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Circle & Social Events

"A Rare Event" – 9th  December 2014

At the December Christmas Dinner & Carols meeting of Harrogate 29, we were treated to the rare visits of both the Province's Provincial Presidents. From 3 North on the left is pictured Provincial President Paul Mallinson, centre is Harrogate 29 President Neil Magee, and on the right is 3 South's Provincial President Peter Wilcox.

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" - 27th September 2014

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

Setting of in a mini bus from The Fat Badger in Harrogate, first call was at The New Inn, closely followed by The Craven Arms, both 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 Royal 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 President Neil Magee put it "that may have been a bridge too far!"

Pictured from left to right (back first) are: Brothers Barry Austin, President Neil Magee, John Tevlin, Denis Connery, Neil's daughter's boyfriend from South Africa, Peter Lichtarowicz, Vince Timmins (centre front) and Bob Hughes (reclining!).

Joe Reilly Cup Returns to Harrogate – 27th May 2014

It was at the Provincial Quarterly Mass at Wetherby, when Director David Brinkley once again presented Brother Justin Park with the Joe Reilly Cup with the assistance of Provincial President 3 North Brother Paul Mallinson for making 48 visits to 45 different Circles over the 2013/14 year.

Joe Reilly Cup Returns To Harrogate – 20th May 2013

At the Inter Provincial Meeting hosted by Leeds 3, Justin Park of Harrogate Circle wins the Joe Reilly Cup for the second time in three years, having made 56 visits to 51 different Circles over the 2012/13 year.

Spaghetti Opera End of Term Dinner – 23rd March 2013

Bro. Denis Connery and David Rhodes appreciate the entertainment


Singers John Cunningham and Claire Ormshaw with Ampleforth President Bro. James Aldous Ball and wife Victoria.

Bro. Denis Connery is serenaded and boy is he enjoying it !


Bro. Denis Connery serves the Zuccotto dessert as Rachael Park waits for it to slip onto her lap.

The Barrys, McNamaras and Brennans attack their Zuccotto dessert too.


Baritone John Cunningham and Bro. Bob Hughes dance the Floral Dance.

Bro. President Mike Toop delivers his End of Term Report.

Eileen Toop hands on The Critchley Clasp to Margaret Gregson.

Past and Present Donate To Cafod – 26th August 2011

The Harrrogate Circle raised £2,405 last year and split the proceeds between Bro. President Michael Brennan's chosen charities, Cafod and Cancer Research. (left to right) Past President Michael Brennan presents a cheque to Leeds Cafod representative Margaret Siberry at the Cafod office at Hinsley Hall with current Circle President Bro. Joe McNamara watching on.

Harrogate Circle BBQ – 24th July 2011

You see puddings can be eaten and one stays slim.


Denis Connery tries to get a new hat out of Jim McHugh.

When Victoria Wood wrote "Dinner Ladies" is this what she had in mind?

3 Tenors or 3 Chefs? Either way they did a great job.

Oh you mean I was supposed to put money in, not take it out. Thought it was an "Irish Hole in the Wall".

Eat no Evil, Speak no Evil, Drink no Evil.

Fourth New Member for Harrogate Circle – 12th July 2011

Brother Michael Benson (centre) is welcomed into the Circle by Brother President Joe McNamara (left) and Brother Membership Officer Denis Connery (right).

Born in Lytham in 1953 and educated at St Josephs Catholic College Blackpool, he went to Salford University and graduated with BSc (Hons) in Social Studies in 1974. In 1975 he completed his PGCE at Hull University and spent the next 5 years teaching History and Sociology at Withersea High School. He is currently Director of Studies Social Science Faculty at Rossett School, Harrogate, where he has taught for 31 years.

Married to Maureen, who is a primary school Head Teacher of 35 years, they are parishioners of St Mary’s Parish Knaresborough. They have two daughters, Katie, who teaches at an international school in Budapest, and Nicola, who is married to Andrew, works in HR for an IT company in Manchester and recently presented them with their first grandchild Sebastian. Michael’s interests include playing golf on a regular basis, watching rugby (a keen Hull KR fan) travelling and has also recently become a volunteer at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal.

Headingley ODI - England versus Sri Lanka – 1st July 2011

It’s just not Cricket – looks more like Bird Watching - Brothers Paul Barry, Barry Pollard, Michael Brennan and Ian Sutcliffe.

Kevin Pietersen looks our way for inspiration.

Two More for Harrogate – 14th June 2011

Harrogate Brothers warmly welcomed two new brothers; Jim McHugh and John Monaghan at their June meeting.

From left to right: Brother Membership Officer Denis Connery, Brother John Monaghan, Brother President Joe McNamara, Brother Jim McHugh and Brother Provincial President Brother Steve O'Neill.

Lourdes Donation from Harrogate Circle – 20th May 2011

Brother President Joe McNamara had great pleasure in presenting a cheque for £600 to Monsignor Donal Lucey, which was raised by the Harrogate Brothers at their Annual Dinner Dance at The Old Swan Hotel, for his charity Faith and Light which enabled a young carer to accompany a patient on a recent diocesan trip to Lourdes.

Joe Reilly Cup Finds New Home in Harrogate – 11th May 2011

After 66 visits to 57 different Circles meeting new Brothers, renewing old friendships and promoting Harrogate’s 1000th meeting, the Joe Reilly Cup finds a new home in Harrogate for its first time ever. Brother Justin Park accepts the Joe Reilly Cup for Province 3 North and 3 South from Brother Director David Brinkley with Brother President Joe McNamara on the right.

Mark Goodfield is Enrolled – 9th May 2011

Brother Membership Officer Denis Connery with newly enrolled Brother Mark Goodfield and Brother President Joe McNamara.

