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.
Pictured are pupils and members of staff of St Joseph’s school, Malvern at the end of term when Malvern Circle, represented by President John Duddington, award prizes to those young people who have worked especially hard during the course of the term. The award ceremony was attended by the Head and Deputy Head of the school and teaching staff together with parents and other Circle members. The awards are intended to encourage the students to apply their best efforts to their school work. It is also, at the same time, hoped to spread the Catenian message, particularly among parents that we are here and present and pleased to help with parish life. Malvern Circle has been involved in this project since pre-Covid days and we are always welcomed by the school for taking an interest in their activities. We wish the school every success with its work among the young of our town.
Some pictures of Malvern Circle celebrating the up-coming coronation of King Charles with lots of goodies to eat and drink – prepared by the Malvern Circle ladies and an appropriate amount of wall dressing. 25 Circle Brothers and wives took part as well as our Parish Priest, Fr. Nazarius Mgungwe. Lots of patriotic music was sounding out courtesy of Mrs Dorothy Kenny and son Jeremy. We all wish his Majesty a long and happy reign!
The week beginning 20th March at St. Joseph’s Primary School in Malvern, the Circle brothers and wives were asked if they would help with encouraging the students to think about their future careers through a series of talks or workshops. Calling on their own experiences and areas of expertise, several members went to the school to interact with the children. Topics covered included gardening, construction and journalism.
Pictured are former Science teacher Diane Walsh giving a demonstration and talk
about being a professional gardener, whilst husband Mike, a former Construction Company Director, chatted to the students about working in construction.
Later in the week, Anne and Michael Peden and Vince and Fiona Conway enacted a short play entitled ‘The Gift’ so that students could practise writing a newspaper article about the story which they had just witnessed. Fiona, a former BBC radio journalist and writer wrote the play and spoke to the students about how a good article should be written and what to include.
PICTURED ARE MEMBERS OF MALVERN CIRCLE HAVING A GREAT AFTERNOON WITH FOOD, DRINK AND MUSIC TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S BIG DAY. WE WERE ACCOMPANIED BY PRIESTS FROM LOCAL PARISHES. THE EVENT WAS ORGANISED BY THE LADIES OF THE CIRCLE WHO CONTRIBUTED BY PROVIDING THE REFRESHMENTS, SHELTER IN THE FORM OF GAZEBOS AND MARQUEES AND THE GARDEN SPACE PROVIDED BY DIANE AND MIKE WALSH.
Established in 1972, 26th April was the red letter day for Malvern Circle to celebrate its 50th anniversary by holding a dinner for Brothers, ladies and guests at the Bank House Hotel and Spa in Bransford, Worcestershire, just outside the town. Visitors present came from the wider Province and neighbouring Province 12. The event included listening to speakers including Mgr. Tim Menezes, Dean of St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham who said some beautiful graces before and after the meal and a toast to Malvern Circle proposed by Brother Director of Province 6, John Minister. Newly installed Circle President Roger Watson responded to the toast. A further toast to the visitors was proposed by Brother John Duddington, a former Circle President, whose father was also a former Brother of the Circle. The Circle also welcomed Canon Brian McGinley of St George’s Church, Worcester and Father Naz Mgungwe of St Joseph’s Parish in Malvern.
During his speech, Brother Director referred to a claim to TV fame for Malvern Brother John Clark, who was featured in the BBC TV series Great Railway Journeys when he was interviewed by presenter Michael Portillo who was ‘taking the waters’ in the Malvern Hills. There was much amusement and earnest conversation during the evening whilst volumes picturing the history of the Circle from its inception up to the present day, including a written history provided by Brother John Duddington, were passed round.
Whilst awaiting the commencement of the dinner, the ladies in attendance were able to enjoy a picture quiz featuring ‘ladies in history’ and the facilities of the bar. A raffle raised £170 towards the President’s charity this year – the local Malvern Food Bank. Mementos of the occasion were distributed including chocolates for the ladies and a souvenir Morgan car factory bottle opener for the Brothers present.