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  • YEARBOOK 2013

  • The Priory of Scotlandof the Most Venerable Order

    of the Hospital of St Johnof Jerusalem

    The Priory of Scotlandof the Most Venerable Order

    of the Hospital of St Johnof Jerusalem

    Pro Fide – Pro Utilitate Hominum

    St John Scotland improves thesafety, health and quality of life of

    people in need.

    The arms of the Priory with the mottoes of the Order

    Hugh MacLeod of MacLeod, of Dunvegan Castle, Skye, followed in his father’sfootsteps when he kindly presented the Skye Mountain Rescue Team with avehicle on behalf of St John Scotland. Hugh handed over the vehicle, for which StJohn had contributed £20,000, on 12th October 2012. His late father, JohnMacLeod of MacLeod, presented the team’s previous St John-funded vehicle on6th October 2001, the same day as he opened the team’s base at Glenbrittle, forwhich he had generously donated the land. The happy recipient of the keys onboth occasions was Gerry Akroyd, the Team Leader.


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    The arms of the Priory with the mottoes of the Order

    St John Scotland improves thesafety, health and quality of life of

    people in need.



    Scottish Charity SC000262

    Telephone: 0131 556 8711E-mail: [email protected]


    The Prior’s Message 3

    General Information 4

    St John Scotland Projects 8

    The Receiver General’s Report 26

    Financial Report 29

    Financial Information 30

    Activities Report 32

    Governance of the Order of St John 52

    Governance of St John Scotland 53

    Area Committees in St John Scotland 54

    Roll of Order Members in the Priory of Scotland 58

    In Grateful Memory 80

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    Her Majesty The QueenSovereign Head of the Order of St John


    2013 has seen a great deal of activity in the Priory Office and throughout the areas. Two projects which I mentioned last year have been successfully concluded and very well received. The Neo-Natal Ambulance was commissioned and is already in use, and the review of our governance arrangements was concluded and accepted by Chapter.

    Chapter took time to review the Priory’s Strategy and we have set targets for 2020 which will show that we are one of the best lifesaving and life enhancing charities in Scotland. Our goals are high but I know that they are achievable, given the support which

    we enjoy across Scotland. The next step will be to spread this message throughout the areas so that we can be confident that our

    management procedures conform with best practice for charities.

    On the world stage we continue to provide generous support to the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and to St John Malawi.

    We work closely with the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland and the teams across Scotland. A new base in Blairgowrie has been provided for the Tayside Mountain Rescue Team and a further four teams have received a grant of £20,000 towards a new vehicle. A new dimension to the Order in UK has been the creation, in conjunction with the NHS, of an award for organ donation. I attended the first ceremony in St James Palace where the Grand Prior and the Duchess of Gloucester were present. It was a remarkable event where the relatives of the donors demonstrated enormous pride in their loved ones. We are organising a similar event for the families of Scottish based donors in Edinburgh at the beginning of December in conjunction with NHSBT.

    St John Dumfries and Galloway, together with our Headquarters Team organised a very happy and successful festival in Dumfries which all those present greatly enjoyed.

    The year has included the departure of Richard Waller – a Trustee and Chief Executive Officer, I would like to pay tribute to him for his hard work during the past 17 years and to thank him for all that he achieved for the Priory.

    The future is exciting and I hope that all those who read this yearbook will join me to expand our work, create new activities and forge ahead towards our goals for 2020.

    I wish you all success in the coming year.

    Sir Malcolm Ross GCVO OBE

    Sir Malcolm

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    The origins of the Order of St John can be traced to an 11th century hospital - the Hospital of St John in Jerusalem. In 1113 the people who administered this hospital were formed into a religious Order. Soon after, they took on military duties and became known as Knights Hospitallers.

    That Order, which exists today, is now commonly called the Order of Malta. It recruited members and owned property throughout Western Europe. The Order’s principal property in Scotland was at Torphichen, in West Lothian. Being Roman Catholic, the Order ceased to function in the British Isles at the time of the Reformation.

    In the first half of the 19th century a group of people set out to revive the Order of Malta in the United Kingdom but ultimately formed themselves into a separate organisation which they called the Order of St John. In 1877 they founded the St John Ambulance Association, whose role was to provide training in first aid and similar activities. Ten years later the St John Ambulance Brigade was created, as a uniformed body of trained volunteers to provide first aid cover for the public. In 1968 it was decided to merge the Ambulance Association and Brigade into “St John Ambulance”, to allow closer co-ordination of the two roles of training and public duty.

    In 1882, as a further means of providing to those in need and recognising its origins, the Order opened a hospital in Jerusalem. This was to treat eye disease, prevalent in the Middle East. (At that time, Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Turkish Empire.)

    In 1888, Queen Victoria made the Order a Royal Order of Chivalry with the monarch as its Sovereign Head. Since then the Grand Prior has always been a member of the Royal Family. Today the Order of St John functions throughout the United Kingdom, in many other Commonwealth countries, in the United States of America and at the hospital in Jerusalem.

    THE ORDER IN SCOTLANDIn its early years, the Order provided training in first aid and related subjects in Scotland, as in other parts of the United Kingdom. However, the Scottish-based St Andrew’s Ambulance Association was formed later and began similar activities, both in Scotland and England. In1908 it was agreed that the association would cease first aid training south of the border and the Order north of it. In the 1940s, some of its members felt there was scope for the Order to undertake a variety of public services in Scotland. In 1947, the Scottish Priory of the Order was formed and since then, from a standing start, it has achieved remarkable success in meeting a wide diversity of need. Over the years the Priory has responded to changes to some of these

    needs brought about by developments such as the creation and evolution of the National Health Service. In recent times, the Priory has extended its support to mountain rescue teams in Scotland through the provision of vehicles and bases, and has funded minibuses for other needy organisations.

    Facilities provided include a palliative care unit, patient transport, sheltered residential accommodation and, most recently, a First Responder service. Also, help is given to many local initiatives which provide services and supplies for people of all ages who are ill, disabled, infirm or in danger. The Priory has always supported the Order’s hospital in Jerusalem and currently sponsors its Medical Director. Additionally, help is given to St John Associations in developing countries, especially Malawi.

    OBJECTSThe objects of the Order in Scotland include:• the encouragement of all that makes for the spiritual and moral strengthening of mankind;• the encouragement and promotion of all work of humanity and charity for the relief of people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger;• the provision of assistance to the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and its clinics and research projects;• the provision and maintenance of nursing homes, sheltered housing, hospices and rest and residential homes in Scotland;• the provision of a library.

    GOVERNANCE OF THE PRIORYThe Priory of Scotland is governed under the Royal Charters, Statutes and Regulations of the Order, and the Rules of the Priory of Scotland. Copies of these are available from the Chancery. Those in management or control of the Priory are the Prior and members of the Priory Chapter, listed on page 53. The Priory is administered from the Chancery, St John’s House, at 21 St John Street, Edinburgh. The work of the Order throughout Scotland is assisted by 12 area committees.

    MEMBERSHIPThe Priory of ScotlandAnyone giving significant support to the Priory of Scotland may become a member of it.Area committees maintain rolls of Priory Members within their area.Readers new to St John who are interested in becoming members of the Priory of Scotlandshould approach their area contact (see pages 49-51).

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    MEMBERSHIP (continued)MEMBERSHIP (continued)The Order of St JohnMembership of the Order (as an Order of Chivalry) is conferred in recognition of work done in furthering its objects. Recommendations for admission to, or promotion in, the Order may be made by the chairmen of the area committees and by Grade I or II members. Recommendations which survive intensive scrutiny are eventually submitted to Her Majesty The Queen for approval. New and promoted members are invested with their insignia at the Festival of St John held annually in Scotland on or about 24th June (St John Baptist Day).The Roll of Members of the Order in the Priory of Scotland is maintained in the Chancery. A member may request a copy of his or her recorded particulars at any time. Limited information is supplied to office bearers in connection with Order business, but not to any other person or body.

    Grades of the OrderUnder its Sovereign Head, Her Majesty The Queen, the Order has six grades:I Dames & Bailiffs Grand Cross GCStJII Dames & Knights (of Grace or of Justice) DStJ & KStJIII Commanders, *Chaplains CStJ, ChStJIV Officers, *Sub-Chaplains OStJ, SubChStJV Members, *Assistant Chaplains MStJ, AsstChStJVI Esquires EsqStJ* Clerical grades are being phased out from 1 January 2004. Those holding them before thenmay continue to use them until promoted.

