Calling all Circle Membership and Marketing Officers………
Save the date!
On Saturday 29th February 2020 the Province will be holding a workshop that will help Circles develop or create a marketing strategy that will assist in the recruitment of new members and help retain existing brothers. Membership is THE most pressing topic for all Circles and we hope that all Circle Membership and Marketing Officers will be able to attend.
The workshop will be held at Lea Marston Hotel near Kingsbury B76 0BY. More details of the workshop content and timings will be published when confirmed.
David Prescott firstname.lastname@example.org 07702 605611
47 Brothers and Ladies including two children from Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, North Warwickshire and Solihull Circles gathered on a very wet Friday evening the 18th October at the Navigation Inn Wootton Wawen for an evening of skittles. Inside there was a wood burner which, with the intensity of play, became very cosy.
All those attending played three rounds with a pub supper in the middle of play. The order of play, scoring and recording was ably carried out by Brother John Byrne and Brother John Clarke both of North Warwickshire. Daniel and Jacob Hill from Kenilworth were kept busy as pin boys throughout the evening and were rewarded with a box of chocolates each for their hard work.
The winning Brother was Rex Marfleet of Solihull Circle and the winning Lady was Sue Clarke of North Warwickshire. The calculation of the winning Circle required precise mathematics to be employed due to the difference in the numbers attending from each Circle. After much consultation Leamington Spa were announced the winners and Brother Paolo La Barbera accepted a bottle of wine on behalf of his Circle.
It was agreed that it was an evening to be held again at the Navigation Inn and that if more skittles playing Circles were involved, this could evolve into some form of knock out competition. Brother Bede Hayes of Kenilworth Circle will be contacting those Circles known to already play skittles, but if any other Circles would like to join in please contact him.
Report by Bede Hayes – Kenilworth Circle
On Monday 7/10 Streetly Cicle held a charity Race Night in aid of President Tony Fleming’s 2 chosen charities – MacMillan Cancer and assisting local students acting as carers at Lourdes on the Diocesan Pilgrimage.
We were delighted to welcome Provincial President Brother Paul Clancy and his wife Angela, and also from Lichfield and Stafford Circles President Bob Awty and his wife Eileen.
Unfortunately there were very few winners in the room following the four races, (although Brother Steve Willis did well!), but many of those present had got into the swing by coming dressed as if going to a race day at Ascot or elsewhere, including our visitors!
Importantly, the evening raised £254 from the races, plus a further £120 from a raffle which was held.
Many thanks in particular to Brother Ted Reilly, who organised the evening at short notice, and Brother Mike Rudd who controlled the money!
Please find attached some photos from the night which I am sure we will repeat for a third time next year.
Martin Jackson – Membership/Correspondent Officer
Pictured are Malvern Catenian President Jeremy Kearns and wife Geraldine riding the waves at Upton on Severn last week aboard The MV Conway Castle. This was a two hour expedition with a fish and chip lunch and 17 Brothers and wives joined in. We were blessed with a reasonable day weatherwise (apart from the rain) but great fun was had by all. The trip is definitely recommended to other seaworthy Circle members.
One of the principal aims of the Catenian Association is to advance the interests of young people. Every year regional heats are arranged by local Catenians for students aged 16 to 18 in Catholic education to participate in public speaking competitions to find the contestants for the Association’s National Public Speaking Contest in Manchester later that year.
In our modern world it is essential that young people equip themselves with the skills to communicate clearly and effectively. To this end, competitors from 10 Midland Catholic secondary schools, their families, friends, teachers and Catenians converged on Bishop Milner Catholic College in Dudley on the afternoon of Sunday, 7 April for the Midland area heat of the Contest, which was organised this year by the Stourbridge Circle of the Association.
His Grace Archbishop Bernard Longley is the Patron of the Contest and he was joined on the judging panel by chief adjudicator Mr David Handy, Senior Student Recruitment Manager from Newman University, and by Mrs Angela Clancy, an experienced teacher. The judges and audience were treated to an extremely high level of speeches, with the contestants speaking on a number of subjects chosen by themselves from a varied list, ranging from ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ to ‘Are freedom fighters terrorists?’.
Niamh Gibbons, Bishop Milner Catholic College, Dudley.
As the students waited for the panel of judges to deliberate, the audience was entertained by Andrew Temba, a talented student pianist at Bishop Milner College. Before announcing the winners, Mr David Handy commented on the quality of the speeches and gave the young people some advice on how to improve on their already high standards, particularly with regard to their choice of topic. He suggested it should be one that they are passionate and knowledgeable about, as this will show in the quality of the presentation.
John Smith, St Edmund’s Catholic Academy, Wolverhampton.
After Archbishop Bernard had presented every competitor with a certificate and a £20 gift voucher, the top three places were announced. In third place was Natalie Andrews from Bishop Walsh Catholic School, Sutton Coldfield and in second place was Niamh Gibbons of Bishop Milner Catholic College. They received certificates and gift vouchers for £50 and £75 respectively. In first place was Linto Tom from St Augustine’s Catholic High School in Redditch, who received a certificate, a voucher for £100, the Catenian Association Shield, and £100 for her School.
1st Place – Lintu Tom – St Augustine’s Catholic High School, Redditch.
The main organiser for the competition, Stourbridge Catenian Peter Harrington, said in conclusion, ‘We offer a big ‘thank you’ to the teachers who give so much of their time working with the students and all those who have supported them in their endeavours. We hope that all who have taken part today will draw positives from the experience and we wish them well, both for today, and more especially in their future chosen careers.
Stoke on Trent Circle enrolled new brother Stephen Thomas at their May Circle meeting last night (21 May 2019). Newly installed President Anthony Birks (on the left) was delighted to enroll a new member on his first night as president.
Membership Officer Barry Tunnicliffe is hopeful that initiatives being undertaken in local parishes will bear fruit with more new brothers joining in the near future.
The enrollment of Stephen Thomas follows 3 other new brothers joining Circles in the province which is an encouraging start to the year. If any Membership Officers would like support in attracting new members for their Circle then please contact David Prescott on 07702 605611 or email email@example.com