Kenilworth Circle trial Hybrid Circle Meeting

Kenilworth Circle trial Hybrid Circle Meeting

Kenilworth Circle’s first Hybrid Circle meeting at Chesford Grange on 14 October was a great success! There were 16 brothers in attendance and 1 visiting brother from Leamington Spa Circle who was also an observer. Dialled in on-line were a further 10 brothers and 2 visitors. Brothers met for a socially distanced drink before the Circle meeting and then reconvened after for a much needed drink and social catch-up!

The Chesford Grange Hotel has been extremely helpful in ensuring that the event was Covid-19 safe and ensuring we comply with all the guidelines.

Circle President Bede Hayes had this to say about the evening “It was great to be there physically with Brothers for the meeting although the circumstances were a little unfamiliar”.

                                            

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.

Shared Funding Project launch

Shared Funding Project launch

All Circle Membership Officers should now have received their email detailing the Shared Funding initiative and attached guidelines and application form.
The objective of the scheme is to assist Circles and Provinces with their Marketing and Membership plans financially so that there should be no reason why a Circle is not able to put such a plan into action. This of course fits very nicely with the Marketing & Membership workshop that the Province ran back in February and I am personally delighted that National Council have now recognised that Circles need this help. The application can be made by individual Circles, the Province and groups of Circles who may wish to undertake a Marketing initiative with a local Circle(s).
For smaller Circles with a low number of brothers or with limited financial resources, the Province may be able to assist further with resource or finance.
I am encouraged by the number of Circles in our Province that have already made considerable plans to market their Circles and therefore put themselves in a much better position to recruit new members and retain existing brothers. I do hope that every Circle in the Province takes advantage of this initiative and are able to access funds.
If anyone would like anymore information on the Shared Funding Project or need help with the application please do not hesitate to contact me.
I plan to contact each Membership Officer by the end of October to find out about your Circles plans and to see if I can help in any way.
With best wishes
Fraternally
David Prescott
Province 6 Fantasy Football League

Province 6 Fantasy Football League

As we approach the start of another football season, we have set-up a Provincial Fantasy Football League based on the official Premier League game (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/).
All brothers and family members are welcome to enter.
As well as representing yourself we thought it would be a fun idea if every entrant also represented their Circle, such that the scores of the top three representatives of each Circle are added together to give a Circle score. At the end of the season we are looking to award prizes to the winners and a small trophy to the winning Circle.
To see how to play and enter please visit https://fantasy.premierleague.com/
Joining the league couldn’t be easier. Simply use the link below and you’ll be added automatically after you’ve entered the game.
https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/z6ekyt
or press the “Join an Existing League” link and enter the League Code: z6ekyt
To give everyone sufficient time, the league is due to start on Saturday 3 October (Gameweek 4). So entries should be in by that date.
Looking forward to playing against you this season!

Robert Hodges of Kenilworth Circle has kindly offered to set up the league and answer any queries you may have setting up your team.
Robert can be contacted on robert_a_hodges@hotmail.com

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.

 

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