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Men’s Society – new session

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Seventeen members attended the St Finnian’s Branch Annual General Meeting held this year at the Royal Ulster Yacht Club in Bangor. We enjoyed a short tour of the historic clubhouse and a very pleasant meal prior to the actual business of the evening. Neil Donaldson retired following two very successful years as Chairman. He reported […]

Men’s Society – April 2018

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“Thought provoking and inspirational” – this was how our Chairman described the talk given by the Revd Dr Laurence Graham, the current President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, when he spoke at our April meeting. At forty-eight he is the youngest minister ever to be elected to this role. His father Winston, who attended […]

Men’s Society – March 2018

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Sadly a smaller than usual number of members found it possible to attend our March meeting but those who did enjoyed a real treat. Our speaker, Suzanne Wylie, has been Chief Executive of Belfast City Council since 2015 and is the first ever female appointed to that post. She spoke with great enthusiasm and knowledge […]

Men’s Society – February 2018

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“From Roden Street to the Palace of Westminster” – the amazing story by an amazing woman who kept the audience enthralled for over an hour with the story of her life from childhood to the present day. At our meeting in February the speaker was Baroness May Blood MBE and the audience – members of […]

Men’s Society – January 2018

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There was a good turnout at our January meeting despite the atrocious weather. Our speaker was Patrick Cregg MBE, Northern Ireland Director of the Woodland Trust. Patrick has been Director since the Trust commenced woodland conservation and opened an office in the Province in 1996. Patrick’s topic was “Ancient Treasures Lost and Found”. He was […]

Men’s Society – December 2017

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The most proficient presentation that he had ever heard on this topic…” stated Dr Roddy Evans at the conclusion of our Branch Meeting on Thursday 21st December, following the weekly Advent Service. The sermon at the service had been given by Bishop Harold Millar and we were delighted that he and a number of other […]

Men’s Society – November 2017

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Our speaker at the November meeting was Richard Parkinson and his topic ‘Colditz Castle’. What Richard does not know about the role that Colditz played during the Second World War is probably not worth knowing. Richard is a retired civil servant who now is part of the Somme Museum volunteer team. He has spent much […]

Men’s Society – October 2017

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As is traditional, the first meeting of the year is one where members from all branches of the Church of Ireland Men’s Society come together. This year on Thursday 12 October it was our pleasure to host the meeting at St Finnian’s and to welcome the Very Revd Gregory Dunstan (General Secretary), Mr Arthur Macartney […]

Men’s Society – April 2017

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It would be difficult to find anyone with more knowledge of his subject than the speaker at our April meeting.  The speaker was Peter Forbes and the subject – Blair Mayne and the SAS War Diary. We were delighted to welcome so many visitors to our meeting where the Chairman stated that he hoped that […]

Men’s Society – March 2017

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It is a wonderful thing to enjoy what you do for a living! This is certainly the case of the speaker at our meeting in March at which we were joined by members of our Mothers’ Union. Averil Milligan has an excellent gardening background having previously spent time at Hillsborough Castle and fourteen years at […]