The motto of the guild of St Stephen is “CUI SERVIRE REGNARE EST” -To serve is to reign” and this has been the way of life of Peter Armstrong, Vice President of Malvern Circle who was recently awarded the Guild of St Stephen’s gold medal for 50 years’ service to God and the Church as an altar server. This is the highest award of the Guild for long service.The Guild motto is printed on the front of the medal and on the back is the title of the Guild “SANCTI STEPHANI ARCHISOLDALITAS” – Archconfraternity of St Stephen. The Greek letters Chi and Rho in the centre are the first letters of “Christ”.
Peter says: “This is the medal for serving on the altar for over fifty years. I have served all over the world in my career in the armed forces, Australia, Cyprus, West Germany and the UK and retired with the rank of Major. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to assist the clergy by serving on the altar over the years and I shall continue to do so at St Joseph’s Church in Malvern.”
Peter is pictured front-row on the right.
On Thursday 21st. November Redditch Circle hosted their annual Mastermind Competition. A good turnout of 7 circles, all bringing their own competitor, led to a very successful & enjoyable evening. Brother Adrian was as usual responsible for collating all the questions, giving each contestant 2 minutes to answer general knowledge questions covering a wide range of topics. He was assisted by VP Nicholas & time keeper John. There were some very high scores but the clear winner was Peter Finkal of Stratford upon Avon circle. Provincial President Paul Clancy presented Peter with the winners cup. A special category was included for Liam Kane who answered questions about his school, Ampleforth, he was presented with a bottle of beer with instructions not to drink it before his 18th. birthday in December!!! We expect to enrol Liam into our circle at our January BURNS NIGHT meeting. This is a Ladies Formal Evening on Friday 17th January which will be attended by our National President Phil Brown.
Malvern Catenians enjoyed a tasty night out at a local Indian restaurant with VIP representation in the form of Provincial President Paul Clancy and wife Angela (pictured). Paul and Angela have become regulars at our “Indian nights”
Calling all Circle Membership and Marketing Officers………
Save the date!
On Saturday 29th February 2020 the Province will be holding a workshop that will help Circles develop or create a marketing strategy that will assist in the recruitment of new members and help retain existing brothers. Membership is THE most pressing topic for all Circles and we hope that all Circle Membership and Marketing Officers will be able to attend.
The workshop will be held at Lea Marston Hotel near Kingsbury B76 0BY. More details of the workshop content and timings will be published when confirmed.
David Prescott firstname.lastname@example.org 07702 605611
47 Brothers and Ladies including two children from Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, North Warwickshire and Solihull Circles gathered on a very wet Friday evening the 18th October at the Navigation Inn Wootton Wawen for an evening of skittles. Inside there was a wood burner which, with the intensity of play, became very cosy.
All those attending played three rounds with a pub supper in the middle of play. The order of play, scoring and recording was ably carried out by Brother John Byrne and Brother John Clarke both of North Warwickshire. Daniel and Jacob Hill from Kenilworth were kept busy as pin boys throughout the evening and were rewarded with a box of chocolates each for their hard work.
The winning Brother was Rex Marfleet of Solihull Circle and the winning Lady was Sue Clarke of North Warwickshire. The calculation of the winning Circle required precise mathematics to be employed due to the difference in the numbers attending from each Circle. After much consultation Leamington Spa were announced the winners and Brother Paolo La Barbera accepted a bottle of wine on behalf of his Circle.
It was agreed that it was an evening to be held again at the Navigation Inn and that if more skittles playing Circles were involved, this could evolve into some form of knock out competition. Brother Bede Hayes of Kenilworth Circle will be contacting those Circles known to already play skittles, but if any other Circles would like to join in please contact him.
Report by Bede Hayes – Kenilworth Circle