There is so much trouble and strife in the world.

So much inequality.

Are you the generation to sort it out?

Would you rather build bridges than walls?

Would you like to do something really wonderful for others?

Previous President’s Charities 

Message from The President

of the Eastbourne Circle

Each President nominates a charity or charities which the Circle supports. For my presidential year I have chosen the Red Shirts and the Society St. Vincent de Paul.


Last year’s Presidents charities raised £ 1,695 for the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice and £1,350 for the Eastbourne Foodbank. In addition, donations at our Christmas Dinner raised a further £350 to assist in the treatment of a very sick child.

In addition Sussex Catenians raised £1,910 for the Diocesan Vocations Office.

This year Eastbourne Catenians have already donated a further £250 to the JPK project which provides opportunities for people with learning difficulties. 

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The United Kingdom has its first Filipina mayor and he is a Catenian. Councillor Danny Favor of East Grinstead Circle was elected mayor in May 2019.

Danny was honoured by the Deputy Philippine Ambassador Reynaldo Catapang as the first-ever town councillor of Filipino origin to be elected in the UK, at a recent ceremony held at the Philippine Embassy. The Deputy Ambassador presented Cllr Favor with a certificate recognising his historic achievement.


Danny said he hoped his achievement will “inspire and encourage Filipinos to be more proactive, motivated, and productive members of society and continue making a difference in their communities, both in the UK and the Philippines”.


Danny who is an Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, was elected in May this year as Councillor for Asphalts Ward on the East Grinstead Town Council. He is also President of the Filipino-British Association and works closely with several local charities.


Danny's charities for this Civic Year are:

  • Queen Victoria Hospital Charitable Funds.

  • To support the work, patient support and research carried out at the hospital.

  • EG First Responders - Those who are first at an emergency medical situation, usually arriving within 8 minutes.

  • EG Street Pastors - Who patrol the streets late at night at weekends or after school times to give support to

anyone who may need a sympathetic ear.


Catenians have a proud record of public service. The mayor of Eastbourne 1983-84 was Dennis Cullen a member of Eastbourne Circle.

As she reached the next of her significant birthdays, in June, Ann-Marie Brownsell (wife of Brother Len) had decided to retire from most of her voluntary activities. So that she might go out in a blaze of glory, she had decided to take part in a charity skydive.

The charity she chose was You Raise Me Up which is based in Polegate, East Sussex. It offers emotional and financial support to parents who have lost an older child (16 - 25).

The total raised so far has exceeded £1700. Well done Ann-Marie.