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Surrey 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.

Surrey 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

  • 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


There are currently no vacancies.


For more information about the group or upcoming events please contact:

CPG Chair – Graham Rapley


News > Surrey

  • Organ donors posthumously honoured at Guildford ceremony

    8th November 2016

    [caption id="attachment_1154" align="alignnone" width="810"] Michelle and Lucy Brincat, the daughter and granddaughter of Sylvia Ford, with Corrina, Lady Hamilton of Dalzell[/caption] People from Surrey who saved lives through organ donation have been posthumously honoured at an awards ceremony. They received the Order of St John award for Organ Donation, run in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant, which was given to their families and loved ones on their behalf. The private award ceremony was held at Guildford Guildhall on Thursday October 27 with the awards presented by Corrina, Lady Hamilton of Dalzell DStJ, one of Her Majesty’s deputy-lieutenants of the county, in the presence of the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Gordon Jackson. [caption id="attachment_1148" align="alignnone" width="615"] Claire White's husband, Gary, and sister, Lynn Brickell, with Corrina, Lady Hamilton of Dalzell[/caption] Those attending the ceremony in Guildford were: Jennifer Clarkson, from Epsom , who received the


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