Every year Croydon Circle celebrates a Mass for Deceased brothers of the Circle.
This year, Mass was held in the newly refurbished chapel at The Cedars School on 8th November 2015.
The Circle were delighted that Fr. Joe O’Connor from Our Lady Of The Annunciation Church in Addiscombe agreed to celebrate Mass which was attended by 86 brothers, wives and widows of deceased brothers.
The School provided an excellent three course lunch to follow Mass.
Cedars School is an Independent Catholic Boys School recently founded by the PACT Educational Trust. The School has a strong Catholic ethos although it welcomes boys from all religions.
22 Brothers, wives and Circle Ladies joined President of Province 19, Bro. Kevin Rourke and his wife Jacqui for their Provincial Weekend in Cambridge at The Hallmark Hotel on the outskirts of Cambridge.
Well attended by brothers from almost every Circle in the Province, the weekend started with a dinner where guests were asked to wear denim or blue to raise funds for Genes Day supported by the Duchesse of Cambridge.
Saturday activities included visits to Duxford and historic guided tours of Cambridge and punting on the river Cam.
The evening dinner was a formal event hosted by bro. Kevin and Jacqui.
Mass was celebrated in the Hotel on Sunday Morning.
Thirty two brothers, wives and Circle Ladies joined Brother President Richard Pyatt for his President’s Weekend at the Mercure Hotel in Winchester.
The weekend started with Even Song at Winchester Cathedral on Friday evening.
There is much to do in Winchester.
One group headed off to the Mid Hants Steam Railway that runs from Alresford to Alton. Prior to closure by Beeching in 1973 it was known as the Watercress Line as it was used to deliver locally grown watercress to Covent Garden.
Others headed for the local markets and the statue of King Alfred in addition to the Great Hall, one of the finest aisled halls of the 13th century which features the greatest symbol of medieval mythology – King Arthur’s Round Table. The Great Hall features an interesting dressing room where visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately as Knights, Dames, and Monks.
Dinner for the entire party on Saturday evening, was held in a private room at the hotel.
Mass on Sunday morning was held at St. Peter’s Parish Church.