Droitwich & District Circle 151 has changed its venue. It was all of a rush as its old venue was taken over in December by the Home Office as an Asylum Seekers Hotel.
Droitwich & District Circle will now meet on the first Thursday of each month from January 2023 at The St Andrews Town Hotel, Droitwich.\
Tel: 01905 779 677
ST. ANDREWS TOWN HOTEL,
ST. ANDREWS DRIVE,
Please note that the April meeting date has been changed from Maundy Thursday to 13th April.
Football was the main focus of Sutton Coldfield’s January meeting held at Moor Hall Hotel Sutton Coldfield on Monday 9th January when they welcomed John Eustace Head Coach of Championship side Birmingham City F.C . John was introduced by Vice President Peter Westbook who outlined his playing career at Coventry City, Stoke City, Watford and Derby County and his managerial career at Kidderminster Harriers , Queens Park Rangers and now at Birmingham City. John then took part in a question and answer session from brothers and guests on subjects ranging from – The challenges of a managerial position , relationship with players supporters club, talking to the media preparing for games , financial aspect of the club and the transfer market. The evening was most informative into the insight of the game and was particularly welcomed by all blues fans in the room. John Eustace personally introduced himself to all those present finding out there were rival supporters from Aston Villa, Southampton and Stoke City. Two circle Blue Nose supporters – Mike Mc Namara and Liam Tomlinson are seen in the photo together with John Eustace in the centre.
Sutton Coldfield Circle held its Christmas Party after its meeting on 12thDecember . Although attendance was down on pre covid occasions some 35 brothers, wives and guests enjoyed a festive occasion . In the chair at dinner was Brother Fred Kettell who ably led the assembled in a range of popular carols. At the circle meeting Brother President Mark McGrail Presented Brother Mike Gaffney with a £50-00 celebration gift voucher on behalf of the circle to mark the occasion of the award of his 50 year Membership Scroll at the November Circle meeting.
Sutton Coldfield’s November Circle’s meeting on November 14th turned out to be a double special celebration with two 50 year membership scrolls being presented instead of a planned one by Great Britain National President Brother Roger Lillie. At Streetly Circle’s meeting a week before a 50 year scroll was due to be presented to Brother Peter Dickens but unfortunately Brother Roger’s car broke down in Oxford on his way to Streetly’s venue at Lee Marston near Coleshill. However all was not lost with Brother Peter and his wife Vickie being invited to attend Sutton Coldfield’s Circle meeting at which Brother Mike Gaffney together with his twin sister Elizabeth was being presented with his 50 year scroll
The meeting and dinner which followed was an outstanding success with over 110 attending including brothers,wives and guests. It was an honour not only to have Brother Roger attending but also his wife Margaret together with Brother Provincial President Andrew Bodger , Brother Director John Minster and his wife Gill , Provincial Officers , Presidents and brothers from some 14 circles in the Province. Brother Roger gave a brief resume of Brother Mike and Peter’s achievements which included the various offices held within the respective circles and the contribution that they had given to the Association over the years. The Morgan Cup raised £325.17 for the Bursary Fund. It was also an opportunity for brothers from around the Province to meet together again after the end of the Covid 19 restrictions.
This year’s Requiem Mass for the deceased Brothers and Ladies of Province 6 was celebrated on Saturday, 5 November in St Chad’s Cathedral. The Cathedral Dean, Mgr Timothy Menezes, was the Celebrant and Homilist, and he was assisted by Deacon Brother Peter Tibke; MC Brother John Neale and his team of Catenian servers; cantors Anne Tible and Brother Ed Coxhead; and organist Professor David Saint. Brother Provincial Vice President Joe Martin read the First Reading and Brother Provincial President Andrew Bodger read the Second Reading. The liturgy was prepared by Brother Alan Smith, assisted by the Dean’s PA, Trish Brookes. Photographs are © 2022, Brother Peter Harrington.
The Mass was live-streamed for the benefit of those who could not attend in person and a collection was taken in aid of the Cathedral Development Fund.