The Catenian Association Province 3 (North)

Events 2018 - 19

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The Snuff Box

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Barnsley Circle claimed the Snuff Box from Sheffield Hallamshire at their June meeting

City of Leeds Circle gives financial help to a young pilgrim


When Aidan Sullivan, a 14 year old boy from Leeds, watched previous footage of the Leeds diocese pilgrimage to Lourdes he expressed to his parents, how keen he was to go and how he would like to help the other pilgrims.

Unfortunately for Aidan, who suffers with autism and is on the higher end of the spectrum, has high levels of anxiety as well as an eating disorder and a bowel condition, it would be impossible to undertake the pilgrimage travelling overland with the youth section of the diocese.

His mother Audrey explored other options in the hope that they could find a way for him to participate. It was decided that only option for Aidan was to travel by air with the rest of the pilgrims and be accompanied by his mother, which would more than double the cost.

Having discussed their plight with their former parish priest, Father Eamon McGough of St Mary's Church, Rothwell in Leeds, Father McGough, a huge supporter of the Catenians, decided that an appeal would be made to members of the parish, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the City of Leeds Circle to assist with the cost of his pilgrimage.

Happily, through the efforts of his mother, and all concerned his trip is being made possible.

Aidan's father Andrew, a committed Catholic and lay Chaplain at Notre Dame College, Leeds, is taking a group of sixth form students on the diocesan pilgrimage at the same time. Thus, Aidan and his mother will be able to meet up with them for times of prayer and mass, as well as volunteering to join them in helping fellow pilgrims with mobility problems and with running errands.

Despite his problems, Aidan is currently learning to play the organ, is a member of the Cinema Organ Society and often travels to Saltaire to listen to recitals on the Wurlitzer which he thinks is amazing.

In a "thank you letter" to the City of Leeds Circle, he has promised that whilst there, he will pray at the grotto in Lourdes, for the members of the Catenians and the other groups that have made his pilgrimage possible and, if he can get his hands on an organ, he will entertain his fellow pilgrims and their helpers.

"We are absolutely delighted that we were able to help and look forward to hearing about Aidan's travels on his return" said a spokesman for City of Leeds Circle.


Province 3 Public Speaking Competition

GBNC President John Hogan presenting the winning trophy to Tom Schofield, with runner-up Amelia Hopkinson and third place Maggie Naylor.

"Have we been the victims of our own success or was the Marketing too good." Those were the feelings of Director Tony Deighton who is Chairman and secretary of the Province 3 Public Speaking Competition. The reason – a record entry of 18 speakers from 10 schools/colleges, with, for the first time ever, everyone turning up on the day, 10th March at St Thomas a Becket School, Wakefield. Tony was ably aided by his committee of Martin Dearnley and Bob Krause (both of Wakefield & Barnsley Circles) along with David Hawley who was a member of the late Sheffield 8 Circle.

As there were so many speakers it was a long afternoon and a short interval had to be had halfway through the speeches. The good size audience, whose numbers included GBNC President, John Hogan, and GBNC Vice-President, Phil Brown, and their wives Pauline and Linda listened to eight different topics (from the fifteen they were given to choose from).

Competition was fierce and it was obviously a difficult to choose the winner for the adjudicating panel of Wendy Sutcliffe (well known to many, I'm sure), Graham Cliffe of Huddersfield Circle and Sandra Brinkley, a Trustee of the Bursary Board.

The winner was Tom Schofield (who was one of only four males in the competition) of Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College, Leeds. This was the second win in the six years of the competition for Notre Dame. Tom's topic was, "Assisted dying should be made legal". Second was Amelia Hopkinson from St Pius X Catholic high School, Wath-on-Dearne, Rotherham (particularly pleasing to the organisers as the school has entered every year and it is their first placement). Third was Maggie Naylor of Notre Dame Catholic High School, Sheffield.

The Province has never been able to attract sponsorship, so we are indebted to all the Circles who pay £30 each and to the individual Patrons who paid varying amounts of money, enabling the books to be balanced.

All the speakers

Tony Deighton


Wetherby hosts the PQM in February

The Provincial Quarterly Mass for deceased members, hosted by Wetherby Circle on 26 Feb was attended by 66 brothers and many Ladies.


Wharfedale supports Catholic Care

L-R Tony Deighton, Director, and Christine; Ian Monger, Past President; Carol Hill, Catholic Care; Tony Milling, Provincial President

At Wharfedale Circle's recent Annual Dinner, Past President Ian Monger had great pleasure in presenting Catholic Care's representative, Carol Hill, with a cheque for £2000, being the amount Circle raised during Ian's Presidential year. In accepting the cheque, Carol told us of the important work that Catholic Care has still to do, and how much the money can help.


City of Leeds celebrate 130 years' membership

L-R Phil Brown, Vice-President GBNCouncil; Tony Bannister; Michael Robinson; Bill Newham; Steve Ramsden, President City of Leeds

53 Brothers representing 20 circles, their wives, families and friends, and three former Grand Presidents gathered at Hinsley Hall, Leeds, to celebrate the presentation of long-service scrolls and miniatures

Brother Phil Brown, Vice-President of the Great Britain National Council, made the presentations in grateful recognition of 130 years service given to the Catenian Association by Brothers Tony Bannister (50 years), Bill Newham (40 years) and Michael Robinson (40years).

