100, not out!

100, not out!

Frank Doran, a member of Malvern Catenian Association Circle, is pictured following a party with his Catenian Association colleagues at The Worcestershire Golf Club. Frank reached 100 years of age in February and a celebration cake was shared with his Catenian friends, their wives and his son, Gerry. Also pictured is Catenian Circle President, John Duddington who recalled to the party a brief summary of Frank’s tremendous lifetime achievements. 

Frank was a founder member of Malvern Catenians, inaugurated in 1972, who have met monthly ever since (Pandemics excluded). A trained teacher of History, Frank in 1963 also founded Blessed Edward Oldcorne School in Worcester and served as Headmaster.

During the war with Germany Frank served with the 15th Air Formation Signals, taking part in the D Day landings – Gold Beach, subsequently fighting his way  across Northern France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany. He set up the first land – line contact with Paris. He has subsequently been awarded the French “Legion d’Honneur” medal.

On his Birthday Frank received a congratulatory card from King Charles and Queen Camilla together with a framed Blessing from Pope Francis.

 

MALVERN CIRCLE VISIT AND TOUR OF HELLENS

MALVERN CIRCLE VISIT AND TOUR OF HELLENS

 Pictured are Malvern Circle members enjoying a guided tour of “Hellens” – a popular Herefordshire Manor House. Situated in Much Markle the House is open to the public a couple of times in the week during the summer months. Guided tours are available for a small sum and Malvern took the opportunity of a fine afternoon in October to hire a guide and to enjoy a cream tea afterwards.
The Manor house is in family ownership and has origins going back for a thousand years and contains many items of historical origin including lots of very beautiful artwork. The House is allegedly haunted by 3 ghosts of people who have lived and died there in the past. In the extensive gardens as well as a herbarium there is situated a maze, sculptures, parterres and a (modern day) stone circle with poetic and literary inscriptions.

Malvern Circle gardening enthusiasts visit Highgrove

Malvern Circle gardening enthusiasts visit Highgrove

At the beginning of September, a long awaited visit to His Majesty King Charles’ private home at Highgrove, Gloucestershire was made by keen gardeners from Malvern Circle. A guided tour, followed by a cream tea in the onsite cafe was enjoyed by 9 brothers, wives and friends. The weather absolutely glorious and the gardens were beginning to show their autumnal splendour. Many interesting architectural features on the tour gave inspiration to us all.

Although photographs in the gardens and around the house are not permitted, the Malvern visitors managed to get a record in the café.

CAFOD Presentation – Malvern Circle

CAFOD Presentation – Malvern Circle

DONATION TO CAFOD

Pictured are Immediate Past President of Malvern Circle, The Reverend Roger Watson presenting a cheque for £1,000 to local CAFOD representative, Sean Devlin and his wife Dorothy. Sean is a parishioner from St Wulstan’s in Little Malvern and kindly agreed to join us for dinner in August for the presentation. This was the result of two years of collecting and saving of Presidents’ charities by Roger last Catenian year together with a second sum from the previous year’s fund raising by Past President for 2021/22, Major Peter Armstrong. Peter was unfortunately unable to attend the event due to illness. 

Thanking the Circle and after the presentation Sean gave us a taste of what activities are being undertaken both locally and particularly abroad by CAFOD.

Malvern Circle school awards

Malvern Circle school awards

Pictured are pupils and members of staff of St Joseph’s school, Malvern at the end of term when Malvern Circle, represented by President John Duddington, award prizes to those young people who have worked especially hard during the course of the term. The award ceremony was attended by the Head and Deputy Head of the school and teaching staff together with parents and other Circle members. The awards are intended to encourage the students to apply their best efforts to their school work. It is also, at the same time, hoped to spread the Catenian message, particularly among parents that we are here and present and pleased to help with parish life. Malvern Circle has been involved in this project since pre-Covid days and we are always welcomed by the school for taking an interest in their activities. We wish the school every success with its work among the young of our town.