The Catenian Association Province 3 (North)

Events 2011-12

The Snuff Box

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Huddersfield win the Rex Kirk Competition

Huddersfield Circle win the Rex Kirk Trophy. pic:HN

L-R David Brinkley, Director Province 3; Paul Bareham; Ray Hodgson; John McAdam

After a sticky start, the 2012 final of the Rex Kirk competition got under way at Scunthorpe Circle on 21st March, between the semi-final winners Barnsley and Huddersfield, with Bradford as the highest scoring runners-up. Huddersfield got away after the first round and were to prove unbeatable, despite the pit-falls of the dreaded Round 4 with its negative markings.

Well done to all the teams for an entertaining final, and many thanks to the Quzimasters of Scunthorpe Circle for again organising an outstanding competition.

The Craic at the Craiglands

Past GP Joe McNally singing at Wharfedale. pic:HMcC

Former Grand President Joe McNally serenading us.

Wharfedale Circle and friends celebrated St Patrick's day in style at the Craiglands on 15th March with dinner, music, songs and dance. The Dale Country provided the music and called the dancing, whilst a few intrepid souls were moved by the Spirit (or should that be spirits?) to sing solo.

The event raised around £400 for the President's Charity - Friends of the Holy Land

Wakefield win the Snooker

Malcolm Kyle and Andy Lowrey receiving the Snooker trophy from Ben Cowell. Pic:HN

Ben Cowell, President of Bradford Circle, presents the Trophy to Malcolm Kyle and Andy Lowrey

March at Bradford Circle means the Provincial Snooker Competition, and teams from a number of Circles battled it out to determine who would be the first team to have their name engraved on the new Trophy. Not content with winning the Bob Jowett trophy outright last year (the plaque was too full to add any more names!) Wakefield Circle were worthy winners of the new Philip Wholley Cup.

Well done, and many thanks to all who took part

Brother Kevin celebrates 50 years

Kevin Speight receiving his 50 year scroll from Grand President pic:HN

L-R Tony Godden, Grand President; Kevin Speight; Dennis Donnelly, President

At Huddersfield Circle's December meeting, Bro Grand President Tony Godden presented a scroll to brother Kevin Speight to mark his 50 years' membership of the Association. Afterwards, at the Christmas dinner, Kevin regaled us with anecdotes of a very rich life, including being stopped for speeding on the Grand Canal in Venice!

Hull welcomes Dominic


R-L John Gorman, Membership Officer; Dominic Rajkumar, Richard Percival, President of Hull Circle

Hull Brothers recently welcomed Dominic Rajkumar into the Association.

Dominic writes: I was born in a Catholic family in Tamil Nadu, South India, after schooling, did MBBS and later on MD from a medical school in India.. Moved to UK in 2001, currently I am a GP working at Hessle... My wife Anita is a teacher in further education. My daughter Catherine aged 12 yrs old.

Interests: Music - any type of music but particularly classical and world music. I like to travel, mainly to places of Historic and Architectural importance.

Bursary Presentation at Wetherby

Philip Nolan presenting Bursary award to Stephanie McCarney. pic:HN

In November, Wetherby Circle President Philip Nolan presented a cheque on behalf of the Bursary Fund to Stephanie McCarney, who will be travelling to Kenya for 5 weeks in July 2012 as a group leader of 10 students who will be helping with building work in a school in the small village of Naroosura, near Narok. She will also be involved in teaching English and other classes.

Stephanie told us a bit about what she intends to do in Kenya and promised to return afterwards to tell us all about it!

Welcome to City of Leeds

Bill Boland and George Jordan enrol at City of Leeds. pic:HN

L-R Steve O'Neill, Provincial President; Bill Boland; George Jordan; Theo Pinto-Fernandes, President City of Leeds.

The Brothers of City of Leeds Circle welcomed George Jordan and Bill Boland into the Association in November.

Bill Boland has spent 40 years in the Health Service, commencing his career in Northern Ireland and most recently completing it as Chief Nursing Officer in Newcastle. He is now a governor of Leeds NHS Trust. He has a daughter Alison also in in the medical profession and a son Jonathan.

