Norfolk brotherhood hosts debating competition

EricDeSmithandtheSaubolleCupA Norfolk branch of the faith based Catenian Association recently hosted a successful evening of debating for members of Catenian Circles in London and the East of England.

On the evening of Friday February 22 at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett on the outskirts of Norwich, the Norwich Circle of the Catenian Association hosted the annual "The George Saubolle Cup Competition".

The Norwich Circle of the Catenian Association is a local branch of an international brotherhood, providing practising Catholic laymen and their families with friendship, social activities and support.

The competition tested the debating ability of 14 participating Vice-Presidents from the Catenian Association Circles of its Number 2 Province, an area covering Central London to West Norfolk

The question chosen by the Norwich hosts to be debated was: "Is abstinence from meat on Friday important to Catenians?”

Judges Bernard Noakes, Director of the Catenian Association's Province 2 and Brian Conway, Headmaster of the local Notre Dame High School with which the Norwich Circle has strong links, declared Eric De Smith, Vice President of Ipswich Circle the winner.  He gave a two minute speech arguing that weekly abstinence was a useful reminder, rather than a penance, for reflecting on the importance of leading a Christian life.  Appropriately attendees enjoyed a dinner of roasted cod fillet.

The competition was founded in 1976 as a tribute to Brother George Saubolle who died at the age of 84 after having completed 54 years as a member of the Upminster Circle of the Association.

Norwich Circle's President John McLean has since received a number of messages of congratulations for his role in hosting the evening.

Photo: Eric De Smith holding the George Saubolle Cup alongside judge Bernard Noakes.

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