The Catenian Association Province 3 (North)

Events 2007 - 8

Catenian support for Sao Paolo

At Bradford Circle's Dinner Dance on 29th March, President Tim Parr's daughter, Emily, and her boyfriend Peter, gave an illustrated talk on their recent six-month stay at the Recanto Sao Fransisco orphanage in Brazil. (You can read Emily's log by clicking on the manu at left). The proceeds from the evening's raffle raised £1050, which has now been sent to Oscar Brenninkmeijer who founded and runs the orphanage. Bro. Tim received the following note of thanks:

Dear Tim.

It is with great pleasure that we have been informed about your donation to our children. God bless you and all who participated in this donation. We are in debt with all these loving people involved with other, less fortunate human beings. It is astonishing to see, when in need, and working for the benefit of others there is always an invisable hand helping out. Our work is not easy. Peter and Emily can testify. It is loving without asking of being loved, forgiving as much as needed and relying that everything you do, in one way or the other, will be of help. It is a grace that working with these children, being victum of a cruel society, we may experience and learn that love is unconditional and....never lost! We really believe in the presance of Jesus Christ in each one of them....the more we believe...the more he lives! It is good to know we have people so far away...seeing the same reality. Grateful for your help and for always in your depth (last but not least...we have been able to work and live together with Peter and Emily),

Oscar Brenninkmeijer.

More can be found out about the orphanage at

A scroll and an enrolment at Bradford

New brother Ben Cowell. pic:DavidStockdale
L-R Grand President Philip Gidman, Ben Cowell, Circle President Tim Parr

Bradford Circle welcomed Ben Cowell on his enrolment on March 3rd; Ben is the 4th twenty-year-old brother to be enrolled into Bradford in the past couple of years. We wish him many happy years with the Association

40-year scroll for David Stanton. pic:DavidStockdale

David Stanton celebrated 40 years' membership of the Association on the same evening, and Brother Grand President Philip Gidman presented David with a scroll to mark his achievement

A new Brother for Ampleforth

Charter dinner. pic:John Clarke

Christopher Wilding was enrolled into Ampleforth Circle in February in the presence of Brother Grand President Philip Gidman. The combined Clergy/Charter Dinner followed at the The Worsley Arms, Hovingham, North Yorkshire.

Circle President John Clarke welcomed everyone and particularly Brother Christopher and Rosalie. Brother Grand President reinforced the welcome.

Seated at the table are Brother Grand President Philip Gidman and his wife Arleen, Helen and John Clarke, Father Bonaventure (Parish Priest of Our Lady and St.Benedict, Ampleforth and a monk from the Abbey) and new brother Christopher Wilding and his wife Rosalie.

John Clarke

Hull Circle donation to Daisy Appeal

cheque presentation pic:Bernard Swift
Brother John Fleming (left) with Brother Peter Dyas, presenting the cheque for £1050 to Pauline Speed, A Daisy Appeal Director, outside the new building.

The Daisy Appeal is raising £6.5 million to build the Hull and East Yorkshire Medical Research and Training Centre in Cottingham, Nr Hull. So far £6 million has been raised and it is hoped that the building will open in July 2008.

Last year's President of Hull, Brother John Fleming, chose the Daisy Appeal as one of his charities and the Circle raised £1050 which will be used specifically to buy an ear examination simulator. In addition Brother Peter Dyas has been a very active fund-raiser throughout the local community and has raised over £10,000 for the Appeal, mainly from sponsored swims.

Bernard Swift

Hull win Eastern Bloc Quiz

Hull winning team pic:Bernard Swift
Grimsby President, Brother Graham Green presenting the trophy to the victorious Hull team - left to right - John Gorman, Chris Awre, Ben Delaney and Richard Percival.

Scunthorpe Circle hosted this year's Eastern Bloc Quiz, which is held each year between teams from Scunthorpe. Lincoln, Grimsby and Hull.

