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Tourist office snubs Holy Grail podcast

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THE BBC and Channel 4 Radio are making shows about Hertford’s links to the Holy Grail, despite a lack of information from the town council and tourist office. Comedian Danny Robbins, the presenter of BBC2 programme The Culture Show, visited the county town to investigate its links to the Knights Templar, who some believe hid the cup of Christ. But when his producer, Tom Wright, spoke to the tourist office, he was left disappointed.

Mr Wright, who produced the show to go out as a podcast on Channel 4’s online radio station on November 30, said: “It was a surprise really that Hertford’s tourist office was so reticent in the making of our programme as there are loads of things to recommend to tourists. “I thought that Hertford was surprisingly pretty and without that feeling you get in so many English towns of the same chain stores ruining every local business.”

He was drawn to the town by the Mercury‘s stories about Hertford’s Templar heritage. Four of the ancient warrior monks were imprisoned in Hertford Castle over some missing treasure, which some have speculated could even include the grail. We have shown how the Templars used a series of tunnels beneath the town.

“It would be fascinating to see what an exploration of Hertford’s tunnels would reveal,” said Mr Wright, who also visited Royston Cave, which has Templar links too.”

This week, it emerged that the BBC also received a cool welcome when it told the town council about its plans for a TV grail hunt in Hertford. Nicola Colley, a producer for the BBC’s factual and learning department, said: “When we asked the council about filming in Hertford and for some information on the Templars they said, ‘We don’t do that sort of thing here’. I was amazed.” Last year, the town council rejected requests from current affairs programme 60 Minutes, in Australia, and Germany’s ZDF TV, which were following up the Mercury’s stories.

Marketing and promotions manager Susanne Mead said the town council and tourist office had no information to supply to the broadcasters, as “nothing has been identified at the Castle which can be linked to the Templars”. But she said: “When the town council’s promotional literature on Hertford’s history is next updated, consideration will be given to including any factual information available on the Templars’ place in the town’s history.”

Hallan restos humanos junto al altar mayor de la ermita de Añón

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Los obreros que trabajan en la limpieza del templo de San Juan [en Añon – Aragón], han encontrado también piedras talladas con símbolos como cruces, que podrían ser de origen templario.

El mes pasado comenzaron los primeros trabajos de limpieza de la ermita de San Juan en Añón de Moncayo, y para sorpresa de los operarios que realizan la tarea, han aparecido varios huesos y un cráneo humanos cerca del antiguo altar mayor.La historia comenzó cuando el Ayuntamiento decidió mejorar la ermita y su entorno, dado el aspecto tan deteriorado que presentaba. “Llevamos muchos años diciendo que vamos a limpiar la ermita, pero por fin este año lo vamos a cumplir. En septiembre u octubre, vamos a empezar a limpiarla, a ver qué suelo sale, si baldosa, empedrado o alguna tumba”, comentaba el alcalde de la localidad José Antonio Ichaso antes de que comenzase la limpieza. Y sus palabras no han podido ser más premonitorias.Varios trabajadores -contratados gracias a un convenio entre el Ayuntamiento de Añón y el Instituto Aragonés de Empleo (Inaem)- comenzaron con las tareas de desescombro en la zona del altar mayor de la ermita. Cuando se empezaba ya a ver los primeros resultados de su esfuerzo, se llevaron una gran sorpresa -o susto- al descubrir restos óseos humanos. “Se han encontrado algunos esqueletos, que no sabemos si han sido sacados de alguna tumba, si la hay, y puestos luego en hornacinas o huecos por respeto”, asegura Antonio Romeo, uno de los operarios.

El alcalde piensa que los huesos proceden de alguna tumba de la Orden de San Juan de Jerusalén, pero por el momento, ningún experto ha acudido a Añón para tratar de averiguar el origen de los restos. “Estamos esperando a ver si salen más, y los que han aparecido no los hemos tocado, siguen en la ermita. Si aparecen más, nos pondremos en contacto con el Gobierno de Aragón o quien proceda, y si no, los trasladaremos al cementerio municipal”, explica el primer edil.

En las próximas semanas está previsto que termine la limpieza de escombros de la zona del altar mayor de la ermita “y ya veremos a ver lo que sale del subsuelo”, continúa Romeo.

Pero el hallazgo de los trabajos de limpieza no se queda ahí, ya que también salieron a la luz piedras talladas con símbolos como cruces que podrían ser de origen templario. Y es que la ermita de San Juan de Jerusalén data del siglo XII, cuando los templarios dominaban estas tierras próximas al Moncayo. “Ha salido una piedra tallada por ambas caras en la puerta de entrada, en lo que son las jambas”, afirma Romero.

