The Catenian Association Province 3 (North)

Events 2014-15

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Celebrations at Huddersfield

L - R Bro. Norman Wilkinson; David Brinkley, Director Province 3

In January of this year, Bro. Norman Wilkinson celebrated completing 50 years as a member of Huddersfield Circle 145. Our picture shows Norman receiving a 50 year scroll from Bro. Director David Brinkley

L - R Bro. Peter Brook; David Brinkley, Director Province 3

And Brother Peter Brook celebrated with the Huddersfield brothers his 40 years membership of the Association. Our picture shows Peter receiving a 40 years scroll from Bro. Director David Brinkley


Huddersfield win the Snooker Competition

Huddersfield Circle win the Snooker Competition

L-R Bros.Chris L'Estrange; Paul Mallinson, Provincial President 3N; John Clutterbrook; Tim Parr

The Provincial Snooker Competition was held on 2nd March at Bradford Circle and was won by Bros.Chris L'Estrange and John Clutterbrook, of Huddersfield Circle, who won a thrilling contest against defending champions Wakefield, on the black ball.


Joe Celebrates 40 years

L-R Paul Mallinson, Provincial President 3N; Joe McNamara

At the Provincial Ball on Saturday 14th February, Joe McNamara of Harrogate Circle was presented with a miniature to celebrate 40 years membership of the Association

The Ball was a great success; over 100 people sat down to an excellent dinner at the Bridge Inn, followed by fantastic entertainment from Terry Webster


Burns' Night at Wetherby

Burns Night at Wetherby

L-R John Kelly, President Wetherby Circle; Hugh Norwood, Provincial Piper(!); Paul Mallinson, Provincial President

After their Circle meeting on 26 January, The Brothers of Wetherby Circle, Ladies and guests sat down to a traditional Burns' Night supper, with the haggis piped in by Bro Hugh Norwood and addressed by Bro Graham Mulley.


J A (Tony) Gaffney CBE 50 years

At a special Sunday lunchtime meeting of Wetherby Circle on 4th January, Visitors, Brothers and Ladies celebrated Tony Gaffney's 50 years in the Association.

L-R David Brinkley, Director Province 3; John Kelly, President Wetherby Circle; Tony Gaffney; Paul Mallinson, Provincial President 3N

Tony was President of the Institute of Civil Engineers in 1983/1984 and at that time, the youngest in post and one of the very few to be elected from the public sector.

He was the West Riding County Surveyor and very responsible for the building of the M62

He was made a CBE in 1984

He enrolled in Loughborough circle and transferred to Wetherby in Dec 1969 a loyal supporter of the circle from that day though never held office. He discovered that the circle auditors were not permitted to hold any other office so did that job for 26+ years!!

He did however captain the province 3 golf team for some years, and captained Alwoodley golf club. Where he also supervised the rebuilding of the club house.

Tony expressed his appreciation of the circle saying that he always knew that there would be a great welcome and relaxed evening whenever he attended, and how fine to see so many smiling faces around the room today.

John Kelly


A Rare Event

L-R Paul Mallinson, Provincial President 3 North; Neil McGee, Harrogate 29 President; Peter Wilcox, Provincial President 3 South.

At the December Christmas Dinner & Carols meeting of Harrogate 29, we were treated to the rare appearance of both the Presidents of Province 3 North and 3 South at the same meeting.

An expedient meeting was followed by a drinks reception with our ladies, prior to a delightful Christmas Dinner and Carol singing in the main function room at the excellent Ascot House in Harrogate.


Harrogate 29 Take 'Ales inth' Dales'

Bro Barry Austin; Bro Presient Neil McGee; Bro John Tevlin; Bro Dennis Connery; Bro Neil's daughter's boyfriend from South Africa, Bro Peter Lichtarowicz. Bro Vince Timmins (centre front) & Bro Bob Hughes (reclining!).

Back in Autumn a select gathering of Harrogate 29's finest, embarked upon a magical afternoon visiting 6 of the finest hostelries in the Yorkshire Dales.

Starting in a small mini bus at the Fat Badger in Harrogate, first call was at The New Inn, closely followed by The Craven Arms (& Cruk Barn); where a fine luncheon was consumed; both pubs being to be found in the picturesque village of Appletreewick. They then toured the remainder of Wharfedale taking in the Red Lion at Burnsall and the Fountain Inn at Linton; before moving over the hill into Nidderdale and frequenting the Ryal Oak at Dacre Banks and alighting lastly at the Joiners Arms at Hampswaite.

