St John Fellowship
The St John Fellowship was formed on
St John's Day 1983. For many years, ex-members of St John Ambulance
had been meeting socially at each others homes as well as helping
out on an informal basis. It was felt that there was a need for
some sort of a St John 'Comrades' Association'.
At the meeting of the Council of St John Grand Priory held on 29
October 1986, it was agreed that the St John Fellowship should be
officially recognised as a Branch of the Order. As such the
Fellowship would become answerable to the Order for the conduct and
good governance of its affairs.
This has now grown over the years to some 224 branches worldwide
at the last count.
The aims and objectives of the Fellowship are:
- to support the charitable activities of the Foundations of the
- to help former members in need, especially the incapacitated,
housebound and those in hospital or residential homes who would
appreciate visits and outings
- to enable former members to keep in touch with St John and with
each other in order to promote the aims and objectives of the
- to form local branches which will arrange meetings, social
events and other activities as desired by members to promote,
advance and encourage the work of the Fellowship.
It was decided that membership should be open to all those (over
the age of 16) who have served or are still serving the Order or
either of its Foundations, whether that service has been voluntary
or remunerated. Members of their families are also eligible to
What we do
Today in the Priory of England and the Islands there are
139 branches with over 3,000 members, of whom a significant number
assist at major national occasions including the Queen's Birthday
Parade, the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph and the London Marathon, as well as other events all
around the country such as football matches, race meetings, fêtes
and so forth.
Fellowship members also help to set up and run exhibitions and
displays, as well as becoming 'patients' when needed at
competitions. As an example, the Fellowship in Belfast recently
laid on a concert for the largest nursing home in the city. These
activities are all in addition to carrying out care duties such as
home visits, day outings for the elderly, and shopping trips for
the housebound, the lonely and the ailing.
Fellowship branches also raise generous amounts of money for
good causes and every year make a substantial financial
contribution to the Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. This last year the
sum raised was just under £30,000 - the largest single
donation from the Priory.
A Newsletter containing items from the branches is published
triannually and this is sent to all branches, including those
overseas to maintain our links with them.
The Fellowship mottos are those of the Order - pro fide which is
the encouragement of all that makes for the spiritual and moral
strengthening of mankind, and pro utilitate hominum which is
the encouragement and promotion of all work of humanity and charity
for the relief of persons in sickness, distress, suffering or
danger, without distinction of race, class or creed.
If you would like to find our more about the Fellowship or have
any questions contact