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.

 

Provincial Weekend – Bournemouth

Provincial Weekend – Bournemouth

Province 6 weekend has always been a well attended event in the Provincial calendar. An excellent value weekend break in a well appointed hotel – its a great way to catch up with friends old and new.

Please do think about supporting the Provincial weekend in (usually) sunny Bournemouth from 9th to 11th February 2024. This is a fantastic weekend organised by Mike and Joan Sherrard. They secure great rooms rates so it is always worth staying for a day or two extra as there are loads of attractions and things to do close by. If you have not been before the hotel is right by the seafront and is a short walk into Bournemouth town centre. A stroll along the seafront to blow the winter cobwebs away is just the ticket in February! The fancy dress competition is always good fun and Mike and Joan would be very happy to have more entrants. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Dave Prescott

Director Province 6

 

At Home to Province 2023

At Home to Province 2023

The At Home to Province will be held on Monday 18 September at City of Lichfield Circle.

The At Home to Province is a normal Circle meeting but one where we come together as a Province to socialise and generally catch up with our friends from around the Province. For those who have not visited before, City of Lichfield Circle meet at The George Hotel Lichfield where there is a large car park close to the hotel.

The meeting starts at 7.30 and the cost for the buffet dinner is £19.50. To book your place contact David O’Hagan on: david_ohagan@btinternet.com

President John Shuck would love to welcome as many visitors from around the Province as possible.

Dave Prescott

Director Province 6

 

Annual Requiem Mass for Province 6

Annual Requiem Mass for Province 6

This year’s Requiem Mass for the deceased Brothers and Ladies of Province 6 was celebrated on Saturday, 5 November in St Chad’s Cathedral. The Cathedral Dean, Mgr Timothy Menezes, was the Celebrant and Homilist, and he was assisted by Deacon Brother Peter Tibke; MC Brother John Neale and his team of Catenian servers; cantors Anne Tible and Brother Ed Coxhead; and organist Professor David Saint. Brother Provincial Vice President Joe Martin read the First Reading and Brother Provincial President Andrew Bodger read the Second Reading. The liturgy was prepared by Brother Alan Smith, assisted by the Dean’s PA, Trish Brookes. Photographs are © 2022, Brother Peter Harrington.

The Mass was live-streamed for the benefit of those who could not attend in person and a collection was taken in aid of the Cathedral Development Fund.