After returning to Harrogate they the teamed up with their lovely ladies and other brothers and their wives for an early evening meal at William & Victoria's. Though as Bro Pres Neil McGee put it 'that may have been a bridge too far'!

Bob Hughes


A Warm Bradford Welcome for Grant

Mike Cawley, Membership Officer; Brian Lynch, President; Grant Peter; Dennis Donnelly, Provincial Membership Officer

Bradford Circle welcomed its new Brother Grant Peter at the December Christmas meeting. Grant, who is from Durban, South Africa, works for as a software engineer at a local Technology Company. Grant has been in this country for ten years and is married to Jenny, who he met on a walking trip in 2009. They have three children Rory 2yrs and twins Toby and Edward 9mths old. As well as being a keen walker he is quite a shot with a longbow.

Father visits Son

Dr Dermot Lynch of Richmond & Twickenham visited Bradford Circle for the December Meeting and Christmas singalong. As the furthest travelled visitor he was presented with a bottle of wine by his son, Bradford President Dr Brian Lynch, who seemed reluctant to release the bottle to his teetotal father.


Barnsley Chop

From earlier in the year... Provincial Presidents 3S Peter Wilcox and 3N Paul Mallinson and the Brothers of Barnsley Circle and beyond at the annual Barnsley Chop Night!

125 years at City of Leeds

City of Leeds Circle celebrated the fifty years of membership of Brothers Peter Lomas and Michael Lydon. After a brief but succinct Circle meeting, Brothers and wives sat down to a grand Christmas dinner, after which Grand President Bob Butler presented fifty-year scrolls and the new miniatures to Peter Lomas and Michael Lydon; he also told us all a few things about Michael and Peter (reproduced below).

L-R Ann and Peter Lomas; Kathy and Bob Butler; Judith and Michael Lydon

And the 25 years? Bro Steven Ramsden was celebrating 25 years of membership and was presented with one of the new 25-year scrolls by Bro Grand President at the end of Circle.

L-R Steven Ramsden; Bob Butler, Grand President

Michael Lydon

Michael was invited by a friend to joined the Association and be a (founder) member of a new Catenian Circle: Ringway (No 224). Ringway was inaugurated on November 19 1964 by the Grand President Dr F E Lomas - Peter's father. Michael was there for 18 months as he moved to Birmingham. He transferred to North Warwickshire Circle (111) where he enjoyed 5 happy years and made many friends. Being stranger, it was wonderful to have contacts in a new place.

1971 saw the move to Leeds; at Holy Name Church he met Tony Bannister and family after Mass; both worked for the same firm! Tony was already a member of City of Leeds (137) Circle, so Michael joined them.

He has enjoyed many happy times with 137 and is now by age the oldest Brother in the Circle. He has been President twice, served on Provincial Council and attended many Conferences with Brothers.

Michael's wife, Judith, has been a great help to him and they have been blessed with three children

He has a confident voice and has been asked to lead carols for 20 years or so, but is delighted to be excused this year! He met Peter Lomas when Peter moved to Leeds and joined 137, although it turned out they both knew many mutual friends.

Peter Lomas

Peter was enroled on 8th September 1964 into Macclesfield Circle (No 127). His brother Tom and the son of another brother were enroled on the same night. Peter's father Frank and father-in law Bill Vickerstaff were his sponsors. Frank was Immediate Past Grand President at that time and Bill was a past Provincial President of Province 17.

Peter served on Council as Treasurer of the Circle for a few years and became President in 1977. At the end of his year as president he moved to Leeds. He was Finance Director of Manchester firm Timpon Shoes. The company had been taken over by United Drapery Stores in 1973 and Peter was asked to move to Leeds to become the Finance Director of John Collier Tailoring and Alexandre Tailoring later called UDS Tailoring.

