as "A light sandblasting for jaded souls, with a gleefully heretical flavour ... timely, beautifully-written, ingenious, poignant - an impressively versatile performance, in which Butcher's writing shines."

Tickets can be booked through Brown Paper Tickets, or by telephone on 0800 411 8881. There is a special offer of £10 tickets for performances from Tuesday 29th March through to and including Thursday 7th April for Supporters of St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group and St John Ambulance. This offer can be claimed by quoting the code, EASTER16 when booking tickets. This offer is open until Friday 18th March.

Please do book your tickets here and encourage your friends and colleagues to join us for this exciting and inspiring event. We look forward to seeing you at one of the performances!

Malta Priory Meeting

Monday 22nd February 2016

There were over 50 Knights attending the annual meeting of the Stuart Priory No.28 at Halsey Hall, Watford, these included the Provincial Prior, R.E.Kt. Tony Lapsley, together with a number of Provincial Officers of the Year, and his Bodyguard.

After the Eminent Prior of Stuart Priory, Tony Potton, had opened the Priory and the normal Priory business had been transacted, E.Kt. Michael Beaty PGtStB(B) took the Chair. This was notable in that E.Kt. Beaty took the Chair for the meeting in 2000 when the Stuart Preceptory re-commenced their Malta meetings after a break of many, many years.

The Knights of the Priory having voted to admit them, E.Kt. Peter Mitchell GtStB(VB) Installed the candidates as Knights of St Paul, and entrusted them with the Mediterranean Pass. E.Kt. Michael Beaty then Installed the representative candidate, Kt. Tony Brookfield, and five other candidates, as Knights of the Ancient and Masonic Order of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta, ably assisted by E.Kts. Gavin O’Sullivan PGtStB(B) and Geoff Cheshire PProvHer.

E.Kt. Tony Potton resumed the Chair and proceeded to Install Kt. Steve Batty as Eminent Prior for the ensuing year, and the newly Installed Prior appointed his officers. This meeting marked the end of an era in the retirement of E.Kt. Eric Misselke PGtHer, who had given sterling service to Stuart Preceptory and Priory as Preceptory Registrar and Priory Chancellor since October 1997.

This was, as it always seems to be, a splendid meeting, enhanced by the colourful regalia and the set up of a full Priory of Malta.

Great Priory Promotions & Appointments 2016

11th February 2016

The RE Provincial Prior, Tony Lapsley, is pleased to congratulate the Knights of the Province listed on the website, via the link below, who the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master has been pleased to honour with Promotions in, or First Appointments to, Great Priory Rank. It is another great honour to have another reactive Great Priory officer in the Province.
Promotions & Appointments


Saturday 9th January 2016

The first meeting of 2016 is nearly with us. On Saturday 9th January 2016, Melita Preceptory will be having the first meeting of the year. It is being held at Halsey Hall Masonic Centre, Cheshunt. Please contact the Registrar if you wish to attend so that they can book you in for dining.


15th September 2015

On Tuesday 15th September 2015 at The Metropolitan Police Sports Club at Bushey, The Provincial Grand Master - Paul Gower, was Installed as a Knight of the Order into the Charles Herbert Perram Preceptory No 409.

This was a grand occasion and well attended by Hertfordshire Knights as well as many visitors from other Provinces. The meeting was open to ALL Knights of all ranks. The R.E. Provincial Prior was jubilant to see as many Knights of The Province attending to welcome the Craft Provincial Grand Master into our Order.

Bushey Sports Club

Monday 8th June 2015

On 24th July 2015, Stuart Preceptory was 175 years old, having been originally Consecrated as the Watford Encampment in 1840.

For this milestone, in its life, the Preceptory used its Regular June 8th 2015 meeting to celebrate the occasion.

One hundred and ten Knights assembled at the Bushey Sports Club and witnessed (after the Preceptory’s regular items of business) the Dedication, by the Provincial Prior, of its New Banner. This new Banner was an exact copy of the old one which had given valuable service over many years and was “getting tired”.

As part of the celebratory meeting, a recital of part of the Ritual used in the 1840 ceremony was given in a catechism format.

This was followed by a short talk entitled “1840 And All That” giving details of what had gone on in the UK and Watford in that year. Finally a resumé was given, outlining the history of Stuart Preceptory’s 175 years.

Two highlights ensued: Namely the Presentation to the R.E. Provincial Prior of a cheque for £1,750 for the St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital and then the Presentation of a new, large, Ceremonial Sword for the use of the Provincial Prior on his many visits around the Province.

One interesting, additional presentation was that made by the William Stuart Preceptory, No. 76A (Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight) of a goblet and plate for use during the ceremony of the Installation of a Knight. William Stuart (after whom that Preceptory was named) had been the Founding E. Commander (as Preceptors were called in those days) of Stuart Preceptory in 1840 and a Past Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Knights dined together, where the loyal and customary toasts were duly honoured.


Wednesday 24th June, 2015

The Melita Preceptory No 37, Celebrated a unique occasion in their colourful history, 200 years.

From its earliest days in Malta, its travels through Europe to England, and eventually settled in Hertfordshire, and is now at home in The Halsey Masonic Hall here in Cheshunt.

The Eminent Preceptor, E Kt John David Campbell and the Knights of The Melita Preceptory were proud to assemble in the presence of The Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master - Timothy John Lewis, and many distinguished guests. They celebrated their Bi-Centenary on what proved to be an outstandingly glorious and happy occasion.

The Supreme Grand Master was welcomed under The Arch of Steel. He occupied The Chair and gave a brief and happy address to all assembled. EKt Bob Chilvers followed and delivered a brief history of The Preceptory, which was contained in full detail in the remarkable document provided to each Knight. The Provincial Prelate, EKt Jeffery Hardy gave a short oration, offered prayer, and the hymn 'Now Thank We All Our God' was sung by all assembled.

Then, The Knights of The Melita Preceptory were directed to form up around the sepulchre, which was then followed by The Presentation of The Bi-Centenary Warrant by The Supreme Grand Master.

The Preceptory was then adjourned for a Demonstration of 'The Grand Cross of St John' under the direction of VE Kt Les Butler. Several volunteer candidates were happily resplendent in their caps decorated with the purple feathers.

The Festive Board was an equally happy occasion with an added bonus, that in each dining place was a generous gift from The Preceptory - a set of cuff-links.

St Albans

27th May, 2015

On 27th May, 2015, The Preceptory of St Alban held the Installation of their new Preceptor - EKt Robert Gurney. It was a lovely, enjoyable ceremony, at Ashwell House, attended by The Provincial Prior and his Escort. The evening was concluded with a fine festive board and hearty congratulations to the new Preceptor, and his Installing Past Preceptor, EKt Christopher De La Sel, who installed his successor in a most commendable and sincere manner.

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