George Jordan is a chartered civil engineer and also came from Ireland and has spent his whole career in the building industry. He describes himself as having survived every recession that has come his way! He has six children.

Past and Present donate to CAFOD - 26th August 2011

Margaret Siberry, CAFOD, receiving a cheque from Harrogate Circle

L-R Michael Brennan, past President; Margaret Siberry; Joe McNamara, President

Harrrogate Circle raised £2,405 last year and split the proceeds between Bro. President Michael Brennan's chosen charities, Cafod and Cancer Research. The photo shows Past President Michael Brennan presenting a cheque to Leeds CAFOD representative Margaret Siberry at the CAFOD office at Hinsley Hall with current Circle President Bro. Joe McNamara watching on.

Jorvik enrolment

Lars Karlsson enrols at York Circle pic:H Norwood

L-R Peter Preston, President; Lars Karlsson; John Notley, Membership Officer

York brothers welcomed Lars Karlsson into the Association in September. Originally from Sweden, Lars has worked for a large DIY chain (no, not that one!)

CAFOD presentation at Wharfedale

CAFOD cheque presentation ar Wharfedale pic:H Norwood

L-R Peter Johnson, receiving a cheque from President Paul Kennedy

At their September meeting, Wharfedale President Paul Kennedy presented a cheque for £500 to local CAFOD representative Peter Johnson. Peter gave us a brief update of what that amount could do in the Third World.

Province 3 Secs. Barbecue

Province 3 Secs BBQ. pic:M Norwood

Pictured L-R are Bill and Mike Rodway (escapee Sec. of Fleetwood), Alf and Janet Greenwood, Christine Norwood, Jean and John Tweddle, Hugh Norwood, Liz and Ron Jarman, Margaret and Chris Rayner, John Kelly, Tony and Eve Milling, Maureen and Paul Kennedy.

The Secretaries of Province 3 and beyond had a great time chez Tony and Eve Milling for the annual "Province 3 Secs Barbecue" on 21st August. The only cloud on the horizon was that, as Tony is will be stepping down as Secretary at Huddersfield, we may not be meeting again. (But the Tony offered to host it once more - Hurray!

Grimsby claim the Snuff Box. pic:Bernard Swift

Hull President Richard Percival handing over the Snuff Box to Grimsby President Keith Littlewood

Hull Circle Centenary Celebrations

Hull Brothers at their Centenary. pic:Bernard Swift

Hull Brothers with Grand President Tony Godden, past-Grand President Joe McNally, Director of Province 1 Paul Mainon, Director of Province 3 David Brinkley, President of Province 3N Steve O'Neill and President of Province 3S David Hawley.

The sun shone on the Brothers of Hull Circle No 7 when they celebrated their Centenary on 11th and 12th of June 2011. The Circle Meeting and Dinner Dance were held on Saturday evening when 20 Hull Brothers, (one absent because he had been taken into hospital, another because he had been injured in the morning playing football and another delayed on his way back from USA), were joined by 33 visiting Brothers, including Grand President Tony Godden, Past-Grand President Joe McNally, Director of Province 3 David Brinkley, President of Province 3N Steve O'Neill, President of Province 3S David Hawley and Presidents of 9 other Circles. In all 27 Circles were represented.

Hull Brothers at their Centenary. pic:Bernard Swift
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The Brothers were reunited with their ladies and their families for the Dinner Dance and a total of 149 had a most enjoyable meal. President Richard Percival welcomed everyone and said that in 1911 the Titanic was launched, his chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support was founded, his father was born and 26 Hull Brothers held their first meeting. The Hull Brothers were so enthusiastic that they 'jumped the gun' and held their first meeting two months before their charter was officially granted. Brother Richard proposed a toast to all the guests.

