This competition is organized by Wimbledon Circle as a contribution to the life of the Province. The first competition was held in 1979 and it has been held annually ever since (except for 2003 when we preferred to celebrate our 1000th meeting). The instigator was a professional photographer Brother who emigrated to Australia and gave the cup to the Circle for a photographic competition. The first organiser was Brother Denis Richardson (RIP) - who was also the first winer.
"Excuse me!" by Geoff Bignall
"Olive is 100!" by John Woodhouse
"Christianity and Islam" by Chris Woodward
"There's a huge spider on the floor Mum" by Helen Sathananthan
In 2017: There was a very enjoyable social atmosphere throughout the function. About 55 people sat down to dinner including two visiting gentlemen with one wife and there was an encouraging 123 entries from 26 contestants representing 7 circles. Of course, 4 winners. This year we continued with the new 'Fun', 'Family / Friendship', 'Faith' classes - echoing the Catenian strap-line. We also continued with the acceptance of entries through the Circle web-site , 75 were received this way from 14 contestants in 4 Circles, augmented by 38 prints from 4 contestants including a further 2 Circles on the night.
The Wimbledon Cup, for the best in the 'Fun' class was won by Brother Geoff Bignall of Guildford Circle with his picture entitled 'Excuse me!'. The cup was accepted on his behalf by Brother Stephen Rowden, himself no stranger to winning. Brother John Woodhouse was our first out-of-Province Brother for some years to have a winner with his 'Olive is 100!' in the Family / Friendship class. He received the Barbara Golden Shield. Chris Woodward kept the Cirle flag flying (and enhanced his own reputation) with a shot from his recent trip to the Holy Land, winning the Faith category. Votes were cast by the assembled company in the Vox Pop contest and another lady, Helen Sathananthan, enhanced her reputation with the spiderman creation.
The judges were Provincial vice-President Mark Potter (Woking and District Circle) with Jane and our own Geraldine Limna. Canapes were served while people enjoyed viewing and voting for the pictures. This was followed by a all sitting to french onion soup, roast duck leg with green beans and baby potatoes, chocolate mousse topped with fruit and cream followed by cheese, biscuits and coffee. Catering was by Gingham Hearts.
|1979||D S Richardson||Wimbledon||1980||D S Richardson||Wimbledon|
|1981||E J Hughes||Weybridge||1982||J W Holden||Coulsdon|
|1983||J C O'Sullivan||Epsom||1984||A E Posthuma||Wimbledon|
|1985||P A Bernard||Esher||1986||P A Bernard||Esher|
|1987||P A Bernard||Esher||1988||C J Gaskin||Darlington|
|1989||A M Hughes||Esher||1990||D S Richardson||Wimbledon|
|1991||S J Lodge||Esher||1992||D S Richardson||Wimbledon|
|1993||P A Bernard||Esher||1994||S J Lodge||Esher|
|1995||S J Lodge||Esher||1996||Una Barrie||Croydon|
|1997||Mary Gaskin||Darlington||1998||Mike Thelwell||Croydon|
|1999||Jean Smallwood||Woking||2000||Una Barrie||Croydon|
|2001||Tricia Cousins||Wimbledon||2002||Martin Gilhooly||Wimbledon|
Wimbledon's 1000th meeting
|2005||Mary Wilson||Reigate||2006||Norma O'Gorman||Runnymede|
|2007||Chris Woodward||Wimbledon||2008||Mary Wilson||Reigate|
|2009||Mary Wilson||Reigate||2010||Robert Smith||Coulsdon|
|2011||Andrew Wilson||Reigate||2012||Stephen Ballard||Guildford|
|2013||Christopher Devereux||Guildford||2014||Tina Lee||Croydon|
|2015||Tony Mawer||Purley||2016||Chris Woodward||Wimbledon|
|2006||Chris Woodward||Wimbledon||2007||John Golden||Wimbledon|
|2008||John Golden||Wimbledon||2009||Mary Wilson||Reigate|
|2010||Patricia Lewis||Reigate||2011||Chris Woodward||Wimbledon|
|2012||Chris Curtis||Wimbledon||2013||Christopher Devereux||Guildford|
|2014||Evelyn DeCruz||Woking & District||2015||Helen Sathananthan||Wimbledon|
|2016||Stephen Rowden||Guildford||2017||John Woodhouse||Norwood|
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