Province 6 weekend has always been a well attended event in the Provincial calendar. An excellent value weekend break in a well appointed hotel – its a great way to catch up with friends old and new.
Please do think about supporting the Provincial weekend in (usually) sunny Bournemouth from 9th to 11th February 2024. This is a fantastic weekend organised by Mike and Joan Sherrard. They secure great rooms rates so it is always worth staying for a day or two extra as there are loads of attractions and things to do close by. If you have not been before the hotel is right by the seafront and is a short walk into Bournemouth town centre. A stroll along the seafront to blow the winter cobwebs away is just the ticket in February! The fancy dress competition is always good fun and Mike and Joan would be very happy to have more entrants. I look forward to seeing you all there!
Director Province 6
Sutton Coldfield Circle are holding their Annual Race Night at their circle meeting on Monday 9th October at its usual venue Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield . Circles in Province No6 are invited to come and join us for a fun packed evening to raise funds for an orphanage in Columbia at which one of circle Brother Steve Broom’s daughters has been undertaking valuable voluntary work. We look forward to seeing you .Bookings to Brother Steve Broom firstname.lastname@example.org or ‘phone 0789002551 by 6-00pm on Thursday 5th October.
At the beginning of September, a long awaited visit to His Majesty King Charles’ private home at Highgrove, Gloucestershire was made by keen gardeners from Malvern Circle. A guided tour, followed by a cream tea in the onsite cafe was enjoyed by 9 brothers, wives and friends. The weather absolutely glorious and the gardens were beginning to show their autumnal splendour. Many interesting architectural features on the tour gave inspiration to us all.
Although photographs in the gardens and around the house are not permitted, the Malvern visitors managed to get a record in the café.
On Saturday 16 September 2023, our Circle President, had his President Mass at Olton Friary was concelebrated by Fr Bijou (parish priest) & Fr Enrico (‘Provincial’ for the Italian section of the Sacred Heart Father’s order) went very well, and was attended by about 40 or so Brothers, Wives, Guests & Children.
Fr Bijou made a speech at the end of Mass greatly praising Bro Harold (our President) – we later joked with Harold that it was a virtual ‘canonisation’ ! It was followed by tea/coffee plus sandwiches & cakes in the parish hall, which were delicious
The September Circle meeting at Nuthurst Grange went without issues, and (in a first Circle departure from normal Catenian practice) the Chairman was Mary Johnson (wife of Bro Bill) which was as we expected from a former headmistress – flawless !
The guest speaker was Stuart Shelton, along with his wife Sarah the new young Head of St Peter’s Catholic School in Solihull who introduced himself very personably and told us of his background and his ambitions in his new role.
Stuart Shelton pointed out that he is a St Peter’s old-boy having first attended Our Lady of the Wayside Primary school, Stuart explained that he lived in Dubai for five years before moving back to the UK. When in the UK Stuart Shelton was head teacher of Four Swellings in Quinton before taking on the position of Head teacher at St Peter’s.
Before becoming a teacher Stuart Shelton was an engineering apprentice, before deciding that teaching was his vocation.
It was good to meet and hear from a leader in local Catholic Education and to appreciate him as a person and not just a Headmaster….!