Kenilworth Circle celebrated their 700th meeting in style on Wednesday 19th February at Chesford Grange Hotel. Over 200 ladies, brothers and visitors enjoyed a very convivial evening in the company of His Grace Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham and Catenian National Presdent Phil Brown and his wife Linda.
More information on the occasion will be in the spring edition of Newslink.
Thanks to Brother Harold Hands for the excellent photographs.
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!
At Kenilworth Circles recent joint meeting with Leicester 53 in June, President Bernard Baxter thought he would ‘spice’ up the evening a little:
“Following our Joint Circle Meeting and Dinner with Leicester on Wednesday evening, we played ‘Brothers, would I lie to you?’ The contest included some fascinating topics such as the number of England Goalkeepers born in Kenilworth, the origins of Leicester’s Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower and the early 18th Century (!) days of the Kenilworth Round Table Duck Race. The event resulted in a draw and is now set for a rematch at next year’s joint meeting”.
Our picture shows the Kenilworth and Leicester teams with adjudicator Brother Bernard Baxter attempting to keep order!