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Historic speaking competition held in West Norfolk

An historic Catenian speaking competition – the Saubolle Cup – was held in West Norfolk recently between incoming president elects from across Province 2.


Staged at Andel Lodge, Tottenhill, near King’s Lynn on February 16, each circle’s incoming president elect was invited to talk for two minutes before an audience of members from all circles in the province.

Each presentation was assessed by a panel of judges Provincial Director Dennis Barter (West Norfolk), Provincial President Philip Hoy (Norwich) and Aidan McGovern (Headmaster of St Martha’s Primary School, King’s Lynn). The entire proceedings were controlled by traffic lights.

Participants poured their hearts and souls into their speeches on the subject of Catenian Engagement. The overall winner was Malcolm Butterworth (Upminster) and the runners-up Roger Sclater (Chelmsford Mid Essex) and Peter Coates (W. Norfolk).

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

Province 2 of the Catenians stretches all the way down to Essex and East London and west to King’s Lynn and Wisbech.

Pictured above, the Saubolle cup was presented to Malcolm Butterworth by Philip Hoy, Provincial President.

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