23-25 October 2020 Autumn Investiture, Chester Cathedral, Chester 21-23 May 2021 Spring Investiture, venue to be announced. 15-17 October 2021 Autumn Investiture, venue to be announced.
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Chev. Alderman John Garbutt, KGOTJ, Grand Chancellor of the Grand Priory of England, was appointed by the Queen's Royal Warrant to be High Sheriff of Greater London with effect from his Swearing-In on 2nd April, 2020. Because of the pandemic restrictions, instead of occurring at the Royal Courts of Justice as would normally be the case, John declared his Oath by video conference (the first time ever) from home, in front of the Lord Chief Justice, the Queen's Remembrancer and other senior High Court Judges from the Royal Courts who were also at their homes. In this role, his remit will cover the RCJ itself, all Crown Courts around London (with the exception of the Old Bailey), plus the prisons, Metropolitan Police, and most other aspects of the Judicial system across Greater London."
To enable members and the Order to plan ahead effectively, we have decided to fix our dates of investiture to the Saturday closest to 24th May in each year, being the anniversary of the death of Hugues de Payen, our first Grand Master, and to the Saturday immediately after 13th October, which is Templar Remembrance Day, commemmorating when in 1307 the Templars were arrested.
Unfortunately, due to the continued Coronavirus pandemic throughout the country and the uncertainty of whether we are able to hold our planned investiture at Chester Cathedral in October, it has been necessary to CANCEL this even and we shall work towards our Spring Investiture in the hope that normal service will have resumed by that time!