The arrangements for meetings of the Men's Group for 2012/13 have been reviewed and in response to popular demand, the regular monthly meetings will be replaced by 'ad hoc' Men's Dinners on dates to be arranged.
Over the years, Willis Scholey, Ray Rosser and Malcom Instone have brought many very interesting and varied speakers to St Michael's and our thanks go to them wholeheartedly for their committment and considerable efforts.
Life in the Marines
Jes, addressed the Group on the 13th October 2011 and was able to give examples of his experiences as a para-medic in the marines, including his tour of duty in Afganistan. His talk was illustrated with slides and a moving description of his experience in the conflict in the Hellmand Province.
American Civil War ll
On the 24th November 2011, Mike Probert gave the second of his talks on the Americal Civil War. This talk detailed some of the consequences of the war in a colourful and interesting way. Mike has a vast knowledge of the conflict in America surrounding the Civil War and was warmly thanked for an enjoyable talk.
On the 15th December 2011 the Group met at the Dorallt for their pre-Christmas Meal. There was a good attendance and an enjoyable meal was had by all.
The Life Experience of Barry Dix
Barry met with the Men's Group on the 19th January 2012 and gave a moving talk on the difficulties he had experienced in his life. He explained the struggle he had faced overcoming drug addiction and the part the Church and its members had played in supporting him to the present time. Barry was thanked by the group for the brave way he had shown that, with considerable personal effort the addiction could be tackled.
See below for photographs of members taking part in some of the activities and meetings.
The Men's Society met at the Cwmbran Fire Station for an interesting and instructural evening discussing the fire precaution and fire fighting arrangements for the Town. The members retired to the Mount Pleasant, Old Cwmbran to continue their deliberations!
Tim shows Mike the way on the driving range
John, Willis & David discuss the shot
The members had an enjoyable evening at the Greenmeadow Golf Club in August where they had the opportunity to test their skills on the 'golf driving range'.
Members of the Men's Group enjoying a talk on the local railways at the Railway Museum Griffithstown.
The Men's Group have said their 'farewell' to Fr Gareth Evans who retired at the end of April after nearly 7 years as Vicar at St Michael's Church. The Group arranged a 'Farewell Meal' at the Tamarind Indian Restraunt in Cwmbran where all the members of the group attended for a convivial evening.
Fr Gareth with some of the 'Knights of St Micahael'
at his farewell dinner
Fr Gareth ordering his meal at the Tamarind.
'Knights of St Michael' at their
annual dinner December 2006.
On the 6th December 2007 the Men's Group held their annual dinner at the Greyhound Inn, Llantrissant. Rev'd Tony Turner the recently appointed vicar was able to join the group for his first Christmas Dinner with the Group. An enjoyable evening was had by all!
Rev'd Tony Turner with the
'Knights of St Michael'
at their Christmas dinner 2007
Tim was making a point
Frank, Bill Jones and Martin