A Full Team visit to Praesidium Legati Preceptory

In February, Praesidium Legati Preceptory No 570 were pleased to receive the Provincial Prior of Surrey, R.E. Knight Patrick Crossan, along with the Provincial Sub Prior, V.E. Knight Chris Cradock, the Past Provincial Prior of Surrey, R.E. Knight Bryan Page and many Provincial Officers of the year.

After the Preceptory was opened the Acting Provincial Marshal, E.Kt. Tim Ford, entered and advised the Eminent Preceptor, E.Kt. Peter Vosser that the R.E. Knight Patrick Crossan, Provincial Prior of Surrey, along with a number of Provincial Officers of the year, was in the ante-room and demanded admission to the Preceptory. The Provincial Prior of Surrey entered and was greeted by the Eminent Preceptor. The Provincial Prior and Past Provincial Prior were then saluted with 7 after which he greeted everyone and took the muster roll and the minutes.

A Full Team visit to Praesidium Legati Preceptory

After the regular business had been completed the Preceptory was closed and the Temple prepared for the Malta meeting.
A Priory of Knights of Malta was then opened and a vote was taken for Kt. David Westwood of Temple Court Preceptory No. 162 and Kt. Ross Clark of St Catherine’s Preceptory No. 607. This proved in their favour and the Eminent Prior, Chaplain and Mareschal retired to confer the Degree of Knight of St. Paul and the Mediterranean pass on the candidates.

The Knights were admitted into the Chapter House, passed the Banners and obligated. The Eminent Prior assisted by the RE. Provincial Prior then made David Westwood and Ross Clark Knights of the Ancient and Masonic Order of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta and entrusted them with the Grand Word and Sign of the Order. The address was then given to both Knights by the Eminent Prior and his officers.

A Full Team visit to Praesidium Legati Preceptory

After the Priory was closed the Knights of Praesidium Legati Preceptory and their guests dined together in fraternal union at the Surbiton Masonic Hall.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley

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