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Michael J Keenan


Paul Tighe

Vice President



John Morton

Provincial Councillor

Allan Paver

Membership Officer

Nigel Overthrow

Charity Officer

Adrian Gamble

Circle Chamberlain

Geoffrey Rowsell


Robin Adeney

Welfare Officer


Dining Secretary

Mike Keenan

West Somerset Circle Officers

West Somerset Circle News

Pub Lunch Outing to Bruton

For their September pub lunch West Somerset Circle drove over to Bruton to meet up with Margaret Damamme  (widow of Ted) at her residence in the  17th century Hugh Sexey’s Hospital. Margaret had arranged for The Master, Canon Paul Jenkins (C of E) to give a guided tour and to celebrate The Angelus before the group left for the pub.

Under the watchful eye of the founder, Hugh Sexey, Jan Rimmer, David and Mary Argile, Christopher Rimmer, Master of Sexey’s Hospital Canon Paul  Jenkins , Margaret Damamme, Peter Winstanley (President) and Adrian Gamble (Vice-President) West Somerset Circle enjoy their tour of Hugh Sexey’s Hospital.

New Director Vince Walsh presenting Christopher Rimmer with his 40-year scroll.

In the Jacobean chapel of Hugh Sexey Hospital are Christopher Rimmer,

 David Argile, Margaret Damamme, Canon Paul Jenkins , Jill Winstanley,

Adrian Gamble, Mary Argile, Jan Rimmer.

Striding out for the Persecuted Christians

Ed was joined by Circle Secretary Paul and Mary Tighe.

Our new Brother, Deacon Ed Channing, recently walked from Sacred Heart, Exeter, to St Boniface, Cullompton, in solidarity with the Persecuted Christians of the Greater Levant.

The Provincial Quiz team have won the Semi Final

With a feeling of deja vue the semi final of the Provincial quiz took place at Exeter Circle’s Charter Night on Monday 12th January. A year ago the two Circles went head to head and Exeter narrowly won. This year West Somerset won comfortably with quite an advantage over Exeter.

It is unusual to see quiz contestants dressed up in dinner jackets and bow tie. The main purpose of the evening was to celebrate the anniversary of the Exeter Circle which had its first meeting exactly 91 years ago. I suspect the Catenian Association has come a long way since those early days.

David Wheaton      ֍      Paul Blay      ֍       Joseph Acton

Paul Tighe    ֍    Jonathan Marshall    ֍     Ed Channing

Following the Mass for Vocations

Picture shows John Whittaker and Adrian Kellett

As Brother  Fred Davis had been unable to attend evening meetings since he received his 50-year scroll, he was presented by Circle President Peter Winstanley with his gold medal after the Mass for Vocations, over coffee in The Castle Hotel, Taunton, watched by members of the Circle.

Support for Flame2

Enthused at the Liverpool conference about Flame2, brothers of West Somerset Circle offered to buy the tickets for any young people in our area to go to the Wembley event.

John Morton, Provincial Councillor of West Somerset (174) presented Georgia Peters of Our Lady and the English Martyrs parish, Burnham-on-Sea with a cheque for the cost of ten members of the Youth Group entry to Flame 2 at Wembley arena. Pictured are some of those who went along with Mrs Michelle Powell (standing) and Mrs Margaret Keohane, Parish Youth Workers. 

The event was so enjoyable the young people still bubble about it. The highlights, they say, were the music and a conversation with Cardinal Luis Tagle.

After tea at Lady Anne’s House, Rosemoor Gardens.

After a fascinating tour of the Atlas Packaging factory in Barnstaple, led by company Chairman Adrian Gamble, President of West Somerset Circle, brothers and wives enjoyed lunch and an afternoon at the RHS Rosemoor Gardens at Torrington.

Tea at Lady Anne’s house was served by Alice and the white rabbit!

Left to right:  John Whittaker, Allan Paver, Pam Whittaker, President Adrian Gamble, Peter and Jill Winstanley, Kay and Adrian Foxton.

Bursary News for 2015

Maia Ellis receiving her Bursary Fund award from Peter Winstanley

Last year’s President of West Somerset Circle, Peter Winstanley, set himself the target of explaining the Bursary Fund at all Masses in West Somerset, having introduced the Fund as his charity at a Circle clergy night. These pulpit presentations came to fruition in a grant to Maia Ellis whose grandmother was in the Somerton congregation; Maia is from the Clifton Cathedral parish in Bristol.

