Celebrating Valentine’s Day and a Birthday Surprise

Members and Guests enjoying the evening.

Sutton Coldfield Catenians hosted a Valentine’s event at their meeting on Monday 14th February at Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield. Members wives and guests were entertained to cheese and red wine tasting with all having to identify the name of a range of wines and cheeses, country of origin and if possible for the wine the price. Organising the event was the circle’s own sommelier Tony Walsh. Taste buds were severely strained. There were a few correct answers but the availability of free samples of red wine seemed to overtake any identification required. All seemed to enjoy themselves no doubt with a few hangovers the following morning!!!! However, the highlight of the evening was the presentation of a bouquet of flowers by President Peter Westbrook to the circle’s own Valentine – Val Hopkins wife of circle member Paddy Hopkins who was celebrating her birthday that day.

Birthday Girl Val Hopkins with husband Paddy and the Valentine Bouquet.

An Enjoyable Christmas Party hosted by Sutton Coldfield Catenians

All enjoying the festive evening.

Over 50 members, wives and guests enjoyed a very festive Christmas Party at the Circle’s venue Moor Hall Hotel on Monday 13th December. It was an evening for relaxing and enjoying the festive period and after a traditional meal all were able to join in a Christmas themed quiz and Christmas carols and songs the highlight being the 12 days of Christmas which had all on their feet amid much confusion and laughter.

All enjoying the festive evening.

November Meeting – Stories of Survival, Reinvention and Success

Sutton Coldfield Catenians had the pleasure of 2 speakers for the November meeting held on Monday 15th November – Dave Price and Mo Berry. Their stories were riveting and very relatable to the audience. Despite life-changing episodes, both speakers met people who invited them to completely alien events which were to prove the starting points for completely new careers. Dave from running a successful digital marketing company to becoming a television and film extra and Mo from being formally married to Tony Martin of Black Sabbath and travelling all over the world for concerts suffering a mental breakdown to starting her own training company.

Left to right: Dave Price, Brother President Peter Westbrook and Mo Bury

Their full presentations can be found in the History Corner.

October Circle Meeting: Race Night and Awarding of 40 year Membership Certificates

Presentation of 40 year certificates –  From left to right – Brother Provincial President  Jim Gillen , Brother President Peter Westbrook together with the 40 year certificates –  Brothers Geoff Dorrett,  Jim Phillips and Peter Blackburn.

Members of Sutton Coldfield Catenians together with their wives and guests enjoyed an exciting race night at their October meeting on Monday 11th October at Moor Hall Hotel , Sutton Coldfield. With several recorded televised races being shown there was heavy betting with winners and unfortunately losers! However much fun was enjoyed by all and over £ 700 was raised for Brother Peter Westbrook’s chosen charity –Macmillan Cancer Support. The highlight of the evening was the awarding of 40 year membership certificates by Brother Provincial President Jim Gillen to Brothers Peter Blackburn, Jim Phillips and Geoff Dorrett ( now of Windsor Circle) who all joined Sutton Coldfield Circle at the same meeting in September 1981.

Punters placing their bets – Some winners and some losers!

Kill as few patients as possible

Professor Amanda Burls

Professor Amanda Burls giving her presentation.

Amanda Burls, Emeritus Professor at City University delivered a sparkling and hugely informative presentation to Sutton Catenians on September the 13th. In a very inter-active talk, Professor Burls challenged medical thinking and assumptions about best practice in medicine, ‘common sense logic’ and the confidence people had in their own opinions on a range of conditions and practice. This has caused many unnecessary lives. One classic example is the failure to use over many, years to acknowledge and use best evidence in advising mothers on how to let babies’ sleep; on their backs or their fronts. Over 10,000 babies’ lives could have been saved.

Professor Burls believed there is an urgent need to a ‘top down’ drive to create a culture which systematically and regularly mandates clinicians to look for best evidence. In order to facilitate this need and to counter these barriers to use best evidence practices, Professor Burls has developed a free website which accesses the very best advice for any medical condition. It is:


Circle brothers and visitors enjoying the dinner and presentation.

We had a mixture of Catenians and visitors attending, resulting in great questions and hopefully meeting new friends. It was a highly stimulating and enjoyable event. Indeed, quotes some of the quotes from the evening were:

‘Excellent talk’..’Mind blowing facts from someone who knows her stuff’..’Some incredible facts and figures’….’I was spell bound’

A fuller summary of Professor Burls’ talk is found on History Corner.

It is nearly time for the next exciting catenian event!

Professor Burls will be giving a talk entitled ‘Kill as few patients as possible’ on September 13th at Moor Hall hotel in Sutton Coldfield. Professor Burls is one of the world’s leading experts in evidence based medicine. She is also a great speaker. Sutton Catenians want to reach out to a much wider audience, including atheists and agnostics (as Justin Brierley does in the previous article) and engage in great conversations about a variety of subjects. We are now busy promoting this event with leaflets, social media etc.  Tickets can be bought via our What We Do page!

We want to facilitate a great event which every attendee thoroughly enjoys and hopefully meets the friend they never knew they had.

Conversing With Atheists

Why I’m Still A Christian by Unbelievable?

There is a danger that many Christians shy away from having conversations with atheists or agnostics about the existence of God. All too often we are on the defensive and short of arguments to counter theirs. This is a great shame as we can have good friendly discussions which both sides feel are constructive, informative and beneficial. Listening to each other is a good thing.

Justin Brierley, does just this on his Christian radio channel. He is open to discussing this subject with anyone, including the arch atheist Richard Dawkins. He normally facilitates debates on a variety of subjects but in the video attached he is on his own and talking about why he is a Christian. This 35 minute video is well worth tuning into as he explains how to talk to atheists, giving 3 incredible reasons why there is a God. These are explained in a very clear and compelling way. They will reinvigorate existing Christians’ beliefs and make atheists and agnostics think very deeply about their intellectual positions.

Phil Achieves 50 years

Phil Denver, a member of the circle, achieved 50 years membership of the Catenian Association in July. To mark his achievement he was presented at our July meeting and dinner with a suitably inscribed scroll by the Association’s G.B National Vice President, Roger Lillie. Phil is prolific golf participating in Catenian golfing tournaments at Circle, Province and National level. So if you are a  catholic golfer living in the Sutton Coldfield area and would like to find out more about joining the Catenian Association and Sutton Coldfield Circle and also probably improve your handicap, please complete the Get In Touch Form and we will contact you.

Guest Speakers and Events

Sutton Coldfield Catenians are pleased to announce a schedule of speakers and events (see attached). We hope you can attend. In the near future, you will be able to book your place online.


John Lennox

John Lennox, a world renowned speaker, explains why he is a Christian. A very short video which is in simple terms and extremely relatable to everyone. It is not just theory but a person. Many people suffer great mental distress, anguish, fear and just feel lost, with no hope but trusting in Jesus gives us peace and is transformative.

John Lennox Why is John Lennox a Christian? by C.S. Lewis Institute

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