Sutton Coldfield Circle President Brother Peter Westbrook and his wife Sandra spent Christmas and the New Year with his son Oliver and family in Sydney , Australia . On their outward journey they also visited Japan. Whilst in Australia Peter visited Harbourside North Circle No 330 and was warmly welcomed by the brothers including Graham Short Australia National Council President and a member of Harbourside North Circle and Roland Mc Gready the circle’s Vice President. Brother Peter is now wondering if this is the furthest visit made by a Brother from Province No 6 during this Catenian year. In the photo are from left to right are Brother Graham Short Brother Roland Mc Gready , Brother Peter Westbrook and his son Oliver.
On a November evening in Solihull, Bothers, Wives and Widows of North Warwickshire met at Columban Fathers to remember it former Brothers, and wives, The Mass was led by Columban Fr. Bernard McDermott along with Fr Pat Sayles, an old friends of circle.
As an added bonus a Brother who was on the unwell for a few weeks in 2023, felt he was able to come over to the Columban Fathers to join the Brothers of North Warwickshire.
After the Mass, the hall was transformed into hall where the traditional share supper was held.
Photos © 2023 Peter Harrington
Pictured are Malvern Circle members enjoying a guided tour of “Hellens” – a popular Herefordshire Manor House. Situated in Much Markle the House is open to the public a couple of times in the week during the summer months. Guided tours are available for a small sum and Malvern took the opportunity of a fine afternoon in October to hire a guide and to enjoy a cream tea afterwards.
The Manor house is in family ownership and has origins going back for a thousand years and contains many items of historical origin including lots of very beautiful artwork. The House is allegedly haunted by 3 ghosts of people who have lived and died there in the past. In the extensive gardens as well as a herbarium there is situated a maze, sculptures, parterres and a (modern day) stone circle with poetic and literary inscriptions.
At the beginning of September, a long awaited visit to His Majesty King Charles’ private home at Highgrove, Gloucestershire was made by keen gardeners from Malvern Circle. A guided tour, followed by a cream tea in the onsite cafe was enjoyed by 9 brothers, wives and friends. The weather absolutely glorious and the gardens were beginning to show their autumnal splendour. Many interesting architectural features on the tour gave inspiration to us all.
Although photographs in the gardens and around the house are not permitted, the Malvern visitors managed to get a record in the café.