    Foundation Dues and OblationsTo carry out its charitable works, the Order depends to a great extent on contributions from its members, and funds raised from the public. Order members are relied upon for two set contributions: Foundation Dues, payable on admission to, and promotion within, the Order; and Annual Oblations,payable yearly on a scale related to grade within the Order. The rates from 1st January 2013 are:

    Grade Foundation Annual Dues (£) Oblations (£)I GCStJ 580 125II DStJ & KStJ 300 95III CStJ, ChStJ 195 65IV OStJ, SubChStJ 100 50V MStJ, AsstChStJ 70 40VI EsqStJ - 30

    Initials and InsigniaThe preceding abbreviations may be used in connection with the work of the Order and in biographical references. The abbreviations, when used as post-nominal letters, come after those of the other British Orders and crosses for bravery, e.g. Donald MacDonald Esq MBE MC KStJ. Order insignia take the same precedence. Notes on the wearing of insignia are available on request from the Chancery. Members might also wish to note that any insignia no longer required, e.g. through promotion, may be sent to the Chancery where it can be used to the benefit of the Priory.

    THE CHANCERY AND ITS STAFFThe Chancery, or headquarters, of the Priory of Scotland is at St John’s House, Edinburgh. The Administrator is Audrey Leighton, and the Accountant, Janet Knox. The headquarters are usually manned during normal office hours, but Audrey is generally not present on a Friday.

    LIBRARYThe library of the Priory of Scotland is contained within St John’s House. It is a fascinating collection of books, documents, photographs and objects concerned with the Order from its origins to the present day. Together these form a rich source of information for research or general interest. Visitors to the library are welcome and are requested to make arrangements with the Administrator, on 0131 556 8711.

    TORPHICHEN PRECEPTORYThe first property in Scotland of the pre-Reformation Order was established at Torphichen in West Lothian. Acquired during the reign of David I, King of Scots (1124 – 1153), it became, and remained until the 16th century, the Order’s administrative centre in Scotland. It was also a hospital and a place of worship. It held the right of sanctuary and the large stones marking the sanctuary boundary can still be seen. The tower and transepts of the Preceptory building remain and the property is under the stewardship of Historic Scotland. With the help of volunteers organised by St John West Lothian members, the Preceptory is open to the public over weekends and bank holidays from 1st April to 30th September between 1pm and 5pm. New volunteers would be welcome and should ring the St John West Lothian Secretary, Stuart Learmonth, on 07887 778881 or [email protected]. The pretty village of Torphichen lies in attractive countryside 20 miles due west of Edinburgh, one mile on the B792 from the A706.

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    ST JOHN EYE HOSPITAL, JERUSALEMThe St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem is supported by many elements of the Order worldwide. It is open to all races and religions but principally serves the Palestinian population, which is still subject to severe restrictions on employment and movement, imposed by the Israeli government.The hospital has widened into a group of facilities, in East Jerusalem, Hebron and Gaza. Mobile Outreach Clinics were introduced in 1982 and there are currently two of these and with the opening of the Anabta Centre in 2007, the group became able to reach almost all of the West Bank towns, villages and refugee camps. Demand for treatment has grown steadily, with a 4% increase during 2012 alone.The hospital is renowned for its teaching and a key priority is to train the next generation of local doctors and nurses. Valuable research and development is also conducted. The hospital is supporting Vision 2020, aiming to eliminate avoidable blindness and introduce further affordable eye care programmes.St John Scotland has always helped the eye hospital. It has been sponsoring the Medical Director for a number of years and continues to help fund the library. It has previously contributed to the Patient Relief and Gaza Appeal funds and funded the specialist training for three of the staff’s Palestinian doctors, who have gone on to become Consultants..In 2012 it made a major contribution to the £1.5 million donated by Priories worldwide, and the very latest figures show that between January and May 2013, Scotland contributed £55,500 to a total of £311,000 donated by Priories in Britain.

    EYE HOSPITAL REPORTThis year has seen many records broken, with more patients being seen than at any time in our history. 2012 saw more that 111,000 patients treated in our clinics, a 4% increase on the previous year and almost double the number treated in 2006. However, as the demand on our services and expertise grows, so too does the increased need for charitable funds.The charity’s income in 2012 reached £8.2 million, compared with £7.6 million in 2011; £5 million of this came from charitable sources. We are so grateful to everyone who has given so generously but we would like to thank in particular our friends in St John Priories who raised an impressive £1.5 million, without which our ability to treat those we seek to serve would have been severely compromised.

    Nicholas Wolf, BSc (Econ), FCA, CTA (Fellow) – Chairman.

    New CEO AppointedEarly in 2013 Rod Bull, Chief Executive of the St John Eye Hospital stood down after six years, during which the organisation has flourished. He will remain as a trustee on the Board and has been replaced as CEO by Brigadier Tom Ogilvie-Graham, a veteran of operations in both Bosnia and Iraq.A serving soldier for 30 years, Brigadier Ogilvie-Graham spent time as an intelligence officer attached to the Parachute Regiment and also served with the Army Medical Services, ending his career as an ADC to HM The Queen. He has been actively involved in a number of humanitarian projects, in Kuwait after the Gulf War, in Bosnia following the Balkans conflict and in various parts of Africa, in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Further details are on

    Khaled Daoud, the Librarian Nicholas Woolf,the Order Hospitaller

    Dr Jeanne Garth,the Medical Director

    Tom Ogilvie-Graham CEO

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    As well as the eight Priories, there are 33 national St John Associations, many of them in developing countries. As stronger members of the St John family, the Priories support the work of the more needy St John Associations, through sending money, supplies, trainers or advisers. St John Scotland has developed links with St John Malawi in this regard.

    Malawi is near the bottom of the UN Human Development Index, which reflects factors such as life expectancy and infant mortality, and it ranks lower than any other country bar one in which St John operates. In addition to first aid training and support, St John Malawi runs a Primary Health Care Project.

    Begun in 1988, the project helps prevent illness through education and immunisation, with particular emphasis on the health of young children. The volunteer Community Health Workers also provide other medicines and training in the home-based care of seriously ill people. They work in the most densely populated townships of Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre, where living conditions are very poor. In 2012, volunteers reached 11,241 people (11,805 in 2011) during 5,728 house visits (5659 in 2011) and conducted 3,931 health education sessions (3600 in 2011). Volunteers also monitored the growth of 33,530 children (32,453 in 2011) and immunised 26,945 (25,646 in 2011).

    St John Scotland has provided £10,000 a year since 2004, £11,000 from 2008, to help meet the running costs of the project, allowing the number of workers to be more than doubled to over 60.

    In 2009, £10,000 was given to help St John Malawi expand their first aid training in the capital, Lilongwe. Additional funding of £15,000 was provided in 2012 to help St John Malawi develop its training services to create an income stream to move towards self-sufficiency.


    The Home-Based Care programme has been benefiting communities in southern Africa since 2004, under the leadership of St John South Africa, whose initiative it was. The programme provides health education, especially related to childhood illnesses, and trains people in how to look after a seriously ill person in their own home.

    Sadly, the ravages of the HIV/AIDS epidemic means that many of those needing care are terminally ill, and that all too often the caring within a community falls to children or the elderly.

    The programme was launched with the help of an appeal by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester and St John Scotland members generously contributed over £23,000. Further contributions since then have totalled £25,000.

    The programme was designed to benefit South Africa and the other 10 southern African countries with a St John establishment. It has been successfully implemented in Malawi, complementing the Primary Health Care Project which is supported by St John Scotland.

    To date the St John Malawi-run programme has trained a total of 73 Primary Health Care volunteers and a Health Surveillance Assistant for each of three areas, Mbayani, Ndirande and Kauma. The first mobile clinic was being launched this year.

    In 2011 St John Scotland undertook to fund this programme fully by providing £55,800 over three years. The programme started in 2012 and funding of £22,500 had been provided to date.









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    THE ST JOHN EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND St John Kenya has received funding of almost £23,000 from the St John Emergency Relief Fund this year, to help sick and displaced people, many of them women and children, following the near-collapse of medical services as a result of bitter fighting between rival ethnic groups in the country’s Tana River Delta.

    Many health centres closed as a result of the violence and the country’s Ministry of Health reported that there were insufficient drugs for the needs of communities, where many people are being housed in temporary shelters.

    St John Kenya is now working with the Red Cross and the MoH, particularly to identify cases of acute malnourishment in the area.

    St John Scotland makes regular contributions to the Emergency Relief Fund, having suggested the need for it in 2006, following the tsunami disaster two years earlier in Sri Lanka. The idea for a flexible fund, able to respond rapidly to emergencies was agreed by the Grand Council in 2009. £100,000 was earmarked, with all Priories donating in relation to their Order membership, as for contributions to the budget of St John International in London.

    In 2009, £20,000 was designated for St John Zimbabwe as further help with their work during the cholera epidemic that year. In September 2011, £33,000 was allocated to St John Kenya to enable them to deliver famine relief in the north-east of their country, following discussions with the World Health Organisation. Specific objectives included providing food to 15,000 and medical treatment to 1,300 adults and children, all by the end of November.

