40 year scroll for David Shelley – 22 January 2018
Four brothers from Circle, accompanied by their wives, travelled down to Portsmouth to witness the celebrations that marked 40 years’ membership for David and Moyra Shelley. We were joined on our little excursion by David and Carole Baldam; David, as you know, is our Province 15 Director.
As many of our Circle already knows, David and Moyra moved south to Petersfield last year, to be nearer their family. They are now settled in to a new home and David has taken the opportunity to join the Portsmouth Circle and has begun playing golf around Province 11. Moyra has also settled in as a member of the Portsmouth Ladies and I believe she has taken up bridge as a serious hobby.
David was a well-respected member of Mansfield Circle since he joined in January 1978; he has been President twice (1987/88 and 2002/03) and, for a number of years, organised the Pub Lunch. Beyond his duties in Circle, he was well-known in St Philip Neri parish and was a Eucharistic Minister. One of his roles as Eucharistic Minister was to take Communion to the sick at Kings Mill Hospital; he was known to the staff as patients as a gentle and caring man who always had time for those he was visiting.
Those of us who attended his presentation were honoured to be part of that celebration and it was clear that David was very moved by the accolades shared at the After-Circle dinner. Director of Province 11, Roger Lillie, spoke with great warmth about David’s various contributions to the Association; our own Brother President, John Fitzpatrick, spoke about David’s parish work and personal attributes. It was a bit like “This is Your Life” (in the nicest possible way).
The evening was made even more special when we discovered that Paul Wilson, lately of this Circle and now a member of Winchester Circle, had made the trip as a visitor to Portsmouth Circle. The ladies from Mansfield had a great time catching up with his wife, June, before the meal and it was good to hear the news from both her and Paul. They are now both settled, again for reasons associated with family, in Winchester and although Paul is officially retired from his role as Prison Chaplain, he is still involved to some extent with the service and the diocese since he is a Deacon.
The following morning, all of us from Province 15 were invited to join Moyra and David for a light lunch before our journey back to Mansfield – it was our Circle meeting that evening and it was important that we were there since we had an enrolment (see next post).