The Catenian Association Province 3 (North)

Events 2008 - 9

A new Brother at Wharfedale

Gerard McShera, Martin Mulkeen and James Hagerty. pic:HN

Wharfedale brothers welcomed Martin Mulkeen at his enrolment in March. We wish him many happy years in the Association. Pictured L-R are Gerard McShera, Provincial President Martin Mulkeen and James Hagerty, Circle President

After Circle we were treated to an excellent illustrated talk on the National Trust in the North, from John Bevers, a NT volunteer.

Hull Mass and Dinner

Mass at Endsleigh. pic:BernardSwift

Hull Circle celebrated two important events close together - on Wednesday 11th March the Provincial Quarterly Mass was held in the Old Chapel at Endsleigh Centre which was used until the 1990's by a Community of the Sisters of Mercy and for important events in the local parishes.

President Brian Salmon. pic:BernardSwift

The Dinner Dance was held on 14th March and there was an excellent attendance of 104, including the Grand Vice-President, 10 Circle Presidents and their wives. Hull President Brian Salmon changed his attire towards the end of the evening because he was just a little late for Comic Relief.

Bernard Swift

Halifax weekend at St Anne's

Halifax at St Anne's pic:Tony Gregson

A small but very, very select group of Halifax Brothers, family and friends had a very enjoyable weekend at St Anne's at the beginning of March.

The weather was excellent, so lots of walking and cycling took place and even a few brave souls were swimming at 7.30 am. There was some reluctance to join the 8.00 am Tai Chi and exercises offered by brother Tony Gregson and we never had 100% attendance despite the threat of a fatwa.

The sermon at Mass had the theme "to the woods" and most of us followed that up with the recommended visit to Witch Wood at Lytham to see the profusion of snowdrops and crocuses.

Tony Gregson

A "Special" evening at Grimsby

Fish and chips at Grimsby. pic:JohnLappin

Grimsby Circle's annual Fish and Chip supper was a Special this Centenary year, with over 130 sitting down to fresh haddock and chips (with the obligatory mushy peas and bread-and-butter!). The photo shows some of the eager diners; in the foreground are Grand Vice-President Joe & Philomena McNally and Past Grand President John & Helen Clarke

Bradord Snooker night

snooker winners. pic:DavidStockdale

This year's Snooker competition attracted teams from across Province; after a tense battle, the winners were Malcolm Kyle and Martin Dearnley from Wakefield, with Peter Dowson and Kevin Whelan fom Leeds the gallant runners-up

The photo shows the Winners receiving the Bob Jowett shield from (L) Bob Jowett and (R) David Stockdale

Wetherby Doms

Wetherby dominoes winners. pic:TPJ

After the February meeting, Wetherby Circle played their annual tribute to their late brother who had arranged a game of Dominoes on a night when no after Circle activity had been arranged. Tony McHale was a great lover of tradition such as President's Sunday, Mass for Deceased Brothers and the Clergy Dinner. It was fitting that we should continue the Dominoes night and name it in his honour.

So after our last meeting nearly 30 brothers from Wetherby, York, Leeds, Bradford and Wharfedale solemnly took their seats in the order instructed by Wetherby Circle Treasurer John Colgan on whose broad shoulders have been laid the mantle of our well loved brother Tony McHale.

After much discussion of the rules and method of scoring, the game followed and a team was declared winners. This team was made up of Brothers John Tweddle of Harrogate and Peter White of York Circles. After strict warnings about its return in polished condition the Tony McHale trophy was presented to them by Wetherby President David Barker.


A new brother in Bradford

Andrew Hill enrols. pic:HN

Bradford met on 9th of February; a postponed meeting from the 2nd, due to inclement weather. A new brother was enrolled; Andrew Hill. We wish him many happy years with the Association. Pictured L-R are Bros David Stockdale, President, Andrew Hill and Gerard McShera, Provincial President.