    Before this fund was set up, St John Scotland had given directly to St John Sri Lanka following the tsunami, to St John Kenya at a time of political unrest and to St John Zimbabwe soon after the outbreak of the cholera epidemic.





    The eight Priories (Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales) contribute to the budget of the St John International Office. The size of each Priory’s contribution reflects the number of its Order members and and Scotland currently pays £37,000.

    The small staff carry out the essential central tasks of St John. Also they help to provide or coordinate assistance to the more needy of the 33 St John Associations throughout the world through,for example, the International Development Office (see photos).This programme helps Associations strengthen themselves organisationally, financially and in other ways in order to increase their charitable output.

    Amongst other things, advice is given on applying for grants from funding bodies outside St John. An assistance fund allows small but sometimes critical grants to be made to Associations for help with items such as office or training equipment.

    Around 50% of the St John International Office budget and, correspondingly, St John Scotland’s share of it, goes towards helping Associations.

    After 9 years as the Secretary-General, heading the St John International Office, Rear Admiral Andrew Gough handed over in November 2012 to Vice Admiral Sir Paul Lambert.

    Staff at St John’s International Development office: (l-r) Sherona Parkinson, Sally O’Neil, Pippa Hoyland, Louisa Boyle and Saffi Jones

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    SUPPORT OF SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN RESCUESt John Scotland has continued its support for the country’s 27 volunteer Mountain Rescue Teams, through the provision of new bases, vehicles and equipment. In the past year, one new base has been purchased, equipped and handed over, whilst another has been completely refurbished. St John Scotland’s provision of infrastructure is designed to help teams provide this life-saving service more efficiently and effectively. The Mountain Rescue Teams are tasked by Police Scotland and whilst are many call-outs involve climbers and hill walkers, they also support the police in searching for missing persons and other incidents. Among St John Scotland-supported teams recognised for their efforts in the past year are Lochaber, Killin and Arran.The Lochaber team received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, to mark their efforts over many years. They received the Award from Cameron of Locheil, the Lord Lieutenant of Inverness at their base in Inverness in July. St John Highland Chairman Bob Fullarton and his daughter Kirsty, were present at the ceremony.Six members of the Killin team received a commendation for bravery and dedication to duty from the Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police for rescuing a hillwalkers from the summit of Ben Ledi in a January snowstorm. Conditions were so bad, they had to crawl on the hands and knees to reach the man, who they eventually found clinging to the Harry Laurie Memorial Cross on the peak.There were no “gongs”, but great gratitude from the people of Arran for the efforts of the local mountain rescue team (pictured above) during the blizzards which swept the island in March, 2013. They were out for six days and nights rescuing people from stranded vehicles, helping farmers locate livestock in the snowdrifts and delivering vital supplies to remote homes, most without electricity after power lines were brought down.

    Photo: Anthony MacM


    RESCUE BASESThe value of St John Scotland’s support to the country’s volunteer mountain rescue teams was summed up by Eric Drummond, the secretary of the Tayside civilian team, at the opening of their new base in Blairgowrie, when he said: “Quite simply, this is a Godsend to us”.The ceremony, carried out by the Chancellor, Douglas Dow, on September 28, 2013 ended 40 years in which the team has been forced to relocate numerous times, from old sheds to disused farm buildings to spells when their equipment had to be stored in the homes and garages of members.Blairgowrie is the 13th base to be provided by St John Scotland and will be used by the civilian team and a police team, which jointly cover 2,800 square miles from the Angus Glens to the Perthshire Highlands. The converted industrial unit will also support national training in rigging and canyon rescue. The St John Scotland base for the Galloway Mountain Rescue team was opened in October 2012 by the Prior Sir Malcolm Ross, who is also Lord Lieutenant of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright

    The building in Newton Stewart had previously been an ambulance depot and was bought for £1 from Dumfries and Galloway Council and completely refurbished. The programme to supply new mountain rescue bases has so far cost more than £2 million. Since 1988, bases have been provided to the Aberdeen, Arran, Arrochar, Dundonnell, Galloway, Lomond, Moffat, Oban, Ochils Skye and Tayside teams.

    A heart defibrillator donated by St John Scotland to the Galloway Mountain Rescue team is to be shared with nearby Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart. Kenny Paterson, the chairman of St John Dumfries and Galloway welcomed the plan: “There is no point in having this vital equipment locked in the back of a garaged vehicle,” he said.

    Members and supporters of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team celebrate their award.



    Chancellor Douglas Dow flanked by members of Tayside’s two mountain rescue teamsOne of the first St John vehicles

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    Rugged, reliable transport is vital to Scotland’s 27 mountain rescue teams, which is why since the mid-1990s St John Scotland has been supporting this volunteer service through a rolling programme to help provide vehicles.

    In 2011 Priory agreed to fund a programme designed to replace older vehicles. So far 14 teams have qualified for grants up to £20,000 and more will meet the criteria in the next few years. Increasingly teams are opting to buy ambulance vehicles to supplement the rough terrain Land Rovers which are the mainstay of getting them and their equipment to the scene of

    mountain search and rescue.

    These funded vehicles carry the St John logo as well as the name of the team and, in most cases, ambulance markings. Most teams also have other vehicles for which they find funds from other sources including their own fund-raising events.

    Priory Members all over Scotland continue to support their local teams by funding-raising to help with on-going costs


    St John Scotland has supported the Search and Rescue Dog Association for many years by sponsoring its call-out service. This year, Priory decided to award the organisation a grant of £25,000 towards the cost of a new vehicle, which is pictured above with handler Rod Stoddart from St Andrews and his award winning dog Driesh.

    Rob and eight year-old Driesh, a Border Collie are credited with saving at least ten lives and have received a PDSA Animal Bravery Award at a ceremony at RAF Leuchars. They are also in the running for at least two more awards.

    Douglas Dow, the Chancellor of St John Scotland, got the chance to congratulate the pair, when they met up at the opening of the St John Scotland Tayside Mountain Rescue base.



    Against the stunning backdrop of the Arrochar Alps, Chancellor Douglas Dow hands over the keys of a new ambulance to the Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team

    Handler Rod Stoddart with award- winning Collie, Driesh, with the van donated to the Search and Rescue Dog Association in Scotland, by St John Scotland

    A new vehicle for the Skye Mountain Rescue Team.

    The Chancellor, Douglas Dow, had a close encounter of the canine kind, when he met up with handler Rob Stoddart and his heroic

    hound Driesh at the official opening of the new St John Scotland Tayside Mountain Rescue base at Blairgowrie (See more on the

    opening on Page 15)

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    NITH INSHORE RESCUEThe Nith rescue boat “St John” was launched in 2010; a year after the Priory provided a grant of £25,000 to help purchase a much-needed replacement vessel to deal with emergencies on the Solway Firth and the river to the south of Dumfries. Since then, only a few members have had the chance to get up close to the 6.8 metre rigid inflatable craft or speak to the volunteer crew, so it quickly became an irresistible attraction when it was put on display at the Festival of St John held this year at the Crichton Complex in Dumfries (pictured above).The rescue boat, with its twin 90 horsepower outboard engines, has been used in numerous rescues and has proved ideal because of its speed, manoeuvrability and ability to operate in very shallow water.Previously, in 2004, St John Scotland funded a Land Rover for the Glencaple-based Nith Inshore Rescue, which is used to transport the main boat, while carrying an eight-foot dingy, radio and first aid equipment.

    LOCH LOMOND RESCUE BOATIn 2006 St John donated £32,000 towards the £108,000 cost of a new rescue boat for one of Scotland’s most popular waterways. The Priory was the main contributor and as a result the rigid-hull inflatable carries the St John name and logo.Specifically designed for the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat Committee, it has a large deck area to carry stretchers and fire-fighting equipment. The crew is drawn from 23 volunteers who take part in 60 rescues a year on average.Priory has also funded an £18,000 extension to the boathouse at Luss, providing improved training and changing facilities for the crew. St John Dunbartonshire has given ongoing support for the rescue boat, most recently handing over a cheque for £500 (See picture in Dunbartonshire Activity Report.)

    THE ST JOHN SCOTLAND NEONATAL AMBULANCEA donation of £212,000 to the Scottish Neonatal Transport Service (SNTS) from St John Scotland to design, build and equip the most modern and sophisticated neonatal ambulance in Europe at present will, according one of the world’s leading paediatricians “Undoubtedly save the lives of many babies” across Scotland.

    Professor Gavin Arneil, a founder of the Yorkhill mother and baby unit in Glasgow, was speaking after watching the handover of the keys of the vehicle to Consultant Dr Lesley Jackson by Douglas Dow, the Chancellor of St John Scotland, on August 21 this year.

