Brother President, Terry McCarthy selected Canterbury for his President’s Weekend after reviewing a number of alternative locations.
This wonderful, historic city with its historic Cathedral, and pedestrianised city centre within the ancient walls lived up to all expectations.
40 brothers, wives and ladies attended the weekend from 2nd – 4th September and stayed at the Abbots Barton Hotel just outside the city walls. The hotel offered comfortable, well appointed rooms and wonderful service from helpful staff.
The weekend enjoyment started with Evensong on Friday night where the Croydon Catenians were welcomed by Vice Dean, Canon Nicholas Papadopulos.
Evensong, sung that evening by the adult male choristers, is one of the musical services, sung six days a week at the Cathedral continuing a 1400 year old musical tradition at the Cathedral.
Dinner was taken at the hotel.
A private guided tour of the Cathedral had been booked for 10.30 and the party was divided into two groups with a qualified guide. The tour lasting 90 minutes was fascinating, especially with a knowledgeable guide able to explain the architecture and history in detail. A candle still burns above the tomb of Thomas Beckett murdered by knights at the wish of King Henry ll.
Most of the party met at the Wildwood restaurant for lunch before setting off on a historic boat tour on the River Stour. The oarsmen were great fun and full of amusing and historical information.
The final dinner took place at the Cafe du Soleil where everyone enjoyed an excellent meal and great service. Sophie the manager ensured that everything was perfect.
Mass on Sunday Morning offered by Father Valentine Erhahon at the Catholic Church of St Thomas of Canterbury was a fitting end to the lovely weekend.