Musical Extravaganza at Wharfedale

The musicians pic:HN

After Circle on 15th January, Wharfedale Circle and guests were treated to a wonderful musical entertainment. Between courses at supper, Stephanie Pioli and Dominic Rose treated us to songs from the 17th to 19th centuries, accompanied by Mike Pioli on keyboard.

We rounded off the evening with the usual "Last Night" trio of "Jerusalem", "Land of Hope and Glory" and "Rule Britannia". Many thanks to the musicians for a super evening.

Rousing chorus! pic:HN


Rex Kirk playoff at Halifax

Over 50 brothers were present at the Halifax Circle Meeting on 27th January. Visitors came from Ampleforth, Grimsby, Harrogate, Huddersfield andScunthorpe.

Look at the list carefully and you should be able to work out that we hosted a round of the Rex Kirk Quiz.

It was an excellent evening; aided and abetted by a good buffet supper and the usual esoteric quiz questions.

The photographs clearly show a large degree of bafflement on the contestants' faces; however one Grimsby team member does look to be tuning in to extra-terrestrial assistance, and any spectators who look to be asleep are actually stunned by the difficulty of the questions.

Grimsby Circle were the eventual winners of a closely fought contest.

Grimsby pic:TonyGregson
Grimsby Giants
Huddersfield pic:TonyGregson
Huddersfield Harriers
Ampleforth pic:TonyGregson
Ampleforth Academicals
Scunthorpe pic:TonyGregson
The quiz masters...

Tony Gregson

Grand President visits Hull

GP visits Hull. pic:Bernard Swift

Hull Circle were honoured to receive Bro. Grand President David Taylor at their meeting on 14th January. The photo shows (L-R) Vice President, Brother Malcolm Bellamy, Grand President, Brother David Taylor and President, Brother Brian Salmon.

Christmas at Bradford

The orchestra at Bradford's Party. Pic:HN

Bradford Circle celebrated their annual Christmas party on Staurday 20th December with families and friends at the Bradford Club. Highlight this year was live music from some very talented players under the direction of Mark Bolland. After carols and a superb meal, the children received presents from Bro President David Stockdale assisted by his "elves"

Bursary award in Wharfedale

Presentation to Rupert Jolley. Pic:HN

At their December meeting, Wharfedale President James Hagerty was pleased to present, on behalf of the Association, a Bursary Fund award of £500 to Rupert Jolley, a local student.

News from Halifax

New memebr at Halifax

Halifax President Paul Bareham congratulating the circle's newest member, Bobby Anthony, after his enrolment

Presentation to Alzheimers Society

Presentation of a cheque from the circle by Br. Brendan Fernandez to the local administrator of the Alzheimer's Society. Brendan has been actively involved on the committee of the society for several years

Presentation to White Windows Cheshire Home

Gerry Smith, immediate Past President presenting a cheque to Pat Horrocks-Taylor for White Windows Cheshire Home at Sowerby, near Halifax. Deceased Halifax brothers Dick Blackburn and Dr Brian Quinn, with Pat's father Dr Laycock were instrumental in the founding of the home just over 50 years ago. To celebrate this Gerry chose the home as the charity for his year of office.

Tony Gregson

Reminder of warmer days...

Harrogate brothers in Malta

The Harrogate contingent at Malta week after lunch at Marsa Sports Club; names L to R - John and Jackie Tevlin, Janet and David Rhodes, Jean and John Tweddle, Cyril Dinning

John Tweddle

St Bede's at Bradford

Pictured with James Hagerty (centre) of Bradford Circle and former headteacher of St Bede's Grammar School, are four of his former students, who are now Brothers of Bradford Circle. They are (L-R) Ben Cowell, Simon Stockdale, Edward Jandzio and Giancarlo Esposito. There are 16 former students of St Bede's in Bradford Circle (including James himself).

Doncaster 900 not out

Doncaster Circle celebrated its 900th meeting with a splendid banquet enjoyed by visitors from far and wide.

