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King Ina Preceptory No.211 Meets at The Masonic Hall, The Crescent, Taunton TA1 4EB  on the second Thursday of February, April, June (Malta) and October @ 6:30 p.m.  Eminent Preceptor E. Kt. David O’Callaghan - Installed 12th April 2018


E.Kt.M.P.S Bajona

1st Constable


2nd Constable








Deputy Marshall




1st Herald


2nd Herald


Standard Bearer (B)


Standard Bearer (VB)


Captain of Guards






Arch of Steel

This Preceptory was consecrated and dedicated at Taunton on the 27th February 1920, by the Very High and Eminent Great Senishal, Colonel C.W.Napier-Clavering, assisted by officers of Great Priory and of Provincial Priory.

There were a total of 13 founder members, and the first Eminent Preceptor was Knight J.A.Macdonald, a founder and Past Master of the Lodge of St.George No.3158.

A Preceptor's Baton, still in use, was generously presented on that occasion by the Provincial Prior V.E.Kt.Col.A.Thrale Perkins, who at that time was the Provincial Prior of Somerset, Monmouth and South Wales.   

The selection of “King Ina” as the name of the Preceptory was very appropriate and apt. King Ina had strong connections with Taunton, having built a castle there in 700. He is also noted for the manner in which he introduced laws and government, some of which exist to this day. A devout Christian he granted many lands and properties in the Taunton are to the Bishops of Winchester. According to the Venerable Bede, King Ina came to power in 688 and reigned for nearly 40 years. He abdicated in 726, and died whilst on a pilgrimage to Rome.

The Preceptory banner, dedicated at Taunton on the 8th October 1987, depicts a crown over the Red Dragon of Wessex, to commemorate that King Ina was the King of Wessex. The banner also contains a representation of balanced scales to show that he was a just and fair King and renowned as a law maker. The sword held by the dragon is an indication of the guardianship of Christian Faith by the Knights Templar.


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E.Kt.Brian Porter PGtA-de-C




History 1920 to .......


Officers 2018-19

Next Meeting

Thursday 14th June 2018 - Malta



Main Course


Special dietary needs arranged on request

Bar available


A rehearsal will be held on TBA when all officers are expected to attend. An Arch of Steel rehearsal will be held at 6.00pm prior to the meeting.

If unable to be present then the Registrar and Marshal MUST be notified.


Requests for dining must be made to the Preceptory Registrar 7 days before the date of meeting. This is in order to comply with current food “legislation”

Meals booked and not taken WILL be charged.


Principal Contacts


Most Recent Events



  1. To Open the  

An abbreviated version of the Agenda for our next meeting will be posted here when it becomes available.

   Next Meeting         Summons        Dining          Most Recent Events           Chronology

