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Cheshire County Priory Group

The Priory of England and the Islands is one of eleven international Priories of the Order of St John, and our work of providing First Aid Training and Services is carried out on our behalf by our subsidiary St John Ambulance, England's premier first aid charity.

Cheshire County Priory Group (CPG) undertakes the important work of the Priory at a county level and has a wide range of important responsibilities including

  • Being local ambassadors for St John
  • Working closely with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant or their representatives
  • Developing strong positive relationships with key local community leaders
  • Overseeing nominations for Honours and Awards
  • Promoting faith aspects of the Order of St John through County Chaplains
  • Liaising with the St John Fellowship and former members who can provide support and help to local CPGs
  • Organising fundraising at a local level in conjunction with the Head of Priory and CPG Affairs and the Fundraising Department
  • Overseeing the maintenance of the St John county archives
  • Helping to support the work of the St John Eye Hospital Group in Jerusalem and St John Associations overseas
  • Arranging an annual Organ Donor Award Ceremony in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
  • Supporting the work of St John Ambulance whenever possible



The Chair of each CPG is appointed by the Prior, the Deputy Chair by the Chancellor with other members of the CPG being appointed by the CPG Chair. Membership of the group is usually no more than twelve people and aims to include

  • Chair
  • Deputy Chair
  • County Chaplain
  • County President
  • HM Lord-Lieutenant (or representative)
  • St John Fellowship representative
  • CPG Honorary Secretary
  • SJA District Manager
  • Members with interests and skills such as fundraising, public relations, archiving and marketing to enable the CPG to deliver its strategy and objectives


For more information about the group or upcoming events please contact

CPG Chair – Barrie Davies
Tel: 07790-261148


News > Cheshire

  • Tribute to four St John Ambulance WWI casualties

    Tribute to four St John Ambulance WWI casualties

    12th January 2017

    The Cheshire CPG was invited to perform the unveiling of a plaque in The Municipal Buildings in Crewe to honour the memory of four Crewe Division members of the St John Ambulance Brigade. The men lost their lives when HMS Formidable was sunk by a torpedo from a German submarine in the English Channel on 1st January 1915. Twins John and Henri Villiers-Russell, Albert Edward Kinlay and James Burnell are commemorated on a new plaque kindly donated by Bentley Motors and crafted by apprentices in their woodwork shop. The plaque was unveiled by Barbara Smith DStJ and Yvonne Albon DStJ on 7th January exactly one hundred and two years after the twins were buried in Coppenhall Cemetery, Crewe. The bodies of Albert and James were never recovered. Also attending the ceremony were The Mayor of Cheshire East Cllr Olivia Hunter, members of the Crewe Branch


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