September Ladies Night

This was a formal occasion, with the ladies looking delightful and the men in their dinner jackets. Fr. Dan Dononhoe SDB was the only guest but Province 11 Director Roger Lilie of Southampton Circle was also present. President George Reid welcomed Fr. Dan and Roger Lillie and the ladies. He then want on to tell some stories about babies. Roger Lillie replied on behalf of the guests and told a very amusing story about whether a computer should be considered male or female. Finally, Walter Noronha and Peter Attridge ran the draw which had some lovely gifts. A really wonderful evening.

Director Roger Lillie Speaking. His wife Margaret and Fr. Dan Dononhoe in the background.

July Ladies Night

It was a beautiful evening on the 4th July and while we had our meeting the ladies gathered outside to talk and enjoy the fresh air. A total of 81 brothers and guests enjoyed a very pleasant dinner. Therer were 7 visiting brothers, 4 from Salisbury, 2 from Portsmouth and one from Woking. In addition Fr. Tony Chantry of Missio was present.

After dinner, President George Reid welcomed the Ladies and visitors. Then Sam Parkin presnted a cheque for 2455 (the result of the President's Charity during his term in office) to Fr. Chantry, to be used by Missio to support the training of priests in a Kenyan seminary. Fr. Chantry thanked the circle and gave some background on the work Missio does.

Finally there was the customary draw in which there were many more prizes than usual - Walter Noronha and Pat Quigley did the draw together to speed things up. A really wonderful evening.

Some of the Diners at the July Ladies Night

Peter Armstrong (Portsmouth President) Speaking on behalf of the Guests.

Sam Parkin Presenting a Cheque to Fr. Chantry of Missio.

Visit to Boshham, June 2017

On the 16th June nine brothers went to Bosham in two cars on a trip organised by Chris and Ellen Smith. They know the area because their yacht is moored nearby. We walked along the front and then went into a nice cafe for coffee, Ruth. a daughter of Peter Attridge, is responsible for the running of a Chidmere House, a lovely old house and the 33 acres surrounding it. The owners were away but Ruth was able to take us round the extensive garden, which included a football pitch, a childrens area, a full size swimming pool and a tennis court. The original part of the house is thought to date from the 1500's and the newer parts blend in very sympathetically.

Their is a large orchard across the road which the owners of the house have given to a charity so that they can use apples to make apple juice and sell - with a quantity being given back to the owners - we were each presnted with a bottle at the end of our tour.

As usual the evening ended with the raffle, expertly organised by Chris Smith.

View of Chidmere House, near Bosham..

The Bosham Group Enjoying Lunch.