Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 1 October 2019

Celebrating Centenary in Style

Cardiff Circle celebrated their Centenary on 28 September 2019 at Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral and Jury’s Inn Hotel. The event commenced with Holy Mass at the cathedral at which The Most Reverend George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff was the celebrant and The Very Reverend Canon Peter Collins, and The Reverend Father Daniel Stanton were co-celebrants. During the Mass the Archbishop blessed and dedicated a memorial plaque to the centenary which will be installed in the Cathedral. The Mass was attended by around 120 brothers and ladies including Great Britain National President Brother Phil Brown and Linda and Province 12 President Mike Parry and Barbara.

The evening continued with a Centenary Meeting in Jury’s Inn attended by 38 Cardiff brothers, 44 visiting brothers, the 3 clergy and 2 prospective members.

The final element of the celebration was a dinner attended by 150 brothers. ladies and guests including the 3 clergy and The Right Honourable Daniel De’Ath Lord Mayor of Cardiff and the Lady Mayoress. Prior to the meal, at the reception, the assembly was entertained by harpist Alis Huws, who was recently appointed as Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales. At the end of an excellent meal, the Lord Mayor gave a welcome address. In his speech, Bro Phil Brown said that Catenians needed to be more active in “getting the name out there” as there are far too many people who have not heard of Catenians or have a total misconception of what they are about. He then presented Bro Phil O’Brien of Cardiff with a 40 year scroll and a bouquet to his wife, Josie, before proposing a toast to Cardiff Circle.

In his address, Cardiff President, Bro Bernard Adshead thanked Bro Philip for his kind words about the Circle and also thanked all those who had given their time over the last 2 years organising the whole centenary year. He went on to paint a picture of Cardiff in 1919 and listed some of the organisations with whom Cardiff shared its centenary including British Airways and Tesco. Bro Bernard then presented the National President with a specially carved Welsh love spoon which incorporated the Catenian logo. Finally, he presented Linda Brown, The Lady Mayoress and his own wife, Vickie, with bouquets before proposing a toast to the Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

The evening concluded with The Archbishop responding after congratulating the Circle and praising the work that Catenians do, often unnoticed, in the church.


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