    The vehicle, which is as well equipped as the best hospital intensive care unit for newborn babies, was wholly funded by St John Scotland, with half the donation coming from the Priory’s centrally held funds and half from St John Glasgow, thanks to a bequest from late members, Walter and Doreen Crichton. It will be known as the Crichton ambulance.

    SNTS operates from four centres in Scotland, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee, transferring upwards of 1,700 babies a year between hospitals for specialist treatment. The new ambulance, based at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill, ensures they will receive life-saving treatment from the moment they are picked up and throughout the journey, whatever the distance.

    St John Scotland is proud to support these hard working doctors and nurses.

    St John Glasgow chairman Bill Sommerville, photographed with Consultant Neonatologist Dr Charles Skeoch and Dr Lesley Jackson, Director of the Scottish Neonatal Transport Service in Glasgow, following the handover by St John Scotland of the most

    modern baby ambulance in Europe

    The keys to the new ambulance are handed over

    The Nith Inshore Rescue boat St John and her crew drew plenty of interested admirers at the Annual Festival of St John in Dumfries

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    ST JOHN PATIENT TRANSPORT SERVICEFIRST RESPONDER SERVICEFIRST RESPONDER SERVICE Suitable volunteers continue to be trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service to be on call as “First Person on Scene” in most parts of Angus, after they have received PVG clearance from Disclosure (Scotland).On receiving a report of an incident the Scottish Ambulance Service will dispatch a paramedic crew to the locus, but where a First Responder is also available locally, and the incident is within their level of competence, they will task that volunteer to attend. This may be as a lone responder or with a supporting “buddy” each of whom is trained in CPR, Oxygen therapy and use of an Automatic External Defibrillator so that they can apply their skills in resuscitation to a patient that has collapsed with suspected cardiac arrest or similar symptoms. On arrival of the Scottish Ambulance Service crew they will hand over treatment to the paramedics and assist them in any task they are given, which could be to support relatives at the scene. In the year ending 31st December 2012 First Responders dealt with 202 requests from the Scottish Ambulance Service, and a comparable level of attendance is being maintained in 2013.Currently First Responders use their own vehicles although use of a St John car at weekends has been trialled to assess the benefit where volunteers “family” car might not be available. No blue lights or sirens are employed on any vehicle and their identity is displayed by a windscreen visor as well as the Ambulance issue green and yellow fluorescent jacket. Volunteers also carry and display an Identity Card authorising them to attend calls. Responders attend monthly training to maintain their skills in resuscitation and some have also attended an Intermediate course. Additionally some have taken Heartstart Instructor courses and support local communities in promulgating such resuscitation.The “First Person on the Scene“ concept continues to be developed by the Scottish Ambulance Service and a new initial training course is anticipated in 2014.






    ST JOHN PATIENT TRANSPORT SERVICEPatient Transport Angus and DundeeLike many regions of Scotland Angus & Dundee has centralised NHS hospitals and for some people travel for treatment can be an arduous event, especially when they have illnesses such as cancer and renal failure. The timetabling of public transport can exacerbate the difficulties in attendance.The Service in Angus and Dundee developed from transport for oncology patients receiving repeat radiotherapy or chemotherapy 5 days in each week. This concept was extended to take patients for renal dialysis 6 days each week, an arrangement that has been enhanced in the current year so that patients are able to attend and return home from treatment expeditiously. The Area operates two “People Carriers” for this function augmented by a committed group of volunteers who use their own vehicles to transport the patients to treatment. All volunteers are screened and subject to PVG clearance prior to commencement of duty.With these facilities people are able to readily access their treatment as day patients at NHS centres. Over 5000 patient journeys are currently undertaken in a 12 month period and 49,763 miles have been travelled up to August in the current financial year.Anyone wishing to help with this service would be most welcome and should contact the area chairman, Bill Spence on 01382 350553.

    Patient Transport Dumfries and GallowayPriory Members continue to operate their much appreciated transport service for cancer patients. A standing commitment is to take people between the west of the region and Dumfries to link up with transport to Edinburgh on Mondays and back on Fridays for weekly chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Many other patients are transported for local appointments on these and other days, as required.Transport is provided with two people carriers owned by St John Scotland and driven by volunteers from both the Dumfries and Stranraer branches. In addition, volunteers use their own cars when necessary. The service is co-ordinated by Anne Twiname for Dumfries (01387 263241) and Adam Calderwood for Stranraer (07702 584089).They would gladly provide further information and are always pleased to hear from any potential new volunteer drivers.

    First Responders on a course at Carnoustie Angus and Dundee member Bill Harvey is a regular patient transport driver

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    The enhanced palliative care facility at the Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer openedin 2007. Funded by St John Scotland, Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Dumfries and Galloway, the £600,000 project was a major development for the area. Impressively, St John’s £225k share was raised through the efforts of Dumfries and Galloway Priory Members. The St John Unit comprises two bright and spacious en-suite bedrooms with a communal sitting room and kitchen area. In 2010 a room within the unit for giving enhanced treatment was named ‘The Calvert Suite’ in recognition of the support given by local St John Scotland members John and Pat Calvert. The availability of such treatment reduces the need for travel to hospitals in Glasgow or Edinburgh, and at a time when such journeys can be quite challenging for the patients concerned.

    The well-established Hospice at Home service continues to offer nursing support for seriouslyill patients in their own homes. It is joint funded by St John Scotland and the local NHS PrimaryCare Trust and operates throughout Wigtownshire.

    Further details may be obtained from Elizabeth Hamilton on 01671 403926






    This thirteen flat complex in Polmont, an attractive village centrally located between Edinburgh and Glasgow, was opened in 1993. Each flat has two bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen and a bathroom. The complex is set in its own spacious, landscaped, grounds and has an open outlook. There is ample parking space and a large, attractive and secluded garden at the back of the property. A separate lounge and conservatory provide congenial meeting places for residents and friends. The complex is very close to Polmont railway station, with frequent fast trains to Edinburgh and Glasgow, and also to bus services and to local shops and a bank.

    Archibald Russell Court, Meadowbank, Polmont, FK2 0EW

    The complex is managed on behalf of St John Scotland by Bield Housing and Care:

    Collectors for transport for cancer patients at the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village in August 2012. Left to right - Charles McKerrell of Hillhouse, John Taylor,May McKerrell of Hillhouse, Florence and John Dewar, Martin Callaghan.


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    2013 in pictures - The Festival of St John, Dumfries


    St John Scotland has provided major capital funding for canal boats based at Ratho, on the Union Canal just west of Edinburgh. The boats are operated by Seagull Trust Cruises to provide free canal trips for people with special needs. The Ratho base is open every day from the beginning of April until the end of October. Also, special children’s “Santa Cruises” are arranged in the fortnight before Christmas. This year the boats have sailed on 1,299 cruises carrying 12,157 passengers of whom 1,581 were wheelchair users.

    The ‘St John Crusader’ was the first boat owned by the Trust and was donated by St John in 1979. The St John Crusader II was provided in 1996, and the St John Edinburgh was commissioned in 2011 and named by HRH The Princess Royal on 26th September. The newer boats are specially designed for disabled people, with a hydraulic lift to assist wheelchair users and anyone who has difficulty with steps. A further boat, the Mackay Seagull, is named after the late Reverend Hugh Mackay who was a founder member of the trust and also a member of St John.

    As well as helping meet the cost of building boats, Edinburgh and South-East Area members have generously supported annual running costs. Some St John Scotland members act as skippers or crew. New volunteers who would like to be trained for this are always welcome and should contact Barrie Pendlebury on 0131 663 4428. Also, the Central and Highland Area Committees have helped their local branches of Seagull Trust Cruises.

    Anyone wishing to arrange a canal cruise for special needs groups or individuals should call 07554 063911 (Falkirk), 01349 886606 (Inverness), 0141 777 7165 (Kirkintilloch) or 0131 335 3318 (Ratho).





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    Mrs Marjory McLachlan CStJ, the Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, and past-chairman David Waddell look on as St John Central chairman David Niven hands over a cheque for £3,500 to James McKellar, chairman of the Seagull Trust.

    2013 in pictures – The Festival of St John, Dumfries

    The sun shone brightly on the most joyous day in the St John Scotland calendar, the Festival of St John, held this year at the Crichton Complex in Dumfries. Here are just a few memories:

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    In the year to 31st October 2012, revenue income increased by 20% mainly due to a recovery in dividend rates and a substantial legacy left by Mr J M ‘Gregor’ Sinclair KStJ of Edinburgh. Total expenditure rose by 40% to £1,349,000. The significant increase of over £400,000 arises in grant making with the fulfilment of the grants due under the mountain rescue vehicle replacement scheme and the provision of funding for an ambulance for the Neonatal Transport Service. The costs were, mainly, met from designated funds and restricted funds held for these purposes. There were additional costs for the engagement of management consultants to undertake the Governance & Management Review and associated professional fees. Other general expenditure is consistent with previous years. The Priory’s investment portfolio performed well under the management of Brewin Dolphin with an increase in value of 7.2% and ahead of the benchmark.

