National Presidents Blog 2016-

We will be keeping you up to date with the events of Mrs Margaret Valentine’s presidency.

March 2017

9th March Extraordinary General Meeting of the League held at Westminster Cathedral Hall – to agree our new constitution. What a fantastic turn our of over 100 members who voted unanimously for the new constitution which will come into being in 2018. A momentous day for the League and well done to all who attended.  A special thanks to our guests Gordon Reid our charity lawyer and Matt our accountant for attending and guiding us through the meeting.

Members attending - what a great turnout!

Members attending – what a great turnout!

Gordon Reid our charity lawyer explaining the process

Gordon Reid our charity lawyer explaining the process

Matt our accountant in attendance with National President and National Secretary

Matt our accountant in attendance with National President and National Secretary

 

February 2017

On the 25th Feb I was privileged to be invited to Westminster Cathedral for Mass celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and afterwards the blessing of the new Across Jumbalance which takes the sick to Lourdes. The first person I met was Sheila Allan CWL member of A & B and past President of the branch. She has been involved with Across for many years and was privileged  to be part of the offertory procession. The Cardinal blessed the bus and then was taken up on the lift to look around . I was welcomed by Helen Young a Trustee of Across who looked after me for the afternoon, and what a surprise when she said she had ordered afternoon tea at Browns . What a wonderful day.

Cardinal blessing the new abulance

Cardinal blessing the new ambulance

 

The crowds gather for the blessing

The crowds gather for the blessing

 

Inside the bus eight beds and seating for helpers

Inside the bus eight beds and seating for helpers

 

Shelagh Allen, A & B on the newly commissioned ACROSS Jumbulance

Shelagh Allen, A & B on the newly commissioned ACROSS Jumbulance

17-19 February

We all attended the Officers meeting in Swanwick – the first of my presidency – when the time was given over to full discussion of the Model Rules required to be  drawn up to support the new constitution. A lot of hard work was achieved with full participation by the members attending. Here are a few scenes from the weekend

Jennifer Halal talking us through our preparations for National Coffee Morning on 30th April

Jennifer Halal talking us through our preparations for National Coffee Morning on 30th April

 

Morning Prayer on Saturday

Morning Prayer on Saturday

 

National Secretary and National President at the end of a very busy day

National Secretary and National President at the end of a very busy day

 

Margaret Valentine presents Catholic Women's League Brentwood Branch officers with cards and badges for their new section opened at Gidea Park (32 members)

Margaret Valentine presents Catholic Women’s League Brentwood Branch officers with cards and badges for their new section opened at Gidea Park (32 members)

 

Esther talks us through the requirements of Data Protection

Esther talks us through the requirements of Data Protection

 

November 2016

Blog 2 - Saturday 26th November went to a concert at St Aidan’s  Ashington Northumberland to hear a concert  by Newcastle Male  Voice Choir, they were excellent all fifty of them with a lady conductor. The inside of the church is wonderful as you will see from the photos. I am off to a Advent Service in the German Lutheran church, what a super weekend.

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Blog 1 – The members of the National Executive met to discuss their plans going forward. More details will be issued as we go along.

I attended Ipswich Section, East Anglia Branch 80th anniversary celebrations. What a wonderful start to my presidency visits.

Margaret Valentine (right) National President with Ipswich Section member and Branch President of East Anglia

Margaret Valentine (right) National President with Ipswich Section member and Branch President of East Anglia

And cutting the cake with their eldest member - what a privilege!

And cutting the cake with their eldest member – what a privilege!

At Salford Branch meeting there were so many smiling faces – what a treat to visit. I even ended up taking part in a Play!!

Such a lively meeting

Such a lively meeting

Putting my acting skills to good use

Putting my acting skills to good use