Brother Kevin Coyle, with all the experience of being quizmaster for the Rex Kirk Quiz, asked some very interesting and varied questions in various categories including history, sport and entertainment. No buzzers were used!!!

Grimsby had held the trophy for the last 2 years but at half time they were in last place with Lincoln in the lead. However after excellent rounds on 'recent events' and 'photographs', the outsiders, Hull, finished as winners for the first time since 1994. The range of ages of the team was probably a major factor.

Bernard Swift

Knocked down at Halifax

going, going, gone pic:Tony Gregson
From the left, skilled auction porter Peter Daveney, gavelled auctioneer Brendan Fernandez and President Gerry Smith

Halifax Circle held their annual auction at the February meeting and with the Ladies out in force, there was no shortage of buyers.

There was a very eclectic assortment of merchandise; fighting grandads and fighting grandmas attracting quite a bit of interest. Every item sold, even the large portrait of President Gerry Smith attracting one bidder. (No prizes for guessing who). The money raised will be divided equally between circle funds and President's Charity. The charity this year is White Windows Cheshire Home at Sowerby Bridge, which was founded by some Halifax Catenian Brothers.

Tony Gregson

Pampered Ladies

pampered ladies pic:Janet Wilson

Bradford Ladies enjoyed a well deserved day of pampering at the Leeds Marriott Hotel on Saturday 9th February. A variety of beauty treatments, including face and neck massages, reflexology and hopi ear candling were interspersed with light exercise sessions and a delicious lunch. Time was also spent in the hotel's pool and jacuzzi. This is the second successful Pamper Day the ladies have enjoyed and it provides a much enjoyed opportunity to spend time relaxing in lovely surroundings with friends.

Janet Wilson

A "Magical" Christmas Party

I asked for a short back and sides!

Following a joint meeting of Huddersfield and Halifax Circles in December, 75 adults and 32 children were entertained at a truly magical Christmas Party at the Pennine Manor Hotel. It was a great pleasure to see so many young children at a Catenian function.

Entertainment was provided by magician Ken Lambert of Halifax Circle and Stephanie Pioli led the very impressive singing of seasonal carols.

Father Christmas (Brian Varlow) created a lot of excitement on his arrival and a great deal of pleasure with his generous distribution of gifts to the children.

Laurie O'Hara

Olympian joins Huddersfield

James Williams joins Huddersfield pic:Laurie O'Hara
Picture shows (l to r) James Williams, Circle President Michael Pioli and Circle Membership Officer Ken Pilling.

President Michael Pioli welcomed James Williams into the Huddersfield Circle at a joint meeting with the Halifax Circle in December 2007.

James, a world-class fencer, represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. He has also competed in the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships.

Laurie O'Hara

All in the best possible taste!

Terrible ties at Halifax. pic:Tony Gregson

Halifax Catenian Circle recently held their annual "Terrible Ties and Tall Tales" competition at the White Swan Hotel and welcomed visitors from Bradford, Huddersfield and Salford Circles.

Fr Kevin Firth, Dean of Calderdale, was mentally strong enough to judge the ties: that flamboyantly sported by Stuart Haigh of Halifax was adjudged to be by far the worst.

An assortment of stories kept everyone amused but John McLellan of Salford brought tears to the eyes with his tale involving a jellyfish inside his deep-sea diving suit. The fine detail is too delicate to relate, but he did win the prize for the tallest tale.

The attached photo shows the finalists in the Terrible Tie competition. The winner Stuart Haigh is first left.

Tony Gregson

The winner of the Tall Tales, John McLellan, is second from the right.

Hull's new Brother

Enrolment of Bro Ben Delaney. pic:Bernard Swift
Photo shows L-R Bro. John Gorman, Membership Officer, Bro. Ben Delaney and Brother President, Alex Ainsworth.

In November, Brother Ben Delaney was enrolled into the Hull Circle. Ben was 23 years old so we hoped he may be the youngest Brother in the Province but we found out that that Thomas Parr from the Bradford Circle was only 21 years old. We wish Ben many happy years with the Association.


