Family and club announcements

June birthdays


BAILEY: Ethan – you are the only member of the family to receive a double entry of your greeting in Northern Cross … it appeared in May to make sure we were in time for June 1. And of course it needs to be in the right month as well. Great to know you’re still a fan of Cross Classified. Have a brilliant day whether or not schools re-start after the corona closures. Love, Nana and Poppa


BAILEY: this time last year, no one expected you to be in Windsor on duty for your birthday on June 5, Zac. Hope there’s time to celebrate with pals and maybe a call home to mark the 19th. Any plans for Trooping of the Colour even though the official June 13 event is cancelled?  – love, Nana and Poppa


MACKIN: lockdown will still apply for June 18, Tom. But the chat, the home manoeuvres, the music, and the livestreamed Masses will continue, we hope, no matter what corona rules are in force for the day. Cheers, Maureen and JohnB


OLIVER: has tennis ever been totally off court during the corona restrictions, Noel? Maybe by June 14 a singles knockabout might be allowed at the club which would be the perfect present . Many happy returns, love and cheers from Mum Elaine and Maureen and JohnB


WALKER: we’re hoping routines are returning to something like normal in Dubai – also living with corona rules. But for June 8 we wish you a happy day Nikki whatever the news. Watch for this greeting landing by email in time for Monday morning breakfast – love from Maureen and JohnB


Wedding anniversary


CLARKE: Kevin and Clare, the family quiz question in years to come might run: why didn’t we go out to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary? Answer: because all the pubs and restaurants were shut by Covid-19 restrictions. So will it be home cooking or delivery of an Indian ready-to-eat for your anniversary on June 16? You’re still heading for china next year! Love, Mum & Dad/Maureen & JohnB



CALLING ALL WRITERS: the North East branch of the Catholic Writers’ Guild of St Francis de Sales is still recruiting new members in its 65th year, with particular opportunity for contact and support during corona restrictions this year.


The Guild normally meets three times a year and organises a late summer outing with a literary, spiritual and historical interest. The plan for this year is presently suspended until restrictions are lifted. The officers of the Guild are considering arranging a video conference.

All writers in any medium are welcome. Are there some bloggers or podcasters out there ready to talk about the future of writing and communications? The Guild would love to hear from you.


Full members £10; joint-members £15; associate members £5, all per annum. For information, please email: secretary at: or chairman at:


Northern Cross Roll of Honour


THE FOLLOWING former champions of Northern Cross are remembered here for their anniversaries occurring during June.


Dominic Humphrey (June 1997)

Basil, Cardinal Hume (June 1999)

Fr Eamonn Croghan (June 2003)

Chris Farrow (June 2011)

Bishop Ambrose Griffiths (June 2011)


The full list of names included in the Northern Cross roll of honour is available on request from:



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