HELPING OUR SCHOOL

HELPING OUR SCHOOL

 Attached some photos from  our recent award of £100 by the Circle to our primary school, St Joseph’s in Malvern towards the cost of facilities for the play area attached to the school. This is to be used by those children who are in the Breakfast Club or stay a little later in the afternoons after school lessons are over. Hopefully we aim to make regular donations towards this worthy cause in our locality. Pictured are Brother John Duddington, our Immediate Past President awarding the cheque to two willing students as well as Head Teacher Mrs. Thérèse Langford. The whole school and all the staff were in attendance during their ‘assembly”
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Malvern President’s charity highlights Worcester special families

Malvern President’s charity highlights Worcester special families

Pictured are Immediate Past President Brother John Duddington and this year’s President Brother Michael Peden as Brother President Michael hands over a cheque for £675 for Brother John’s chosen charity for 2023/4 – “Worcestershire Parent and Carers Community.” Brother John and wife Anne devote themselves to this organisation, they themselves having a family member who has special needs.

The money was raised through fund raising activities including the popular annual quiz, Circle raffles held at each meeting, as well as a contribution from the Malvern Catenian Ladies.

100, not out!

100, not out!

Frank Doran, a member of Malvern Catenian Association Circle, is pictured following a party with his Catenian Association colleagues at The Worcestershire Golf Club. Frank reached 100 years of age in February and a celebration cake was shared with his Catenian friends, their wives and his son, Gerry. Also pictured is Catenian Circle President, John Duddington who recalled to the party a brief summary of Frank’s tremendous lifetime achievements. 

Frank was a founder member of Malvern Catenians, inaugurated in 1972, who have met monthly ever since (Pandemics excluded). A trained teacher of History, Frank in 1963 also founded Blessed Edward Oldcorne School in Worcester and served as Headmaster.

During the war with Germany Frank served with the 15th Air Formation Signals, taking part in the D Day landings – Gold Beach, subsequently fighting his way  across Northern France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany. He set up the first land – line contact with Paris. He has subsequently been awarded the French “Legion d’Honneur” medal.

On his Birthday Frank received a congratulatory card from King Charles and Queen Camilla together with a framed Blessing from Pope Francis.

 

MALVERN CIRCLE VISIT AND TOUR OF HELLENS

MALVERN CIRCLE VISIT AND TOUR OF HELLENS

 Pictured are Malvern Circle members enjoying a guided tour of “Hellens” – a popular Herefordshire Manor House. Situated in Much Markle the House is open to the public a couple of times in the week during the summer months. Guided tours are available for a small sum and Malvern took the opportunity of a fine afternoon in October to hire a guide and to enjoy a cream tea afterwards.
The Manor house is in family ownership and has origins going back for a thousand years and contains many items of historical origin including lots of very beautiful artwork. The House is allegedly haunted by 3 ghosts of people who have lived and died there in the past. In the extensive gardens as well as a herbarium there is situated a maze, sculptures, parterres and a (modern day) stone circle with poetic and literary inscriptions.

Malvern Circle gardening enthusiasts visit Highgrove

Malvern Circle gardening enthusiasts visit Highgrove

At the beginning of September, a long awaited visit to His Majesty King Charles’ private home at Highgrove, Gloucestershire was made by keen gardeners from Malvern Circle. A guided tour, followed by a cream tea in the onsite cafe was enjoyed by 9 brothers, wives and friends. The weather absolutely glorious and the gardens were beginning to show their autumnal splendour. Many interesting architectural features on the tour gave inspiration to us all.

Although photographs in the gardens and around the house are not permitted, the Malvern visitors managed to get a record in the café.

CAFOD Presentation – Malvern Circle

CAFOD Presentation – Malvern Circle

DONATION TO CAFOD

Pictured are Immediate Past President of Malvern Circle, The Reverend Roger Watson presenting a cheque for £1,000 to local CAFOD representative, Sean Devlin and his wife Dorothy. Sean is a parishioner from St Wulstan’s in Little Malvern and kindly agreed to join us for dinner in August for the presentation. This was the result of two years of collecting and saving of Presidents’ charities by Roger last Catenian year together with a second sum from the previous year’s fund raising by Past President for 2021/22, Major Peter Armstrong. Peter was unfortunately unable to attend the event due to illness. 

Thanking the Circle and after the presentation Sean gave us a taste of what activities are being undertaken both locally and particularly abroad by CAFOD.