Hull and Scunthorpe joint meeting

Hull and Scunthorpe joint meeting. pic:Bernard Swift

Hull and Scunthorpe Circles are twinned so it was decided to hold a Joint Meeting on 19th December at Scunthorpe. It was a most enjoyable evening when there were 17 Brothers from Scunthorpe, 11 from Hull, 2 visiting from Barnsley and 1 from Grimsby. It is hoped that a joint meeting will be held each year probably in December.


Wetherby Circle in Port

Tim Stanley-Clarke talking on Port. Pic:HN

50 Brothers attended Wetherby Circle's November meeting - including 34 visitors from around Province (both North and South). Two claims were put in for the coveted Snuff Box, and after the Circle's finest mathematical minds had deliberated, the trophy was awarded to York Circle.

After Circle, the brothers and their ladies were treated to an amusing and educational insight into the history of Port wine, given by Mr Tim Stanley-Clarke of the Symington Family Estates. We were treated to tastings of seven different ports; those of us not driving no doubt enjoyed the evening more than the drivers! Your correspondent tried to make notes on each variety, but gave up and enjoyed himself instead. The evening ended with a fine supper.

City of Leeds visit Parliament

137 outside the Sovereign's entrance pic:AJB
The group outside the Sovereign's Entrance at the Victoria Tower.

In September the circle had an after circle talk from a young Catholic MP, Greg Mulholland MP. He subsequently arranged with Brother President, Jude Arbuckle, for a party from the circle to visit the Houses of Parliament. This took place on Tuesday 13 November. Brother Jude and his wife Kate queued at the British Museum for tickets to see the First Emperor exhibition of China's Terracotta Army, for which members of the group were most grateful.


Barnsley Chop

Barnsley Chop. pic:John Lappin

Barnsley Circle held their Chop Night on Monday 8th October. This has become an annual fixture in the diaries of many Circles, due to the hospitality and friendship of the Barnsley Brothers, and in no small measure to the size of the Barnsley chops themselves. The photo shows John Kelly from Wetherby Circle investigating the wine stock.

Banjos in Bradford

John Wallis. pic:HN

After Circle on 1st October, Bradford Brothers and their ladies and visitors were treated to an evening of song and gentle homour from Brother John Wallis of Halifax Circle. John is an authority on Music Halls and the comedians and singers who trod the boards.

Military Chaplains

Chaplains' medals. pic:HN

After their September meeting on the 24th., Wetherby Catenians listened to a most interesting talk on Catholic chaplains in the armed forces in wartime and the medals conferred on them.

James Hagerty, the former headmaster of St. Bede's, Bradford has studied all aspects of ecclesiastical history and is especially interested in the work of Catholic chaplains during the wars. For to-night's talk he had selected three outstanding men.

Bishop Robert Brindle (1837-1916) was the most decorated chaplain of the 19th century. With chaplains from other churches he took part in the memorial service at Khartoum for General Gordon.

Dom Stephen Rawlinson, a Benedictine monk of Downside Abbey, had a long a distinguished career as an army chaplain having served in the Boer War. In World War I he was the senior Catholic chaplain on the Western Front and even served on the Home Front in World War 2.

The third chaplain selected for mention was Father Bernard Benson, a priest of the Leeds diocese, who served in one of the parachute regiments, was wounded at Arnhem and died of his wounds. He was buried in Oosterbeek Military Cemetery in September 1944. He had also served in Malaya.

James Hagerty's interest in chaplains became known far and wide and he was approached by a priest of the Middlesbrough diocese Father Tim Bywater who has for many years collected military medals and has a large collection. It was agreed that they would jointly present a talk about Catholic chaplains illustrated by examples of Father Tim's many medals. As might be expected the result was a well documented and erudite presentation and many of the audience crowded around the table on which the medals were laid.


