Although the basic principle of the Catenian Association is to support each other through family and faith, individual Catenians and Catenian Circles are heavily involved in fund raising. Over the past year 400 Catenians and their families in the 12 Circles of Province 3 (North) of the Association have raised approximately £20,100 for various charities.
As in previous years, Catenians have once again sponsored Lourdes pilgrims and the wonderful students in our secondary schools who go to Lourdes as helpers. The Harrogate Homeless Project was the beneficiary of the Harrogate Circle while the City of Leeds Circle supported the Botton Trust in Danby Dale. This is part of the Camphill Trust and provides facilities for those with learning disabilities and special needs. Hull Circle's charity extended to Help The Heroes and to local causes while Huddersfield Brothers made a donation to Martin House Hospice. MacMillan Nurses were the major beneficiaries of the Province and Wetherby and York Circles.
Going further afield the Province supported Scouts working in Kenya; Ampleforth Circle financed the Kipungani School in Kenya; Fr Gerard Hanlon's Peru Mission received a donation for the third year running from Wharfedale Circle; and the Leeds 3 Circle assisted the SVP with their work in Darfur (and also in Leeds). CAFOD's Water Aid scheme received donations from Bradford and Wharfedale Circles and Bradford also supported CHAS, the Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Smile Train and Leeds Diocesan Catholic Care.
Proving that they are no novices at the game, Martin Dearnley and Malcolm Kyle of Wakefield Circle, the 2009 snooker champions of Province 3, took on all comers and successfully defended their title. But it was no walkover and Martin and Malcom had to struggle hard to overcome the many opposing teams, eventually beating, in the Final, Wetherby Circle's first team.
thanks to Wakefield Circle Web Site
This year has proved successful for enrolments into the Hull Circle - at the February Meeting Mr Daniel Chilvers became our newest member.
Brother Vincent Nicholls of York Circle was invested as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem(KHS) on 5th December 2009 at Southwark Cathedral by the Prior of the Lieutenancy of England and Wales - Archbishop McDonald of Southwark KC*HS. Some 400 Knights/Dames attended the Investiture. Special guests were Bro Grand President Joe McNally and Philomena. This was followed by a Luncheon at Lincoln's Inn. A truly memorable day.
Sean Walsh of St. Marie's Parish, Halifax, is a 21 year old Politics graduate of Newcastle University. He recently spent 4 months doing voluntary service in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The Catenian Bursary Fund contributed £500 towards the cost of this venture.
He gave a short talk on his experiences to the Halifax Circle at their February meeting.
His main task was teaching English and History in a secondary school of over 1000 pupils, but he was also involved in house building, orphanage visiting and conservation work.
Although it is a rather worn cliché it was still a life changing experience for him; experiencing the poverty, lack of water and sanitation and thefreezing cold houses at night.
One of the things that stood out from the routine were Masses which lasted up to four hours with the rest of the day spent socialising at the church. Also memorable was trying to teach P.E. to 1000 students at the same time with one football between them.
Teams from Grimsby, Harrogate, York and Wetherby battled for the Tony McHale trophy at the annual Dominoes contest after Wetherby's meeting on 22nd February. A tense play-off between York and Wetherby resulted in a win for York. Play was helped by a magnificent pie and pea supper.
President Mark Darlow is pictured with the Circle's guests at the recent Clergy Night Dinner.
Left to right: Canon Joe Smith, Mgr John Murphy, Mark Darlow, Bishop David Konstant, Fr Peter Dawber, Canon Tom O'Connor and Fr Tony Pearson.
During York's Circle meeting on 28th January, Bro Grand President Joe McNally presented Brother John Notley with a scroll to mark his 40th year as a member of the Association. The photo shows (L-R) Grand President Joe McNally and John Notley.
Halifax Circle's January Meeting was devoted to Tall Tales and Terrible Ties.
It was a convivial evening with several amusing anecdotes from Halifax brothers, but surprisingly our visitors were rather quiet.
Bro. Justin Park of Harrogate Circle was brave enough to act as judge in the tie competition and he chose the Grotty Horror Show which had been home-made at very short notice by Tony Gregson.
On Wednesday 13th January, Anthony Whalley enrolled into the Hull Circle in the presence of the 'Top Brass'.