They included a team from Leeds 3 Circle, which is the official "sister" to the South Yorkshire Circle. Paul Mallinson, president of Leeds 3, said: "We have a long and happy friendship with our Doncaster brethren and we thoughly enjoyed sharing in their grand occasion. No doubt Doncaster brothers will be with us when we reach our centenary in 2010."

Whos who at Doncaster's 900th. pic:?
Our picture shows (left to right) Ken Duxbury, John Morgan,Grand Vice President Joe McNally, Paul Mallinson, Kevin Whelan, Grand President David Taylor, Past Grand President Mike O'Malley, and Ben Science

John Morgan

Centenary Celebrations in York

Mass at the Minster. Pic: Julian Conlin

On a bright, sunny but cold and blustery Saturday in mid-October, nearly two and half thousand Catenians and their families from all over the world - and from the north of Scotland down to Bournemouth - flocked to York Minster.

The occasion was a Catholic mass to celebrate the centenary of the Catenian Association, by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of the Minster. Arriving by the west door, the atmosphere was palpable as the congregation arrived in this iconic, vast and beautiful centre of Christianity since the Middle Ages. A hushed calm belied the excitement that so many felt that day. It is indeed an exciting and awe inspiring building today that speaks of the faith of those who built it - what must it have said to congregations in those Middle Ages?

Soon, the nave north and south transepts were packed as at five to eleven the Dean of York warmly welcomed his Catholic guests to the Minster, describing some of the symbols of ecumenism that would be used during the mass - including the processional Minster Cross, the Mercier chalice and the Catherine of Braganza crosier for the principal celebrant.

At eleven precisely, a bell sounded and the procession snaked around the huge building, taking some five minutes to reach the altar. Led by the Thurifer, the Minster Cross bearer and acolytes, followed by Catenians from the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, Knights of St Sylvester and Knights of St Gregory, all in their uniforms and full regalia, the procession included the Verger and Deacon of the Gospel, Priests of the Diocese, Bishop Rawsthorne of Hallam, Bishop Roche of Leeds, the Prior of Ampleforth Colin Battell, Archbishop Conti of Glasgow, Cardinal O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Bishop Terence Drainey of Middlesbrough as principal celebrant and finally the Dean and Chapter of York.

The magnificent choir, facing the congregation, struck up with "Praise to the Holiest in the Height", under the directorship of Anji Dowson, accompanied by York Minster Assistant Director of Music David Pipe on the organ. Music during the mass included the traditional Latin Credo and a beautiful post-Communion motet "O Lord you sit enthroned" (music by Anji Dowson, dedicated to her Godfather Dick Last, the 50th Grand President of the Catenian Association). Over two thousand catenians and their families were in fine voice too!

As the sun streamed through the famous Rose Window of the Minster and incense ascended to fill the huge central tower, few were in doubt that we were present at a very special event indeed.

Bishop Terence Drainey preached, thanking the Dean and Chapter for permission to hold the Mass and for their welcome and presence with us. He praised the ideals of the Catenians, challenging the congregation to live up to them in full and recalling the spirit of the men who set up the "Chums" in Manchester a century ago.

The closing procession mirrored the opening, this time processing down the north aisle rather than the south aisle, to the strains of "Thine be the Glory", through to the Minster Choir stalls behind the main altar.

Most seemed reluctant to leave, lingering amid the charms of this most special of buildings, walking around and viewing its delights, perhaps savouring the atmosphere of a fitting tribute to a hundred years of the Catenians. From the striking and moving modern sculpture of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the prayer chapel at the east end of the Minster to its many medieval delights, it is still this extraordinary building itself that thrills the most. We felt privileged to have heard mass there.

In the end, 130 circles came from around the world, representing virtually all Catenian provinces. Most notable perhaps was Brother John Secker, Director from Sydney, Australia, travelled quite literally half way round the world to be part of the event. Over 8,000 was collected for Minster and Catenian charities.