Yorkshire Evening

entry of the pudding. pic:MP
Ray Hodgson and Eddie France bring in the Pudding

Huddersfield Circle held its sixth annual Yorkshire evening this month with the best attendance to date. Indeed 101 Brothers and wives sat down to celebrate their yorkshire heritage.

After a Yorkshire Grace, said by Brother President Michael Pioli, the Yorkshire pudding was ceremonially carried in by Bros Ray Hodgson and Eddie France to the strains of "Ilkla Moor baht' at"

After a splendid meal of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, Bro Graham Cliffe proposed a toast to "God's own county," in most humerous and original fashion. This was followed by a humerous and spirited defence of "t'other side" by Brother director Province 1, Paul Mainon.

The evening was rounded off with a medley of Yorkshire songs, led by Bro President's wife, Stephanie Pioli.

The Toast. pic:MP
Graham Cliffe proposing a toast to God's Own County
The Lancastrian reply. pic:MP
The response form Lancashire, Ken Pilling & Pat Mainon


Emily is off to Brazil

Bursary grant presentation pic:HN
Photo shows President Tim Parr presenting the Bursary grant cheque to Emily Parr

Bradford President Tim Parr's daughter Emily is going to Sao Paulo in Brazil for six months to help with the care and education of street children. She applied for and received a grant from the Bursary Fund for £700. She hopes to be able to keep the Bradford Brothers up to date.

Emily writes:

"On the 14th of September I embark upon my eleven hour journey to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I will live and work for the next six months. I will be volunteering at the Recanto Sao Francisco, a Roman Catholic home for abandoned children saved from the streets of Sao Paulo. Whilst at the Home I will be working six days a week, twelve hours a day, doing duties ranging from helping in the kitchen and cleaning the children's clothes, to working with the children, helping them with their homework and doing arts based activities with them in order to try to build up their confidence and self-esteem. The children have all had terrible upbringings and home lives, and thus the main focus of my time in Brazil, and of the Home in general, is to provide a safe and loving atmosphere where they can be children, learning and playing as children should in a place where they are accepted and cared for.

"Whilst in Brazil I am certain that I will have some incredible experiences and wonderful times; however, I will also face many difficulties whilst in such a foreign land. Therefore, I would like to ask the Catenians for their prayerful support whilst I am in Brazil, and to thank them for the generous bursary which has helped to send me to the Recanto Sao Francisco.

"Emily Parr (18 years old - Bradford Circle)"

Two Brothers for Bradford Circle (including one son!)

Bradford enrolment pic:HN
(L-R) Provincial Membership Officer James Hagerty, Thomas Parr, President Tim Parr, and Kevin Walsh.

On Monday 3rd September, Circle President Tim Parr enrolled kevin Walsh and Thomas Parr into the Association. Thomas, at 21 must be one of the youngest Brothers to be enrolled in recent times. We wish them both many happy years with the Association.

Thomas has long enjoyed Bradford Circle Catenian events, having been to many including the annual wine dinner (hosted by Fr Jeremy Sierla OSB, his former headmaster at Ampleforth College Junior School), the Catenian family Christmas party and various President's Sundays. It was natural that Thomas would want to join the circle when he became old enough to do so. Bradford Circle is particularly welcoming for a young member as it has members throughout the age ranges including 3 existing brothers in their 20s. Bradford Circle meetings normally involve a sit down meal and generally some "entertainment" too.

Thomas is currently in his forth year reading for an MA in Classics at Edinburgh University having left Ampleforth College in 2004 with 4 grade As at A level. Whilst he is yet to make a final decision on career, he is attracted to joining the Diplomatic Service. He is particularly keen on languages speaking the following with varying degrees of competence: French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian and Cantonese as well as Latin and Greek and some English!

Thomas is hoping to be a visitor at Scottish circles in striking distance of his digs in Edinburgh.

