A very memorable occasion occurred on 19th March when the Scunthorpe Circle hosted the final of the Rex Kirk Quiz for the last time having done so for the past 18 years.
All the Circles from Province 3N and Province 3S take part and after first round and semi-finals the teams are whittled down to three for the final. This year the finalists were Grimsby, Bradford and Huddersfield which was a repeat of last year's final. Huddersfield took a lead at the end of the first round and proceeded to widen the gap after subsequent rounds and ended up convincing winners with a final score of 139. Grimsby came second with 85 and Bradford third with 60. Huddersfield has now won the last three finals.
Brother David Brinkley, Director of Province 3, presented Huddersfield with the trophy and bottles of wine and thanked the Scunthorpe Circle for the enormous amount of work that they had done over 18 years; setting and asking the questions and giving up their time to visit at least 8 other Circles each year. One of the main reasons that Brother Rex Kirk started the quiz was to encourage visiting and his aim has been very successful. Brothers Paul Hemingway and Kevin Coyle have shared the task of setting the questions and being quizmaster and they have been helped by other members of the Circle who have acted as timekeepers and chauffeurs.
The Rex Kirk quiz will continue because Barnsley Circle has agreed to take over the mantle from Scunthorpe.
Brother John Godwin was enrolled as a member of Ampleforth Circle before their Charter Dinner on 8th March. Brother John and Mary were welcomed by Bro Grand President Elect Bob Butler, who with his wife Kathy were principal guests at the Charter Dinner, and by 3N Provincial President John McAdam, who wished John many happy years of membership. John had previously been a member of Westmorland Circle but resigned several years ago. He now lives with his wife, Mary, in Ampleforth village.
The Brothers of City of Leeds Circle welcomed Peter Burdekin into the Association at their January meeting
Peter writes I have been married to Suzanne for 30 years and have two grown up daughters Hannah and Elizabeth. I attended St Michael's College in Leeds before training to be a teacher. I have taught in Catholic schools in Calderdale and Leeds. At present I am a Headteacher at a Catholic primary school in North Yorkshire. I have been made very welcome by Leeds 137 circle and look forward to being a Catenian.
On 15th December, the third Sunday of Advent, Bishop Terence Drainey celebrated Mass in the parish of St Anthony and Our lady of Mercy in Hull. During the Mass Brother Bob Shakesby, former President of the Hull Circle and current Vocations Officer, took the next step on his way to the Permanent Diaconate when Bishop Terence instituted him to the ministry of lector. The Bishop gave Bob the bible and said: "Take this book of Holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the word of God so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people."
Bob was well supported by his wife Denise and his family, the parishioners of St Anthony's and a number of his fellow Catenians.
The brothers of Hull Circle welcomed Francis McDonnell into the Association at their November meeting.
Francis (38) is married to Catherine and they have an eleven month-old daughter, Elisabeth. Currently Francis is Deputy/Acting Headteacher at St Vincent's RC primary school in Hull. He's an active member of St Vincent's Parish: an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, parish council member and a catechist for First Holy Communion.
Two officers of Province 3N have taken on leadership roles in their business lives as well as in the Catenian Association. Provincial Vice-President, Brother Paul Mallinson is the President of the Yorkshire Flooring Trades Association and Provincial Secretary, Brother John Kelly is the Chairman of the Yorkshire and North East Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
At the end of the October meeting of Harrogate Circle No 29, Mike Toop, Immediate Past President, presented a cheque for £1342.00 to Martin House Children's Hospice.
Martin House is situated in Boston Spa and is a purpose built Hospice which cares for children and young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses and provides support, including respite care, to their families. It takes referrals from the entire Yorkshire region and there is no charge to families that use facility. When first opened in 1987 it was only the second hospice of its type in the UK and relies on fund raising and donations for 80% of it's annual income.
At their September meeting, Hull Circle enrolled another new member, Brother Tom Timpson.
Brother Tom was born in 1931 and was widowed in 2006. He was a Chartered Insurer/Insurance manager but is now retired. He is a very active participant in his parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Hessle, is a regular presenter of religious programmes on Radio Humberside and is involved with Diocesan Communications.
At their June meeting, Huddersfield brothers in the company of distinguished visitors, including Grand President John Rayer, celebrated John Hughes and John Williamson's 50 years anniversaries and Jim Walker's 40 years anniversary. Bob Airey, a founder member of Huddersfield Circle, was present to see fair play - he has over 60 years membeship of the Association!
After Circle we joined our Ladies for dinner, and John Rayer presented the anniversary scrolls.
The brothers of Bradford Circle welcomed Andrew Blaikie into the Association at their May meeting.
Andrew writes I am currently a Claims Management Executive for Aon Limited having worked with the company for for nearly 38 years in a variety of roles. My wife Margaret and I live in Thackley, Bradford and have two grown up children, Emma an Analytical chemist working in Manchester following graduation from Sheffield University and son Alex, just completing his final year at Coventry University in Media with Film Production. In my spare time I am a member of the RAFVR(T) serving with the Air Cadets since 1968.
Circle was followed by dinner and a hugely successful joke competition. The winning joke was one of the shortest (thankfully...)
During his Presidential year, David Heighway nominated Emmaus as his Charity. At the President's Farewell dinner at the Wheatley Arms on 22 May, David was able to present Glen Miller, the local representative of Emmaus, with a cheque for £1000.
At the same event, James Hagerty, current President of Wharfedale Circle presented David with the Viking Trophy, which was won during David's year.
Leeds 3 Circle hosted the Joint Interprovincial Circle meeting on 20th May, which was well attended and representatives from all the Circles in Province were present. After a lively - and thankfully short - meeting, the Provincial Trophies were awarded:
York Circle won the Loving Cup with an everage attendance over the year of 70%. President Chris Sullivan is seen receiving the trophy from Director David Brinkley
Wharfedale Circle won the Viking Cup with brothers having made 172 visits over the year (6.7 per brother). President James Hagerty is seen receiving the trophy from Director David Brinkley
Hull Circle won the Scunthorpe Tankard. They increased their roll by 19% over the year (5 new Brothers). President Brian Salmon is seen receiving the trophy from Director David Brinkley
Justin Park of Harrogate Circle won the Joe Reilly Cup, having made 56 visits to 51 different Circles over the year.