Over sixty Knights were present alongside the R E Provincial Prior, D Gary Read KCT, and the V E Sub Prior, Alan T Howls with both Provincial Constables, E Kt Dave Wall, and E Kt Dave Truman, to witness the installation of Bro Kt Paul Molley, the Provincial Prior’s Body Guard Registrar, to become the next Eminent Preceptor of Godefroi de Bouillon Preceptory No 42.
Also in attendance were numerous visiting Knights from within the Province including acting Officers, and a strong contingent from the Provincial Prior’s Body Guard.
E Kt Peter Bone did fantastically well to combat a recent illness to install Bro Kt Molley with a great deal of dignity despite still being under some significant sufferance. The Provincial Prior praised E Kt Bone for the ritual and the way he conducted the installation.
During the muster, the Almoner for the Preceptory, E Kt R N Haysom ensured a further £1,000 was donated to the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital; and, £250 to the registered charity of the Tri-Services and Veterans Support Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme to which he, and the new Eminent Preceptor, would be making a personal visit to present the Centre with a cheque.
The Preceptory were delighted to see E Kt J M Glover – a past Preceptor in 1986 – become a re-joining member of the Preceptory; whilst the Preceptory was delighted that E Kt K Chawner – a past Preceptor in 1979 – was elected an Honorary member.
At the Festive Board that followed the meeting, E Kt Molley thanked the Preceptory for the honour of being made Eminent Preceptor to which he was delighted to be sharing the occasion with the members of the Preceptory, all the guests and particularly, the members of the Provincial Prior’s Body Guard, and looked forward to the installation of new Knights into the Preceptory during his year in office.