President: Mrs Kathleen Tomlin
Vice President: Mrs Marie Potter
Treasurer: Mrs Breda Ford
Secretary: Mrs Aline Cook
Branch Chaplain: Father Bryan Wells (from Orpington)
Diocesan Bishop: Rt.Rev. Patrick Lynch
Branch meetings are hosted by individual sections who offer their premises.
The following Sections belong to Southwark Branch:
Beckenham; Bromley Common; Farnborough (Kent); Forest Hill; Hayes; Orpington; Petts Wood; Richmond; Roehampton and West Wickham
If you would like more information on the Catholic Women’s League in Southwark then please contact email@example.com
Direct Members are those who cannot get to meetings but who want to keep in touch with what is going on in the League; they pay their subscription (£20 per annum) and receive Minutes of Branch Meetings and relevant information. Southwark has 6 Direct Members.
HOLY INNOCENTS’ PARISH ORPINGTON SECTION DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION LUNCH
On Thursday, 31st July Orpington Section of the Catholic Women’s League enjoyed a beautiful lunch to celebrate 60 years since its formation in 1954. They were joined by representatives from 5 neighbouring parishes and were very pleased to have as guests the Branch President, Kath Tomlin, Vice President, Marie Potter, Branch Secretary, Aileen Cook and Fr Barry Angus, a former curate of Holy Innocents’ Parish with close links to the Section over the years.
Marjorie Farrell, the only remaining founder member was guest of honour. She told us that in 1954 Orpington was growing fast and there were no organisations in the parish. Parishioners just came to Mass on a Sunday with no opportunities to get to know one another. One day Molly Bridgeland, who had belonged to the CWL in her former parish, approached the Parish Priest, Fr Phelan and asked if a section could be established. To this day Marjorie is an active and loyal member.
Giving the Vote of Thanks, the Branch President congratulated the ladies on providing a lovely lunch and enjoyable afternoon. At one time the section was on the brink of folding and it was thanks to Chairman Gerry Fane and the other officers that the section was once again thriving and even had some new members. She urged us to continue to encourage younger women to become involved so that the future of the section would be ensured for many years to come.
Marjorie was delighted to be presented with an orchid.