Grand President congratulated the Hull Circle on achieving its centenary and reflected on the dedication, passion and hard work that were required to reach such a milestone. Whilst reflecting on the past it was necessary to recognise the challenges for today and the future, an issue which was put into perspective at the Newcastle Conference by Fr Jim O'Keefe in his keynote speech, 'What are Catenians for?' Grand President encouraged everyone to read the address and consider how we build on the many strengths of Catenianism and ensure that it remains relevant both now and in the future. An example was in the encouragement of vocations. At the moment there were 4 young men from Hull at the seminary and Catenians should support them both practically and spiritually.

After the speeches there was a tremendous feeling of happiness as numerous conversations took place, people let off their poppers and used their blowers. A number of Brothers and their guests showed that they were very capable dancers. At the same time they showed their generosity by purchasing tombola tickets for the Macmillan Cancer Support and a total of £1040 was raised. A number of people enjoyed the evening so much that they continued talking long after the musicians had gone home.

On Sunday 12th June a Centenary Mass was held at St Charles Borremeo which is the Mother Church of Post Reformation Hull and East Riding. Behind its Georgian façade there is a glorious baroque interior, unique in the North of England and those seeing the church for the first time were amazed by what they found. The Chief Concelebrant at the Mass was Rt Rev Terence Patrick Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough wearing the red Catenian Vestments for the Feast of Pentecost. The readers were the Grand President Tony Godden and President Richard; David Brinkley read the Bidding Prayers and Bernard Swift sang the Psalm. President Richard presented Bishop Terence with an engraved Centenary Fruit bowl as a token of thanks for travelling from Middlesbrough and celebrating the Mass. After a memorable celebration of their Centenary the Hull Brothers looked forward to the next one hundred years.

President Richard Percival presents Rt Rev Terence Drainey with a Centenary bowl. pic:Bernard Swift

Hull President Richard Percival presenting Rt Rev Terence Drainey Bishop of Middlesbrough with a Centenary bowl

Bernard Swift

Jim celebrates 40 years

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L-R David Brinkley, Director Province 3; Jim Teehan; Brin Barr, President Leeds 3

In June, brothers of Leeds 3 celebrated Bro Jim Teehan's 40th anniversary of joining the Association. Jim was presented with a scroll and a bottle of vintage port.

Michael Dowson

Poetry and Prose evening at Wetherby

Poetry evening at Wetherby. pic:

June 27th 2011

Brothers of Wetherby Circle are determined not to suffer from Aesthetic Deprivation Disorder. Each year, Brother Graham Mulley orchestrates a poetry evening, inviting Brothers and Ladies to choose one or two poems, explain why they chose them and then recite them for everyone's delight

This year over a dozen pieces were recited: we had laughter and tears, gentle observations and poignancy. We were advised that prose is akin to walking, poetry to dancing. Though prose did feature - a stirring speech by Nelson Mandela, a humorous piece about mishaps on a building sits - most chose poems. We had rhyming couplets and iambic pentameters. There was free verse, a dialect poem and works that illustrated that poetry can say more with less. Possibly the world's shortest poem featured ; an observation on the life trajectory of Western Woman :"Lager/Aga/Saga/Ga-ga"

The range of authors included Yevtushenko (a very moving poem about progressive memory loss in a once respected school teacher, read with great flair by Imelda Moorhouse), Dante - or at least a modern take on the Inferno; Roger Mc Gough remembering his first day at school. We heard about cremation, the battle of the sexes, the sadness of not seeing one's gardening reach fruition because of house moves. The art of the monologue was illustrated by a Lancastrian rendition of Albert and the Lion. There was the joy of seeing the purple shirted Provincial President don exotic headgear in order to illustrate how to grow old disgracefully. The futility of war was reflected in the Charge of the Light Brigade.

The prize for the best presentation went to Jess Rowatt. The chairman awarded himself the wooden spoon for the longest poem - a witty epic about young girls out on a Saturday night, which was characterised by wonderful rhymes.

A good time was had by all. We look forward to your company at next year's Wetherby poetry fest

Graham Mulley

Enrolment in York

Mark Muncaster recieves his welcome pack. pic:HN

L-R: Peter Glynn; Peter Preston, President; Mark Moncaster; Steve O'Neill, Provincial President

York Brothers welcomed Mark Moncaster into the Association at their Circle meeting on 23 June. Mark's father-in-law, Peter Glynn of Hexham and Tyne Valley Circle was present.

