In order to keep us occupied during lockdown, we decided to hold a garden competition to see how Brothers and wives had improved their gardens during this time. Pictured is the award of a £25 garden centre voucher to the winner, last year’s President Jeremy Kearns, who, with his wife Geraldine, had made the biggest impression on their garden. On the right, making the award during our second post-lockdown ladies’ evening, is Vince Conway, Press and Publicity Officer for the Circle.
Pictured are some of Malvern Circle Brothers and wives enjoying our first post-lockdown ladies’ evening. The Circle decided to postpone the first formal meeting until later and instead to entertain our ladies to dinner at the meeting venue. We were required by the hotel management to observe social distancing throughout as you can see and wore our very attractive masks before and after dinner. We were expecting Brother Director John Minister to honour us on this special occasion but unfortunately the dreadful weather prevented this. Sadly we also observed a minute’s silence before the meal to remember two recently deceased and long-standing Brothers – Stan Williams and Paul Mitchell. RIP.
During a recent holiday to New Zealand I came across a rather large chain at the bottom of the South Island which immediately put me in mind of our Organisation. Is this taking “Catena” to extremes?
Stoke-on-Trent Circle mourn the death of Kathleen Jupp, wife of Brother Kenneth Jupp. She died on 4th June. Her father, Patrick McKnight, was a founding brother of Stoke-on-Trent Circle. Kathleen and Kenneth, both teachers in Catholic schools, met through their shared interest in cine photography. They married in December 1955. Kenneth joined Stoke-on-Trent Circle in 1962. In 2012, Kathleen remarked that she had been connected with Catenianism all her life! She and Kenneth were prolific visitors across Province 6 and beyond, especially during his year as Provincial President 1993-94, and their membership of the Catenian Caravanning Fellowship since 1968 brought more distant Circles within range. Latterly, while they were still well enough to visit, Ladies Informals were their priority. Readers of the /Catena/ letters pages will recall Kathleen’s spirited advocacy for all major celebrations to be for members and their ladies.
May Kathleen rest in peace and rise in glory. Of your charity, please pray for her and for the consolation of Brother Kenneth, and their son and daughters and grandchildren.