‘Chicks with Bricks’

‘Chicks with Bricks’

At Kenilworth Circle’s September dinner we were treated to a very fascinating and compelling talk on ‘women in construction’ by Brother Bede Hayes daughter Lucy Litwinco. Lucy gave us an insight into the world of construction from a female perspective and how she came to work in the industry. She is very much an advocate of working your way up through the business which she says is key to working with and gaining the respect of co-workers such as architects, developers, planners, tradesmen, contractors and surveyors. The dinner had a Sons, Daughters, Family and Friends theme so it was wonderful to have a daughter as an after dinner speaker. We were blessed with visitors on the night with 8 brothers from Leamington Spa circle, 3 visiting gentlemen and a further 7 guests.

Kidderminster Circle is hosting ‘At Home to Province’ on Thursday 28 November

Kidderminster Circle is hosting ‘At Home to Province’ on Thursday 28 November

The President and brothers of Kidderminster and District Catenians are delighted to announce that we have been selected to host this years ‘At Home’ event and cordially invite all brothers to attend this auspicious occasion. It is being held at our new venue- The Granary Hotel and Restaurant, Heath Lane, Shenstone, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 4BS, on the evening of Thursday 28 November.

The hotel boasts a reputation for fine quality food and has been awarded an AA rosette. Much of the produce and herbs are home grown in their own market garden. There is a private bar for our use and it also has a number of en suite bedrooms should any brothers wish to stay overnight. The car park is alongside the hotel and is on the same level as our private meeting area thus making access easy for wheelchairs and disabled brothers.

Hotel website link – https://www.granary-hotel.co.uk

Price: £20 for three courses, tea or coffee. Alternatives and dietary requirements can be accommodated provided sufficient notice is given.

Dress Code: Our normal circle attire of Lounge suits or jacket, collar and tie would apply.

Circle bookings (rather than individual would assist greatly) to Brother Bob Horton

Tel: 01299 879012 / 07734 111849 E-mail: rh@hortons464.f2s.com

Payment (if required – newly visiting presidents are especially welcome and gratis) via circle cheques should be sent before the meeting to Brother Richard Galle – (01299 826414) 12, Cleeve Close, Stourport on Severn, DY13 0NY

Please be aware the booking deadline is Saturday 23 November.

We look forward to welcoming friends old and new to this special event.

Malvern Catenians Take To The Water

Malvern Catenians Take To The Water

Pictured are Malvern Catenian President Jeremy Kearns and wife Geraldine riding the waves at Upton on Severn last week aboard The MV Conway Castle. This was a two hour expedition with a fish and chip lunch and 17 Brothers and wives joined in. We were blessed with a reasonable day weatherwise (apart from the rain) but great fun was had by all. The trip is definitely recommended to other seaworthy Circle members.

 

Public Speaking Competition – FINAL

Public Speaking Competition – FINAL

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

Brothers, wives, friends & family from Redditch, together with Brothers from Kidderminster, supported Lintu Tom from St. Augustine’s High School in Redditch. She represented Province 6 in the final of the Public Speaking Competition held in Manchester on Sunday 8th September. Although she didn’t win she gave a fantastic performance and we are very proud of her. Our thanks to St. Augustine’s High School for providing their school mini-bus to take us to Manchester. This was a very interesting & exciting afternoon & well worth the trip to Manchester. For those of you who missed the area final at Dudley or the national final I recomend you to experience this next year.

           

Even our driver enjoyed himself                     All 16 contestants. Lintu is back row left.

National President Phil Brown presents Lintu with her certificate

Redditch on air

Redditch on air

The Redditch Catenians and families visited the BBC studios in The Birmingham Mailbox on Saturday 24th August. We enjoyed a very interesting tour of the studios, which included Midlands Today, BBC radio and the famous and fascinating studio where The Archers are recorded. It was a really good experience to see behind the scenes, and indeed the ‘red sofa’ for real. The Archers studio was of particular interest, telling us how the listeners are very quick to contact them, if they got something wrong, like the incorrect sound effect. They are celebrating their 70th year, which I believe is a record breaker. We finished by performing our own episode of The Archers, unfortunately they were not interested in taking our details for future work. Bob Conner had an interview some years ago, but sadly did not get accepted, because he rustled his script! Some of us then enjoyed a lovely lunch at The Cafe Rouge, overlooking the canal, before returning home some by car and some by train, a great day, enjoyed by us all.Thanks to our VP Bro Nicholas who took all the pictures, which of course is why he isn’t on any of them!

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