After a week of tramping through the snow around 300 people changed their snow boots for dancing shoes to enjoy a wonderful evening of good food, great music and scintillating company at 109th Father Hudson’s Ball. Taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum near Solihull on Saturday 26th January the evening, as usual, was a great success.

This year the proceeds from the Ball were donated to Brushstrokes in Smethwick, one of Father Hudson’s Society’s collaborative Community Projects. Brushstrokes offers support to local people who are disadvantaged and isolated. There is a particular focus on assisting newly arrived families and individuals including asylum seekers, refugees and migrants by responding to their overwhelming needs as they adapt to their new way of life here. The money raised will go towards funding Brushstroke’s invaluable provision of an ESOL (English as a second or other language) service.

Fr Hudson's BallThe Ball Committee are very grateful to Archbishop Bernard Longley for attending as guest of honour and are delighted that he thoroughly enjoyed the evening. They also wished to thank everybody who contributed to the success of the Ball in any way whether by attending, donating prizes, making a donation or advertising in the menu brochure, with particular thanks to Catholic Today, who are the principal sponsors of the Ball.

Following a cheque presentation at Brushstrokes in March plans and preparation will be underway for next year’s 110th Annual Father Hudson’s Ball.