Willaston 2011

Commandery Investiture – 30th July 2011

It was with great pleasure that the Conclave was able to host its first local Investiture Service for many years on Saturday 30th July 2011 at Willaston, Cheshire, when the Grand Master was in attendance.

The service of Investiture was held at Christ Church, Willaston, in the presence of 24 members and guests. Two new members were invested into the Order, Chevalier Brian Keane, as KSR, and Dame Mary Dalton, as DSR.

Following the service, we had luncheon at the nearby Wheatsheaf Hotel, following drinks in the sunshine in the wonderful beer garden. After the meal, it was revealed that overnight the War Memorial outside the church had been vandalised, and the brass plaques stolen. Following discussions between the Commander and Grand Master, it was agreed that the Conclave and the Order would contribute £150 towards the repairs, much to the delight of the vicar.

Also following the dinner, the Grand Master revealed that following the success of the service, he would be appointing Chevalier Geoffrey Robinson as Grand Prior, and Chevalier Clive Warham as Grand Director of Music at the forthcoming Investiture at Peterborough.

Many thanks to all those members that travelled to the North West for this wonderful occasion.

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