    St John HomesIn the Central area, the retirement complex in Polmont is managed, on the Priory’s behalf, by Bield Housing & Care. The flats remain fully occupied. The Priory is proud to offer a safe and secure environment for our elderly residents. Sir Andrew Murray House, the holiday home in Strathyre, has provided an opportunity for other charities to provide holidays for their clients at reasonable cost for many years. Unfortunately, over a number of years, there has been a steady decline in clients so Chapter took the decision in August 2012 to close the facility as the activity was unsustainable. The property has been advertised for sale on the open market.

    Patient TransportIn Dumfries and Galloway, the local volunteers continue taking patients to hospitals in Stranraer and Dumfries and also to link up with the NHS service to hospitals in Glasgow and Edinburgh. In 2012, 322 people (2011: 232) were transported a total of 27,573 miles (2011 24,900) and for the first time since this service began, no contribution to running costs was made by NHS Dumfries & Galloway. The St John Angus and Dundee transport service is tasked by the Scottish Ambulance Service to carry patients to Ninewells Hospital and the Dialysis Unit in Arbroath. A total of 1,450 patient trips (2011: 3,446) covering 54,595 miles (2011: 150,500 miles) were undertaken. In Edinburgh, for the 6th year a donation of £10,000 to help with running costs was made to Handicabs (Lothian) Ltd and at the end of the year a commitment was made to fund a vehicle for their ‘dial a bus’ service at an estimated cost of £36,000. First ResponderIn Angus and Dundee, 20 people have volunteered and have been trained as First Responders. Since this pilot scheme started the volunteers have answered 202 call-outs from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

    Palliative CareThe palliative care service together with the Hospice at Home option continues at the John

    Calvert Suite in the Galloway Community Hospital and is valued by the community at large. The Link-Nurse has been withdrawn by NHS Dumfries & Galloway and reallocated to the mainstream service. The part-funding of this post from St John Dumfries & Galloway ended on 30th September 2012. In other areas, St John has made a donation of £27,500 towards build-costs of the Mary Kerr Palliative Care Unit at the Borders Hospital in Melrose and other hospices in Fife and Clydebank have received small donations from the local committee.

    Rescue Support The vehicle replacement programme for mountain rescue teams is now in its second year. By the end of the financial year 12 teams had qualified for the grant of £20,000. In 2012, the Arrochar, Cairngorm and Skye teams had ordered their new vehicles and received the funding. Provision has been made for the remaining grants due which will be disbursed once a vehicle has been ordered. Funds have been set aside in the Mountain Rescue Vehicle Fund for those due in future years. The Priory has supported the Search & Rescue Dog Association for many years by sponsoring its call-out service. This year, the Priory agreed to provide a grant of £25,000 towards the purchase of a vehicle for SARDA. Provision has been made at the year-end and the grant was paid in February 2013.St John Scotland has already provided twelve bases for mountain rescue teams. In 2012, work was completed on the refurbishment of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Base. A property in Blairgowrie was purchased in March 2013 from Perth & Kinross Council as a base for the Tayside Mountain Rescue Team. Once the refit of the building is completed the Tayside team will be able to run their operations and training from a centralised point bringing benefits to all concerned. A grant was given to the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland to fund a project officer to help progress their strategic plan. Funding of communications for the Search & Rescue Dog Association continued. Members in Aberdeen and Dunbartonshire continue to support their local teams with equipment and fund-raising.

    St John Overseas St John Scotland continued to help St John Associations overseas as well as the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. The St John Eye Hospital is a foundation of the Order of St John and supported by St John establishments and members worldwide. Supporting the hospital has always been a very important part of the work of the members in Scotland and the Priory continued to sponsor the employment costs of the Medical Director. We continued our funding for the hospital library which pays for a part-time librarian and for subscriptions to medical journals and on-line support.In Malawi, the primary health care project continued to provide a valuable service teaching basic skills to local people which help to ward against disease. Additional funding of £15,000 was provided in 2012 to help St John Malawi expand its first aid training service in order to create an income stream to move towards self-sufficiency. St John Malawi is continuing with the Home-Based Care project originally funded through the St John International Office. The Priory agreed to fund this project for 3 years with the first tranche being paid in 2012.

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    DISBURSEMENTS 2012Local Projects for the Elderly and Disadvantaged A variety of charities are helped every year by the St John area committees. This year over £30,000 was given in to help 21 charities throughout the country from Aberdeen to Duns, some being long-standing recipients of support such as the Seagull Trust Cruises in Ratho and Falkirk and the Sitter Service for the Handicapped in Aberdeen and others being helped for the first time, The Coach House Trust in Glasgow and the Circle of Care in Fife. St John members are committed to helping the communities in their local areas.

    If you wish to receive more detailed information, the full audited accounts for the year ended 31st October 2012 are available from the Chancery. They are free to Priory Members with a charge of £20 being made otherwise.And finally, my thanks to the area treasurers new and old and to the members of the Finance & General Purposes Committee whose contributions cannot be under-estimated.

    Fiona M W Crighton CStJ FCIBSReceiver-General


    Patient Transport NeoNatal Transport Service Fully Equipped Ambulance £212,000 HcL -Handicabs (Lothian) Ltd Vehicle & Running Costs £ 46,000 CLAN Aberdeen Grant towards Vehicle £ 20,000 Various -£1,000 or less Running Costs £ 800 £278,800Rescue Support Land Rover Replacement Grants for Vehicles £227,200 Mountain Rescue Committee Funding for management support £ 15,000 Various -£1,000 or less £ 1,672 £243,872St John Overseas St John Eye Hospital Medical Director Sponsorship £112,028 Library Sponsorship £ 6,000 St John Malawi Association, Malawi Primary Health Care Project £ 11,000 First Aid Project £ 10,000 Home Based Care Project £ 4,500 £143,528Palliative Care Mary Kerr Unit at Borders Hospital Grant to Building Appeal £ 27,500 Children’s Hospice Association Scotland Rachel House General Funds £ 1,096 Others -£1,000 or less £ 1,000 £ 29,596 Local Projects for the elderly and disadvantaged The Coach House Trust Fund for IT system £ 8,100 M S Society Funding for Oxygen Therapy £ 5,000 Seagull Trust Grants to Falkirk and Ratho branches £ 7,700 Lothian Sound General Fund £ 1,500 Others -£1,000 or less 15 Grants £ 8,600 £ 30,900 TOTAL £726,696

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    3%   1%  

    2012 Income £811,694

    Donations & Legacies - £173,418 Fund-raising & Events - £76,202 Oblations & Subscriptions - £39,896 Investment Income - £413,957 St John Homes - £80,930 Patient Transport - £21,291 Other Income - £6,000



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    2012 Expenditure £1,349,357

    St John Homes - £101,366 Patient Transport - £325,221 Rescue Support - £376,536 St John Overseas - £166,756 Palliative Care - £57,487 Local projects for the elderly and disadvantaged - £37,638 Governance costs - £174,107 Fund-raising Expenses - £53,749 Cost of maintaining membership - £20,273 Investment Management - £25,088 First Responder Project - £11,136

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    ACTIVITIES REPORT 2012/13Area Reports

    ACTIVITIES REPORT 2012/13Area Reports

    St John Scotland has 12 Area Committees and these organise various events throughout the year to raise funds for and awareness of the charitable work of St John. Their efforts benefit many local causes as well as the St John Eye Hospital Group based in Jerusalem. Some Areas provide accommodation, patient transport and First Responder services.

    Aberdeen and the North EastAs reported in the previous Year Book, the highlight of activity in the Aberdeen and North East Area during 2012 came in July with the presentation of a cheque for £20,000 to CLAN (Cancer Link Aberdeen and North) towards the cost of a patient transport vehicle. This donation was matched funded by Chapter from centrally held funds. The handover of the cheque was followed by a tour of CLAN’s facilities to enable Priory members to gain a better understanding of the work of the organisation.

    The area maintains its links with and support for mountain rescue in Scotland and the Aberdeen and St John Mountain Rescue Team in particular.

    The committee instituted a new annual feature - St John Medical Lecture. The area was privileged to have its first lecture delivered by Sir Graeme Catto and again a year later Professor Michael Greaves gave a lecture on Medical Ethics and Research. Angus and DundeeMembers of St John Angus and Dundee have been constantly active throughout the year in a variety of aspects not least of which is Patient Transport. Volunteer drivers convey oncology patients to the Princes Alexandra Unit at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee on weekdays. Other volunteer drivers take Renal Dialysis patient to Arbroath Infirmary 6 days per week although by the nature of unexpected events sometimes they are diverted to Ninewells in Dundee.

