On 7th February, Droitwich Circle moved to its new meeting and dinner venue:
The Pear Tree Inn & Country Hotel,
Tel: 01905 756565
Fax: 01905 756777
A total of twenty-eight brothers, visitors and guests enjoyed an excellent meal and registered their approval of the new location.
A reminder – the 7th March meeting will be a ladies’ informal preceded by Mass for Vocations.
The chosen charity of Brother President Mark McGrail of Sutton Coldfield Circle (232) during his term of office has been the Lisieux Trust, a local Sutton Coldfield charity which assists and gives advice to people in the community with disabilities. The charity has close links to the Circle as a number of Brothers were involved with its establishment over 30 years ago. During Brother Mark’s year, a number of fund-raising events have been held, including a very successful auction which raised £660. The total amount raised topped £2032 — a figure to equal the number of the Circle!
The photograph shows the presentation of the cheque outside Lisieux Trust headquarters with (left to right) Brother President Mark McGrail. Helen McGrail, Jess Alsop- Greenacre (Chief Executive of the Trust) and Brother Secretary Steve Broom.
If it’s early January it must be time again for Leamington Spa Circle’s special Dad’s, Lads and Daughters Evening. Once again the emphasis was on the family and the event was widened to include nephews and nieces and in-laws. With no worries this year about severe weather conditions there was a good turnout of Brothers and their relations. Everyone enjoyed a good meal and a lot of chat and laughter. The young ones certainly enlivened the evening and it was a pleasure to have so many present. It was a very successful and convivial evening to start the new year at the Chesford Grange Hotel.
What better to chase away the January blues after all the dull, damp and cold weather than to go out for a meal with your Catenian friends and their wives. Once again our thanks go to Brother Paul Mayman for organising our now annual ‘pilgrimage’ to the excellent Emperors Chinese Restaurant in south Leamington. Good company, tasty food, and lots of chat and laughter made sure it was an enjoyable evening.
The Provincial Weekend officially ends today, and after Mass at 10:30am and lunch many people head for home. However, quite a number of us opt to stay an extra night; the principal advantage, apart from having more of a good thing, is that we don’t have to rush to vacate our rooms before Mass.
The final lunch was a pleasant one. Provincial President Danny McAree (pictured) presented the hotel manager Andy with a collection for the staff which had raised around £600 and also made a well-deserved presentation to Joan and Mike Sherrard, who had organised the weekend.