• Humanitarian

    Fighting for the poor
  • Humanitarian

    Fighting for the poor
  • History

    Looking back on a long tradition
  • Ecumenical

    Bringing Christians together

Three new Associates were inducted and one Associate was invested as a Member; six members were promoted to the rank of Officer; a new Assistant Chaplain - the Rev. Timothy Lowes - was invested and a long-standing Commander promoted to the rank of Knight.

Of particular interest was the granting for the first time in this country, of a Grand Bailiwick Award for Courage to a teenager who selflessly risked his life to save people from drowning.

The service was led by Chaplain, the Ven. Terry Lester. Members in a newly-revitalised Commandery in Johannesburg 1600 kilometres away, also attended.

Guests at the Service included parents and family with two youngsters who are beneficiaries of an Educational Trust for deserving students from disadvantaged communities, funded by a bequest through the Grand Priory of Ireland and managed by the Grand Bailiwick.

“What is significant today”, said Grand Bailiff Dame Tamra Capstick-Dale in her remarks at the dinner afterwards, “is that while the average age of our Order’s membership worldwide is getting older, we certainly appear in this country to have reversed the trend. This bodes well for us here and the work that lies ahead for the people we serve.”

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