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
The chosen charity of Brother President Mark McGrail of Sutton Coldfield Circle (232) during his term of office has been the Lisieux Trust, a local Sutton Coldfield charity which assists and gives advice to people in the community with disabilities. The charity has close links to the Circle as a number of Brothers were involved with its establishment over 30 years ago. During Brother Mark’s year, a number of fund-raising events have been held, including a very successful auction which raised £660. The total amount raised topped £2032 — a figure to equal the number of the Circle!
The photograph shows the presentation of the cheque outside Lisieux Trust headquarters with (left to right) Brother President Mark McGrail. Helen McGrail, Jess Alsop- Greenacre (Chief Executive of the Trust) and Brother Secretary Steve Broom.
The church is a grade II listed building and the interior has an extraordinarily lavish decorative scheme which incorporates extensive mosaic work over the sanctuary. It is considered to be one of the finest churches in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
The church looks forward to seeing any Catenians who may have been connected with the church on Sunday 14 January .
Mike Gaffney — Sutton Coldfield Circle