Each year The Order of St John commemorates the Feast of St John the Baptist with a Service of Commemoration and Re-dedication in St Paul’s Cathedral. This year, the St John Family are invited to a very different service when we can come together virtually to acknowledge our patron Saint.
St John’s Day is, as ever, a highlight in the St John calendar and we take a look at the rather different celebrations that will be happening next week. Our Prior and Dean both share their thoughts at this focal point of the year. There have also been a number of new appointments in several roles. We welcome a new Dean, our next Chief President and new CPG Chairs in five counties and pass on our thanks to those who are stepping down on 24 June after their dedicated work for St John.
Since the last issue, life for St John has undergone an unprecedented transformation as we collectively face the challenges posed by the coronavirus. With teams now working from home and St John Ambulance fully focused on providing support in various ways to the NHS, the news reported in this issue will possibly be the last of its kind for a while as events, vehicle handovers, Organ Donation ceremonies and other face-to-face activities
are currently suspended.
Welcome to the Christmas 2019 issue of Priory News. In it you will find the usual broad selection of news and articles from around the country but this is a particularly poignant issue as we say farewell to former editor, colleague and friend, Tony Shepherd, who died suddenly in August after a short illness.
Tony’s impact on Priory News was undeniable and his presence will be sorely missed by all contributors and those involved in its production. In his memory, we have asked the wider world of St John to send in their tributes and recollections of this wonderful man, and you will read just how esteemed and respected he was by many colleagues and friends around the country on pages four to seven.
The dark mornings and early evenings of January and February have now passed for another year and gardens are already full of lovely spring flowers reminding us that summer is on its way. As always this edition is packed full of interesting articles from around the country including a feature about our new Cadet of the year Mary Oshinyemi. We send our congratulations to Mary on achieving this very prestigious award.
Every time that Mike Cunvin and I prepare for the next edition of Priory News, we receive so many heart warming and inspiring stories from readers about volunteers from all areas of St John who go way beyond the call of duty. This edition is once again full of amazing stories about people volunteering in a whole range of roles both in the front line as well as in non-operational support roles. I hope that you enjoy reading about their individual stories.
I hope that you are enjoying this glorious weather which really does seem to have raised people’s spirits. In this summer edition of Priory News you will be able to read about some of the many interesting and exciting activities and events that have taken place here at St John.
Welcome to the first edition of Priory News in 2018. As usual we have a good mix of articles and news stories which I hope you will find interesting. Welcome to our new Trustee Janet Gough, who was recently the Church of England’s Director of Cathedrals and church buildings. We wish Janet every success in her new role and look forward to meeting her at some point in the near future.
Welcome to our ninth edition of Priory News. Welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of Priory News. Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to all our contributors…it’s great to be able to share good news stories from around the country and remind readers of the great commitment and dedication given by so many St John volunteers and staff.
Welcome to the Winter edition of Priory News and a belated Happy New Year to our readers. It’s always difficult to know when to stop wishing people a Happy New Year….so please excuse me if I’m a little late. Last year was a very busy year for the Order of St John with the installation of a new Lord Prior, Prelate and Sub Prior. Here at the Priory, the installation of our own new Prior, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis CBE, took place in October and was reported in the last edition of Priory News.
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