Mark was an Aircraft Engineer with the RAF for 25 years and is currently a Training Centre manager for an independent training company in Hull.

He is married to Geraldine and they three sons and another on due in December. They both juggle full-time jobs with a growing family.

After Circle we joined the Ladies for supper and a talk on the British Heart Foundation, Bro President's Charity for the year.

Province 3 Family Day at Lotherton Hall

Family day at Lotherton Hall pic:SON

Wine at Wharfedale

Wine tasting at Wharfedale pic:HN

L-R Ian Monger; James Hagerty; Paul Kennedy, President; John Kelly; David Hawley, Provincial President 3(S); Mark Darlow, Sandy Lay

After Circle in June, Wharfedale Brothers, guests and Ladies were treated to the delights of the vineyards of New Zealand, ably guided by the world famous oenologist and bon viveur John Kelly, recently returned from the southern hemisphere.

A number of Brothers entered into the spirit of the occasion by sporting bow ties, as you can see!

Bursary Fund

William Miller receiving cheque from Paul Kennedy pic:HN

L-R William Miller and Paul Kennedy, President

William Miller from Ilkely is pictured receiving a grant from the Catenian Bursary Fund from Paul Kennedy, President of Wharfedale at their June recent meeting. William is to spend some weeks in Rio de Janeiro with "Volunteer in Brazil", working with families in favelas there, teaching conversational English and providing music and sport classes for the children.

Two more for Harrogate


L-R: Denis Connery, Membership Officer; John Monaghan; Joe McNamara, President; Jim McHugh; Steve O'Neill, Provincial President

Harrogate Brothers warmly welcomed two new brothers at their June meeting, Jim McHugh and John Monaghan.

Jim McHugh is married to Pat and they have two sons, Liam and Thomas. They have lived in Harrogate since 1978, in the parish of Our Lady Immaculate and St Robert.

Jim has worked in education for 38 years and currently works for SERCO's School Effectiveness Service in Bradford: he is also Chairman of the Local Authority Committee of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education. Pat is Head of Food Technology at Harrogate Grammar school, where she has worked for 36 years.

Jim, originally from Kent, is a life-long supporter of Leeds United and this was one of the reasons why he came to study in Leeds at the age of 18: intending to complete his studies and return home. He fell in love with a local lass and never went back!

Jim and Pat are looking forward to the birth of their first grand-child later in the year: they also enjoy walking, eating out, socialising and seeing the world, together with gardening and DIY. Jim is a Black Belt in Iaido. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and is a long-time member of the Harley Davidson Aire Valley Chapter.

John Monaghan is married to Angela, a senior nurse and has two children, Harry and Grace. John is a Chartered Accountant and Partner in a practice outside Leeds. He enjoys playing hockey when time allows.

John and Angela share wide musical tastes and enjoy walking their cocker spaniel in the Yorkshire Dales. John is also a member of CAMRA and hopes one day to establish a Micro Brewery.

Sheffield 8 supports Makeni Project


On March 3rd, Brother President, Tony Mulcrone of Sheffield Circle 8 invited Delia and Jon Kay talk about their experiences and volunteer work in Sierra Leone - the third poorest country in the world.

Bro. Tony is a trustee of the Makeni Project and was delighted to present them with a donation of £400, from his Presidential Charity Fund, which will go towards providing school fees for the children of blind adults

David Hawley

City of Leeds welcomes a new Brother

Jim Hopkinson joins the Association pic:

L-R Steve O'Neill, Provincial President; Jim Hopkinson; Theo Pinto-Fernandes, President

Jim Hopkinson was received into membership of City of Leeds Circle on Wednesday 18th May. Jim is a senior officer in Leeds City Council and works alongside the Ministry of Justice in resettlement of offenders.

He is married to Liz and they have 3 children Eleanor, Katherine and Joseph. Jim is a member of Horsforth Harriers Running Club.

