IT ALL ENDED UP LANDING IN A HEAP !!!!

IT ALL ENDED UP LANDING IN A HEAP !!!!

Brothers and guests initiatives were severely tested at Sutton Coldfield’s April meeting when after dinner all were invited to participate in a game of  GENGA . The name comes from the Swahili word “kujenga” which means ‘to build or construct’. Players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively more unstable structure. The game ends when the tower falls over. This task of course put all to the test each skilfully removing a block and hopefully at the same time not demolishing the tower. After numerous attempts, including a successful removal by Brother President Tony Walsh (pictured)   the tower remained in place but unfortunately after a brother, who will be nameless but a retired civil engineer removed a block and the inevitable happened – it all ended up landing in a heap. A most entertaining evening. The circle welcomed Brother Joe Martin of Leamington Spa Circle making his final visit in his role as Provincial President , Father Ryan Service, Assistant Priest – Holy Trinity Sutton Coldfield and Ann Edwards a Holy Trinity parishioner

TEE OFF INTO THE WORLD OF GOLF

TEE OFF INTO THE WORLD OF GOLF

Sutton Coldfield Circle at its March meeting had the pleasure of welcoming as the after dinner guest speaker Ian  Randell Chief Executive at Confederation of Professional Golf. Ian has the day-to-day responsibility for the management of an Association of 40 National Professional Golfers’ Associations with a collective membership of 12,550 PGA Professionals. He is a board member of Ryder Cup Europe and Board Trustee of Ryder Cup European Development Trust (RCEDT) . He gave an outline of the objectives of the association which included working with coaches and clubs and having a vision of creating a skilled workforce for the game. He remarked that since Covid 19 the participation in the game has increased and the game needs to be inclusive .He gave an insight and history of the Ryder Cup and its founder Sam Ryder, It will returning to Europe in 2027 at Adare Manor, County Limerick in Ireland. Brother President Peter Westbrook chaired a question and answer session with Ian which brothers and guests presented questions  which ranged from getting young  people into the game, the difference between American and British crowds at tournaments , the handicap system  and what has Rory McIlroy achieved for the sport. A challenge was set by Ian for each table to name the best Ryder Cup Team with a bottle of fine Scottish whisky as the prize. The winning table was led by Brother Vice President Tony Walsh.

A most interesting and enjoyable evening enjoyed by all present particularly the visiting brothers from the City of Lichfield Stafford Solihull and Streetly circles. Pictured from left  to right – Brother President Peter Westbrook , Ian Randell , and  Brother Vice President Tony Walsh with the winning team’s bottle of whisky.

 

 

Calling All Province Golfers

Calling All Province Golfers

Sutton Coldfield  Circle  at its March meeting to be held on Monday 11th March  7-00pm at its usual venue Moor Hall  Hotel, Sutton Coldfield will have the pleasure of welcoming Ian  Randell Director of the PGA . Ian will be talking  about his view on the state of golf , on the Ryder Cup and what goes on behind the scenes.( This event was postponed from our November meeting )  There will be audience participation so  circle golfers come along with your questions .  Whether you are a golfer or just enjoy the game  don’t miss this rare opportunity to be present at this unique event. Wives are also invited. Bookings to Brother Steve Broom 07879002551 or e-mail   thebroomies@hotmail.com    by Thursday 7th March.

 

 

 

Sutton Coldfield Circle Welcomes Local Clergy

Sutton Coldfield Circle Welcomes Local Clergy

At Sutton Coldfield”s February meeting held at its usual venue Moor Hall Hotel  seven members of the local clergy enjoyed the company of circle brothers and visitors at dinner. The clergy attending were Fr Ryan Service and Fr David Lacy both assistant priests at  Holy Trinity Sutton Coldfield , Father Simon Ellis . parish priest of St Margret Mary Perry Common  Msgr David Cousins retired priest of the Sacred Heart Mere Green,  Canon Michael Dolman Rector of Oscott College together with  Fr James Preston , Spiritual Director  and Deacon Frank Westcott a student. The circle also welcomed visitors from Kenilworth Circle – Brother President Danny Mc Aree accompanied by Brother Provincial  Director and Membership Officer David Prescott  and Brother Peter Rand. From Leamington Spa Circle Brother Provincial President Joe Martin and Brother Henry Witney  and from Hinckley Circle Brother Chris Pears. Three ladies also joined the circle at dinner Janet Diamond . widow of Sutton Coldfield Brother Jim Diamond and a Past Provincial President and two parishioners from  Holy Trinity Sutton Coldfield- Judith Millington and Jo Hanrahan . A  most enjoyable and relaxed  evening was experienced by all attending.

 

Sutton Coldfield Welcomes Tom

Sutton Coldfield Welcomes Tom

Sutton Coldfield at its February meeting welcomed new member Tom Williams into the Circle and the Association. Tom is a parishioner of Holy Trinity Sutton Coldfield and is Head of Year and teacher of mathematics at Bishop Vesey Grammar School Sutton Coldfield . He is married to Elizabeth and they have two children . He is a native of Newcastle Under Lyme and is an avid Port Vale football supporter . Over the last eighteen months the circle has recruited five new brothers into the circle and has an active recruitment programme. In the photograph are left to right –  Director and Provincial  Membership Officer Brother  David Prescott,  Brother Tom Williams , Sutton Coldfield Circle  President Brother Peter Westbrook and Provincial President Joe Martin .

CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKES IN JANUARY !!!!!

CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKES IN JANUARY !!!!!

Sutton Coldfield Circle  held its  first  meeting of the  New Year  on January 8th at its  usual venue Moor Hall Hotel , Sutton Coldfield . Being held just after Christmas and the New Year festivities it was planned to be just a relaxing evening  after the circle meeting  and dinner . However much to the amusement of all those present the hotel management had placed Christmas crackers on the dining tables. Once these had been pulled the usual corny jokes were  evident which were of course exchanged and produced much humour  amongst those present. The circle was pleased to welcome visitor  Brother President Mike Neal of Redditch Circle  and visiting gentleman Tom Williams . Brother Mike added to the humour of the evening with a turkey version of the twelve days of Christmas. An enjoyable evening had by all.