Anyway, I am happy to report that at least we are taking steps towards doing it, and I totally understand how miscommunications and confusion can happen, but it is still slightly frustrating that we could have done this months ago....it was this discovery that prompted me to contact the organisation to help her out....
Ah, but there are many, MANY cats out there and lots of people don't even NOTICE them, far less think about what they eat or where they sleep.
Don't punish yourself or the pub folk, just rejoice that NOW you are able to do things together for the cats.
I know you mentioned you felt unease and that the mama cat did not look well. I know that makes it harder to look back and think that you "could have done more, sooner. Hopefully she will be just fine. It is a testament to these cats' strength how they DO cope with constant breeding. I remember how shocked I was the first time that I helped trap a mother cat that had recently weaned her kittens - she looked like skin and bones! And then as she recouped after TNR, we realized that she couldn't have been much older than a kitten herself when she produced her litter! And how amazing and humbling it was to recall how well she had protected her litter and weaned them and so on!
Sending strength and love to you and your "reformed" ferals and especially to momcat!