On the same night, the "Eastern Bloc Quiz" was held at Hull and there was an extremely close struggle before Grimsby defeated Hull, who had held the trophy for the last 2 years by a single point.
Bradford Circle welcomes Stephen Coherton back to the Catenian Association. Stephen was a member of Coulsdon Circle (Province 19) in the 1980s but business and family commitments had to take precedence at the time. Stephen was enrolled into Bradford Circle on 7th December 2009 and we wish him and wife Breege many years of enjoyment and companionship in the Association. Stephen and Breege worship at St Walburga's, Shipley. Stephen is Managing Director of independent finance broker Atlas Trade Finance Limited.
Lucca Davison, son of Mark Davison, recently enrolled in Bradford Circle, was born on Wednesday 4th November weighing in at 8lb 1oz. Congratulations to proud parents Mark and Nicola who have got Lucca started on the rosary nice and early as you can see!
Brother Provincial President John Kelly (Province 3 North) recently presented Brother John O'Hanlon of Leeds 3 Circle with a scroll to mark his 40 years of membership. The photo shows (L-R) John Kelly, John O'Hanlon and Matt Campbell, President, Leeds 3
A new Brother was enrolled into the Hull Circle on 11th November; Brother Roger Norrington. We were privileged to have Brother John Kelly, President of Province 3N and Brother Graham Green, President of Province 3S present.
Just a note to thank you and the members of the Wharfedale Catenians for your generous donation of £500 to our work here in Peru.
This morning I made a donation of $1000 US to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary who direct the school for small girls outside Lima, as a help towards the implementation of their dental surgery. This is the second donation from you towards this project. I am afraid things move rather slowly here and the surgery is not yet functional. I will see what I can do to push it along. Nevertheless, I can assure you that the Directors of the school are extremely grateful for this help
With kind regards to your members
Fr. Gerry HanlonWharfedale Circle has been supporting Fr Gerad Hanlon in Peru for a number of years....
Over 230 Big Band enthusiasts, many in 1940's period dress, attended Hull Circle's fund raising event at the Hull University on September 11. The dance floor was always full as Brothers and guests danced to the superb music of the Frank Cleveland Big Band. The Ball began with the Lord Mayor of Kinston upon Hull and Admiral of the Humber, Councillor Karen Woods, taking to the dance floor partnered by Hull Circle President Malcolm Bellamy to the famous strains of Glen Miller's Moonlight Serenade. Uniform of all three services was evident as was that of our American and even Russian allies. Immediate Past President Brian Salmon did excellent black market business in watches and nylon stockings!
Over £3000 was raised during the evening for Help the Heroes charity.
Mark Davison was enrolled into the Association at a full and busy meeting Bradford Circle meeting on 7th September, attended by Provincial Director David Brinkley, Provincial President John Kelly and a large number of visiting Brothers. Mark is a professional composer providing music composition and production for film, television and radio. We wish Mark and his wife Nicola many happy years with the Association. At the end of business, Sheffield Hallamshire President, Des Keating, supported by 10 of his Circle Brothers, claimed the Snuff Box.
Huddersfield Circle joined Halifax Circle for a joint meeting on 28th July; Michael Crossley was enrolled into Huddersfield Circle and Malcolm Green into Halifax Circle. We wish them both many happy years with the Association. The photo shows (L-R) Eddie France, President of Huddersfield, Michael Crossley, Malcolm Green and John McAdam, President of Halifax.
Also visiting that night were Provincial President John Kelly, photographed with his Chauffeur, Liz Rowe, and four members of Hull Circle, David Stuart, Gary Porter, Bernard Swift, John Fleming, shown with John Kelly
On Monday 27th July, immediate past President of Wetherby Circle, David Barker presented a cheque for £628 to Martin House children's hospice, his presidential charity. David is pictured with Ernie Grey.
Afterwards gentlemen and ladies were treated to a challenging "silent" musical quiz!
After our July Circle Meeting we had a talk by the Reverend Alan Bagshaw, a Church of England Vicar. President Brother Malcolm Bellamy met him 20 years ago through their work with the Air Cadets. Reverend Alan spoke about his works as the Chaplain of Hull City Football Club, Hull FC Rugby League Club, Hull Fair and both the Air and Sea Cadets.