    First Responders are active across Angus with trained volunteers in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kellas, Kirriemuir, Monikie, Monifieth and Wellbank. “First Person Scene Training” is given to all new volunteers and some go on to take “Intermediate Training” all of which is provided by the Scottish Ambulance


    On a daily basis Responders are despatched by the Scottish Ambulance Service to attend locally at reported incidents of cardiac arrest or collapse indicating a similar situation. The First Responders use their training and experience to assist the Patient by CPR, Oxygen Therapy or use of a defibrillator until arrival of paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service. These volunteers in essence “buy time” until the Ambulance professionals are available to take over handling of the incident. Monthly training is held at Whitehills Hospital in Forfar to ensure the maintenance of skill levels.

    A Christmas a Carol Concert was led by the Reverend William McLaren in Stobswell Parish Church Dundee with St John members joining with the local congregation in some joyful singing. Local gala events in Dundee and Carnoustie provide a public platform for the Area to illustrate the activities of St John (Scotland) in the local Area.

    A donation of £4,000 was made towards the costs of a new compressor unit for the Tayside Multiple Sclerosis Hyperbaric Unit in Dundee.

    Ayrshire and Arran The area had a quiet year in 2012 for various reasons but the new Chairwoman, Rose-Ann Cunninghame, stepped in and opened her garden at Caprington Castle to raise funds. Ayrshire charities -Hansel Village, Girvan Youth Club and The Ark were given grants of £500 each.

    CentralMembers of the St John Central Committee continued to act as liaison with Bield Housing & Care who are contracted to undertake the management of the retirement complex at Archibald Russell Court, Polmont. This relationship continues to work well for both the residents and the Priory. The St John holiday home at Strathyre closed at the end of August 2013 as despite the efforts by Area Committees across Scotland to promote its facilities, there was a further decline in demand. The property has been advertised for sale on the open market.

    A donation of £5,000 was made to the Seagull Trust Cruises in Falkirk towards the refurbishment

    Tom Scott (Left) and Bill Spence hand over a donation to Tayside MS Hyperbaric Unit in Dundee

    A First Responder gets right down to training

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    of the Marion Seagull. This house boat allows families with physically disabled members to have a break. The Area supports Forth Valley Royal Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department by funding a “Get You Home” service for individuals who find themselves stranded in the A&E department. St John Central also continues to support the Eye Hospital with an annual donation.

    Dumfries and GallowayDumfries and Galloway remains focused on various Palliative Care projects and patient Transport. The Link Nurse within the St John Unit has been withdrawn as a result of re-organisation with the NHS therefore some ancillary services are no longer available.

    Ethel Vance has retired from the position of Co-ordinator of the Hospice at Home Service after many years of sterling service. We are very grateful for her dedication and commitment to St John.

    The transport service continues and is much appreciated. Bryce Kelly who has co-ordinated this service has stood down and been replaced by Adam Calderwood (See page 20)

    On the social front, there was most successful Lunch with the Prior as guest speaker. This event raised £900.

    The Chairman represented St John at a Carol Service at Portpatrick Church where a collection raised £300 donated to St John.

    St John would like to thank the local community for their ongoing generous support including retiral collections, in particular, from churches that help to fund our activities. A substantial number of donations are regularly received from people who have used the free service.

    DunbartonshireSt John Dunbartonshire supports five local charities annually - Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team, St Margaret’s Hospice, Clydebank, Mugdock Country Park, Acorn Centre for Sick Children, Loch Lomond Rescue Boat – with donations of £500 each in 2012. An additional £600 was donated to St John’s Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.The area raised nearly £4,000 in 2012 with most donations maximised through the use of the Gift Aid scheme. Fund-raising events included a can collection, a raffle and the sale of Christmas Cards.

    Edinburgh and the South-EastThe area continues to support Seagull Trust Cruises with funding for the running costs of the three barges operated on the Union Canal at Ratho. Donations were also made to Lothian Sound for talking books for the blind and MS Society branch in Edinburgh. The South East Scotland branch added £2,500 to the Priory’s donation of £25,000 to the building fund for the Palliative Care Unit at Borders General Hospital.

    The Edinburgh & SE members ran fund raising events throughout the year with a successful coffee morning,

    concert, autumn fayre and raffles. More social events included visits to Rosslyn Chapel, the

    Dumfries members Stuart McVittie (Left) and Mervyn McAleer braved the bitter cold at the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village, to raise funds for the

    Cancer Patient Transport Service.

    A “Wines of the World” event organised by St John Dunbartonshire raised £500 for the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat. Chairman, Wing Commander George

    Campbell, handed over the cheque to the Rescue Boat Treasurer, James Macrae (right).

    St John Edinburgh and South East’s “Helping Others Week” led to a donation to Lothiansound, talking newspaper for the blind. The big cheque for £500 was handed

    over to treasurer Lex Hope (Centre) by Hon President Margaret Balfour and the Hon vice-President George Hunter

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    Glasgow and South WestWork began on the production of a new purpose-built ambulance for the Scottish Neonatal Transport Service which took over a year to design and build. The fully equipped ambulance which cost £212,000 was specially designed for the SNTS and is currently the most sophisticated of its type in Europe. This was a matched funding project between St John Glasgow and Priory’s central funds. St John Glasgow put to good use monies received from a bequest by the late Walter and Doreen Crichton.

    A significant donation of £8,100 went to the Coach House Trust to fund IT equipment and another of £2,500 to the St John Eye Hospital Fund.

    The Glasgow members were busy raising funds throughout the year. The main event was the Art Show held in Pollokshields Burgh Hall. A concert by pupils at the Glasgow High

    School raised £620. There was a performance by the

    Eastwood Players and a concert by the Pheonix Choir. The annual dinner, a coffee morning, raffle and the sale of Christmas cards, diaries and other St John items added to the total funds raised of £8,000.

    Highland2012 ended with a carol service which was held in the lovely Church of Scotland in Munlochy, a small village on the Black Isle. The service was conducted by our Area Chaplain the Rev Iain Ramsden and it was pleasing to see a good attendance from the village. The monies raised went to the Eye Hospital fund.

    A Ladies Pamper Night in May in the recreation hall of Raigmore Hospital proved to be very popular and will become regular fund raiser. Tain Rotary invited Highland Area to place an information stand at their annual fete in June in the grounds of Mansfield Castle Hotel. A display board of Order photographs and other information coupled with a display of Order insignia drew a deal of interest and resulted in the signing up of another Priory member.

    The Thistle Hotel in Inverness was the venue for the annual fashion show held to raise funds for

    Preceptory at Torphichen, a barge trip at Ratho, a tour of the exhibition at the Trades Mission Hospital and a tour of the home of avid antique collector, the late Reverend Tom Crichton KStJ.

    FifeThe annual open meeting was held at Elmwood Golf Club when the guest speaker, Dr Joe Coleiro, an eminent Ophthalmologist from Dundee spoke about his time working in the Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.

    Funds raised were down slightly as the annual golf competition was cancelled due to a lack of entries. Can collections were the main source of fund-raising but two barbecues also raised funds and were enjoyed by members and their guests. A tea party took place in St Andrews. Coffee afternoons at Glenrothes Hospital continue to publicise the work of St John and monies raised were spent on items for the patients’ comfort.

    The annual carol service was held again at upper Largo and conducted by Reverend John Murdoch. Afterwards tea and mince pies were served in the church hall and Mrs

    Margaret Dean, the Lord Lieutenant of Fife and Vice President of St John Fife presented cheques to Riding for the Disabled, the Eye Hospital, Circle of Comfort, Maggie’s Centre and Disability Sport Fife. Small sums were also sent to ten council care homes in Fife for extra comforts for their residents at Christmas.

    The St John Flag flies about Balgonie Castle, Army Cadets from the Black Watch Battalion provide the music and inside a craft fair organised by new Fife secretary Findlay Macrae at the home of Stuart Morris, raised £1,000 for

    the Order.

    There was a big turnout of members of St John Glasgow and West for the handover of the St John ambulance to the Scottish Neonatal Transport Service (See also page 18A).

    The Lord Lieutenant of Fife, Mrs Margaret Dean, presents a cheque to Ann Morrison of the Scooniehill branch of Riding for the Disabled in St Andrews. St John Fife chairman Lawson Rennie looks on. The funds were raised at the

    annual carol service.

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    ‘The Play Therapy Unit’ in the children’s ward of Raigmore Hospital. This year, Slaters’ Menswear and Country Casuals provided the outfits. Thanks go to them and to all the guys and gals who gave up their time to make the show a success.

    The Christmas giving tree once again produced enough gifts for every child in care in the Highland Region. Perth and KinrossThe Area continued fundraising during 2012 with its annual Coffee Morning in Perth in September and its Annual Lunch, also in Perth, in October. Other special events were Douglas Pover’s Jubilee Barbecue at Kinfauns in June; and a Renaissance Christmas concert by Cantiones Sacrae in St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth in December. The concert was a stunning selection of Christmas and Advent carols and motets, ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and was arranged jointly with the Friends of Perth Cathedral Music.

