January 28 sees the pilgrims off again!

A group of pilgrims all set to leave in the countryside
Starting out on another leg of the pilgrimage. Left to right: Simon, Tristan, John, Steve, Charles and Frances. Taking the photo: Noel

We have missed some of the Balham pilgrimage stages (have no fear we will return to them!), but we can report that, on Saturday January 28, Balham President, Steve Palmer, supported by six other pilgrims and two dogs, continued his steady progress along the Pilgrims route to Canterbury.   Continue reading January 28 sees the pilgrims off again!

Intrepid walkers join President Steve on Stage 4 of Canterbury pilgrimage

a group of pilgrims in the countryside
President Steve with fellow pilgrims John, Chris, Marianne, Charles and friend near Oxted station

The President’s Pilgrimage to Canterbury completed its fourth stage on 3 September when the pilgrims reached Oxted. Over forty miles have been completed with a further 70 to go.   Continue reading Intrepid walkers join President Steve on Stage 4 of Canterbury pilgrimage

Balham annual visit to Olympia Beer-fest goes with a swing!

Catenians in the Olympia great space
Balham and Croydon Brothers enjoy a ‘jar’ with other friends!

On August 10 the Balham annual visit to the Great British Beer Festival staged by CAMRA at Olympia proved as enjoyable as ever and Balham Brothers where jointed by beer enthusiasts from Croydon and Osterley circles.

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Charles Marriott hands out bursary cheques

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On July 6 Charles Marriott handed out these bursary cheques to some girls from La Retraite school. Left to right in the picture: Benjamina, Shantavia & Venuse.

These enterprising young ladies (there are actually 5 of them) found out about the Catenian bursary fund of their own initiative. Continue reading Charles Marriott hands out bursary cheques

Gruelling Stage Three of President’s Pilgrimage

A group people on a hillside
The intrepid walkers taking a break for a sandwich

Seven adults and two dogs set out on Stage 3 of the President’s Pilgrimage on 25 June starting from Westhumble station.  Only five adults reached the end at Reigate, the canines in the group and their owners having more sense! Continue reading Gruelling Stage Three of President’s Pilgrimage

Last “Join Me” of Terry’s presidency is a visit to Broadcasting House

IMG_1751A happy band of Balham and Croydon Brothers and Wives enjoyed an entertaining visit to the BBC Headquarters in Portland Place on Friday Aril 1. Certainly not April fools, we were lucky enough to catch one of the last tours for the time being and we were given an interesting insight into “Aunty’s” culture and workings.

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