Malvern Circle lockdown garden competition

Malvern Circle lockdown garden competition

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.

Malvern Circle – The First Supper?

Malvern Circle – The First Supper?

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.

 

A letter from Mulavukad (Bolgatty Island)

A letter from Mulavukad (Bolgatty Island)

Dear Brother Paul,
Hi, We are living in a place called Bolgatty Island. Our parish is St Sebastian’s Church, Bolgatty established in 1842, which consists of 750 families, 3016 parishioners, in the Archdiocese of Verapoly. St Sebastian’s Church has received a major makeover and was consecrated in 2013. The feast of St Sebastian is celebrated on the Sunday after the 20th of January each year. There is a palace on our island called Bolgatty Palace, 1.5 miles from my home, built by the Dutch. One of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland, this quaint mansion was built in 1744 by Dutch traders and later extended and gardens landscaped around it. The building was then the Governor’s palace for the commander of Dutch Malabar, and in 1909 was leased to the British. It served as the home of the British governors, being the seat of the British Resident of Cochin during the British Raj. In 1947, when India attained independence, the palace became the property of the Kerala state and was converted into a heritage hotel resort. Bolgatty Palace has a swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, ayurvedic centre, marina and daily Kathakali performances and is a holiday destination for tourists.
Bye for now,
William
Hoisting the flag on the Feast of St Sebastian:
Kathleen Jupp RIP

Kathleen Jupp RIP

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.