Annual Meeting / AGM 2017 at Palazzola

In the last issue of the Friends’ Newsletter we asked for feedback about the possibility of
holding our 2017 AGM at Palazzola, as part of a longer trip.

The response has been encouraging so far with 20-odd positive replies, and we are now
looking at dates. The Villa has rooms available from 1St – 8th October, and we have
therefore made a provisional booking – which is being held for us until 12th May only.
Some very interesting suggestions are being put forward for places to visit and a plan is
beginning to emerge for a really interesting stay at the Villa.

However we will need to fill all the places and would urge those of you who might be
interested to get in touch, please. A minimum of 10 more people is needed, but more could
be accommodated!

If you are interested please contact Jim Holroyd ( or 01274 568500

Towards Advent 2015 | Annual Festival of Catholic Culture

Saturday 28th November | Westminster Cathedral Hall | 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Choir of St James’ RC Primary School, Twickenham.

10.30 am Opening Ceremony with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

  • Displays by Catholic groups, organisations and charities
  • Refreshments available all day
  • Play corner for children
  • Books, DVDs, CDs and cards on sale


Tickets for talks and workshop.

£2 each from the Welcome Desk.

11.30 am Singing Gregorian Chant: Joseph Estorninho, Director of Music, St. James’ School.

1.00 pm Christians, militant Islam and the Middle East, John Pontifex, Aid to the Church in Need.

2.30 pm Friars for the future! The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

As in the previous four years Friends of the Venerabile will again be taking a stand at this Festival.

If you are in the area on that day, do please call in and meet us.

We would be delighted to see you.

Portrait of Mgr. Hudson

On Sunday 10th November the portrait of Mgr. Nicholas Hudson – past Rector of the Venerable English College – was unveiled in the college library.

Present at the unveiling in addition to the college community were Archbishop Roche, Mgr. Hudson, Mr Michael Noakes (the artist) and both the past and present chairmen of the Friends of the Venerabile who donated the painting.s unveiled in the college library.

The Rector – Mgr Philip Whitmore – spoke of the long period during which Mgr. Hudson had been Rector referring to the various improvements during this time.


Before unveiling the portrait, Mgr. Philip wished Mgr. Hudson every joy in his new ministry as the Parish Priest of his home parish in Wimbledon.

Jo Barnacle Award

PRO ECCLESIA ET PONTIFICE presented to Jo Barnacle

After lunch, at the Venerable English College, on Sunday 10th November 2013 Archbishop A Roche presented the PRO ECCLESIA ET PONTIFICE medal to Jo Barnacle in recognition of her many years of service to the Church and the College.

The Rector – Mgr Philip Whitmore – presented Jo with two pictures, the first a small copy of the Martyrs painting and the second a photograph of the college community with Pope Benedict XVI during the Papal Audience (Dec. 2012). He also gave her an audio gift – a CD of the College Schola – singing Te Deum Laudamus.

The Senior Student – Deacon John Poland – expressed the esteem in which Jo is held by students over the years and on behalf of the student body, presented Jo with a hand painted framed picture in an ICON style. The words in Italian are translated below:
The priest therefore feeds the fire putting wood on it every day, in other words every faithful person continues to collect in his heart the examples of the fathers and the witness of sacred scripture so that the flame of love is not extinguished in him. Gregory the Great | Job 5, 25, 15