Five good friends from Balham Catenians attended the Province 19 Public Speaking Competition on the evening of 13th November at St Joseph’s Parish Hall in Epsom. There were eight young competitors from Catholic schools in the Surrey area and the standard of public speaking was quite exceptional. As usual, this was a very entertaining evening and well worth the trip to Epsom. NB/TGB
The parish church of St Vincent de Paul in Attenburg Gardens, Battersea played host to the brothers of Balham Circle and their wives and families as they celebrated President’s Sunday on 23rd June. Monsignor Tim Galligan welcomed the brothers of the circle before the 11am Mass and had some very kind words to say about the Association as a whole and the hospitality that had been extended to him in the past at Clergy dinners held by Balham Circle.
After Mass brothers and their families headed to the church hall and enjoyed a buffet and drinks provided by circle President Bro Noel Brownsell. Fr Tim, as he prefers to be called, joined the celebrations and was made to feel most welcome in our midst.
Balham Circle Clergy Night was held this year on April 29 and was attended by a record number of priests, due to a lot of hard work by our past president Charles Marriott. It was, of course, a ladies night and there was a glorious turn out of our ‘better-halves’.
Balham Circle fielded two high quality teams for the Roland Young annual quiz night on the evening of 19th March at the Burr Hill Golf Club.
Purley’s quiz wizard, Bill Higgins, looked confident, but as it turned out he had insufficient support from the other two members of his team. Balham A team was fizzing with confidence and mental assuredness as the questions were slowly and clearly delivered by the Weybridge MC. Continue reading
It is with the greatest sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our dear Brother David Prebble MBE.
Brother David was the quintessential Catenian. He was a member of Purley and Balham Circles. He was Provincial President in 2012 – 2013, Provincial Membership Officer from 2013 to 2017, Provincial Councillor for Purley Circle and a founder member of Balham Circle. He was President of Purley Circle twice and Balham Circle once. He made many visits to circles all over Province and was well known for his common sense and humour. Continue reading
We have heard from the Windmill that they will be carrying out some refurbishment work over the next two months and will not be able to host our Balham Circle meetings. We have therefore chosen to relocate for two months to a very interesting venue not far away on Wandsworth Common. Le Gothique are offering us a two course meal at £22 and the use of their mezzanine floor to hold the meeting. Continue reading
Brother Charles held his President’s Sunday on September 2. It was a glorious early September day, with sunshine and blue skies. Starting with Mass at the Holy Ghost Church, we then walked the short distance to the Marriott household where we had a most enjoyable lunch. Continue reading