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The British Association

The British Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (BASMOM) was founded in 1875. The Association, as part of the OSJCT (Orders of St John Care Trust), participates in the operation of homes for the aged, in Lincolnshire, Wiltshire, Arundel, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Currently there are over 60 homes, with some 3,500 residents, the Order being part of the organisation which is the largest provider of protected accommodation in the UK .
The Delegation of Scotland and the Northern Marches provides mini-buses for the Order of Malta Dial-a-Journey Service for the disabled.

The Order has some 300 British members, many of whom are descended from recusant Catholic families and martyrs. Membership is by invitation, usually after work for the Order. 

In Britain the Order has two auxiliary bodies, the Order of Malta Volunteers in England and the Companions of the Order. They are closely associated with the work of the Order, organising pilgrimages to Lourdes and Walsingham and various fund raising events.

The Grand Priory’s office:
67 Castletown Road
W14 9HG. 

The British Association office:
Craigmyle House, 13 Deodar Rd
SW15 2NP 

Celestria Hales, President, British Association of the Order of Malta, elected 24 June 2022.


The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order - which is based in Rome, in via Condotti - has its own Government, an independent magistracy, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1048, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature.