Knights Templar

The Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom

       
       

St Michael & All Angels - (Midlands, North of England and Isle of Man) Preceptory

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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.

The Preceptory ascribes to the Templar ethos of helping the local community and raises money for a local nursing home at their summer fete. The winter task is to collect items for the homeless, which are given to the Salvation Army's Appeal for distribution. The Salvation Army Appeal has been a beneficiary of the Preceptory for four years now, and has been asked to aid them again in 2007.

The Preceptory is also a keen supporter of the Royal British Legion by way of both Remembrance Services and collections. The Preceptory also financially supports the Templar church at Temple in Cornwall, with donations towards its upkeep and restoration.

The Birmingham Preceptory has its roots in an earlier Templar group titled Ordo Industrialis Templi - the Order of the Industrial Temple. This newer Order was founded in 1972 on the Feast of St Joseph, patron saint of workers and of social justice, in this industrial heartland of England. The first Industrial Templars were engaged in manufacturing and education at a time of industrial unrest and social change.

Some of their primary objectives included:

supporting charitable initiatives that promote training and development in the manufacturing, service, construction, and finance industries and in crafts;
sponsoring events that highlighted a Christian approach to business management and day-to-day operations in the workplace;
taking part in focus groups and neighbourhood forums as providers of expertise and objective mediation on local community issues; and
to help in any disputes, rights of workers, and social justice, amongst others.

On 11th April 1981, the Order of the Industrial Temple affiliated with the Order of the Temple of Jerusalem to form a single province in England.