Birthday surprise adds sparkle to Clergy Night

Balham Circle hosted a very successful Clergy and Ladies’ night on 2nd February. A good number of local clergy attended representing some of the major parishes in the Balham Circle’s catchment.

Group picture of clergy, Ladies and brothers
In the picture Kevin Rourke, Peter Woodford, Ann Woodford, Fr Deodat Msahala, Canon John O’Toole, Mgr Gerald Ewing, Mgr Timothy Galligan, Fr Martin Edwards, Fr David Gibbons, Jaqui Rourke, Lucille Brown and Terry Brown

Grand President Peter Woodford and Provincial President Kevin Rourke and their wives Ann and Jacqui were invited to join Balham Brothers and their wives in entertaining the clergy. 

The surprise birthday cake with Peter & Ann
Peter Woodford and wife Ann admire the surprise cake

Unknown to the great majority of those present, it was Peter’s birthday! But Grand President is a keen participator in social media and thus Facebook alerted Brother Noel Brownsell to this important anniversary.  Anne Brownsell baked a beautiful cake, complete with the Catenian emblem as decoration, which was presented after the meal to a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday. Peter was clearly surprised but seemed to enjoy the event! All present were treated to a slice of the cake and a splendid time was had by all!

Finally it should be added that a raffle in aid of the President’s charity raised £145 for “Smile Train”.  CM/NB

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