Richard Hellawell

Huddersfield celebrate 40 years

Mike Andrews receives his 40 year scroll pic: HN

L-R Steve O'Neill, Provincial President; Mike Andrews; Denis Donnelly, President

On 17th May, Brother Mike Andrews of Huddersfield Circle was presented with a scroll to mark 40 years' membership of the Associaton. A large number of Brothers from Huddersfield and around Province, and their wives were present to mark the occasion

Mike was President of Bradford Circle before he transferred to Huddersfield. He was a registrar in Bradford and in Huddersfield, and before he retired was an Educational psychologist. After retiring Mike spent about a year in Thailand with V.S.O.

Two new Brothers in Leeds

Johnson D'Souza and Paul Dargan enrol at Leeds pic: HN

L-R Steve O'Neill, Provincial President; Johnson D'Souza; Paul Dargan; Brian Barr, President, Leeds 3; Ben Science, Membership Officer Leeds 3

Brothers of Leeds 3 Circle welcomed Johnson D'Souza and Paul Dargan into the Association on 16th May

New Brother in Harrogate

Mark Goodfield enrols at Harrogate

L-R Denis Connery, Membership Officer; Mark Goodfield; Joe McNamara, President

Brother Mark Goodfield was enrolled at Harrogate on 9th May. Mark is a Consultant Dermatologist at Leeds General Infirmary and is married to Siobhan, who he met when they were both studying at Cambridge University. Siobhan is a GP in Harrogate and they have three adult children, Eleanor, Owen and Hugh.

Trophy Night at Hull

The Provincial Trphies were awarded at a well-attended Interprovincial Circle Night hosted by Hull Circle on 11th May. Competition had been closer this year than for some time.

York receive the Loving Cup pic: Bernard Swift

York Circle won the Loving Cup with an average attendance over the year of 67%, with Hull reaching 65%. The photo shows L-R David Brinkley, Director Province 3 and Ed Sheridan, Tony Coyle and Ken Wright of York Circle

Wetherby receive the Viking Cup pic: Bernard Swift

Wetherby Circle won the Viking Cup with an average of 6.5 visits per brother over the year, with Scunthorpe a close second on 5.9. The photo shows L-R John Kelly of Wetherby, David Brinkley and Philip Nolan, Wetherby President

Justin Park from Harrogate receives the Joe Reilly Cup pic: Bernard Swift

And Justin Park of Harrogate Circle won the Joe Reilly Cup after making an astounding total of 66 visits to 57 different Circle over the year. Runner-up was Andrew Hartley of Sheffield with a still amazing 44! The photo shows Justin receiving the trophy, supported by his President Joe McNamara

Provincial Lourdes Fund Presentation

Provincial Lourdes Fund presentation pic: Bernard Swift

L-R Nathan Barmby, Mike Read, Chris Cuthill

Mike Read, IPP of Hull Circle recently presented cheques from the Provincial Lourdes Fund to Nathan Barmby, who is going with Middlesbrough Diocese's pilgrimage, and to Chris Cuthill, a member of St Mary's College Chaplaincy team, who will be taking 38 children to Lourdes with the Hull Youth Pilgrimage

Province 3 Trip to Brugge

At the Menin Gate. pic: Bernard Swift

On Thursday 28th April, 45 Brothers and wives from Province 3N and 3S went on a trip to Brugge organised by Brother Gary Porter, President of 3N, and his wife Gillie. From the ferry at Zebrugge we went to the Menin Gate at Ypres where we were met by Andre who was an excellent guide. He took us to Essex Farm Cemetery which was particularly moving because many of the graves were for soldiers from the West Riding of Yorkshire. From there we went to the Canadian Memorial, had an excellent lunch, visited the Passchendaele Museum where old cine films brought home to us the vast number of soldiers involved, Tyne Cot Cemetery and the German Cemetery.

After booking into our hotel in Brugge, we had a brief rest, watched the 6pm News on BBC1 with pictures of the Royal Wedding and then we tried to choose from the many restaurants. On Saturday morning some went on a tour of a local brewery while others walked around the City, looking at the sites, the chocolate and lace shops - some went on to the canals and one couple hired cycles to explore.

