A few dates for your diary

Monday 20th September – An amended format will be trialled. Meet in the bar at the Dorset Arms from 7 pm with food served at 7.45 and the meeting itself at 8.15.

Friday 24th September  – Provincial Darts Competition at Patcham, Brighton, with Fish and chip supper. East Grinstead will be looking to defend their title! Contact Andrew or Nick B

Saturday 25th September – Circle Mass for Vocations at 6.15 pm at East Grinstead, followed by meal at La Farola. Contact John Dr

Sunday 17th October – Coffee and Cakes at The Lakes (TBC)

Friday 26th November – 500th Meeting Dinner / Clergy Night at Sweetwoods Golf Club, Holtye. Further details TBC

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President’s Sunday – August 2021

After a break in 2020 (for obvious reasons), 2021 saw a different approach to this event, one of the highlights of the year.  Fr. Jack kindly agreed to say mass for the Circle at midday at St. Bernard’s, Lingfield after which the 40 or so Brothers, ladies and other  guests immediately adjourned to the church garden to enjoy a fabulous barbecue with an array of home-made salads and desserts. While a heavy shower fell during mass, the sun shone when it mattered and a great time was had by all. Many thanks to all those who helped organise the event, especially those who prepared and/or cooked the food. (Photos to follow)

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Vineyard Visit – July 2021

As this was the third year in a row that the Circle has visited Carr Taylor Vineyard near Hastings, it can definitely be said this is now an annual event.

A larger than usual party of 18 ‘braved’ one of the hottest days of the year for the usual cocktail of lovely food, great company, education and, of course, some wine. Thanks as always to Tom C for making the arrangements. (Photos to follow)

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Ousting Lunch – June 2021

A big step was taken towards normality when 25 or so Brothers and Ladies assessembled in the covered outdoor area at Old Dunnings Mill for a Sunday pub lunch. As well as being a great opportunity to gather together for the first time in many months, it was a wonderful chance to recognise the three years’ Circle Presidency of Brother Paul and Hilary and to thank them for all they had done for the Circle. Perhaps this will start a new tradition of an Ousting Lunch?  As well as the splendid company, the event may be remembered for the massive Yorkshire puddings, the new use for old copies of Catena and  the confusion caused over John Fitz’s fig salad…or was it a figgy pudding?! (Photos to follow)

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Would I Lie to You? – April, May and June 2021

Immediately after the April, May and June Circle  meetings (on Zoom) several Brothers took part in a game whereby they each revealed three ‘facts’ about themselves…though one of them of them wasn’t true. The aim was for other Brothers / ladies to guess which was the lie via (not so) intense questioning. The fun was not in the correct guessing but in learning that, for example, Clive inadvertently stayed in a holiday home in Ireland owned by a 16th Century ancestor, Chris was repeatedly called Colin by Roy Hudd, Richard auctioned a case of beer that eventually raised over £1million, Tom C physically built the street in which he once lived, Frank threw a bread roll that lodged in the cleavage if a future Prime Minister, Wladek scored the winning goal in a penalty shoot-out, Max made bedtime cocoa with paraffin, Larry marched with the Royal Engineers in the 1970 Lord Mayor’s Parade, Geoff played in an England Indoor Hockey Champrionship Final and guest Mariusz played tennis with Jimmy Connors and strung his racket.

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Quiz – by Zoom – May 2021

Following the success of February’s quiz a Baker’s dozen Brothers and their families took to Zoom for another general interrogation. On this occasion Pat and Denise and their family reigned supreme, winning by 5 points from Andrew and Beverley. Again the resident photographer was unable to multi-task and combine these duties with the role of quizmaster.

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Craft Beer Tasting – April 2021

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Three quarters of the Circle graciously gave up a Friday night in order to endure the trials and tribulations of tasting 4 specially selected craft beers. Expert James from The Hop Stop, Oxted and Reigate, kindly provided varied beverages from Japan, … Continue reading

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Call My Bluff – March 2021

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What do HECKLEBACK, WOMMACKY,  BLATTEROON,  STILLICIDE,  ALEUROMANCY, LERP,  GILLAROO,  TRULLIBUBS,  GOWDANOOK,  CATAROLYSIS,  REFOCILLATION and JIRGLE have in common? Very little – except that they were the words which formed the basis of the Circle’s game of Call My Bluff. This was a … Continue reading

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Quiz – by Zoom – February 2021

The 2021 social programme kicked off when a dozen or so Brothers and their families took part in an entertaining quiz night – via Zoom. In a closely fought competition Larry and Elaine narrowly edged John F and Kate at the death. No photos are available (as the resident photographer was concentrating on his role as quizmaster) – but the Zoom screen wouldn’t have looked that different from those shown below re the Christmas Carols evening!

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Christmas Carols – December 2020

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It was a little different from normal (well, it was 2020) but many Brothers and ladies used Zoom to get together for some Christmas cheer in the form of the singing of Christmas carols, interspersed by some ‘cracker’ jokes from … Continue reading

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