Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 1 October 2019

Jacob Abraham Presentation

At a recent Circle Meeting, Cardiff Immediate Past President, Bro Bernard Hayward, made a presentation to Nicola Abraham, founder of the Jacob Abraham Foundation, as a result of the funds raised during his Presidential Year. Nicola, set up the foundation after she lost her 24-year-old son, Jacob, to suicide in 2015. On a previous visit to the Circle, Nicola had explained that she had found that there was nothing available by way of support for families who find themselves in this heart-breaking situation. The charity, which gets no support from public funds, has expanded in a very short space of time and is now involved in:

  • Intervention to prevent potential suicides actually happening. To date they believe that they have pulled back about 35 young lives from the bring of suicide.
  • Immediate support for people affected by suicide including a comfort pack, advice and information. They also run monthly support groups or 1:1 home visits.
  • Suicide Intervention & Prevention Training for adults and young people to recognise the initial signs in young people which can lead to them taking their own lives and to give people the confidence to intervene when they recognise the signs.

Bro Bernard was delighted to present them with a cheque for £3,764.50 from the proceeds of a charity Golf Day. raffles at Circle functions and other charity efforts.

Immediate Past President Bernard Hayward presents the cheque to Nicola Abraham

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 29 August 2019

100th Birthday Lunch

On Wednesday 28 August 2019, Cardiff Circle celebrated its 100th Birthday, its inaugural meeting having been held on the same date in 1919. The day commenced with a group of Brothers visiting the grave of the founding President, Thomas Joseph Callaghan, in Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff. A few moments of silence were followed by a short prayer of thanksgiving for the life of the founding President and flowers were laid on the grave.

The “birthday party” took the form of a buffet in the Scott Room of the Royal Hotel in Cardiff which was the location of the inaugural meeting. The lunch was attended by almost 50 Brothers and ladies and after and excellent meal, the Cardiff President, Bernard Adshead, proposed a toast to TJ Callaghan.

The Scott Room is named after Robert Falcon Scott who, along with his crew, attended a dinner there in June 1910 before setting sail the following day from Barry Docks near Cardiff on his ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.

The Circle will be holding a formal celebration at the end of September to be attended by the National President and Civic and Religious dignitaries.

President Bernard Lays flowers at the grave of TJ Callaghan

 

Circle President with 17 Cardiff Past Presidents

 

Enjoying lunch in the Scott Room

 

President Bernard cuts the 100th Birthday Cake

 

Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 20 July 2019

Cardiff to the Rescue

When final year medical students Natasha Logier and Gaautham Nathaniel applied for a Bursary grant towards their proposed project they unfortunately fell foul of the Bursary Fund rules that prevent grants when the project is a “medical elective”.  When Cardiff brothers heard of this they came to the rescue and raised their own bursary of £520 to help the students with their expenses.

Natasha and Nathaniel chose to carry out a project in Ghana, West Africa, in St Dominic’s Hospital (SDH). SDH is a not for profit religious health facility which primarily offers healthcare services to the poor and needy. They decided that this would be appropriate as we they strongly wanted to experience medicine in a rural environment, in a developing country. This project gave them a platform to learn about different types of infectious diseases, to take part in medical outreach programmes and also practice and utilise our skills and knowledge that we have learnt from our time in medical school.

Natasha and Nathaniel visited the Circle to thank the brothers for their generosity and to report that they had both learnt a tremendous amount from their experiences in Ghana. From the difficulties and the challenges that the doctors face due to financial constraints of the patients, to the attitudes of the patients towards their own health and how various cultural beliefs can come in the way of providing good healthcare. They told how a huge number of patients had made a mark on then and how they will take these experiences forward with us in their future medical careers.  

As a postscript, a few weeks later, the Circle were delighted to learn that Natasha and Nathaniel had married.

 

 

Natasha & Nathaniel in Ghana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardiff Immediate Past President Bernard Hayward and President Bernard Adshead

present Nathaniel & Natasha with their awards

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 18 July 2019

Photography Competition 2019

Cardiff Circle offers all Catholic Junior Schools in the Diocese the opportunity to take part in its annual Photography Competition and submit a photograph demonstrating a Gospel theme. The entries this year have been of such a high standard that the judges decided on two winning entries! The first was from St Patrick’s Junior School in Grangetown, Cardiff and was submitted by Alfie Smith, entitled “Friendship”. The second, from St Joseph’s Junior School, also in Cardiff, was from Libby Chichester with the theme of “Loving God’s Creatures”. They both received Amazon vouchers to the value of £25, presented to them in a school assembly. Second prizes were given to Asin Jojo from St Patrick’s and Billie Mae Avery from St Joseph’s. The winners were presented with their awards at school assemblies by Don Clarey, the Cardiff Circle Youth Liaison Officer. This annual competition is an opportunity for pupil from Years 4 to 6 to demonstrate their skills and the circle is looking forward to even more entries next year.