After our evening meal on the ferry there was much socialising in the bars and walking became difficult because of the rough North Sea not because of too much drink. 9.30am Sunday morning we disembarked at Hull after a very enjoyable and educational few days spent with Catenian friends.

In front of the coach. pic:Bernard Swift
The ferry. pic: Bernard Swift

Brother joins Brother

David Rix joins Wharfedale. pic:HN

L-R John Wilson, Provincial Membership Officer; Paul Kennedy, Presdient; David Rix; Gary Porter, Provincial President; Martin Rix

Wharfedale Brothers welcomed David Rix into the Association at their April meeting. Wharfedale is getting to be quite a family affair; David's brother Martin and brother-in-law Hugh McCarthy have been in Wharefdale since it was inaugurated!

David has previously been a member of the Wakefield Circle for 14 years but recently he and his wife Avril moved to Gilstead to be nearer grandchildren.

David and Avril have shared interests in France and the French but also enjoy walking and cycling, particularly in the Peak District where they have a holiday home.

David is a chartered accountant who has worked for many years as a Finance Director but now concentrates on part time / non exec work.


Another McNally joins the ranks

John McNally joins Hull pic:Bernard Swift

L to R Gary Porter, President of Province 3N; John McNally; Richard Percival, President Hull Circle; John Gorman, Hull Membership Officer.

After their AGM, Hull Circle was pleased to enrol John McNally as a new member

John writes On my retirement from Humberside Police I began teaching A level law at St. Mary's College Hull, which is my present work. I am a trustee for the Club House Community Centre, Garden Village, Hull, formerly the Hull Police Boys Club, and play the occasional game of cricket for Humberside Police. Life long Hull City supporter. And now a brand new Catenian! Married, three children. Attend St. Francis Parish, Wembly Park Avenue, Hull

Bernard Swift

A Bitter-Sweet Night in Halifax


Over 100 Brothers, wives and families enjoyed a superb Annual Dinner Dance, at the Shay Stadium, Halifax, early this April.

Presided over by Circle President Paul Bareham, the guests included two Past Grand Presidents, the Director of Province 3, the Provincial President and numerous Yorkshire Circle Presidents.

An excellent meal was followed by dancing to the music of Rosie and the Time Travellers and a great time was had by all.

Sadly this was the last event for Halifax Circle as, after 57 years, they have decided to surrender their Charter due to difficulties in recruiting new brothers.

In his speech on behalf of the guests, Provincial President 3 North, Gary Porter, educated us by provided an amusing, if idiosyncratic, list of the things Halifax is famous for.

Past Grand President John Clarke, proposing the toast to Halifax Brothers past and present, gave thanks for the work done by former Halifax Brother Terry McManus in his time as Grand Secretary and Grand President; he also thanked Brother Tony Hayes who was for many years Grand Director. The remainder of his speech would not have been out of place on the Comedians and kept everyone in good spirits even though this was the last ever Halifax Circle event.

The photograph shows the Halifax Brothers, President Paul Bareham in the centre, who were able to attend on the evening.

It is pleasing to report that many of them are joining Huddersfield Circle.

Tony Gregson

Welcome to Simon and Peter

Simon Meeka nd Peter Murphy enrol at Bradford. pic:HN

L-R Gary Porter, Provincial President; Simon Meek; Ben Cowell, President; Peter Murphy; David Brinkley, Director Province 3

Bradford Brothers welcomed Peter Murphy and Simon Meek into the Association at the April meeting.

Peter from St. Francis Parish in Eccleshill has been married to Melissa for 7 years. Peter works as Operations Manager within an executive recruitment company. In his spare time he enjoys most sports although more recently can be found chasing after his new puppy on Baildon Moor (he's not sure this is an authorised sport just yet!)

Simon lives in Bingley with wife Rachael. He is a partner of a large law firm in Leeds, specialising in property work. His spare time is spent being exhausted by children Harvey and Betty and working/sleeping in the garden