Harrogate claim the Snuff Box

Harrogate claiming snuff box pic:HN
(L-R) Wetherby President Don Cornish hands the Snuff Box to Harrogate Vice President David Rhodes

Wetherby Circle welcomed 41 visiting Brothers on 28th August. York and Harrogate Circles were well represented and after some deliberation by Wetherby's Secretary, Harrogate Circle's claim to the Snuff Box was accepted. We all sat down afterwards to an excellent carvery dinner.

New Brother at York

New brother at York pic:HN
Photo shows (L-R) Manuel Monotoro-Blanch, President and Gordon Greenbank

York Circle welcomed Brothers and their wives from Aberdeen Cicle over the Bank Holiday Weekend, in what has become an annual gathering of members from the first (alphabetically) and last (alphabetically) Circles in the Association. The Circle night was moved to Friday 24th for this one time in the year. At a packed Circle meeting, President Manuel Monotoro-Blanch enrolled Gordon Greenbank. We wish him many happy years in the Association

Provincial Weekend

river trip pic:D Murray

A party of 46 Catenians, friends and family went to Paris in April. Then Provincial President Peter Dowson led the party and a memorable time was had by all. Pictured are some of the party on a boat down the River Seinne. Saturday evening mass was at Notre Dame Cathedral followed by an enjoyable evening meal back at the Hotel. The fun continued into the early hours as we adjourned to some local Cafe bars for some good old Catenian bonding and a little more drink as well. The weekend was rounded off with Sunday lunch when we got back to Leeds at Horsforth Golf Club.

P Dowson

Wetherby Catenians July Meeting

Weak but energetic Wetherby Circle has received a welcome transfusion of new life blood at the July meeting. Three brothers from Leeds 3 Circle have decided to become joint members of Wetherby and presented themselves to be enrolled at the July meeting. They are Brother Vice-President Paul Mallinson and Brothers Roy Scrimshaw and John Morgan. They were welcomed by our President Don Cornish and Provincial President Francis Downing. We also welcomed Mike Chapman from Thorpe Arch. He has kept in touch with the Catenians by e-mail to Florida and has attended several of our dinners and other functions.

At the end of the meeting immediate Past President Tommy Jacob greeted Don Gray Treasurer and Project Leader of the St. Vincent Support Centre of York Road, Leeds. He apologized to Don for the somewhat belated handing over of the cheque for the amount collected by the Catenians. This amounted to £1032 and he was happy that the Catenians had again selected the SVP as their charity for the year.

Don Gray thanked Tommy and the Catenians for their generosity. Part of the money had come from a concert in St. Joseph's given by the Elysian Singers. St. Vincent's is a lifeline to many people in Leeds and surrounding areas who live in desperate circumstances. In the case of many asylum seekers they live on income as little as £25. Although Leeds is a thriving city it has a very definite deprived underclass with over 92% in the most deprived 20% nationally.


Wetherby celebrates Fr Moxon's Ruby anniversary

When Wetherby Catenians learned that our former parish priest would shortly be celebrating forty years as a priest we decided to invite him to a special dinner in his honour. Special guests were his successor, Canon John Nunan, Father Michael Ingwell parish priest of Clifford and a Father Michael Ombola, a Nigerian who was spending a month in the diocese to gain pastoral experience.

In a witty speech Father Paul recalled his career as a clerical student and a priest including a spell when a deacon and thurifer when he gave the wrong number of swings to the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris and was duly reprimanded by the elderly master of ceremonies. He had the remarkable experience of being a coach driver worker priest for six months every year for twelve years.After a number of happy years in Wetherby, Bishop Arthur decided to move him to the quiet of Ripon. Here he has the advantage of being called to his evening repose by the sound of the Hornblower sounding his horn at 9 o'clock every night.

Brother President Don Cornish presented Father Paul with an appropriate spiritual gift and was thanked for the kindness of the Circle in remembering the occasion.