A great start to a great day continued with most of the congregation splitting up into smaller groups for both formal and informal lunches together around the city, many coming together again in the evening for the Centenary Gala Dinner. Moving from an ancient iconic building in York to a brand new one, the new stand and Conference Centre at York Racecourse on the Knavesmire, Master of Ceremonies Peter Dowson, resplendent in his scarlet suit, introduced the speakers. After the Loyal Toast, proposed by Brother David Brinkley, President of Province 3 (S), York President Victor Nicholls proposed a toast to the city of York, outlining many of the city's attractions and historical significance. The Sheriff of York, Honorary Alderman David Wilde responded with more tales of the city. Joe McNally, Grand Vice President and Director of Province 3 proposed a toast to the guests.

The response and keynote speech came from His Eminence Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien who toasted the Catenian Association. Outlining many of the fine traditions of the Association, he especially praised the Catenian challenge to be "PC" - not politically correct but "proudly Catholic"! The Cardinal went on to explore a subject dear to his heart, the philosophy behind the Pro-Life traditions of the Church and our need to defend them.

Finally, Grand President David Taylor responded on behalf of Catenians, thanking the Cardinal, other speakers and guests. He also asked the whole room to show appreciation to the Brothers of York Circle of the Catenians for well over a year of assiduous work and preparation for the day's events: President Victor Nicholls, Minster Mass Committee Jim Fletcher and Martin Vevers, the Gala Dinner Committee led by Tony Coyle with Michael Cannon, Ed Sheridan and Julian Conlin. The evening's raffle for CAFOD's "Water for Life" campaign raised 2,685.

It is indeed a tribute to York Catenians that the administration of the day was unobtrusive, indeed barely visible, a true sign of superb organisation and preparation. It added up to a day to remember for the rest of our lives.

Steve O'Neill

Sports Forum at Leeds

Sports forum at Leeds 3.
Members of the Sports Forum are from left to right Geoff Cope, Peter Naughton, John Helm, President Paul Mallinson, Peter Lorimer, Eddie Gray and John Morgan.

When it comes to organising a night of "sporting nostalgia" Leeds 3 Circle brothers are a match for anyone.

The line-up of guests included stars of yesteryear who still command impressive fees on the after-dinner circuit. But all gave their services free to help swell President Paul Mallinson's charity fund.

Former Leeds United internationals Eddie Gray and Peter Lorimer revived memories of the Don Revie era when the Elland Road team was one of the most feared sides in Europe.

They were joined by England and Yorkshire spin bowler Goff Cope who maintains a deep passion for cricket and he also spoke with obvious affection and admiration for his late teammate Fred Trueman.

Visiting brothers also enjoyed contributions by members of the media including television commentator John Helm and Channel 4 racing expert Peter Naughton. John's motto is "have microphone will travel "and he covers cricket in India, soccer in America, and the recent Olympic Games for New Zealand viewers. John has a heavy schedule on the domestic front but estimates that he has only spent seven nights at his Yorkshire home since last Christmas.

Eddie Gray is still connected with the club he joined as a 15-year-old apprentice. Last season he worked for BBC Radio Leeds but he is now employed on the Leeds United Radio owned by the club chairman Ken Bates.

Peter Lorimer, who boasted one of the fiercest shots in football, was signed by Don Revie who learned that the Scottish schoolboy had regularly knocked in a seasonal tally of 200 goals and more in the amateur ranks. Peter is a member of the Leeds United board and, like Eddie, he maintains popularity with fans from home and abroad.

Visiting brothers enjoyed the evening with a round of questions and answers lasting more than the scheduled hour.

Eddie Gray is a catholic and attends Mass in Harrogate a fact which will probably interest the local Catenian membership officer, Peter Naughton, who provided guests with a list of horses to follow, has already been invited to join Leeds 3.

The sports forum was "refereed" by veteran sports journalist John Morgan who has been instructed to repeat the promotion next year.

