Province 6 runs a 200 Club to raise money for the Bursary Fund.
The April winners were:
£70 Brother John Neale (Vale of Evesham)
£45 Brother John Barley (Stourbridge)
£30 Brother Gerry Higginbotham (City of Coventry)
£20 Stoke Circle
And the May winners were:
£70 Brother Alf Dineen (Sutton Coldfield)
£45 Brother Bernard O’Keefe (Vale of Evesham)
£30 Brother Rory O’Donnell (Streetly)
£20 Brother Fred Kettell (Sutton Coldfield)
One of the principal aims of the Catenian Association is to advance the interests of young people. Every year regional heats are arranged by local Catenians for students aged 16 to 18 in Catholic education to participate in public speaking competitions to find the contestants for the Association’s National Public Speaking Contest in Manchester later that year.
In our modern world it is essential that young people equip themselves with the skills to communicate clearly and effectively. To this end, competitors from 10 Midland Catholic secondary schools, their families, friends, teachers and Catenians converged on Bishop Milner Catholic College in Dudley on the afternoon of Sunday, 7 April for the Midland area heat of the Contest, which was organised this year by the Stourbridge Circle of the Association.
His Grace Archbishop Bernard Longley is the Patron of the Contest and he was joined on the judging panel by chief adjudicator Mr David Handy, Senior Student Recruitment Manager from Newman University, and by Mrs Angela Clancy, an experienced teacher. The judges and audience were treated to an extremely high level of speeches, with the contestants speaking on a number of subjects chosen by themselves from a varied list, ranging from ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ to ‘Are freedom fighters terrorists?’.
As the students waited for the panel of judges to deliberate, the audience was entertained by Andrew Temba, a talented student pianist at Bishop Milner College. Before announcing the winners, Mr David Handy commented on the quality of the speeches and gave the young people some advice on how to improve on their already high standards, particularly with regard to their choice of topic. He suggested it should be one that they are passionate and knowledgeable about, as this will show in the quality of the presentation.
After Archbishop Bernard had presented every competitor with a certificate and a £20 gift voucher, the top three places were announced. In third place was Natalie Andrews from Bishop Walsh Catholic School, Sutton Coldfield and in second place was Niamh Gibbons of Bishop Milner Catholic College. They received certificates and gift vouchers for £50 and £75 respectively. In first place was Linto Tom from St Augustine’s Catholic High School in Redditch, who received a certificate, a voucher for £100, the Catenian Association Shield, and £100 for her School.
The main organiser for the competition, Stourbridge Catenian Peter Harrington, said in conclusion, ‘We offer a big ‘thank you’ to the teachers who give so much of their time working with the students and all those who have supported them in their endeavours. We hope that all who have taken part today will draw positives from the experience and we wish them well, both for today, and more especially in their future chosen careers.
With the permission and endorsement of the school Head, Malvern Circle has embarked upon a kind of publicity exercise which involves members of the Circle and/or their wives giving short talks at the local (St Joseph’s) Primary School on the topic of their profession or job experiences or points of interest to the younger generation in working life. So far we have covered careers in medicine, the law, engineering, music, tourism and languages and so on. This programme of talks was introduced by Past President John Duddington. It is hoped that the talks will be of interest to parents also and thereby help to spread the word about who the Catenians are and what they do. In addition to this programme of career talks the Circle has endorsed prizes awarded to the scholars who have shown improvement in various fields throughout the school term. It is hoped these prizes will entice young people to read more about their favourite subjects. Don’t miss next month’s news which will we hope show our Provincial President talking to the youngsters about careers in horticulture. All interested Brothers are welcome to join us in this exciting venture and thereby help to spread the Catenian message. You may wish to involve a school in your area?
Don’t worry, we are still around and will be for many years!!
Over 50 ladies, brothers, friends, neighbours and not for getting our friends from Leamington Spa Circle enjoyed a great entertaining evening at WH Peacock (Locke & England) auction rooms In Leamington Spa on 28 May 2019.
The evening consisted of welcome drinks, an introduction to the world of auctions & valuations, a valuation competition, cheese and biscuits while we marked the competition and a Q&A session at the end. All of this was with the compliments of Locke & England – Auctioneers and Valuers. Everyone enjoyed the evening and it gave a fascinating insight into the world of auctions with amusing anecdotes and stories. The competition comprised of 13 lots of which estimates of the the items for sale in the forthcoming auction were given. The winner of the valuation competition was Sandy Rice (pictured with Tim Brophy – marketing manager WH Peacock).
Stoke on Trent Circle enrolled new brother Stephen Thomas at their May Circle meeting last night (21 May 2019). Newly installed President Anthony Birks (on the left) was delighted to enroll a new member on his first night as president.
Membership Officer Barry Tunnicliffe is hopeful that initiatives being undertaken in local parishes will bear fruit with more new brothers joining in the near future.
The enrollment of Stephen Thomas follows 3 other new brothers joining Circles in the province which is an encouraging start to the year. If any Membership Officers would like support in attracting new members for their Circle then please contact David Prescott on 07702 605611 or email email@example.com