Fr Moxon. pic:TPJ


Wharfedale President's Charity

Fr Hanlon receiving cheque. PIC:HN
Photo shows (L-R) Stuart Hanlon, Fr Gerard Hanlon, Steve O'Neill

Following Wharfedale's June meeting, Past President Steve O'Neill presented Fr Gerard Hanlon with a cheque for £1000 to help with the work he does in Peru. Fr Gerard talked about his work in Peru with some of the poorest people.

York Catenians

York Circle played host to 14 visitors from both Province 3N and 3S at their June meeting. Before the meeting closed, Don Cornish, President of Wetherby Circle, successfully claimed the Snuff Box for his Circle, accompanied as he was by 20% of the Circle membership!

After Circle, Brothers were joined by their ladies for a buffet supper and an excellent and informative talk on the history of English Martyrs Parish in York from Fr Dominic Minskip, Middlesbrough Diocese Archivist.

Wetherby Catenians

At their June meeting Wetherby Catenians were joined by visitors from Leeds and Huddersfield who struggled through flooded and blocked roads to come to the Bridge Inn at Walshford. President Don Cornish welcomed them (at intervals) as each new traveller appeared.

Prayers were offered for recently deceased members and relatives. Joe Cleary who was buried during the week had a distinguished career with the Royal Air Force. Returning from a bombing raid on Berlin in 1944 his plane was shot down and he with two colleagues survived, became prisoners in Silesia and eventually were repatriated through Switzerland. In the crash Joe's leg was badly injured an injury from which he suffered for years. Mention was also made of David Moorhouses's two brothers Gerald and Bernard who had died during the month. Margaret Jacob had been taken ill at Mass in Sicklinghall on Saturday and after a time in Harrogate District Hospital and the L.G.I. had been released with a warning that she would have frequent periods of pain. An aneurism had been feared but on further consideration of twi brain scans a brain haemorrage was diagnosed..

Don Cornish reminded members of the forthcoming dinner in honour of Fathers Paul Moxon former parish priest of St. Joseph's and Dan Harrison of St. John's School for the Deaf who are celebrating 40 years of priesthood. Being a golfer himself Don, mentioned several future golfing events for enthusiasts to participate in.

After the meeting Edwin Murphy presented a musical quiz in which participants were asked questions about various pieces of music which he played. This was a moving and enjoyable experience if frustrating when memory struggled with inability to identify the names and sources of the beautiful and haunting pieces he presented.

The contest was won by David Moorhouse who managed to score 30 marks with little opposition.


Congratulations at Huddersfield

Huddersfield Circle met at the Pennine Manor Hotel on 19th June.

There was a good attendance of Huddersfield Brothers and visitors from around Province and proceedings started with the enrollment of Bro Mike Kirsch. We wish him many happy years with the Associaton

Following the meeting, brothers and their ladies sat down to dinner and a talk from Dr Ron Mulroy, retired GP, who entertained us with some amusing tales of his life as a General Practitioner.

Brother Mike Toffollo was presented with a scroll to mark his 40 years of membership of the Association, and Brother Matt Hunt was presented with the Dan Parkin Golf Trophy for excellence in chasing a little white ball around!

golf trophy. pic:HN
Photo shows Matt Hunt receiving the Dan Parkin Golf Trophy from President Mike Pioli

Mike Kirsch. pic:HN
Photo shows L-R Joe McNally, Director P3; Mike Pioli, President; Mike Kirsch; Ken Pilling, Membership Officer

Mike Toffollo pic:HN
Photo shows L-R Joe McNally, Director P3; Mike Toffollo, Mike Pioli, President

Mass at Hazlewood Castle

St Leonard's Chapel Hazlewood Castle Pic:TPJ

On Wednesday 6th June, Catenians assembled in St. Leonard's Chapel at Hazlewood Castle to continue our associations with the ancient shrine. The ancient home of the Vavasour family passed from Catholic ownership some years ago when the property was sold by the Carmelite Fathers.

