40-year scroll presentation

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Ken (centre), receives his scroll from Director David Baldam (left), with Circle President John Fitzpatrick (right) joining in the congratulations

A fresh-faced young English teacher at All Saints School in Mansfield was enrolled as a brother of the Circle on 27th September 1977, little realising that in 2017 he would become only the 8th brother of the Circle to reach the 40 years’ membership milestone.

Ken Daly has been a long-serving member of Mansfield and Dukeries Circle ever since that fateful night in 1977, when he was introduced to the Catenians by Barrie Hale. Over that time he has been the President’s Marshal for more years than anyone cares to remember, responsible for vesting and divesting the President’s insignia at the meeting.

Although his work commitments have not enabled him to be present at every meeting, especially not when he was Headteacher at All Saints, he has a good record over the years and, as he said tonight, has “enjoyed the company of the Brothers over the years, and the opportunity to take some time out” from his busy schedule.

Beyond our own Circle, Ken has also been a stalwart member of the Public Speaking committee for Province 15. He was recruited early on in the run up to the 2008 event so that his diverse contacts across the diocesan schools would enable the committee to penetrate into the deeper recesses of the Catholic education system across the various counties covered by Nottingham Diocese. He has served as secretary to the committee for the last nine years, and in his tribute to Ken, Province 15 Director David Baldam, said “without those contacts and Ken’s persistence the event would not have attracted as many contestants”.

It is fitting, then, that a good number of brothers and wives attended tonight’s presentation to mark this happy occasion. The only down-side to the evening was that Ken’s beloved Spurs were beaten by Leicester – if the presentation had not taken place this evening, he may well have been in the crowd at the King Power Stadium, so perhaps it was a good thing he wasn’t there or he would have been even more upset at the loss of pointsDSC04441v2.

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