John Morgan

Wetherby supports the SVP

Presntation to SVP. Pic:Frank Rowett
L to R: Don Cornish, Don Gray, David Barker, President

During his Presidential year, Don Cornish nominated the St Vincent dePaul Society as his charity, and at the Circle's September meeting, he presneted a cheque for over £1000 to their representative Mr Don Gray

Hull Big Band Night

relaxing at the Big Band Night. Pic:BernardSwift

Provincial President, Gerard McShera, relaxing at the Hull Circle Big Band Night, with his wife, Jane and Denise Shakesby, wife of a Past President of Hull, Bob Shakesby

Bernard Swift

Dual enrolment in Hull

new brothers in Hull. Pic:BernardSwift
Photo shows L-R Brother President Brian Salmon, Brother Andrew Carrick, Brother Mike Reed, and Membership Officer Brother John Gorman

Two new brothers were enroled at Hull Circle in September. We wish Andrew Carrickand Mike Reed many happy years with the Association

Bernard Swift

Huddersfield Summer Barbecue

Huddersfield Barbecue Pic:MikePioli

The sun shone on the righteous and when the smoke cleared a good time was enjoyed by one and all on 23rd August

Gawsthorpe Hall

Eddie & Bev France and Stephanie Pioli. Pic:MikePioli

Members of Huddersfield Circle visited Gawsthorpe Hall in July, where they enjoyed a picnic followed by a concert from the Black Dyke Mills Band.

Papal knighthood for Wharfedale Brother

Wharfedale brothers were overjoyed to learn that Stuart Hanlon was recently made a Knight Commander of the order of St Gregory the Great. Stuart received the KCSG for his services to Catholic Care within the Diocese of Leeds and for his work in Child Protection and Adoption Agencies and other diocesan pastoral and welfare services.

Jamess Hagerty, Stuart Hanlon and Gerard McSera. Pic:HNorwood
L-R James Hagerty, President; Stuart Hanlon; Gerard McShera, Provincial President

H Norwood

Rex Kirk at Hull

On 9th July Hull Circle hosted York and Grimsby Circles in round three of the Rex Kirk Quiz.

In the first round York made a blistering start from the stalls and led quite easily - However Grimsby then moved into top gear and rapidly overtook them and forged further ahead at the end of each round. Hull gradually caught and passed York in the last round.

The final scores were:-

grimsby's team. pic:BernardSwift
The winning team...

Bernard Swift

The two youngest Brothers in the Association?

At a recent Meeting of the Hull Circle the two youngest Brothers in Province 3N met each other.

Ben Delaney and Tom Parr. pic:BernardSwift
Ben Delaney, Hull Circle on left Thomas Parr, Bradford Circle on right

Bernard Swift

Rex Kirk at Wakefield

Rex Kirk at Wakefield. pic:JohnLappin

On Thursday evening 10th July, there was a hotly fought contest at the Hotel St. Pierre when 3 teams from Provinces 3 North & 3 South competed in Round 4 of the 2008/9 Rex Kirk quiz. The Quiz, organized by Scunthorpe Circle, saw teams from Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallamshire & Wakefield, each aiming to go through to the next round. Huddersfield Circle eventually triumphed with Wakefield gaining 2nd place. Members of the 3 teams, together with the Scunthorpe panel are shown above. They included :-

Standing L to R) President Dennis Donnelly/ V.P. Eddie France, Brian Ferris (Huddersfield) Membership Officer John Rourke, Secretary Ron Jarman, President Hugh Finnigan (Sheffield Hallamshire) Phil Kitson, Treasurer Mike Withers, David Slingsby (Wakefield W.R.)

(Seated L to R) Paul Hemingway (Scorer), Treasurer Kevin Coyle (Quizmaster), Secretary David Brookman (Timekeeper) - all of Scunthorpe

Scores :-
Wakefield W.R.72
Sheffield Hallamshire25

John Lappin

The Snuff box returns to Leeds

Paul Mallinson, President of Leeds 3 Circle, led the self-styled "Magnificent Seven" to Sheffield Hallamshire Circle on the 25th, where they successfully claimed the Snuff Box.