Mass was offered by Father Angelo Phillips the Parish Priest of Tadcaster, accompanied by Father John Murphy, O.M.I. of Sicklinghall and Catenians from Wetherby, York, Harrogate and Leeds were joined by parishioners from St. Joseph's Tadcaster.

The mass was again offered for the repose of the soul of Brother Mike Readman


Ampleforth's first Quarterly Mass

Ampleforth and District hosted the Provincial Quarterly Mass on Tuesday 5th June. 58 brothers including 43 visitors from around Province and beyond attended Mass at the delightful church of Our Lady and St Benedict in Ampleforth - celebrated by Fr Rainer Verborg OSB. Tony Greasley provided an excellent organ accompaniment.

We then moved on to Hovingham where the Circle meeting took place in a large marquee in the hotel grounds - probably a first for a Catenian meeting! Many stayed on for dinner afterwards.

Wetherby Bowls

Wetherby Bowls winners Pic:TPJ

On the first Monday in June, 24 brave souls gathered in the Tadcaster Bowling Club for our annual Crown green bowling contest. This is a game which calls for the utmost skill on the part of the contestants and for the utmost patience on occasions when experts have to compete with novices. However, on this occasion the only bias appearing was that shown by the bowls of such varied weight and behaviour.

Luckily the sun shone on our efforts and the evening was enjoyed by all.

Aster a pleasant buffet served by the kindly ladies of the T.B.C. it was announced that the winners were Tony Gaffney and Val Rigby. The perpetual McHale trophy was delivered to them by President Don Cornish with strict instructions about polish and careful custody. Individual trophies were also given to each player.


Papal Knighthoods for Wharfedale Catenians

Papal knights. pic:Patrick Sice
Photo shows L-R: Mgr Donald Lucey, Trina Hagerty, Bishop Arthur Roche, Angela Forbes, James Hagerty and Anthony Hester
Photo © Copyright Patrick Sice, reproduced with permission.

Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds recently invested Anthony Hester and James Hagerty, both Brothers†of Wharfedale Circle, as Knights of the Order of St Gregory the Great (KSG). At the same ceremony, held at Bishop's House on 27 March, Trina Hagerty, wife of James, and Angela Forbes, wife of Terry Forbes of Leed 137, were invested as Dames of St Gregory the Great (DSG).

Son welcomes Father as Brother

Enrollment of Tad Jandzio pic:HN
L-R Tim Parr, President, Tad Jandzio, Ed Jandzio, David Stockdale, VP

Tuesday 8th May saw Tad Jandzio enrolled in Braford Circle. His son, Ed, was enrolled in June last year and brought his father along to our social events. We wish Tad and his family many happy years with the Association.

(as you can see, Bradford boasts many tall brothers!)

Wetherby makes a record

Circle AGMs are not famous for speedy finishes, but outgoing President Brother Tommy Jacob claims to have set a new record by completing his concluding AGM in twelve and a half minutes. As Tommy is not well known for brevity this was a remarkable feat especially as all of the usual reports were read and all other business properly conducted. The treasurer announced that a sum in excess of†£1000†had been collected for the Circle Charity which this year is again†devoted to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Brother Tommy will continue in his efforts to publicise the Wetherby Catenians with occasional successes in getting past the eagle eye of the editor of Catena, and regular reports in the "Wetherby News" and the Province 3(North) website.

During the Circle meeting Brother Tommy installed his successor Brother Don Cornish who in turn installed the other new officers. He had the pleasure of enrolling a new member John Kilby a semi-retired farmer from whom we expect plentiful fruits.

Present to greet the new Brother were Provincial Peter Dowson, BrotherProvincial Chamberlain Michael Pioli†and brothers from Huddersfield, York and Harrogate.

New Wetherby brother pic:TPJ

Our picture shows Brother Michael Pioli, Brother Don Cornish, Brother John Kilby, Brother Peter Dowson, Provincial President, and Brother Graham Mulley.