He transferred to City of Leeds Circle who were very friendly and welcoming to Ann and Peter as well as their four children. In 1986 he became President of the Circle just as the company he worked for, Grattan plc the mail order company, was taken over by Next plc. Peter was asked to move to Leicester but instead had a flat down in Woodhouse Eaves where he spent most of each week. His year as President was very stressful - trying to drive back to Leeds up the M1 on a Friday night to attend dinner dances was a real challenge. Ann waiting for him to arrive for a speedy change into black tie etc! In 1991 Peter returned full time back to Grattan when they were bought out of Next by Otto. He retired as CEO in December 1999.

Peter's other interests have been centred on Leeds Diocese and Bishops Conference trust CaTEW. He is still a Trustee of Valladolid College in Spain but no longer involved in Diocese matters except for the Retired Priests Fund.

L-R Paul Mallinson, Provincial President 3N; Bob Butler, Grand President; Theo Pinto-Fernandes, Provincial Councillor; Richard Hellawell, President

Institution Of Bob Shakesby To The Ministry Of An Acolyte

L-R Denise Shakesby; Bishop Terence Drainey; Bob Shakesby

On 8th November, Bishop Terence Drainey celebrated the evening Mass in the parish of St Margaret Clitherow in Haxby. During the Mass Bob Shakesby took the penultimate step on his way to the Permanent Diaconate when Bishop Terence instituted him to the Ministry of an Acolyte. He will be ordained as a Deacon on Saturday 4th July 2015 at the Cathedral in Middlesbrough.

Bernard Swift


November Provincial Quarterly Mass

On 12th November Hull Circle had the privilege of hosting the Provincial Quarterly Mass for 3N. There were 37 visitors, which is a record for the Hull Circle, from 9 Circles in 3N and 5 Circles in 3S. Very Rev Michael Marsden celebrated the Mass and having musical talents he started the hymns and all Brothers sang so well that some members of the staff of the Marina Hotel thought we were a male voice choir! The Gospel reading was about the 10 lepers who were cured and only one, a Samaritan, came back to say "thank you". Fr Marsden gave a brief but thought provoking homily on why we should be grateful and express our thanks for all the things that God gives us both small and large. During the meal after the Circle Meeting there was a loud buzz of conversation such that I almost had to shout to be heard by my neighbour. Women have a reputation for talking a lot but on this occasion men would have beaten them. It was rather like having a family reunion and showed the real value of visiting other Circles.

In between the Mass and the Circle Meeting a photograph was taken of as many visiting Brothers as possible. However the maximum we could get was 29.

Bernard Swift


Provincial Presidents visit Ampleforth

L-R Peter Wilcox, Provincial President 3S; Peter Wallace, President Ampleforth & District Circle; Paul Mallinson, Provincial President 3N

Ampleforth Circle's November meeting took place at the Worsley Arms in Hovingham - Brothers braving Autumnal fog before enjoying a warm welcome and substantial supper!

Ed Sheridan


Joint Meeting of Doncaster, Hull and Scunthorpe Circles.

L-R Kevin Coyle, President of Scunthorpe, Tony Conroy, President of Doncaster, Richard Percival Vice-President Hull.

Tony Conroy has been a member of Scunthorpe Circle for many years. He is a very active and enthusiastic Catenian, who has visited many Circles, became a Joint Member of Doncaster Circle and this year he is President of Doncaster. Hull and Scunthorpe have held Joint Meetings since 2006 and Tony with his enthusiasm and foresight decided to promote a Triple Meeting of Doncaster, Hull and Scunthorpe. One of his reasons was because the date of the Meeting, Monday 4th August 2014, was the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Tony’s efforts were well rewarded because a total of 68 attended, 32 Brothers from the three Circles and 36 visitors including 4 from Lytham St Annes.

After the Circle Meeting and a very tasty two course meal, Brother Tony Brookes, from Doncaster Circle, gave an illustrated presentation on '100 years of Remembrance'. It was extremely interesting and moving and made everyone realise just how many people died and how many families suffered the loss of one or more of their loved ones. In his talk he mentioned a soldier who was born in Hull and lived in Thorne. Tony had been trying to get him commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as he had 'slipped through the net' and been forgotten. Almost three years after he contacted the CWGC he was finally told that the soldier had been accepted for Commemoration.

Tony Brookes and some of the audience.

Bernard Swift


Province Golfer of the Year

L-R Paul Walker receiving the Trophy from Ken Pilling

The 2nd and final match of the year took place at the fabulous Woodsome Hall GC (near Huddersfield) on Thursday 18th September - with 17 players taking part. The event was brilliantly 'hosted' and organised by Ken Pilling.

