New Provincial Prior for Essex Knights Templar

Take a look into Essex Knights Templar's welcoming a new Provincial Prior and Sub Prior

With the retirement of Anthony John Helliar, Knight Commander of the United Order (KCT), after 10 years of loyal and unstinting service as the Provincial Prior of Essex at the Provincial Priory meeting on 11th May at Saxon Hall, Southend the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master, Paul Raymond Clement KCT, with the officers of Great Priory were in attendance to Install the new Provincial Prior, Roger Langdon Smith.

Over 200 Knights attend the ceremony from both the Province of Essex and from other Provinces around the country.

Those who attended witnessed an excellent ceremony performed by the Grand Master and his Great Priory team after which 180 sat down to luncheon, where a cheque was presented to the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master for £2500 to be donated to the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital which is the principal charity of the Knights Templar Order.

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group is the only charitable provider of expert eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, treating patients regardless of ethnicity, religion or ability to pay - St John International

Following the Provincial Knights Templar Installation meeting at Saxon Hall, the newly installed Provincial Prior, Roger Langdon Smith, attended the Essex Bodyguard Preceptory No. 562 at Howard Hall, Braintree on 16th May, where he took the Chair to install the new Sub Prior, Mark Oliver Harrison.

As a unique occasion in the history of the Province, the meeting was opened up to guests, who together with the members present, showed their wholehearted support and thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony of installation as well as an excellent demonstration of Silent Drill by members of the Provincial Priors Bodyguard. 

In the company of the Deputy Great Vice Chancellor, Daniel Heath who read the Patent and the Proclamation, it was a truly memorable event.

In addition to this most important installation, the Eminent Preceptor, Graham Elvidge welcomed 11 members of the Provincial Priors Bodyguard as joining members to the Preceptory.

It was a very happy and successful evening in the history of the Province of Essex.

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TOP: Provincial Installation                         

Roger Langdon Smith and The Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master, Paul Raymond Clement, Knight Grand Cross of United Orders

RIGHT: Sub Prior Installation                      

L-R: Graham Elvidge (Eminent Preceptor), Mark Harrison (Sub Prior), Roger Langdon Smith (Provincial Prior) and Daniel Heath (Deputy Great Vice Chancellor)

LEFT: And... Officiating Officers         

L-R: Paul Scothern, Clive Purdy, Graham Elvidge, Mark Harrison, Roger Langdon Smith, Daniel Heath, Tony Masella, Paul Phillips