The Grand Priory
The local activities of the Grand Priory are carried out through regional Commanderies and Preceptories.
A Preceptoryor Commandery is a local unit of at least ten full members of the Order, usually defined by appropriate borough, district, county or regional boundaries within the territory of the Grand Priory.
A Commandery is headed by a Commander, elected by a simple majority of the subscribing members of the Commandery, and confirmed in office by the General Assembly of the Grand Priory. The subscribing members of the Commandery may elect individuals to such offices on the Commandery Chapter, modelled on the offices of the Grand Priory Chapter, as may be required for the administration of the Commandery.
A Commandery may adopt such local by-laws as are necessary to govern its affairs, providing that they do not conflict with the Constitution of the Grand Priory.
A Preceptory is headed by a Preceptor, elected by a simple majority of the subscribing members of the Preceptory, and confirmed in office by the General Assembly of the Grand Priory. The subscribing members of the Preceptory may elect individuals to such offices on the Preceptory Chapter, modelled on the offices of the Grand Priory Chapter, as may be required for the administration of the Preceptory.
A Preceptory may adopt such local by-laws as are necessary to govern its affairs, providing that they do not conflict with the Constitution of the Grand Priory.
Commandery of St Clare - Scotland
The Commandery covers the mainland and Scottish isles, with membership spread across the nation.
St Thomas a Becket - Greater London and Overseas
The London Preceptory plays an important role in the modern Order, acting as a sort of hub to overseas Templars who visit the UK.
The Preceptory is responsible for hosting visiting Templars.
Due to the logistics of working in such a large metropolitan city, meetings are held about three times a year, but that makes London no less effective in its charity work.
St Michael & All Angels - Midlands, North of England and Isle of Man
The Birmingham Preceptory boasts an active membership of all ages, and usually meets about every two months. The meetings are usually concluded with supper and a chance to socialise after the more formal proceedings of the meeting.
St Augustine, Temple Ewell - South East of England and Channel Islands
The Kent Preceptory of St Augustine was established in the 1970s and, initially, regular donations were given to the Emmaus Project in Dover. This organisation provides accommodation for homeless people, called Companions, who must give up drink and drugs and work to refurbish goods which are then sold to the public to support the operation.
St Bernard of Clairvaux - South and West of England & Thames Valley
The preceptory of St Bernard of Clairvaux enjoys the patronage of members from a wide area extending from Cornwall to the Thames Valley, incorporating Devon, Dorset, Somerset and the area around Bristol and Bath. Meeting at least twice a year for both formal and social events, the preceptory has established a close relationship with its members' local communities and churches, and assists with many local events and charities.
St. Hugh of Lincoln - East Midlands, East and North-East of England
The Preceptory of St. Hugh is the geographically largest Preceptory in the Grand Priory Knights Templar England & Wales.