Although Paul Walker did not win on the day (2nd), his cumulative points from the previous match (Knaresborough GC) meant he was awarded the trophy.

The first picture with Ken Pilling was taken at Woodsome Hall at the evening dinner. Ken generously presented several prizes.

Second picture with Provincial President Paul Mallinson was taken at Fulford Golf Club at September Meeting of York Circle on 23rd.

Ed Sheridan


Bill marks a Milestone

Bill Chandler recieves his 40-year scroll

L-R David Brinkley, Director; Bill Chandler

Brother Bill Chandler of Huddersfield Circle received a scroll marking 40 years' membership of the Association from Brother Director David Brinkley, on August 20th 2014.

Bill joined the Catenian Association in Halifax, in May 1974 and was President of Halifax Circle twice, Bill also served as Chamberlain and Membership Officer. He served in the Royal Engineers for 24 years mainly overseas with only one tour in the UK, attached to the RAOC as an Engineer Stores Adviser. When Halifax Circle surrendered its' Charter in 2011, Bill transferred his membership to Huddersfield Circle.


Provincial Golf Day

L-R Ken Pilling (organiser); Provincial President Paul Mallinson; Don Cornish (Member and Past Captain at Knaresborough)

The Provincial Golf Competition took place on 16th July at Knaresborough Golf Club, with 17 Brothers and guests. Provincial President Paul Mallinson and Provincial Secretary John Kelly kindly attended for the presentation of prizes to the top five players.

The photo shows winner DonCornish receiving the impressive trophy.


York Circle supports SCBU

Chris Sullivan presenst cheque to York DH SCBU

Chris Sullivan, immediate past president of York Circle chose the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at York District Hospital for the Circle's charity for 2013-14.

His grandson, one of twins who were both in the SCBU for many weeks when born writes:

In May, my grandfather Chris Sullivan - President of York Circle, visited the Special Care Baby Unit of York Hospital, along with his family to present a substantial cheque to the unit which helps new-born babies in need, as well as their families.

York Circle raised £1400 which will go into developing the unit and providing essential equipment. The unit recently purchased some new incubators and ventilators. With ventilators costing £22,000 each the donations are absolutely vital for the group.

The SCBU also provides facilities for new parents - the donations have helped to completely renovate the parents' kitchen, bedroom and sitting room, providing a welcome respite from the stress of childbirth.

Tom and Joe

Tom and Joe

My twin brother Joe and I were in the SCBU ourselves for seven weeks and are very grateful for the fantastic work done by the unit. The visit to the unit was eye-opening and allowed both myself and my family to truly appreciate the vast amount of work that the group puts into helping parents and babies.

Written by Tom Wing


Harrogate support HCPT

Presentation to HCPT

L-R Justin Park, VP, presenting the cheque to Andrew Guzdej of HCPT

After the June meeting Harrogate Vice President Justin Park presented a cheque for £1094 to Andrew Guzdej representing HCPT, which was the 2013-14 President's, Stephen Gregson's charity.

Andrew thanked the Circle for the very generous donation which represented one tenth of the amount the HCPT Otley group needs to raise each year to take disabled and disadvantaged children to Lourdes.

The Otley group is part of a much larger organisation of 6,000 members who regularly take 1,000 children to Lourdes every Easter. He said that the Otley group of HCPT also covered the Harrogate area and asked if any Harrogate 29 members knew of any children who were disabled or disadvantaged and would benefit from a pilgrimage to Lourdes. In which case they should contact HCPT Otely group.

In addition they are always looking for volunteers to help look after the children on pilgrimage and if anyone feels able to help they would be welcome and should contact him via email from the parent website or Telephone the main group based in Rugby on 01788 564646.


Wetherby President's Sunday


Wharfedale welcome Frank

L-R Joe McNamara, PC; Paul Mallinson, Provincial President; Paul Kennedy, President; Frank Marrow; Ian Monger, Membership Officer; David Brinkley, Director

Wharfedale Brothers welcomed Frank Marrow (back) into the Association at their June meeting. Frank was a one-time member of Wakefield Circle and is delighted to be joining Wharfedale. A retired teacher / lecturer, Frank is known to play golf and tread the boards. He says his main interest in life is now his grandchildren.