Mark Darlow of Wharfedale Circle is pictured giving a cheque of £200 to Niall Cahill from Burley in Wharfedale who will be spending four weeks in Tanzania in July. Niall is acting as a volunteer with the charity 'Light in Africa' which runs orphanages and offers medical outreach work in some of the poorest parts of this country.
The Bursary fund donated £100 and Wharfedale Catenians were very keen to donate an additional £100 to Niall. The presentation took place after a Mass for Vocations in June. In the presentation picture are Rev Father Paul Grogan , Director of Vocations - Leeds Diocese, Mark Darlow - President -, Niall Cahill and proud father, Joe Cahill a member of Wharfedale Catenians.
No, not a member of the medical profession this time (although some were present) - Bro. Joe McNally, Grand President, visited a vibrant Circle meeting at Wetherby in June, where the Snuff Box was available for claiming. Over 50 brothers were present. The main contenders for the Snuff Box were York and Bradford Circles. After verifying the claim by calculator, Bradford were successful.
After Circle we took advantage of the pleasant weather to take supper outside on the terrace.
David Cross, CAFOD's Diocesan Manager for Middlesbrough recently gave a talk to York Circle on the work of CAFOD and the "Give Water, Life & Hope" project. He highlighted some of the individuals and communities that have directly benefitted in Zimbabwe. CAFOD ensure that a minimum of 85p in each £1 donated go directly towards those in need and achieves this by working with local Catholic groups in the areas of need and with Caritas, which is a network which encompasses 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations working in over 200 countries and territories.
David is seen accepting the final donation from Victor Nichols, York Circle immediate Past President, which brings the York donation total to £6400.
Grimsby Circle played host to the joint Inter Provincial Circle meeting on 6th May. Most of the Circles in both 3N and 3S were represented and the meeting room was packed. At the end of the meeting, the Provincial trophies were awarded.
The Joe Reilly Cup was presented to Dennis Donnelly of Huddersfield Circle, who managed to make 32 visits to 25 different Circles during the year. The Photo shows Dennis receiving the cup from Grand Vice President Joe McNally.
The Viking Cup was retained by Wetherby Circle with an average of 7.8 visits per brother during the year. The photo shows David Barker, President of Wetherby Circle receiving a "virtual" cup from Grand Vice President (Wetherby forgot to bring the cup along!)
The Loving Cup was retained by Bradford Circle whose attendance averaged at 70.2%. The photo shows Simon Stockdale, President of Bradford, receiving the cup from GVP.
Following his walk around Province 3 Circles, David Stockdale enjoys a foot massage by Sharon Parkin at the Stray Hair Salon Harrogate. The massage was presented by Paul Mallinson, last year's president of Leeds 3 Circle, and his wife Sally. The walk raised £1,893.25 for the Centenary Charity, 'Give Water Life and Hope'. Sally Mallinson is seen ensuring fair play during the massage.
Hull Circle raised £400 as a result of donations for the Centenary Appeal. There were prizes of different sizes of bottles of whisky - the winner of the gallon of whisky, (4.5 litres), was last year's President of Wharfedale Circle, James Hagerty. the bottle was presented to him by last year's President of Hull Circle, Brian Salmon.
Steve Nolan was a highly esteemed brother of Wetherby Circle and stalwart member and officer of Province 3 (North). During his term of office as President of the Province he led many visiting raids on other circles in both halves of the province. We in Wetherby Circle have been trying for some time to persuade Steve's youngest son to become a brother but sadly we have had no success during Steve's lifetime. Pressure of business and the care of his young family have kept him from following in his father's footsteps until the beginning of this year. Our picture shows Philip being welcomed by Circle President David Barker, Provincial President Gerard McSheera and Circle Membership officer Frank Rowett.
Philip's arrival in Wetherby Circle has been particularly welcome in view of the low numbers in our Circle. To use an analogy which some of our politicians are fond of it is to be hoped that Philip's arrival is an indication of the green shoots of a very welcome spring.
At the April meeting of the Bradford Circle, the retiring President David Stockdale handed over the Presidency to his son Simon Stockdale, as the Provincial President of Province 3N, Gerald Mc Shera looks on.