Stories Of Survival, Reinvention and Success

Stories Of Survival, Reinvention and Success

Sutton Coldfield Catenians had the pleasure of 2 speakers for the November meeting held on Monday 15th November – Dave Price and Mo Berry. Their stories were riveting and very relatable to the audience. Despite life changing episodes, both speakers met people who invited them to completely alien events which were to prove the starting points for completely new careers. Dave from running a successful digital marketing company to becoming a television and film extra  and Mo from being formally married to Tony Martin of Black Sabbath and travelling all over the world for concerts  suffering  a mental breakdown to starting her own training company. For further details of both Dave and Mo’s  stories  visit  www.suttoncoldfieldcatenianscircle232.com  and go to the history corner.

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Award For Sutton Coldfield Brother

Award For Sutton Coldfield Brother

There was  a surprise award for Brother  Michael Gaffney of Sutton Coldfield Circle  who is  Master of Ceremonies , at Holy Trinity , Sutton Coldfield  on Sunday 14th November 2021. After the Confirmation Mass  Brother  Michael was presented  with The Gold Medal of Merit of the Guild Of St Stephen For Altar Servers  having achieved  50 years of serving on the Altar . Making the presentation was Bishop David Evans , Auxiliary  Bishop of Birmingham. Michael is responsible  for the training of all the servers in the parish and is  fully supported in his role by the parish priest Father Michael Ho Huu Nghia.  Michael was greatly honoured by the award and considers it’s a vocation and privilege  to serve the church in this ministry.

Three In A Row

Three In A Row

Sutton Coldfield Circle’s October meeting witnessed a unique event when three brothers — Peter Blackburn, Jim Phillips and Geoff Dorrett (now of Windsor Circle) — were presented with 40 year scrolls by Brother Provincial President Jim Gillen of Stoke-on-Trent Circle. The event was unique as all three brothers joined Sutton Coldfield Circle on the same evening in September 1981. All three brothers have given outstanding service over the years in such offices as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Welfare Officer. The October meeting was also a circle race night when brothers, visitors and friends were able to become winners and, unfortunately, losers. However, £700 was raised for Brother President Peter Westbrook’s charity – Macmillan Cancer Support.

Phil Achieves 50 Years

Phil Achieves 50 Years

Sutton Coldfield Circle, after sixteen months owing to Covid 19 restrictions, resumed their monthly circle meetings at their venue – Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield with the July circle meeting. The highlight of which was the presentation of a 50-year membership scroll to Brother Phil Denver by Brother GB National Vice-President  Roger Lillie. Brother Phil originally joined  Darlington Circle in 1971 and transferred to Sutton Coldfield Circle with a company move to the Birmingham area. To make the occasion even more enjoyable Brother Phil was accompanied by his wife Elaine and his sons, daughter and grandchildren.  Brother Phil is widely known throughout Province 6 and also the Association as a prolific golfer and he certainly got his ‘hole in one’ on the occasion of the evening’s presentation.

Sutton Coldfield  Circle Launches Its Website

Sutton Coldfield Circle Launches Its Website

After much planning and design Sutton Coldfield Circle has launched its website. Tasked by circle council to develop and produce the site Brothers Peter Westbrook. Mike Gaffney and Konrad Wysznski engaged the assistance of a web design student Tasveer Gola from Sutton Coldfield College to develop and design the site. The main emphasis of the site is to inform people of Who We Are, What We Do  and How To Get  In Touch and most importantly to assist in the circle’s marketing activities and recruit new members. One of the key factors of the website’s design is to include photographs of circle activities featuring younger members  so as to target this particular market. The site includes a Latest News page  which details  all activities about the circle which will be updated on a regular basis. Facebook and Twitter facilities will be linked to the site in due course. Why not find out more  just go to www.suttoncoldfieldcatenianscircle232.com   you will not be disappointed.