St John has announced news that a new Commandery will form in Guernsey and unveiled a new banner at their headquarters in St Peter Port. Representatives from the many facets of the St John family were on-hand to inspect the new banner and hear about plans for the forthcoming inauguration of the new Commandery of the Bailiwick of Guernsey of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. The Bailiwick of Guernsey has a unique place in the worldwide Order of St John due to the number of different services it provides to the community – more than any elsewhere in the world.
The new Commandery is dependent on the Priory of England but the formation of this new structure places local assets under the control of the local community and acknowledges that the islands of Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney have a unique place in the worldwide Order of St John. “The formation of this new Commandery enhances our position and status within the worldwide Order and within the Priory of England and the Islands and will help us work towards a more secure future for the Order here in Guernsey,” explained Peter Voute CBE, the new Knight Commander of the Guernsey Commandery.
The new banner has been created by The Royal College of Arms and The Commandery received special permission from the Court of Heralds to create this new and unique Guernsey insignia. The design is based on that of the Priory of England and the Islands and incorporates the Sovereign’s Crest along with Guernsey’s Norman Cross.
The inauguration service will take place on 25th November 2012.