Wednesday 10 August 2016

Fundraising for the British Limbless Veteran's Association

The Vigil Service for our Investiture in Lydiate, Lancashire, was followed by a Dinner where our Grand Prior, Martin Thacker, the Baron of Fetternear, presented a cheque for £2,000 to the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire Col. Alan Jolley for the work of BLESMA (The British Limbless Veteran's Association), one of the charities Col. Jolley has been intimately involved in supporting over the years.

This is the second year we have been supporting BLESMA. It seems particularly appropriate for the Order, as, like us, it is both military and hospitaller in its concerns. A reminder amidst the rather good dinner we had, that the charitable work of supporting those in need is the distinctly spiritual and Christian bedrock of the Order. 

Though the dinner reminds us, to quote G K Chesterton, that, "“All true friendliness begins with fire and food and drink." The photographs prove give ample evidence of the friendliness of the Grand Priory!

Searching for our seats!


 Col. Jolley gives a speech of thanks, telling us something of the work of BLESMA.

The Grand Priory of Great Britain presented the Grand Master with an engraved plaque,
marking a certain notable birthday for him!