Many of us associate the year 1812 with the Overture which was commissioned to commemorate Russia’s deference against Napoleon’s armies in 1812.However the year has another significance – The War of 1812. This was the subject presented by Steve Lewis of the local branch the U3A to Sutton Coldfield Circle at its meeting on Monday 13th November. Steve gave a very detailed and informative presentation of how the war was fought by the United States and its indigenous allies against the United Kingdom and its own indigenous allies in British North America with limited participation by Spain in Florida . The basis of the war between 1812 and 1815 was over national honour, neutral maritime rights , British seizure of neutral ships and their cargoes on the high seas. Various battles took places some large and some small. A very interesting and informative evening on a subject that is little known about. The circle was pleased to welcome visiting gentlemen Tom Williams . Prior to the circle meeting the annual Mass for the deceased brothers and wives of the circle was held at Holy Trinity , Sutton Coldfield and the circle was also delighted to welcome the two celebrants – Fathers Ryan Service and David Lacy.
Advance Notice of Sutton Coldfield’s November Meeting to be held on Monday November 13 th 7-00pm at Moor Hall Hotel , Sutton Coldfield . After Dinner we have the pleasure of welcoming Ian Randell Director of the PGA Ian will be talking about his view on the state of golf , on the Ryder Cup and what goes on behind the scenes. There will be audience participation so circle golfers come along with your questions . Whether you are a golfer or just enjoy the game don’t miss this rare opportunity to be present at this unique event. Ladies also invited. Bookings to Brother Steve Broom – 0789002551 or e-mail email@example.com by Thursday 9th November.
It was a night to celebrate after Sutton Coldfield Circle’s October Meeting with the staging of its Annual Race Night even if you were a winner or loser as over £900 was raised for charity . The event was organised by Brother Steve Broom in which a number of video races each sponsored by a brother, were shown with betting on horses in each race. Indeed betting was well supported even though some were lucky and others not so lucky. The proceeds will go to an orphanage in Columbia assisting disadvantaged children. A video during the course of the evening was shown of the work of the orphanage at which Elvie daughter of Brother Steve Broom had spent undertaking voluntary work. A most enjoyable evening was had by brothers, wives and guests.
Sutton Coldfield Circle are holding their Annual Race Night at their circle meeting on Monday 9th October at its usual venue Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield . Circles in Province No6 are invited to come and join us for a fun packed evening to raise funds for an orphanage in Columbia at which one of circle Brother Steve Broom’s daughters has been undertaking valuable voluntary work. We look forward to seeing you .Bookings to Brother Steve Broom firstname.lastname@example.org or ‘phone 0789002551 by 6-00pm on Thursday 5th October.
Sutton Coldfield’s September Circle Meeting welcomed back Jonathan Berg who gave a talk on his latest book –Artfully Birmingham – a guide to Birmingham’s Public Art to be published on 1st November 2023. The book explores the public art of Birmingham in a dramatic way from the statue of Lord Nelson in the Bull Ring to the latest street art in Bohemian Digbeth and Deritend. Jonathan is no stranger in writing books about Birmingham illustrated with his own photographs. He has published five editions of his book – Positively Birmingham exploring the modern city in texts and images and also a book on Birmingham – Invention and Design –Elkington of Birmingham detailing the company’s invention of electroplating and electrotyping techniques. After dinner brothers, ladies and guests which included Brother President John Shuck of the City of Lichfield Circle together with Past Provincial President Andrew Bodger also of Lichfield Circle took part in a quiz in which Jonathan showed various photo portraits of some 10 art examples in Birmingham from his new book and those present had to provide details of the location or significant aspects of the portraits. A most enjoyable and informative evening and the circle awaits the publication of Jonathan’s new book which will make the ideal Christmas stocking present. Pictured is Jonathan displaying one of the photographs from his forthcoming book.