It will be available for others to claim on or after 18th August

Rex Kirk at Halifax

June 24th was another hectic night for Halifax Circle - the third recently. After the 600th Circle meeting and the Inter-Provincial Meeting, we now had a round of the Rex Kirk Trophy.

Happy to say it was business as usual, with Halifax winning the round. However it was a very closely fought contest with City of Leeds and Barnsley teams both scoring well. The final result was Halifax 127, City of Leeds 86 and Barnsley 75. Congratulations to all the teams for an entertaining evening.

Well done Scunthorpe for finding the venue. They were a little late; having believed the signs they saw which said "Halifax - A car friendly town." ...Thirty minutes of circling the one-way system soon let them know the truth!

Scunthorpe question masters. pic:Tony Gregson
Scunthorpe Inquisition!
Barnsley team. pic:Tony Gregson
Barnsley brains trust...
Halifax team. pic:Tony Gregson
Halifax heroes...
City of Leeds team. pic:Tony Gregson
City of Leeds cognoscenti...

Tony Gregson

On her way to World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney

presentation to Lorna Unwin. pic:J Tweddle
L to R: President David Rhodes, Harrogate Circle; Past President Danny Murray, Leeds Circle; Lorna Unwin; Rev Fr Neil Byrne

Harrogate and Leeds Circles joined parishioners of St Joseph's Harrogate to present Lorna Unwin a pupil at St John Fisher Catholic High School with sponsors' tee-shirts and cheques for her trip to 23rd World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. Lorna will join over 200,000 young people between 16 and 30 from 120 countries in celebrations with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

John Tweddle

A great hat trick

presenttation to Mike Pioli. pic:LaurieOHara
Photo shows Dennis Donnelly (L) and Mike Pioli (R)

Following his installation as President in April, Dennis Donnelly made a presentation to Michael Pioli to mark Mike's completion of his third term in office as President of the Huddersfield Circle. He was President in 1997, 2002 and again in 2007.

The artwork. pic:LaurieOHara

Laurie O'Hara

A joyful sound at Scarborough

The band. pic:NMcLoughlin
The orchestra
The choir. pic:NMcLoughlin
The Choir

Scarborough Circle hosted the Provincial Quarterly Mass on 9th June at St Augustine's School. The Liturgy was enhanced and uplifted by the first class music and singing of the school orchestra and choir. Many thanks to Brother Roger Cannon, headteacher, and the staff and students. Over 50 brothers from around Province made the journey to Scarborough on a lovely summer's evening.

Catena goes Continental?

French van. pic:CMaslen

Bro Chris Maslen of Bradford Circle 15 spotted this van in France last year - " I thought at first that it must be a continental delivery service for Catena" he said"

Interprovincial at Halifax

Tuesday 28th of May was the day of the Inter-Provincial Meeting, visit of Grand President and the Tiddly Winks Championship at Halifax.

Over 70 brothers, including visitors from as far afield as Salford and Australia, crowded into the meeting room at the White Swan Hotel for an action packed evening.

Once the guests had been announced the meeting, enlivened by a brief address from Grand President David Taylor, was completed briskly; ending with the presentations.

Halifax Brother Paul Hume was given his 40 year membership certificate by Grand President; then Grand Vice-President Joe McNally presented the Provincial Trophies: Bradford Circle with the Loving Cup, Wetherby Circle with the Viking Trophy and Brother Manuel Montoro-Blanch with the Joe Reilly Trophy.

After the excellent pie and peas came the Tiddlywinks championship; hotly contested, particularly by the three past winners who were present. A five person knock-out final was just won by Paul Hume (for a second time) edging Peter Fletcher (Leeds 3) into second place despite noisy ring-side coaching..