    Throughout the summer our pipers, recruited largely from the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society, continued the tradition of playing at Scone Palace and also at Kinross Show to raise funds for Rachel House Children’s Hospice presenting a cheque for £1,095.

    It was sad to lose 3 of our longstanding members, Mrs Cathie Dunbar, Lt Col John Moncrieff and Lt Col Brian Mackenzie during the year, but we were most grateful to their families for sharing the church collections in their memories, totalling over £2,600, with St John Perth & Kinross for Mountain Rescue, Rachel House and St John Eye Hospital.

    All our fund-raising enabled us to give further donations of £2,727 to the St John Eye Hospital, Jerusalem and £1,613 to Cornhill Macmillan in further support for the Day Room at Perth Royal Infirmary. At the annual Open Meeting in April a donation of £300 was presented to

    the charity “Faith in Older People” as part of our work for the elderly. One of their Trustees, the Right Rev Bruce Cameron, spoke about that organisation, which works to celebrate the lives of older people and develop best practice in understanding and meeting the spiritual needs of older people and their families.

    West Lothian Fund-raising events included a Coffee Morning and a Garden Fete. The Area Committee organises volunteers to man the Preceptory at Torphichen on behalf of Historic Scotland in the months of April – September at weekends and Bank Holidays. This provides an income for the area and increases the public awareness of the Order of St John (See page 7 – Article on Torphichen Preceptory).

    The area also hosts a Service commemorating the Martyrdom of St John the Baptist every August in Torphichen. Fourteen members of 1271(Bathgate) Squadron of the Air Training Corps provided a Guard of Honour for the entrance and exit of attendees at the Kirk. Following the conclusion of the service a buffet along with tea and coffee was provided for all at Torphichen Inn where friends of many years and of recent time could enjoy the less formal and more social part of the day.

    St John Perth and Kinross pipers, largely recruited from the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society, in line with tradition, spent much of the summer playing outside Scone

    Palace, raising more than £1,000 for the Rachel House Children’s Hospice.

    Chancellor Douglas Dow inspects a Guard of Honour provided by the local Air Cadet Squadron after a service to commemorate the Martyrdom of St John the Baptist at Torphichen.

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    2012 NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS Projects Review. Business at the two meetings of the St John Executives’ Group included further work to share best practice on various matters, and to measure and present the size, output and impact of St John globally so as to increase financial and other support of it.

    St Andrews was the venue for the annual festival. A civic reception was given by Fife Council in the town hall on the evening of Thursday 7th June and guests were treated to a beat retreat in the adjacent roadway by the pipe band of Madras College, a secondary school in St Andrews. The following morning, a service was held in the Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, conducted by the Dean, The Very Reverend Dr John Cairns KCVO, and with the sermon given by the Reverend Bill Paterson. There followed the investiture of twenty people

    who had been admitted to or promoted in the Order, and

    nine people were presented with the Service Medal of the Order. Within a stone’s throw of the church, the town hall again came into its own, this time for lunch. A most interesting talk about the St John Eye Hospital Group was given after lunch by the Priory’s principal guest, Dr Philip Hardaker, the former Hospitaller of the Order. Hosting the festival in St Andrews had been a long-held wish of St John Fife members and they worked very hard to ensure that all the arrangements ran like clockwork and without fuss. In a special debate on 13th June, the Scottish Parliament paid glowing tribute to what it hails as the outstanding work of Scotland’s mountain rescue teams. The debate was concluded by Roseanna Cunningham, the Minister for Community and Legal Affairs, who recognised the value of the teams’ wide-ranging humanitarian work in lowland as well as highland areas. She referred to a visit by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to the Ochils mountain rescue base and highlighted the funding by St John Scotland for that and other bases and also vehicles since the late 1990s. She commended St John Scotland for its continuing support of the mountain rescue teams which, she said, represented the very best traditions of community voluntary service.

    The Reverend Bill Paterson was invested as a Commander at the annual St John Festival in St Andrews. Here he is being congratulated by the Prior.


    2012 saw the beginning of an especially busy period for Chapter members and staff. The Prior and Chapter commissioned a governance review to identify whether the Priory was meeting its responsibilities in all areas of its work. See page 45

    The annual meetings of the Grand Council and the St John Executives’ Group were held in Sydney in May. The meetings were combined with other major events for St John Australia including a members’ convention, and an investiture and service of dedication in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney. There was also an international symposium on the history of St John, organised by the St John Ambulance Historical Society of Australia (presentations are in the special 12th edition of the society’s journal, accessible through

    As well as the eight Priories, six St John Associations were represented in Sydney – Hong Kong, Kenya, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and St Lucia. His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester attended some of the meetings, held in conference rooms overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge, and 0pera House. Topics included the Order’s strategic plan, constitutional matters, future senior appointments in the Order, the major re-structuring of the International Office and succession planning. The conversion of some Associations to Priories was further considered, since when St John Kenya has progressed towards becoming a Priory in December 2013, and the Associations of Hong Kong and Singapore are set to follow soon after. It was reported that the Order’s recently-formed International Development Advisory Board was focusing on maternal, newborn and child health. This focus has led to a new project, ‘Mama na Mwana’ – ‘Mother and Child’, which is being introduced in five African Associations, including Malawi. Each Priory in turn made a presentation to the Grand Council on their current achievements and, later, on fundraising which had worked. Scotland’s presentations included the First Responder and expanded patient transport initiatives arising from the National

    Members of the Grand Council gathered for the official photograph in Sydney, Australia.

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    St John Scotland received welcome promotion thanks to the initiative of Fife member, Findlay Macrae. A former member of the Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team, Findlay arranged a photographic display of the Priory’s support to rescue teams and also a window sticker with joint St John and Scottish Mountain Rescue branding. These have been used to great advantage including, with the help of team members, at major events at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena such as the Scottish Youth Climbing Championships. When opened, the EICA was the world’s largest indoor climbing arena. Already, 9,000 stickers have been distributed, including through all rescue teams which have been keen to make use of them.

    In November, Vice Admiral Sir Paul Lambert succeeded Rear Admiral Andrew Gough as the Secretary-General of the Order. He made an early visit to St John Scotland, on 14th November, meeting with the Prior and staff in St John’s House. After lunch, he was driven to the St John-funded base for the Ochils Mountain Rescue Team, where he was met by the team leader, Kevin

    Mitchell (see photo) and then on to Archibald Russell Court where he was met by the then chairman of St John Central, David Waddell. (Earlier in the year, Kevin’s impressive voluntary community service earned him selection as one of the Olympic torch bearers.)

    Findlay Macrae’s comprehensive photo exhibition illustrates the extent of St John Scotland’s support for mountain rescue.

    Team leader Kevin Mitchell welcomes Sir Paul Lambert to the Ochils Mountain Rescue base.

    In the Diamond Jubilee year of Her Majesty The Queen, the Lord Prior, Professor Anthony Mellows, sent a message of loyal greetings and congratulations on behalf of the members, volunteers and employees of the Order. In reply, Her Majesty sent her grateful thanks and good wishes.

    The annual service was held at Torphichen on Sunday 26th August,

    thanks to arrangements made by St John West Lothian members. As in recent previous years it was conducted in the transepts of the Preceptory church and, as in every year, there was a delicious tea afterwards, this time in the church hall.

    On a sunny October Saturday, the Prior opened the newly-provided base in Newton Stewart for the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team. The base, a former ambulance station, had been transferred to the Priory by the Council for £1 and was then refurbished and adapted for use by the team with funding from the Priory. In addition, as was plain at the opening, many people from the wider local community, as well as the team, had helped towards the conversion with work or material. The event was a welcome opportunity for the team to reinforce links with St John Dumfries and Galloway members, who later funded a defibrillator for the team. As well as a raffle and a delicious buffet, including logoed cup cakes, the many guests enjoyed a fly past by “Rescue 177”, the Royal Navy’s search and rescue Sea King helicopter from HMS GANNET at Prestwick.

    Progress was made during the year with the Priory’s scheme to provide further vehicle funding to Scottish mountain rescue teams. Under the scheme, up to £20,000 may be provided to a team whose originally-funded vehicle is more than 12 years old. In March a helpful meeting was held between the Priory, the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland and Land Rover UK to streamline the process by which the teams may obtain the valuable discount which the Priory had arranged with the initial provision. In June, world famous mountaineer and rescue innovator, Hamish MacInnes, presented a vehicle to the Glencoe team on the Priory’s behalf. In October, Hugh MacLeod of MacLeod, of Dunvegan Castle Skye, similarly handed over a vehicle to the Skye team, following in the footsteps of his late father, John MacLeod of MacLeod, who had presented the team with their first St John-funded vehicle.

