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.


Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 23 August 2018

Stroke Association Presentation

During his Presidential Year 2017/18, Cardiff 36 Circle Immediate Past-President Michael Halloran designated the STROKE Association as the Beneficiary of the Circle’s charitable fundraising. Michael’s wife, Linda, had suffered a Stroke (haemorrhagic) in early February 2016 but has made a very successful recovery. A cheque in the sum of £3,776.00, which had been raised through a very successful Golf Day, Auction Evening as well as raffles and donations, was presented at the August Circle Dinner to Alan Drury – Fundraiser for the Stroke Association in Wales and Nicola Dando – Life after Stroke Coordinator.

Responding on behalf of the Stroke Association, Alan stated that the money is to be used for Research to develop new treatments and ways to prevent strokes, as well as assisting those who have suffered the devastating effects of a stroke. Alan pointed out that approximately 152,000 people suffer strokes each year in the UK, of these one in five is fatal within one year and approximately one third who survive are left dependent on others for help. He also pointed out that Stroke Research does not receive anything like the same investment as groups working to alleviate other conditions, such as cancer or diabetes.

Alan thanked the Members for their generosity and kindness to a very worthy charity.

Pictured l to r

Linda Halloran, Alan Drury, Michael Halloran & Nicola Dando

Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 10 August 2018

Annual Boules Evening

The Monkstone Petanque Club played host to our annual boules evening on 9 August 2018. Club President Mike Jones welcomed the visitors on a bright but slightly chilly evening. 29 Brothers and ladies attended which is the highest number yet. Many of the Catenians had attended the boules evening in previous years but Club members put on a short demonstration for the newcomers of how the game is played.

Two games of triples were played with one Club member partnering 2 Catenians, some of whom showed a high degree of proficiency at the game – so much so that membership forms were nearly produced.

Following the play everyone retired to the bar for apres-boules and excellent refreshments. The short speeches were slightly bizarre as unfortunately Catenian President, Bernard Hayward,  was indisposed and could not attend so the thank-you to the Club and handing over of a donation were delivered by Vice-President Bernard Adshead, who is also a Club member, to Roger Griffin the Club Secretary who was standing in for the Club President who had had to leave early. Roger said that it had been a great evening and that the Catenians were always welcome at any time and he hoped that this annual event would continue for many years. He then handed back the donation to Bernard in his capacity of Club Treasurer!

Picture Gallery


Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 24 July 2018

Charity Golf Day & Presentation

The annual Cardiff 36 Circle Charity Golf Day was held at Llanishen Golf Club on 12 July 2018. The golf itself attracted 11 teams who played under a fine Cardiff summer sun. The eventual winners of the Ladies Competition were Mary Lonergan, Janine Lowthe, Ceri Good and Sue Taylor with 91 points (a record) whilst the Men’s competition was won by Carl French , Y C Lim, Gwilym Bowen and Andy Burton with 97 points (again a record) both based upon best two to score.

In the evening over 70 golfers, other Catenians and guests sat down to the traditional post-competition dinner at the Golf Club. The event was organised to support Cardiff 36 Circle President Bernard Hayward’s Charity, The Jacob Abraham Foundation, which works in the area of young person suicide and approximately £1,600 was raised thanks to the support of those attending and match funding from Barclays Bank.

On the following Monday, Nicola Abraham and Sarah Aitken were guests of Cardiff Circle at the dinner after the monthly Circle Meeting. Nicola, set up the foundation after she lost her 24 year old son, Jacob, to suicide in 2015. Nicola explained that she had found that there was nothing available by way of support for families who find themselves in this heartbreaking situation. The charity, which gets no support form public funds, has expanded in a very short space of time and is now involved in:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Nicola and Sarah run the Foundation and Cardiff President, Bernard Hayward, was delighted to present them with a cheque from the proceeds of the Golf Day. It is hoped to increase the overall amount donated to the Foundation by the end of the current Presidential year in March 2019.

Sarah Aitken & Nicola Abraham with Cardiff President, Bernard Hayward.


Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 9 July 2018

A Tempest Rages on a Sunny Evening

15 Brothers and families had a very pleasant evening last Thursday for a performance of Shakespeare’s, The Tempest. The weather was perfect, if somewhat warm (no complaints), and picnics were enjoyed by all before the play began. The company was the Lord Chamberlain’s Men – which was the name of Shakespeare’s troupe of actors – and true to the Shakespearean manner of the time, the cast was all male. The performance was very good as we have come to expect from previous performances by this troupe who, with only seven actors, slip seamlessly between different roles in the play..

Posted by: Cardiff 36 Webmaster | 3 July 2018

Change of Meeting Venue

Cardiff Circle will meet at a new venue In August & September 2018. The meetings will be at at the Novotel Hotel,  Schooner Way, Cardiff, CF10 4RT. There will be further changes to venues for the rest of 2018 which will be announced later.

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