Michael celebrates 40 Years

Micahel Bligh receives his 40-year scroll

L-R Paul Mallinson, Provincial Presient; Michael Bligh; Ben Science, President

At the last Circle meeting, Brothers of Leeds 3 Circle celebrated Bro Michael Bligh's 40 years' membership of the Association with the presentation of a scroll.


Leeds 3 helps Charles off to Uganda

Presentation of a cheque to Charles O'Donovan

Ben Science, President Leeds 3 (L) and Paul Mallinson, President of Province 3N (R) presenting a cheque Mr Charles O'Donovan, who is going to Uganda in August. He will be working in Holy Innocents Children's Hospital and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School. On his return he will becoming to talk to the circle about his experience.


Leeds Family weekend at Castlerigg Manor

Leeds3 family weekend

Leeds 3 family weekend at Castlerigg Manor. What a weekend, recommended to all Catenians. Picture too many to mention all; President of Leeds 3, Father Phil and his Youth team.

B Science


York celebrate brothers old and new

Robin Mills enrolls at York. Pic:HN

L-R John Notley, Membership Officer; Paul Mallinson, Provincial President 3N; Robin Mills; David Robinson, President; Joe Hardgrave; David Brinkley, Director

At their June meeting, York Circle and visiting Brothers celebrated Brother Joe Hardgrave's 50 years of membership with the presentation of a scroll and miniature. Bros. Tony McNicholas, Steve Hardgrave, John Notley and Ken Wright were retrospectively presented with 40 year miniatures

In addition Brother Robin Mills was enrolled into the Assoication as a member of York Circle.

Robin writes We moved from Ingleton in the Dales 16 years ago, where we had a restaurant, to retire in York. Both Vick and I were the longest serving couple for Kodak previous to that.

I am a long term Tottenham Hotspurs fan, but love all sports and bowl for the local lawn bowls club in Wigginton.

We are lucky enough to have a small orchard and enjoy making my own wine.

I have a hearing dog, Spirit, who helps me with some sounds that I don't hear well and I am involved in fundraising for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity.


Province awards at City of Leeds

City of Leeds Circle hosted a packed Joint InterProvincial meeting in May. At the end of Circle, the trophies were awarded.

John Kelly receives the Viking Cup on behalf of Wetherby Circle

Wetherby Circle won the Viking Cup for highest visiting rate over the year. President John Kelly is seen here collecting the cup from Director David Brinkley

Philip Kitson receives the Scunthorpe Tankard

Wakefield Circle won both the Loving Cup (for attendance) and the Scunthorpe Tankard (for recruitment) President Philip Kitson is seen here collecting the Tankard

Tony Deighton receives the Loving Cup

And Tony Deighton is seen here collecting the Loving cup

Justin Park receives the Joe Reilly Cup

Justin Park of Harrogate Circle won the Joe Reilly Cup for visiting most Circles during the year (over 40 if memory serves correctly)

Due to unforseen circumstances, two of the trophies had to be presented the following week at the Provincial Quarterly Mass hosted by Wetherby Circle


Catenian Gifts to Hull Charities

One of the most pleasant tasks of being a Circle President is being able to make donations to charities at the end of ones Presidential Year. Brother Brian Salmon chose to support local charities and so he gave £300 to Hull Churches Home from Hospital Service (HCHRH), £300 to St Charles' Drop in Centre and £50 to the Endsleigh Centre to help in the production of a publicity leaflet.

The HCHFH service provides a range of services for families, elderly, disabled and housebound people returning home from hospital when they are particularly vulnerable. Trained volunteers help with shopping, give mobility support, change compression stockings, give carers of dependants who have life-limiting illnesses a short break and emotional support and perhaps most of all give friendship.

The St Charles' drop in Centre is open two mornings per week to provide support for the homeless with a soup kitchen and cups of tea or coffee and biscuits. They are given a warm welcome by volunteers with friendship and practical help in the form of warm clothes. Most mornings as many as 70 people make use of the services available.

The Endsleigh Centre is a very well used Pastoral, Retreat and Conference Centre with a spiritually enriching programme of Prayer, Days of Recollection and Residential Retreats. It is an ideal venue for Conferences and In-Service Days and is used by many local groups for regular evening sessions. Day bookings include Weddings, Family Celebrations, and Funerals.