    A team picture in front of their new base for members of Galloway Mountain Rescue.

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    Other visitors to St John’s House included Dr Harry Oxer from St John Australia who had been gathering information about Priory swords. He took photographs of the Priory’s two swords and these now appear in a book on the subject. This provided a further link with the St John Ambulance Historical Society of Australia, following participation in the international symposium, reported above. Dr Oxer is the President of the Society, which was founded in 2001. The Reverend Colin Westmarland visited earlier in the year. A resident of Malta, where he was for many years the Minister of St Andrews Scots Church in Valletta, Colin added to his many generous donations of books to the Priory library. In September, the Dean welcomed the Reverend Dr Robert Beaken, the St John County Chaplain for Essex. Also in November, the Priory was, as usual, kindly invited by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to attend their annual requiem mass, held in St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh. Again as usual, the Priory formed part of the procession at the St Andrewstide Service in St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, on Sunday 2nd December.

    And finally, The St John Bookshop closed its doors for the last time in March 2013. Falling sales and a lack of volunteers made it unsustainable. The Priory is grateful to Bob and Margaret Cook who ran the closing down sale and helped clear the premises. The property has been leased and is now a Fashion Boutique.


    As you are aware, the Priory is a registered charity. Early in 2012 Chapter (the Board) which has responsibility for managing Priory, commissioned a review of the Priory’s governance and related matters. Chapter members (charity trustees) were concerned that there was a danger of standing still, and losing direction and momentum. The last major strategic review had taken place more than 10 years earlier and in light of the enormous changes in the needs of society, particularly changes to health provision and support, coupled with the fact that laws and regulations had moved on, it was necessary to ensure that we met and would continue to meet the Charity and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and regulatory requirements.

    It was agreed that a Governance Working Group (GWG) should be established to drive forward the review. The group, under the Chairmanship of Prior, consisted of the Chancellor, Receiver General, Hospitaller and Chapter member David Watson. A tender document was prepared and five respected and experienced Scottish firms/companies expert in the areas of Governance, Strategy and Compliance with Laws and Regulations were invited to bid for the work. The successful firm appointed was CGPM Consulting of Edinburgh, led by Dr Tom Mitchell, Senior Partner. After in-depth work reviewing our governance arrangements the

    report was accepted by Chapter and implementation continues.

    Following the review outcomes, a number of sub committees have been established (see below) to enable a quicker response to demands at local, national and international level.

    In November, 2012 Chapter spent a few months considering Priory’s direction of travel and how best to apply the skills, enthusiasm and goodwill of members and supporters. This was challenging and insightful. The outcome is a plan which sets out what we, the Priory members, hope to achieve with our supporters and beneficiaries by 2020.

    The Strategy is very much based upon shared concerns and suggestions obtained through a series of meetings, facilitated by Dr Mitchell, with Order and Priory members across Scotland and our staff at St John’s House. From these discussions five key goals were established with detailed objectives and targets attached to each. They are:• Be recognised as a leading life-saving & life-enhancing charity in Scotland;• Improve public awareness & perceptions of the activities and achievements of Priory,• Develop an active membership base of all ages throughout Scotland which participates

    in fundraising and delivery of charitable benefit,• Make a difference by raising and applying at least £2million of funds and deliver service

    to more than 5,000 people at local level and,• Improve revenue from activities and protect the Priory from financial shock.• Underpinning the goals will be a ‘Portfolio of Activities’. These have been put together and are on offer for Area participation as appropriate. Additionally, other types of local activity will be encouraged to ensure that we cater for all membership age profiles.

    A series of Governance Review and Strategic Planning work presentations have taken place over the past months when Area Chairmen, Area Committee members and all Priory members across Scotland have had the opportunity to attend to hear first hand of the exciting opportunities for each of us, in our own way, to put into practice. The journey continues.

    Fiona MW Crighton Project Manager St John Scotland Governance Review

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    The Order of St John is a separate body from its Priories and other establishments and is registered with the Charity Commission of England & Wales. The Trustees are the Great Officers of the Order, the Priors of each Priory or their appointed representative, and the Order Hospitaller and together they form the Grand Council. Grand Council meets once per year and deals with matters beyond the responsibility of any one particular establishment, including Order-wide policy and strategy. The Great Officers and the Grand Council are supported by the Secretary-General, who heads a small Secretariat in London.

    Each of the Priories, Commanderies and St John Associations has its own constitution. They are subject to the Charter, Statutes and Regulations of the Order, but within that they have a wide degree of autonomy.

    GREAT OFFICERSHRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO - Grand PriorProfessor Anthony Mellows OBE TD - Lord PriorThe Right Reverend John Nicholls - Prelate of the OrderMr Stuart Shilson LVO – Sub Prior

    PRIORSMr Rodney Green - England and the IslandsSir Malcolm Ross GCVO OBE - ScotlandMr Dan Clayton-Jones OBE TD DL - WalesThe Most Reverend Desmond Tutu OMSG DD FKC - South AfricaHE Sir Jeremiah Mateparae GNZM QSO - New ZealandHE The Rt Hon David Lloyd Johnston CC CMM COM CD - CanadaHE Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO – AustraliaMr Alfred Marshall Acuff Jr - USA

    The Order Hospitaller and Chairmen of the Hospital Board - Mr Nicholas Woolf

    ST JOHN ASSOCIATIONSAs well as the eight Priories, there are thirty three St John Associations. They exist in Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Cameroon, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Additionally, Northern Ireland is a Commandery and the Republic of Ireland an associated body.


    Those in control and management of St John Scotland are its Trustees – the Prior and members of the Chapter. They all bear equal trustee responsibility and are listed below. Some Trustees are also Priory Officers, as shown in italics.

    Sir Malcolm Ross GCVO OBE – Prior

    Douglas Dow – Chancellor

    The Very Reverend Dr John Cairns KCVO – Dean

    Ian Wallace – Hospitaller

    Fiona Crighton – Receiver General

    Gordon Casely – Director of Ceremonies

    Charles Munro

    The Reverend William Paterson

    David Watson

    PRIORY OFFICERS ( who are not trustees)

    Robin Blair CVO – The Genealogist

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    Edinburgh and the South East


    Stranraer Committee

    Dumfries Committee

    Dumfries & Galloway


    Angus & Dundee

    Aberdeen and NE


    Aberdeen and NEChairman: Jennifer ShirreffsJoint Vice-Chairman/Secretary: Mike Will, Paul Rorie3 Middle Ardo Steading, Udny, Ellon,Aberdeenshire, AB41 6QXTel: 01651 842538Email: [email protected] Will (H)27 Scotsmill Road, Kinmohr Gardens,Blackburn, Kinellar, Aberdeenshire, AB21 0HGTel: 01224 790395Email: [email protected]: Joe MackiePublicity Officer: VacantHonorary President: David PatonProfessor Mike Greaves (H)

    Iain BarclayReverend Jane BaronGordon CaselyClifford Eastmond - Mountain Rescue AssociationPeter Galloway – Mountain Rescue AssociationMalcolm Lamont – Mountain Rescue AssociationSheena MacBrideStuart MacBrideDawn MacKinnonSandra StephenValerie Taylor

    Angus & Dundee Chairman: William SpenceVice-Chairman:The Reverend Canon Joseph MorrowSecretary: Elisabeth Hill,Strathella Steading, Farnell, by Brechin,

    Angus DD9 6UETel: 01674 820294Email: [email protected]: Lorna RobbieChaplain: Rev William McLarenPress Officer: Robert HillHonorary President: The Rt Hon Earl of DalhousieHonorary Vice-President: John Gooch

    Joseph Coleiro (H)Laurie FraserBill Harvey Robert HillReverend David LoganDr Robert PeatKeith Rennie

    Central Chairman: David NivenLaujen, 1 Morven Drive, Polmont, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, FK2 0XDTel: 01324 715241Email: [email protected]: Robert Taylor

    Archibald RussellWilliam AndersonDaniel GallacherArthur LeaskJames Malone (H)The Reverend John MurningJohn PatersonAlastair Petrie

    AREA COMMITTEES(H) = Area contact for St John Eye Hospital

    Dumfries & GallowayChairman: Kenneth PatersonSecretary: Elizabeth Hamilton, 5 Doon Brae,Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 6LQTel: 01671 403926Email: [email protected]

    Adam CalderwoodThe Reverend Martin CallaghanJohn DewarPeter McMahonJohn TaylorAnne Twiname

    Dumfries CommitteeChairman:The Reverend Martin CallaghanVice-Chairman: Anne TwinameSecretary: John TaylorElmar, Greenlea, Collin, Dumfries, DG1 4PSTel: 01387 750308Treasurer: John