In February Streetly Circle held its annual bottle and gift auction. We were grateful for a large number of bottle donations from our Brothers, some unwanted Christmas gifts, and other prizes were generous donations of some value, including a Satnav from Brother David Grocott.
We were delighted to welcome a large number of visiting Brothers who also joined in the bidding, and by the end of the auction the grand sum of £475 had been raised, to be used towards our Circle President’s 2 chosen charities, supporting reformed ex-prisoners, and students from local schools wishing to help as carers at the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage.
Here is a photo of our two very persuasive auctioneers for the evening, (Brothers Tony Fleming and Martin Jackson), with the large number of donated prizes.
We were joined at our Christmas Party by a number of students and 4 members of staff from Bishop Walsh Catholic Secondary School, who performed a number of carols as well as giving a presentation about their experiences at this year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
3 students spoke eloquently about how it was a positive spiritual experience for them.
Our current Circle President, Brother Ted Riley, has nominated the Lourdes student Appeal again as one of his charities.
On the night we held a raffle for his 2 charities, which raised £125. We were also holders of the Morgan Cup following a recent raid on Shrewsbury Circle, and raised £35 on the night. It was then successfully claimed by Brothers from Malvern Circle.
Brother Martin Jackson – Circle Membership & Publicity Officer
At our October meeting we were delighted to welcome our new Brother John Gately to our number here at Streetly 275.
John attends the Abbey Church in Erdington, and works as a surveyor. He was introduced to our Circle by brothers John Delaney and Tony Fleming. We warmly welcome him, along with his wife Marcella and family.
Pictured here, left to right, Tony Fleming, Circle President Ted Reilly, John Gately and John Delaney.
Many thanks to Past President Steve Willis and his wife Pat for resurrecting our annual Circle weekend away in late September. A good number of Brothers and wives attended, along with Mary Holden, widow of formed Provincial President Brian Holden. Her two daughters also joined us on the Saturday night for dinner, and are included in the attached photo.
We were very fortunate with the weather, and managed to get out and about, visiting the SS Great Britain, Brunel Museum, Suspension Bridge and other local attractions.
A good time was had by all!