Sutton Coldfield Circle at its June meeting  welcomed Sharon Mc Call and Caroline Gorman  from Tabor Living who gave a presentation on the work of the charity which provides  better opportunities for people experiencing homelessness in Birmingham. Based at St Catherine’s  church in Bristol Street the charity works with people over 25 of any gender and  offers first steps and move on accommodation with tailored support for people at different stages of their journey away from homelessness.  Brother President Tony Walsh has chosen Tabor Living as his charity for his presidential year and  the circle will be organising a number of fund raising events for the  charity  providing  an essential facility helping the  homelessness situation within the city. The circle were also delighted to welcome  Brother Provincial President Jim Gillen  and  Brother Barry Tunnicliffe and his wife  Bernardette  from Stoke on Trent Circle .


North Warwickshire goes Japanese

On a warm Monday May evening Brothers and Wives of North Warwickshire was treated to a talk by Bro Lawrence Conway who detail his career in the gas Industry first in Solihull, working for the Gas research council, then followed by a spell in Japan as a junior engineer installing a new power solution, then years, working for a few years, in Japan and then coming back to Japan as tourist with his late wife Margaret, showing some pictures of their time which was very fascinating.

Bro Lawrence also brought down a few items from his and Margaret trips to Japan. Afterwards Brothers and wives thank Bro. Laurence for a very interesting and at times emotional talk.

After the Talk Brother Tony Taylor gave his thoughts on Bro Laurence Talk


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 .



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

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