Los continuos saqueos que ha sufrido la ermita -que sólo conserva parte de su estructura- hacen prever al Ayuntamiento de Añón que no habrá nuevos e importantes hallazgos. Según los trabajadores, que ya han sacado toneladas de piedras y escombros, apenas ha aparecido sillería y “se ve que lo que fueron los arranques de los postes y la bóveda se lo han llevado”.

El Consistorio de Añón ya manifestó hace meses su deseo de recuperar todo lo posible este antiguo templo -que antaño fue la parroquia-, pero le resulta imposible asumir por sí mismo un proyecto de tal envergadura económica. Eso sí, no descarta impulsar la consolidación de la estructura, para evitar que el deterioro de las ruinas vaya a más y se pierda un pedazo de la historia.

por Nora Bermejo

in, Heraldo.es

Historic stone found at Temple church

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A HISTORIC artefact has been found within the grounds of the church ruins in Temple, with those who made the discovery believing it may be part of a Knight Templar slab.

The fascinating find was made by Chevalier Archie Young and Chevalier Robert Hunter,. who are both Scottish Knights Templar of the Commandery of Jacques de Molay 1314, a group which aims to promote Scotland’s history and preserve culture, tradition and heritage.

In the 12th century Temple was the headquarters of the Knights Templar, a Christian military order, in Scotland and both men were keen to visit the county as part of a project.

Chevalier Young said: “I was drawn to what looked like an insignificant little stone lying within the old ruined church. I took a photo of it and when I zoomed in on it on my computer at home I thought I could see a date on it.

“The stone was obviously covered in lichen and was fairly hard to make out so I used a paint package on my computer and was amazed when I revealed what is called a Floral Cross.

“I immediately called Chevalier Hunter to tell him and we both agreed that it may be a Knights Templar Baculus — the staff of office for either a Knight or an Abbot.”

Chevalier Young, who lives in Gilmerton, then called in the experts and local archaeologist David Connolly reported that the stone may be from between the 13th and 15th centuries.
The stone has now been passed on to Historic Scotland for further tests to determine the exact date of it and whether it is from Temple originally.

Chevalier Young added: “If the stone dates as 13th to 14th century then by all means this is part of a Knight Templar slab. If it is a later date then it will be a Knight of St John (Hospitaller). It is a remarkable discovery for the area and especially for a little church.”

in, Midlothian Today.

Upcoming Event – New Priors Invested

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The Priory of Spain held its election for Prior General recently and the Priory of Portugal has an election comming up. It has been decided that the new elected Priors will be invested during the upcoming meetings and investitures in New Jersey.

The new Prior General of Spain is Fr+ Manuel Quintanilla (in the photo). We expect to have news from Portugal shortly.

So, if you are a member of the Order and wish to attend this very special occasion, please add to your calendar the following event:

Investiture of the Prior General of Spain, Fr+ Manuel Quintanilla

Investiture of the Prior General of Portugal, to be announced

December 17th., 2006

Elizabeth, NJ

United States

Upcoming Event – Investitures of the Commandery of New Jersey

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Please add to your calendar the following event:

The 16th and 17th of December the Commandery of New Jersey under the Priory of Portugal will be holding an investiture. All Knights and Dames of the Order are welcome to attend. If you wish to do so, please contact the “Templar Globe” and we will forward your request to Fr+ Dantas, Commander of New Jersey.

Upcoming Event – Magisterial Council Meeting

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The Magisterial Council will hold the last meeting of 2006 in the United States. The meeting will take place the 15 and 16 of December in the city of Elizabeth, NJ.

The Council will address the problems that have arisen recently and will proceed with the reforms that have been undertaken in the past year.

Summary:

December 16 – 17

Magisterial Council Meeting

Elizabeth, NJ

United States

Welcome to the Templar Globe

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Welcome to the Templar Globe, dear readers.

This is the official Bulletin / Blog of the International Chancellery of the OSMTHU. We will be publishing through this new media all the news about the latest activities of the Order, comments and discussions about Templar issues, small historical “clips” that are aimed at entertaining you, tips and reviews about new books, films, CD’s and studies about the Templars, etc.

This is supposed to be an opened medium and we would like to encourage you to contribute with opinions, suggestions, ideas and any kind of feedback you feel compelled to give us. You don’t have to be a member of the Order to comment on the posts.

Check back often!