 

 

           Friendship by Alfie Smith                             Loving God’s Creatures by Libby Chichester

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

Don Clarey presenting Awards to Alfie Smith (above) and  Libby Chichester (opposite)

 

 

Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 19 December 2018

It’s Christmas Party Time

On Monday night, Cardiff Circle held its annual Christmas Party at Cornerstone. 69 Brothers and ladies attended including three of our friends from North Glamorgan Circle.The magnificent venue was was beautifully dressed for the festive season which helped to get everyone in the mood for the evening. Pre-prandial entertainment was provided by Natasha John who had delighted us with her musicality and vocal range at this event last year. My personal highlight this time was her version of the Queen classic, Somebody to Love.

The meal, served by Spiro’s attentive staff, was excellent and during it over £400 was raised through a raffle held in support of the President’s charity, the Joshua Abraham Foundation.

Following the meal, Natasha returned to the stage to continue the entertainment, choosing, in this set, music suitable for dancing. A number of Catenians and ladies took to the floor to demonstrate their neat footwork but, all too soon, the evening was over and it was time to take to the carriages.

Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 29 November 2018

Ghosts in Cardiff Castle

Last Monday, over 20 Circle members and ladies visited Cardiff Castle for a ghostly tour of the castle in the dark. Local historian,  James Cowan, explained that while parts of the “house” at the castle were built or modified by William Burgess in Victorian times the main centre section dates from the 15th century. Other parts of the castle included sections of the Roman walls and of course the Norman keep. James then regaled  the brave participants with tales of the the phantom coach and horses, a portent of death in the castle and the 2nd Marquis of Bute who died suddenly in the castle in 1848 and has been seen in various rooms in the castle.

Other ghostly apparitions that have been reported in the castle include the grey lady, who James suggested might be Anne Neville, wife of Richard III, who owned the castle and the ghostly soldier thought to be Lieutenant Colonel Ninian Crichton-Stuart, the second son of the 3rd Marquis of Bute, who was killed in action in 1915.

After all these ghostly tales nerves needed calming so it was across to the Goat Major for a swift half. Thanks to Bro Mark Johnson for organising the evening.

Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 29 November 2018

Cardiff Recruits at the Double

At its October meeting , Cardiff 36 welcomed 2 new members to the Circle – in fact it was one new member and one returning member.

Sean Power, a member of St Brigid’s Parish, had a career in education in the field of sports science and physical education, studying for a Masters degree in Sport Science at the University of Western Kentucky in the USA, culminating in his appointment as an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University before his retirement in in 2018. He now devotes much of his time to coaching athletics back at Cardiff Met.

Paul Sapwell had previously joined Cardiff Circle in 2012 but, after a couple of years, felt he had to resign due to his other commitments preventing him from fully participating in Circle life. It was, therefore, particularly good to welcome Paul back to the Circle and the Association.  Paul spent his working life as an aircraft engineer and had some interesting and amusing times during time spent in Libya. Paul is an accomplished trumpet player providing music for the Circle’s Christmas carols during his first spell as a Catenian.

Sean Power, President Bernard Hayward and Paul Sapwell

Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 19 October 2018

Championes, Championes ……..

Tonight at the Newport Fugitives Rugby Club, Cardiff 36 won the Provincial Quiz Trophy for the eighth successive year. thwarting a concerted plan to prevent Cardiff winning yet again – the famous Mike Scarlett picture round of popes, saints or shrines had been replaced by a more general picture round of famous people both modern and historical. The plan failed as Cardiff still obtained the highest score in the round. Yet again after a close first half it was at this point the team of Peter Sullivan, John Roberts, Mark Johnson and Bernard Adshead edged ahead and ran out winners by 5 clear points with a score of 76 out of a possible 92. .
Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 30 September 2018

All Aboard

On Saturday 22 September 2018, a party of 20 brothers and wives set off from Cheltenham Racecourse station on the Gloucester & Warwickshire Steam Railway 10:55 to Broadway pulled by ex Great Western modified Hall Class locomotive “7903 Foremarke Hall” built at Swindon in 1949 for British Railways and retired by them in 1964, making it younger than some of its passengers! Two people only just made it before the train left having put the wrong post code in the sat nav!

After a pleasant 1 hr journey we arrived in Broadway to find the light drizzle we left in Cheltenham had followed us along the line. After a brisk 20 min walk into the centre of Broadway, a picturesque Cotswold stone village, we arrived at the Horse & Hounds for lunch. A simple but excellent pub grub lunch was served – there was, however, one disgruntled diner who, after thinking that the helping of scampi was generous, was miffed to find only 10 pieces on the plate whilst others had 11 or even 12!

A gentle walk back through the village to the station, punctuated by visits to some of the many interesting shops, ensued before boarding the 15:10 back to Cheltenham.

Many thanks to Bro Jim Winterbottom for organising the day out which was enjoyed by all.

   

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