There was an early Christmas present for Patsy Broom , daughter of Brother President Steve Broom and Elena , at Sutton Coldfield Circle’s Christmas party when she received a cheque from the Catenian Bursary Fund for £250-00 presented by Brother Provincial President Paul Clancy. Patsy will be using the award to assist her with teaching english in Bali for six weeks in 2020. She will be working with the organisation The Mighty Roar which provides structured, safe and affordable volunteer programmes abroad to make a positive impact around the world.
At Sutton Coldfield’s December meeting which was the occasion of the Circle’s Christmas Party there was early Christmas cheer for two Sutton Coldfield brothers: Liam Tomlinson and Alf Dineen, who received their 40 year membership scrolls presented by Brother Provincial President Paul Clancy. Brother Paul gave a brief history of both Brothers’ contribution to the Circle over the years. Both had served as President of the Circle. A most enjoyable evening was held in the true Christmas spirit with £325 being raised for Brother President Steve Broom’s charity, The Lisieux Trust.
At Sutton Coldfield’s July Circle meeting there was a surprise presentation to Brother Daniel Hurd who received his 25 year membership certificate from Brother Provincial Director John Minister. Nothing unusual for our Provincial Director awarding membership certificates but for Brother Daniel it was a case of his former teacher awarding his former pupil. Brother John was Deputy Head of Bishop Walsh School Sutton Coldfield when Brother Daniel was a pupil at the school. Fortunately for Brother Daniel the presentation was not accompanied by a lengthy school report.
Sutton Coldfield Circle held a quiz night at its March meeting with circle brothers and visitors from Stoke On Trent and Kenilworth Circles having to answer questions on a variety of subjects. Brothers were organised into teams of three or four with Brother Vice President Tony Walsh acting as quizmaster. After testing their knowledge and skills the winning team was declared consisting of Brother Provincial Chamberlain Jim Gillen of Stoke On Trent Circle, Brother Provincial President Danny McAree of Kenilworth Circle and Brother Mike McNamara of Sutton Coldfield Circle. Each was presented with a suitable bottle. Thanks was expressed to Brother Secretary Steve Broom for organising the quiz