47 Brothers and Ladies including two children from Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, North Warwickshire and Solihull Circles gathered on a very wet Friday evening the 18th October at the Navigation Inn Wootton Wawen for an evening of skittles. Inside there was a wood burner which, with the intensity of play, became very cosy.
All those attending played three rounds with a pub supper in the middle of play. The order of play, scoring and recording was ably carried out by Brother John Byrne and Brother John Clarke both of North Warwickshire. Daniel and Jacob Hill from Kenilworth were kept busy as pin boys throughout the evening and were rewarded with a box of chocolates each for their hard work.
The winning Brother was Rex Marfleet of Solihull Circle and the winning Lady was Sue Clarke of North Warwickshire. The calculation of the winning Circle required precise mathematics to be employed due to the difference in the numbers attending from each Circle. After much consultation Leamington Spa were announced the winners and Brother Paolo La Barbera accepted a bottle of wine on behalf of his Circle.
It was agreed that it was an evening to be held again at the Navigation Inn and that if more skittles playing Circles were involved, this could evolve into some form of knock out competition. Brother Bede Hayes of Kenilworth Circle will be contacting those Circles known to already play skittles, but if any other Circles would like to join in please contact him.
Report by Bede Hayes – Kenilworth Circle
Welcome to Kenilworth Catenians, Emerson Gavioli. Emerson, who is a member of St Mary Immaculate church Warwick was enrolled on Wednesday October 16th taking the number of new brothers this year to 3. The evening was a great ‘hit’ with visitors as it was a World Cup Rugby themed night but it looks like Ireland ran out winners!! Emerson, who hails from Brazil is a massive fan of São Paulo football club S.C. Corinthians Paulista so not sure what he made of the rugby!
Photo: Emerson centre of the photo being welcomed by President Bernard Baxter.
At Kenilworth Circle’s September dinner we were treated to a very fascinating and compelling talk on ‘women in construction’ by Brother Bede Hayes daughter Lucy Litwinco. Lucy gave us an insight into the world of construction from a female perspective and how she came to work in the industry. She is very much an advocate of working your way up through the business which she says is key to working with and gaining the respect of co-workers such as architects, developers, planners, tradesmen, contractors and surveyors. The dinner had a Sons, Daughters, Family and Friends theme so it was wonderful to have a daughter as an after dinner speaker. We were blessed with visitors on the night with 8 brothers from Leamington Spa circle, 3 visiting gentlemen and a further 7 guests.
Brothers and ladies of Kenilworth Circle were treated to excellent taster of bowling at The Highway Bowls club in Coventry on 8 August. The weather was perfect for a very enjoyable evening of bowls which started with some basic tuition from the club members which included Brother Danny and Marie McAree and then we played 5 or 6 ends of bowling and finished with a competition where everyone was involved. The spider competition was won by Hazel Prescott who won a bottle of whisky! We then retired to the Old Coventrian’s Rugby clubhouse for some drinks and cold buffet. In the photo is winner Hazel with Brother Bede Hayes who organised the event and 2 members of The Highway Bowls club.
On Sunday 4th August Kenilworth Circle made their annual visit to Kilworth House open air theatre to watch the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical CATS. Sunday was our 7th visit to watch the excellent musicals in the unique outdoor woodland setting. These visits prove to be very popular and we had 30 ladies, brothers and families with us this year. The weather was kind to us allowing a good number to picnic in the extensive grounds before the musical started but to add to the drama, we had some thunder and heavy rain during the second half of the performance! We look forward to our 8th visit next year!