Pictured are members of Malvern Circle, wives, friends and families puzzling over the questions in this year’s quiz. The identification of the County flags of England in particular resulted in a few head scratching.
This year the evening, which included a grand raffle, raised some £300 for the President’s charity – the RNLI. Whilst Malvern is far from the sea, the President, Jeremy Kearns, is a keen yachtsman and values their services.
The Guild of St. Stephen
The motto of the guild of St Stephen is “CUI SERVIRE REGNARE EST” -To serve is to reign” and this has been the way of life of Peter Armstrong, Vice President of Malvern Circle who was recently awarded the Guild of St Stephen’s gold medal for 50 years’ service to God and the Church as an altar server. This is the highest award of the Guild for long service.The Guild motto is printed on the front of the medal and on the back is the title of the Guild “SANCTI STEPHANI ARCHISOLDALITAS” – Archconfraternity of St Stephen. The Greek letters Chi and Rho in the centre are the first letters of “Christ”.
Peter says: “This is the medal for serving on the altar for over fifty years. I have served all over the world in my career in the armed forces, Australia, Cyprus, West Germany and the UK and retired with the rank of Major. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to assist the clergy by serving on the altar over the years and I shall continue to do so at St Joseph’s Church in Malvern.”
Peter is pictured front-row on the right.
Malvern Catenians enjoyed a tasty night out at a local Indian restaurant with VIP representation in the form of Provincial President Paul Clancy and wife Angela (pictured). Paul and Angela have become regulars at our “Indian nights”
Pictured are Malvern Catenian President Jeremy Kearns and wife Geraldine riding the waves at Upton on Severn last week aboard The MV Conway Castle. This was a two hour expedition with a fish and chip lunch and 17 Brothers and wives joined in. We were blessed with a reasonable day weatherwise (apart from the rain) but great fun was had by all. The trip is definitely recommended to other seaworthy Circle members.
Last year’s president of Malvern Circle, Bro Nick Bannister, presented a cheque for £650 to his presidential charity, Young Epilepsy, together with a cheque for £100 which had been raised by the wives of the Circle’s Brothers.
The cheques were handed over to Martha Knight, Young Epilepsy’s Individual Engagement Executive, who thanked the Malvern Catenians and their wives for their generosity
Young Epilepsy cares for young people up to the age of 25 who suffer from severe epilepsy. About 700 staff are required to look after the 100 young people at the centre. The number of people under the age of 25 in the UK with epilepsy is around 112,000, with 1 in 5 having learning or intellectual disabilities.
Of the 1,150 deaths from epilepsy 10 years ago, about 10 per cent were young people under the age of 25.
Last week Brother John Duddington, former President of Malvern Circle, distributed the prizes to award winning children of St Joseph’s school Malvern including prizes for regular attendance and most improvement during the term. In attendance on the day were the school Head, Mrs Therese Langford and staff, several parents and all of the school children. The awards included a silver trophy and £10 vouchers to be spent by award winners. This is now a regular contribution by the Circle to the life of the school as well as a programme of talks by Circle members on their various careers which will hopefully give the children some inspiration as to future career options.