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.

Presidents Mass, June 2017

On the 24th of June, the President's Mass was held at 5.30pm in the chapel of the Salesian College: the celebrant was Fr. Dan Donahoe.

After Mass we went to George and Margaret Reids home and had a very delicious supper in a small marquee in the garden. It really was an excellent occasion.

(Past) Presidents Dinner, April 2017

To avoid two major occasions in March the President's Dinner was held on the 22nd April - after the new President (George Reid) had been installed. It was a formal occasion with ladies. Guests were Rt Rev Cuthbert Brogan OSB Abbot of Farnborough, Sam Parkin's son, Richard, and Richard's wife Lesley. President Sam welcomed all ladies and guests, and then spoke about some of the visits made and how he had come to enjoy his time as president. As is customery, George Reid presented Sam with an engraved tankard and his wife Christine with a bouquet of flowers. Sam was also presented by George with a large box, the contents of which were not announced.

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

Sam Parkin speaking after dinner.

George Reid presenting an engraved tankard to Sam Parkin.

George Reid presenting a Bouquet to Christine Parkin.

George Reid making a second Presentation to Sam Parkin.

1000th Meeting, March 2017

On the 7th March, West Surrey (Circle 100) celebrated its 1000th meeting in Camberley. There were 89 Brothers and Guests at the dinner afterwards. Sam Parkin (President) welcomed Grand President David Rowley, Kevin Rafferty (National Treasurer), Roger Lillie (Provincial Director), and many Provincial Officers and Circle Presidents from inside and outside Province 11. Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop of the diocese of Arundel & Brighton was a special guest.

President Sam welcomed all the visitors, and talked about the history of the Circle and the run up to its inauguration in November 1928. He also presented Shane Leslie (who transferred into the Circle at the meeting) with a West Surrey Catenian tie, Paul Nolan with the West Surrey Golf Cup, and David Rowley with a contribution from the Circle towards a Catenian memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

David Rowley responded on behalf of the guests, giving his views on the Association and finally Bishop Richard Moth spoke about how members of the association can help young people in their career choices.

It was a very happy evening with an excellent meal which was enjoyed by all.

Bishop Richard Moth Enjoying Sam Parkin's Speech.

Sam Parkin (President West Surrey) being Congratulated by Grand President David Rowley.