Testing Your Local Royal Knowledge

Brothers  and guests had to think deeply at Sutton Coldfield’s  May meeting  when the after dinner entertainment  took the form of a quiz about the  Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield .Organised by  circle Brother Liam  Tomlinson ,assisted by his son Brian, with  four teams using their knowledge of the Royal Town to answer a variety of  questions including  pictures of local scenes  and general and also historic topics. Teams were asked to give themselves a  name  and after much effort and thought the ‘Two Mikes Team’  were declared the winners  comprising of Brothers Mike Gaffney, Mike  O’ Halloran , Martin  Wardell  and guests .  A  most thought provoking and enjoyable evening which will hopefully be repeated again. The circle were delighted to welcome  Brother Peter Pears and  his wife Patricia  from Streetly Circle  , Father Ryan Service , assistant priest Holy Trinity Sutton Coldfield  and  Holy Trinity parishioners – Jo Hanrahan  and Judith Millington. Picture shows the winning team  being presented with their prizes by Brother President Tony Walsh .

IT ALL ENDED UP LANDING IN A HEAP !!!!

IT ALL ENDED UP LANDING IN A HEAP !!!!

Brothers and guests initiatives were severely tested at Sutton Coldfield’s April meeting when after dinner all were invited to participate in a game of  GENGA . The name comes from the Swahili word “kujenga” which means ‘to build or construct’. Players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively more unstable structure. The game ends when the tower falls over. This task of course put all to the test each skilfully removing a block and hopefully at the same time not demolishing the tower. After numerous attempts, including a successful removal by Brother President Tony Walsh (pictured)   the tower remained in place but unfortunately after a brother, who will be nameless but a retired civil engineer removed a block and the inevitable happened – it all ended up landing in a heap. A most entertaining evening. The circle welcomed Brother Joe Martin of Leamington Spa Circle making his final visit in his role as Provincial President , Father Ryan Service, Assistant Priest – Holy Trinity Sutton Coldfield and Ann Edwards a Holy Trinity parishioner

TEE OFF INTO THE WORLD OF GOLF

TEE OFF INTO THE WORLD OF GOLF

Sutton Coldfield Circle at its March meeting had the pleasure of welcoming as the after dinner guest speaker Ian  Randell Chief Executive at Confederation of Professional Golf. Ian has the day-to-day responsibility for the management of an Association of 40 National Professional Golfers’ Associations with a collective membership of 12,550 PGA Professionals. He is a board member of Ryder Cup Europe and Board Trustee of Ryder Cup European Development Trust (RCEDT) . He gave an outline of the objectives of the association which included working with coaches and clubs and having a vision of creating a skilled workforce for the game. He remarked that since Covid 19 the participation in the game has increased and the game needs to be inclusive .He gave an insight and history of the Ryder Cup and its founder Sam Ryder, It will returning to Europe in 2027 at Adare Manor, County Limerick in Ireland. Brother President Peter Westbrook chaired a question and answer session with Ian which brothers and guests presented questions  which ranged from getting young  people into the game, the difference between American and British crowds at tournaments , the handicap system  and what has Rory McIlroy achieved for the sport. A challenge was set by Ian for each table to name the best Ryder Cup Team with a bottle of fine Scottish whisky as the prize. The winning table was led by Brother Vice President Tony Walsh.

A most interesting and enjoyable evening enjoyed by all present particularly the visiting brothers from the City of Lichfield Stafford Solihull and Streetly circles. Pictured from left  to right – Brother President Peter Westbrook , Ian Randell , and  Brother Vice President Tony Walsh with the winning team’s bottle of whisky.

 

 

100, not out!

100, not out!

Frank Doran, a member of Malvern Catenian Association Circle, is pictured following a party with his Catenian Association colleagues at The Worcestershire Golf Club. Frank reached 100 years of age in February and a celebration cake was shared with his Catenian friends, their wives and his son, Gerry. Also pictured is Catenian Circle President, John Duddington who recalled to the party a brief summary of Frank’s tremendous lifetime achievements. 

Frank was a founder member of Malvern Catenians, inaugurated in 1972, who have met monthly ever since (Pandemics excluded). A trained teacher of History, Frank in 1963 also founded Blessed Edward Oldcorne School in Worcester and served as Headmaster.

During the war with Germany Frank served with the 15th Air Formation Signals, taking part in the D Day landings – Gold Beach, subsequently fighting his way  across Northern France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany. He set up the first land – line contact with Paris. He has subsequently been awarded the French “Legion d’Honneur” medal.

On his Birthday Frank received a congratulatory card from King Charles and Queen Camilla together with a framed Blessing from Pope Francis.

 

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