Monday, 13 December 2010

Two Knights Celebrate 50 Years

The local Knights of St Columba report:
Brothers of the Knights of St Columba (KSC), Province 34, which covers much of Arundel & Brighton Diocese supported by their friends and families gathered at Arundel Cathedral on Sunday 7th November to celebrate the annual Mass for their deceased Brothers.

At the end of the Mass Bishop Kieran (a Member of Honour of the Order) presented a lead crystal plaque to Brother Charles Snowdon (known as Snowie), of the Crawley Council, to commemorate his 50 years as a Knight; Brother Hugh McAloon, also of Crawley Council, was unable to be present to accept his award for 50 years service to the Order – this was presented to him at a recent Knight’s function in Crawley.

Bishop Kieran and
Brother Charles Snowdon 
Charles was born in 1927 in Essex (in a converted stable!) and was the eldest of three children. Having attended the East Essex Technical College he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1944 and was trained as a Wireless Fitter. It was during this period he first came across the KSC when he often stayed at their service-men’s hostel in Belgravia. After service on an RAF station in Germany he was de-mobilised in 1948.

Soon after this he joined the then Ministry of Civil Aviation as a Radio Technician. It was during his 39 years in this job that he met Win, his wife, and was received into the Church immediately before their marriage. Shortly after this he was introduced to the KSC by his brother-in-law, a member of Preston Council 52, he joined Reading Council in 1960, transferring to Crawley Council 358, soon after.

In retirement Charles worked for several years in the Special Needs Department of Crawley College teaching basic manual skills; this was followed by fifteen years, so far, on the staff of A&B NEWS which, he says, must be one of the best part-time jobs in the Diocese! He is often to be seen wielding his camera at Diocesan events large and small.

Charles says the Order has been of great value to him, not only spiritually but fraternally as his work took him all over the United Kingdom – and he was never more than a few miles from a KSC Council! So, think on all you young and not so young Catholic gentlemen out there – there must be something in it for you!

Brother Hugh McAloon receiving his medal
Brother Hugh McAloon was born in the Gorbals in Glasgow. During the war he served in the Royal Navy. He met and married his wife Molly and they raised a family of six children.

In 1958 he joined the Knights of St. Columba and moved to Crawley, one of the founder members of that Council. He was also one of the founder members of St. Bernadette’s Church, Tilgate where he and Molly have been active all these years.

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