Tony Gregson

Paul Hume receives his 40-year scroll. pic:TG
Paul Hume receives his scroll from Grand President David Taylor
Don Cornish receives the Viking Cup. pic:TG
Don Cornish, IPP Wetherby Circle, receives the Viking Cup from Joe McNally
Manuel Montoro-Blanch receives the Joe Reilly Cup. pic:TG
Manuel Montoro-Blanch receives the Joe Reilly Cup from Joe McNally
Grand President gets his eye in. pic:TG
GP David Taylor gets his eye in...
Tiddlywinks winner. pic:TG
(Center) Paul Hume receives the Tiddlywinks trophy from Grand President David Taylor

Harrogate enrol two and welcome two

New brothers in Harrogate. Pic: J Park
Left to Right John Tevlin - Immediate Past President, David Rhodes President, Stephen Gregson, Justin Park Membership Officer, Phil Hopkins, Bernard Frost, and Aaron Moore

On April 8th, two newly enrolled Brothers, Phil Hopkins and Aaron Moore, as well as Brothers Stephen Gregson and Bernard Frost, who have transferred their memberships from Bradford and Wetherby to Harrogate, joined The Harrogate Circle to take our numbers to over the 60 mark. Aaron Moore is an American civilian who works at RAF Menwith Hill, and is hopefully the first of many from the base who will join us during their time in the UK. Phil Hopkins is a long-time resident of Harrogate and he and his wife Carmel have raised their family here over the past years.

J Park

Harrogate President's Charity

Harrogate President's charity presentation. Pic: J Park

Retring President, John Tevlin has dedicated his years President's Charity to The Harrogate and District Carers' Resource which takes an interest in literally thousands of carers all over the area. Their good works look after carers and provide them with practical help, advice and respite. On April 8th, John handed fundraiser Anne Wells a cheque to the value of £1286.00 to go towards their good works.

J Park

Halifax Circle's 600th meeting

Joe McNally, Tony Hayes, Brian Clayton and Paul Bareham. PIC:Tony Gregson
Photo shoes (L-R) Joe McNally, Tony Hayes, Brian Clayton and Paul Bareham (Halifax Circle's new President)

On Tuesday 22nd April Halifax Circle held their 600th Meeting, followed by a black tie dinner at the White Swan Hotel.

After the meal, Director Joe McNally presented Halifax Brother Brian Clayton with his 40 year membership certificate.

In his speech Joe gave a brief history of the Halifax Circle and the members who had played an important role in the circle and in the Association.

He particularly thanked Brother Tony Hayes for the sterling work he had done in the past when he was grand Director for Province 3.


Bradford President's walk for water

During the Centenary year the Bradford President will visit all the circles of Province 3 North having travelled to the meeting on foot. I intend to start by walking from Bradford to Huddersfield and then on the dates listed below continue on foot from the premises of last visited circle to the next Circle Meeting. I hope, providing my feet and legs are still working to end the trek at Hull in September completing a distance of 207 miles.

In doing the walk I hope to raise a small amount of money by sponsorship in aid of the Centenary Charity, which as you will be aware of is 'Give water, life and hope'. I have sent a sponsor form to each Circle, and I would ask that all brothers in Province be made aware of my intentions and if they wish, make any donation they think is appropriate. If every Brother could sponsor me for 1p per mile (£2) it would raise over £750 for the Charity.

I thank you in anticipation of your support and should any Brother wish to join me on any of the walks they can contact me by telephone and I shall give details of place and time of each walk. The company will be much appreciated on the whole or part of any of the walks.

[David's log appears under Walk for Water on the menu at left]

StartFinishDistance (mi)Date
BradfordHuddersfield14.1315th April
HuddersfieldHalifax8.722nd April
HalifaxWharfedale18.0029th May
WharfedaleBradford10.002nd June
BradfordLeeds 38.316th June
BradfordCity of Leeds8.318th June
LeedsHarrogate15.808th July
HarrogateWetherby7.928th July
WetherbyYork14.0028th August
YorkAmpleforth21.312nd September
via Pickering
34.397th to 8th September
via Bridlington
46.309th to 10th September
Total Miles207.13

Fraternal Regards

David Stockdale
President Bradford Circle (15)