Mgr Philip Moger, Administrator of Leeds Cathedral, later celebrated the Circle's annual Mass for deceased Brothers and their families.

At the celebratory dinner, Brother Steven Ramsden, President of City of Leeds, and Brother Phil Brown paid handsome tributes to the recipients. Brother Tony Bannister's reply was witty and gracious.

Dick Moreland


Hull Circle celebrates Bernard's 40 years

L-R Peter Wright, President of Hull; Bernard Swift; Tony Deighton, Director of Province 3.

"1978 saw no less than 3 Popes in office, Georgio Makow murdered by a lethal umbrella, Paul McCartney sing Mull of Kintyre and Bernard Swift join Hull Circle."

These were the words of Province 3 Director Tony Deighton as he presented Bernard with his 40 year Anniversary Scroll in front of Hull Circle and visiting Brothers that included Provincial Presidents of 3S and 3N.

Bernard replied by saying that he was 25, or was it 35, when he joined and had enjoyed Catenians immensely, his best memories over the years being the trips to Malta and Bruges. He also mentioned that he had very much appreciated the large number of brothers from Hull and Province who had supported him at the funeral of his daughter.

Certainly he is a stalwart of Hull Circle. As well as being our Circle Secretary he is also our quiz master and circle photographer! The Circle would be much the poorer without him!

Gary Porter


Harrogate's 'Hat Trick'

L-R Richard Helliwell, 3N MO Elect Province; Tony Milling, Provincial President 3N; Marc Roth; Peter Myers; Chris Lewis; Bob Hughes MO Harrogate; Mike Brennan, President Harrogate

Harrogate Circle welcomed three new members over two meetings in August and September; being Software Engineer, Marc Roth; Company Director, Peter Myers & Scientist, Chris Lewis.

Marc Roth - "I really enjoy travel with my wife, Elena, and our kids. Since moving here (from the USA) we have been keen travelers. I enjoy learning the history and culture of the many fascinating places in the world. This particular picture is of a recent trip to Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera with Elena and our children (they are pictured in the reflection of my sunglasses). Such a blessing to be able to see the wonders of the world!"

Chris Lewis - "My wife, Rosemary, and I like travel and here is a picture of us with our driver in Bhutan last year"

Peter Myers - "Picture of me doing the Leeds triathon - triathlons are my passion!"


Double Enrolment at Joint Meeting

L-R Back Row. Tony Deighton, Province 3 Director; Gerard McShera, Sponsor; Paul Corcoran; Lol Tabori; Stephen Coherton, Sponsor
Front Row. Tony Milling, Provincial President; John Kelly, Wetherby President; Mike Cawley, Bradford Vice President.

The Brothers of Bradford travelled to the Bridge Hotel, Wetherby, In July to hold a joint Meeting with the Brothers of Wetherby. They were joined by a number of other Brothers from the Provinces of 3 North and 3 South including the Provincial Director Tony Deighton and Provincial North President Tony Milling.

The highlight of the evening was the enrolment of two new Brothers to the Bradford Circle, Lol Tabori and Paul Corcoran. Lol and Paul have been visiting Bradford Circle for the last few months and were both delighted at their enrolment. It is not often that a new Brother can say he made his first visit on the night he was enrolled.

A delicious meal followed the meeting and the 47 Brothers were joined by their ladies. A young lady from the local parish, Imogen Cordy, entertained on the piano. She impressed her audience, who all thoroughly enjoyed her programme.

When asked during the meal why he joined the Catenians Lol replied, "Being half Hungarian and half Italian, my Faith and Family values" are truly represented in the Catenians.


L-R John Downing, President; Tony Allinson

After their June meeting, York Brothers, their ladies and guests were presented with a very interesting and informative talk from Bro Tony Allinson of City of Leeds, about Sylvia Wright and the Sylvia Wright Trust's work in India. Afterwards, Bro President John Downing presented Tony with a cheque for £750, being the amount from his President's Charity fund so far this year; as he said it would do more good with the Trust than languishing in the bank!


Hull Catenian Bob Shakesby meets HRH the Princess Royal

In the mid 1990's Rev Bob Shakesby, a Catenian in the Hull Circle and a Deacon at the parish of St Anthony and Our lady of Mercy Hull, and a group of four Veterans, who served in the 1st Gulf War, who all lived in Hull came together to form what is now The National Gulf Veterans and Families Association, when they began to experience health problems. Since then the association has become a National Charity. Bob still supports them which is why when the invitation to the Not Forgotten Association garden party at Buckingham Palace arrived he was honoured to accept it on behalf of the NGVFA. During the garden party he was introduced to HRH the Princess Royal, the Patron of the NFA. The NFA was founded to foster camaraderie and friendship which in turn enhances the well-being of services personnel and veterans alike. Both Deacon Bob and Denise, his wife who accompanied him, were impressed by the fact that the Princess Royal took time to speak to all who were introduced to her on that afternoon, 64 veterans and serving personnel in total.

Bernard Swift