Maia will be spending a year in Honduras. She will be working as a primary school teacher in a bilingual school, Vida Abundante, in a small, rural town in the Honduran mountains called La Union, run by an American Christian organisation. She will be primarily teaching English but also some Science, Maths, History, Bible and Art lessons. Maia is delighted with the Bursary donation of £1500.

Charity News for 2015

Mgr Adrian Toffolo, Diana Gamble, Mary-Jane Butler and President Adrian Gamble.

At a Ladies’ Night meeting of West Somerset Circle, President Adrian Gamble introduced his charity for the year: WORK.  Women and Orphans in Rural Kenya is a charity organised by Mary-Jane Butler with Mgr Adrian Toffolo, chaplain of South Hams Circle.

Catenian Bursary Fund receives over £800

Peter Winstanley, Immediate Past President of West Somerset Circle, asks Director Vince Walsh, on behalf of Grand Council,  to accept a cheque for over £800 for the Catenian Bursary Fund, the Circle’s charity last year, watched by Circle President Adrian Gamble.

Brother Captain John Hall explains Trafalgar Night to Director Vince and Teresa Walsh,  Brother President Adrian Gamble, Fr Michael Thomas (Dean), Diana Gamble,

Dennis and Jacquie Barwell and Canon Alan Finley, Parish Priest,

at West Somerset Circle’s Clergy Dinner.

Trafalgar Night Explained

Brother Geoffrey Rowsell, Chamberlain Canberra Circle 361 recently noticed that there was another Brother Chamberlain Geoffrey Rowsell,  in West Somerset Circle 174!

Brother Geoffrey (England)

Brother Geoffrey (Australia)

Will the real Brother Chamberlain Geoffrey Rowsell please stand?

Brother Geoffrey (Australia) has been researching his family history and has found forebears in Surrey, Middlesex, Berkshire and Somerset but, as yet, no direct connection to Brother Geoffrey (England). The two Geoffreys are now in touch and exchanging family information.

Visit to Little Yarford Farm

Tea in Vice President -  Mike Keenan’s garden.

School Governor - John Morton retires.

Last week saw the retirement of John Morton who has been a Governor of St Joseph’s School, Burnham on Sea for 32 years, many of those as Chairman.

Bishop Declan celebrated Mass at Our Lady and the English Martyrs where a presentation was made to John of a certificate of appreciation from the school and Bishop Declan for the many years of service.

West Somerset Bursary presentation to Joe MacConnell.

On the same occasion, John Morton took the opportunity to present to Bishop Declan a cheque for £1220 from the Catenian Association to support the Lourdes Pilgrimage. The money had been raised by the West Somerset Circle across the south-west peninsula and had been kicked off by a sponsored weight-loss by John and fellow Catenian Allan Paver.

‘Can I see your tickets please?’

Brother President Peter Davidson and his party from City of Bristol Circle were welcomed on 13th July to the West Somerset Railway by  Senior Travelling Ticket Inspector Peter Winstanley, Past President of West Somerset Circle. The trip included three trains - from Bishops Lydeard to Watchet for lunch, then on to Minehead for the afternoon, returning to Bishops Lydeard in the evening.

A Day Out at the Golf Open at Troon

The granddaughter of one of West Somerset Circle, Paul Sterlini, had a lovely day out recently, courtesy of Sky Sports.

10-year-old Mia Sterlini and her classmate Lee Mitchell from Ayr Grammar Primary School became Sky Sports reporters on Thursday 14 July as part of Sky's coverage of The Open Golf Championship in Troon. The pair had the opportunity of a lifetime as they got the chance to interview sporting stars, celebrities and politicians at the prestigious tournament. They interviewed stars including Colin Montgomery and politician Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland.

Mia and Lee were selected from primary school children in South Ayrshire who attended the Sky Academy Skills Studios in Livingston recently. The school children created their own TV programme designed to attract young people to golf and worked behind the scenes and in front of the camera during their half-day Sky Academy Skills Studios experience. The judges from Sky were impressed with Mia and Lee’s presenting skills and the work they put in behind the scenes.

When the children themselves were interviewed after the big event and asked whether they would like to be journalists when they grew up, Lee replied that he’d like to be a palaeontologist while Mia advised that she wanted to be a General Practitioner.