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The Priory of England and the Islands

A Warm Welcome

The Priory of England and the Islands is a part of the Order of St John, the international humanitarian charity. It is responsible for the delivery of the Order’s charitable mission in England and it oversees the semi-autonomous Commanderies in Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man.

The Priory’s main role is to support its well-known subsidiary – the charity St John Ambulance – in its first aid and caring work in the community.

The Order of St John today is an Order of Chivalry of the British Crown. Its care-giving mission is inspired by the medieval Knights Hospitaller, who established a hospital in Jerusalem in the 11th century to provide aid to sick pilgrims who had made the long journey to the Holy City.

Since that time the Order has developed and flourished and it is now a leading international humanitarian charity, recognised at the United Nations, with around 400,000 volunteers and staff in 40 countries.



Latest News

Priory News: Autumn 2020

Priory News: Autumn 2020 With COVID-19 still dominating the headlines, we look at St John’s continuing response in articles covering our work on the frontline, as well as our support for NHS Blood and Transplant. The charity continues to provide exemplary service nationally and this is reflected in the incredible total of more than 200,000 … Continue reading Priory News: Autumn 2020

New Priory Hospitaller announced

The Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John has selected Paul Herbage MBE CStJ for the role of Priory Hospitaller. He succeeds Surgeon Captain James Walsh KStJ RD* RNR in this role, which is a volunteer position with an initial term of three years.   The Priory Hospitaller, who is … Continue reading New Priory Hospitaller announced

Congratulations to Baroness Emerton

The Priory of England and the Islands sends its heartfelt congratulations to Baroness Audrey Emerton, who has become the first recipient of a special Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal College of Nursing. This is a very well deserved award for the Baroness.   Baroness Emerton is a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of … Continue reading Congratulations to Baroness Emerton


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