Honours Board

2018 ….. E.Kt. D O’Callaghan

2017 ….. E.Kt. K J Hughes

2016 ….. E.Kt. N K Handbury

2015 ….. E.Kt. K M Aylott

2014 ….. E.Kt. M S Durrant

2013 ….. E.Kt. W R I Barrie

2012 ….. E.Kt. J L Howlett

2011 ….. E.Kt. T J Price

2010 ….. E.Kt. C E Summers  

2009 ….. E.Kt. W S Warren

2008 ….. E.Kt. J F Rudge

2007 ….. E.Kt. D G Hammercott

2006 ….. E.Kt. C C Muggleton PGtWofR

2004 & 2005 ….. E.Kt. J R Cozens

2003 ….. E.Kt. P T Marley

2002 ….. E.Kt. A W S Hick

2001 ….. E.Kt. N J T Creighton

2000 ….. E.Kt. J S Widdicombe PGtReg

1999 ….. E.Kt. D Wildy

1998 ….. E.Kt. A L Long

1997 ….. E.Kt. G E Owens

1996 ….. V.E.Kt. D L Jenkins PGtReg

1995 ….. E.Kt. C A Scull

1994 ….. E.Kt. F J Dean

1993 ….. E.Kt. D Hartley PGtHer

1992 ….. E.Kt. J S Honniball

1991 ….. E.Kt. E J R Edmunds

1990 ….. E.Kt. P Palmer

1989 ….. E.Kt. D P Wainwright

1988 ….. E.Kt. G W Bradley

1987 ….. E.Kt. E E Hurley

1986 ….. E.Kt. G L Netherton

1985 ….. E.Kt. R G Purves

1984 ….. E.Kt. R H Junker

1983 ….. E.Kt. H G Bond

1982 ….. E.Kt. S C Peek

1981 ….. E.Kt. T A Hughes

1980 ….. E.Kt. T G Bourne

1979 ….. E.Kt. B L Dalton

1978 ….. E.Kt. M G Bartlett

1977 ….. E.Kt. F W Tooze

1976 ….. E.Kt. R C Nash

1975 ….. E.Kt. W Schofield

1974 ….. E.Kt. G A Murdoch

1973 ….. E.Kt. F J Newton

1972 ….. E.Kt. R Barrie

1971 ….. E.Kt. T H Prescott

1970 ….. E.Kt. S J Price

1969 ….. E.Kt. J Richardson

1968 ….. E.Kt. R M Ainsworth

1967 ….. E.Kt. R A Jennings

1966 ….. E.Kt. N H Law

1965 ….. E.Kt. C Harris

1964 ….. E.Kt. F W Bishop

1963 ….. E.Kt. J D Went

1962 ….. E.Kt. W S Stansell

1961 ….. E.Kt. L M Garrett

1960 ….. E.Kt. W C Webb

1959 ….. E.Kt. K C Bailey

1958 ….. E.Kt. J A Blackmore

1957 ….. E.Kt. R Stewart

1956 ….. E.Kt. RA Watson

1955 ….. E.Kt. N F James

1954 ….. E.Kt. W J White

1953 ….. E.Kt. W G Fisher

1952 ….. E.Kt. G E Edson

1951 ….. E.Kt. H J H Bryant

1950 ….. E.Kt. H S Hoyles

1949 ….. E.Kt. J B Goddard

1948 ….. E.Kt. B W Van Trump

1947 ….. E.Kt. J Webber

1946 ….. E.Kt. A M Kelsey

1945 ….. E.Kt. T R Sandford

1944 ….. E.Kt. F C Spear

1943 ….. E.Kt. A J Burgess

1942 ….. R.E.Kt. W B Clatworthy PrPrior 1965-1985

1941 ….. E.Kt. C L Norman

1940 ….. E.Kt. H R Hilton

1939 ….. E.Kt. L Abram

1938 ….. E.Kt. C W Stansell

1937 ….. E.Kt. R J L Stenlake

1936 ….. E.Kt. T Bent

1935 ….. E.Kt. G G H Moorhead

1934 ….. E.Kt. A V Holley

1933 ….. E.Kt. F R Elmes

1932 ….. E.Kt. A C Allen

1931 ….. E.Kt. A P French

1930 ….. E.Kt. A J H Iles

1929 ….. E.Kt. G West

1927 & 1928 ….. E.Kt. A J Lloyd

1926 ….. E.Kt. A E H Carnes

1925 ….. E.Kt. L C Barker

1924 ….. E.Kt. A E Goodman

1923 ….. E.Kt. F Lace

1922 ….. E.Kt. J Page

1920 & 1921 ….. E.Kt. J A Macdonald (Inaugural)

February 2016

June 2016

V.E.Kt.David was ably assisted by various members of the Priory not least with the help and guidance of the Priory Mareschal E.Kt. Chris Summers, with E.Kt.Brian Porter being invited to confer the Degree of Knight of St.Paul.

The Lecture and History of the Order was admirably delivered by E.Kt.Jon Cozens, E.Kt.Bill Warren, E.Kt.Mark Bajona and Bro.Kt. David O’Callaghan. The R.E.Knight Barry Burridge KCT was invited to present the Accolade which he graciously agreed to do.

After the Installation of Bro Kt. Richard, V.E.Kt.David continued in the same superb manner and installed E.Kt. Nigel Handbury as Prior of the King Ina Priory for the forthcoming year.

E.Kt.Nigel then preceded to appoint and invest his Officers in a very dignified and warm manner.

The evening ended with the customary excellent Festive Board which was richly enjoyed by all those that attended.

February 2017

A most enlightening evening was enjoyed by more than fifty (50) Knights who attended the King Ina meeting in Taunton last Thursday, 9th February, when R.E.Kt.Barry D Burridge K.C.T. the Provincial Prior for Somerset, accompanied by a grand number of Provincial Officers including the Provincial 1st Constable E.Kt. David Nelson and Provincial 2nd Constable E.Kt. John Dunford conducted a Splendid Ceremony of Dedication of The Holy Bible that was so generously gifted and presented to King Ina by V.E.Kt. David Lloyd Jenkins PGtRegistrar , Provincial Chancellor.

V.E.Kt. David gave a fine presentation address to the Knights as why he was led to present it, as did later the Provincial Prelate, E.Kt.Fripp Easthope PGtStdB(B) in respect of the Very Precious Value of Gods Holy Word and its importance to us as Members of this illustrious Christian Order of Knights Templar.

It would be remiss not to mention the very high standard of the work which was overseen by the EKt.Roger Morss PPrReg Provincial Deputy Marshal and E.Kt.Alan Seager PGtA-de-C.

The evening culminated with an excellent Festive Board which was enjoyed by All.

                                               Yours in the Bonds of the Order

                                                      E.Kt. Brian C. R. Porter PGtA-de-C

Registrar King Ina Preceptory.

April 2017

April 2018 - A Most Enjoyable Evening

A Most enjoyable evening was experienced by the many Knights who attended the King Ina Installation meeting where the Eminent Preceptor E.Kt.Kieren Hughes placed Kt.David O’Callaghan into the Chair in an exemplary manner.

David who does not enjoy the best of health had been looking forward to attaining the position of Eminent Preceptor for many years and was determined to reach his Goal against all odds and with the Knightly support of his Brother Knights will do his very best as shown by the way he Invested his Officers.

It was Good to see so many of the Provincial Priors Bodyguard in attendance to support E Kt. David as he has given unflinching dedication to his roll on said Bodyguard throughout the Province during his time of Office.

The evening culminated with a fine Festive Board at which the highlight was when a cheque for £750.00 was presented to the R E Provincial Prior for the 2021 Charity Appeal, which was graciously received.