Stourbridge’s 600th Meeting

Stourbridge’s 600th Meeting

Back: Jim Gillen, Mike Sherrard, Deacon Chris, Fr John Moran, Jim Quinn, Dave Prescott
Front:  Alan Smith, Paul Clancy, Danny Wright, John Minister, Steve Brain

Stourbridge Circle’s 600th meeting on Wednesday, 11 March took place not at its usual venue but at the impressively appointed Himley Hall in Dudley. There were visitors aplenty and the VIP guest was Bishop David McGough. Unusually for such an occasion, the dress was informal (and none the worse for that). A good meal was enjoyed by all, as were the speeches (not least because they did not go on too long!

200 Club: October 2019 to January 2020

200 Club: October 2019 to January 2020

Province 6 runs a 200 Club to raise money for the Bursary Fund.

The October 2019 winners were:

£70 Bro Olaf Da Costa Stourbridge

£45 Bro Paul Clancy Droitwich

£30 Bro Guy Filhol Kenilworth

£20 Bro Brendan Quigley Stourbridge

The November 2019 winners were:

£70 Kenilworth Circle

£45 Bro Michael Gafney Sutton Coldfield

£30 Bro Brian Basford Streetly

£20 Bro Alan Burgess Stratford on Avon

The December 2019 winners were:

Dec2019 £70 Bro Louis Walmsley Lichfield

£45 Bro John Loughran Stafford

£30 Bro Joe Cooper Lichfield

£20 Bro In Salmon Birmingham

And the January 2020 winners were:

£70 Bro David Symonds Birmingham/Vale

£45 Pat Curran ex Lichfield

£30 Bro Tony O’Leary Lichfield

£20 Bro Brendan Quigley Stourbridge

St Chad’s Cathedral Flower Festival

St Chad’s Cathedral Flower Festival


Circles in Province 6: come and join us for the 2020 Annual Flower Festival of St Chad’s Cathedral. Throughout 2020, the Catholic Church in England and Wales, in partnership with the Bible Society, is focusing on meeting Christ in the Scriptures with their exciting new campaign: ‘The God who Speaks’.  2020 will be the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on: ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600th anniversary of St Jerome’s death, providing us with a strong rationale for deeper diocesan–wide Scripture engagement. This gives us an opportunity to make this an even more spectacular event than ever. We hope you will put the dates in your diary straight away. We are keen to encourage people of all faiths to join us to make this a truly ecumenical event. Due to the link to the diocesan-wide initiative the flower festival will need more careful planning from our point of view. Not only will there be your flowers in the Cathedral but also the publicity material that is touring every diocese in England and Wales throughout the year.

The theme will be ‘The God who Speaks’ for all three categories: parishes, convents and flower clubs, primary schools and secondary schools. This is a very wide theme and may be approached in many different ways.

A coffee morning has been arranged on Wednesday 18 March at 9.30 am, in the Canons’ Dining Room at Cathedral House, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU, organised by Anne Symonds, Vice Chairman of the St Chad’s Cathedral Association. The morning will include guidance being given on the interpretation of the theme, a walk around the Cathedral to choose locations for displays and any questions answered. Wives and widows of Province 6 members: why not encourage your parish to organise a display this year or if you know any flower arrangers who might like to take part.  You will be made very welcome and make many new friends. Please ask them to contact: Anne Symonds on 0121 249 1487 , 07976165799 or

To see photographs of previous flower festivals go to the St Chad’s Cathedral website and search under galleries. They are also on the diocesan website.

The Museum of Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman

The Museum of Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman

from the website of the Birmingham Oratory:

The Museum of Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman was opened in October 2019 to celebrate the canonisation of our Cardinal.

For the first time, Newman’s possessions, manuscripts and liturgical objects are available for general viewing. Visitors to the Museum may see precious historical items, including pages from the manuscripts of the Apologia and The Dream of Gerontius, the chalice with which Newman celebrated Mass and personal articles such as his spectacles and Rosary beads. In addition to the numerous items on display, the Museum contains a video tour of Newman’s room, preserved as he left it when he died in 1890.

Entrance is free, but visitors are asked to donate to help us secure the survival of Saint John Henry’s patrimony for future generations.

Please visit the website for more information, including opening times.