An Evening With The Lieutenancy
Sutton Coldfield Circle had possibly the most interesting and informative after circle event for many years at their May meeting when they heard all about the work of the West Midlands Lieutenancy . Kate Canty , Clerk to the West Midlands ‘s Lord Lieutenant’s Office and Simon Topman M.B.E a Deputy Lieutenant gave a joint presentation on the origins ,role, functions and experiences of the Lord Lieutenant’s Office. Lord Lieutenants originated in the time of King Henry VIII with each county having a Lord Lieutenant being a representative of the Monarchy. However over the years and by 1900 it had become just an honorary position, a militia and not very useful. That situation has now changed today with the Lieutenancy’s main purpose of upholding the dignity of the crown and uniting communities in our particular area being the West Midlands. The present Lord Lieutenant Sir John Crabtree O.B.E has 68 deputies serving the 3 million people of the West Midlands , one of which is our own Brother Chris Loughran of Solihull Circle . Deputies are appointed for their standing and playing some part in local communities and who can get things done. Also during the presentation there were examples outlined of the arranging and undertaking of Royal visits some of which didn’t go quite according to plan. In all a very informative and intensely interesting evening with those present now knowing the important role of the Lieutenancy in the West Midlands. Pictured are from left to right – Simon Topman M.B.E. D.L Brother President Peter Westbrook and Kate Canty.
Key Speaker At Sutton Coldfield’s May Meeting
At Sutton Coldfield’s May Circle Meeting on Monday 15th May at its usual venue – Moor Hall Hotel , Sutton Coldfield Kate Canty Clerk to the West Midland’s Lord Lieutenants Office will give a talk after dinner on the role functions and experiences of the Lord Lieutenant’s Office. It is highly likely that a Deputy Lord Lieutenant will also be present. Kate has a wealth of stories and examples which will illuminate how visits ,awards and special occasions are organised and followed up.. This is especially relevant in this Coronation Year and we look forward in welcoming brothers from circles within the Province. If circles are visiting please contact for dinner numbers Brother Fred Kettell on 0121 241 3424.no later than Thursday 11th May. We look forward to seeing you.
Malvern Catenians in Coronation mode
Some pictures of Malvern Circle celebrating the up-coming coronation of King Charles with lots of goodies to eat and drink – prepared by the Malvern Circle ladies and an appropriate amount of wall dressing. 25 Circle Brothers and wives took part as well as our Parish Priest, Fr. Nazarius Mgungwe. Lots of patriotic music was sounding out courtesy of Mrs Dorothy Kenny and son Jeremy. We all wish his Majesty a long and happy reign!
A Trio For Sutton Coldfield Circle
Sutton Coldfield Circle held its April meeting at Moor Hall Hotel Sutton Coldfield on Monday April 17th and welcomed three new brothers into the Association and the circle . Tony Mc Daid who is CEO and Director of Clerking for a Barristers Chambers , Silvano Bisconti a Senior Financial Director and Mark Anson who is an Engineering Machine Sales Manager. The meeting was the occasion of the Circle’s AGM, installation of new officers and newly elected President Brother Peter Westbrook’s first task was to enrol the new brothers . All three brothers after their enrolment expressed individually during the meeting how pleased they were to join and looked forward to undertake an active involvement in the circle and the wider Association. Also present at the meeting was Provincial Membership Officer and Provincial Director elect Brother David Prescott of Kenilworth Circle who congratulated the three new brothers and also the circle on its recruitment efforts. Pictured left to right are Brother President Peter Westbrook, Brother Silvano Bisconti, Provincial Membership Officer David Prescott., Brother Mark Anson and Brother Tony McDaid
Province 6 Public Speaking Competition 2023
The 37th Public Speaking Competition for Province 6 was held at Newman University on Thursday 23 March 2023. Congratulations to Laura Brine of Hagley Catholic High School for taking first place with her inspirational talk on “The impact of climate change is the biggest world challenge today”. In second place was Imogen Kielstra and third was Tishauny Hamilton. The standard of speaking was exceptional and it was a very entertaining evening for all that attended.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Newman University for hosting the event once more, the facilities at the university are excellent for this type of event and the marketing team led by Josie Frater could not have been more helpful. I would also like to thank the 3 adjudicators, Professor Richard Medcalf, David Handy and Mrs Angela Clancy, it wasn’t an easy task to decide on the winner. Huge thanks also must go to Henry Whitney from Leamington Spa Circle for his excellent work as MC for the evening. I would also like to thank Jeremy Turner – President of Kenilworth Circle for orgainsing the event on behalf of the Province.
Laura will go on to represent Province 6 in the National Competition in Manchester on 10th September. It would be lovely to give Laura some rousing support in the final.
PS Thanks to Peter Harrington for taking the photos and his superb support and advice in the organising of the competition.