End of Term Dinner Handover – 25th March 2011

Incoming President, Brother Joe McNamara, thanks outgoing President's wife, Laura Brennan, for her support to Circle.

Outgoing President’s wife, Laura Brennan, hands over the Critchley Clasp to incoming President’s wife, Sheila McNamara.

Harrogate Circle 1000th Meeting - Saturday 15th January 2011

33 Harrogate Brothers attended the 1000th Circle Meeting with a further 74 visiting Brothers in attendance.

Brother Mitch Mitchell receives his 40 year scroll from Brother Grand President. L to R - Brother President Michael Brennan, Brother Grand President Vernon DeCruz, Brother Mitch Mitchell and Brother Provincial Director of Province 3 David Brinkley.

When Brother JA Tindall became a founder member of Harrogate Circle in 1915, little did he know that he would become Circle President in 1926-28 and again in 1936-37, his son Brother EH Tindall would become Circle President in 1950-52 and his grandson Brother AP Tindall would become Circle President in 1993-94. There are in fact three grandsons of the founder Brother still in the Harrogate Circle today. L to R – Brother Charles Tindall, Brother Francis Tindall, Brother Grand President Vernon DeCruz, Brother President Michael Brennan and Brother Anthony Tindall.

At the 1000th Meeting, the Circle was delighted to welcome Grand President and three other Past Grand President to Harrogate for the occasion. L to R – Brother Past Grand President John Barrie, Brother Grand President Vernon DeCruz, Brother President Brother Michael Brennan, Brother Vice President Joe McNamara, Past Grand President Gerald Soane and Brother Past Grand President Mike O’Malley.

Grandsons and brothers, Brothers Andrew and Michael Campbell, returned to Harrogate from their Abergavenny 238 and Sheffield Hallamshire 218 Circles respectively, to visit the Catenian home of their grandfather Brother HM Campbell, who was Harrogate Circle President in 1935-36. L to R – Brother President Michael Brennan, Brother Andrew Campbell, Brother Grand President Vernon DeCruz, Brother Michael Campbell and Brother Provincial Director of Province 3 David Brinkley.

President’s Donation to The Harrogate Homeless Project - Tuesday 14th September 2010.

A Staggering £4284 – That’s The Total Not JT’s Walking Technique

Bro.John Tweddle (left) Elaine Harrison from the Harrogate Homeless Project and Immediate Past President Paul Barry hands over a cheque for £4284.

Brother Paul Barry raised £1584 during his Presidential year and Bro John Tweddle walked several pilgrims’ routes of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. He is seen here holding his framed “passport” of authentication showing the route that he took when he raised a staggering £2700 towards the Harrogate Homeless Project.

President’s Family Barbeque – Sunday 18th July 2010

Sheila McNamara, Kay Timmins and Mike Carpenter deep in conversation

The Gregsons go into “Pudding Attack” mode.

Theological debate, will we ever find out? Vince Timmins, Philomena Patton and Fr Thomas

Have you been drinking out of my glass again? Nicky and Francis Downing

Who’s the Big Cheese? 
Denis Connery

Looking on in Awe !

Jo and John Winterburn and Fiona Gilbert listen to Denis sing.

Same again please Bartender. 

Mike and Eileen Toop

Is this the audition for X Factor?

Denis Connery in Full Voice

Pat O’Donell proposes a vote of thanks to The Circle and our hosts the Connerys

Harrogate’s Formal Sunday Lunch – Sunday 27th September 2009


Unaccustomed to public speaking as he is, President Brother Paul Barry presents his Welcome Speech in honour of his guests. 

This was at the Formal Lunch which replaced the usual annual Dinner Dance due to the National Conference taking place in Harrogate this year. 

Around 70 Visitors, widows, wives and Brothers joined in the celebration which was held at The Cedar Court Hotel.

Another Lectern Sets Sail from Harrogate – 12th May 2009

Harrogate Brother, Dennis Muldoon (left), returned to visit the Harrogate Brothers just before the National Conference hit town. Brother John Tevlin (centre) made this lectern for Brother Dennis to take back to Australia where he is helping to form a Circle in Brisbane.

Province 3N Snuffbox – 14th April 2009

At the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the City of Leeds 137 Circle, a posse from Harrogate went along and claimed the “Snuffbox”. Wetherby put up a fairly feeble argument for a counter claim, trying to bring in some joint member Brothers to boost their numbers, but Harrogate President Brother David Rhodes stood his ground and after a sumptuous dinner came home victorious with trophy. This was so that President Brother David Rhodes could hand over the coveted “Snuff Box” to incoming President Brother Paul Barry as he takes over the reigns at his first meeting.

Harrogate Circle Quiz Night – Oakdale Golf Club - 24th April 2009

Brother Paul Barry got his Presidential year off with a “mind boggling” quiz for 40 Brothers, wives, family and friends as Question Mistress Cath Barry, kept a tight control on the proceedings. At the end of the rounds there were two teams drawing for first place and at one point arm wrestling was nearly needed to split them; in the end a tide breaker was sufficient! Paul’s charity for his year was announced as The Harrogate Homeless Project and it got off to a good start with the winning teams donating their prize money towards this good cause.

Brother Denis Connery surprises himself as he thinks he knows an answer!

The Mitchells and Gallachers have all the posts covered – is it 100% ?

Teams on each table rack their brains for the answers, but who will be the weakest link?

Wow, there are some brains on this table, looks  like they could make a winning side with a bit of training.

I think this team could potentially be a winning side but they look like they’re only here for the beer!

President Brother Paul Barry awards Francis Downing just one point for the two part answer.

I’m The President and it’s my quiz night says Brother Paul – regretfully!


President’s Family Barbeque – Sunday 20th July 2008

A tradition seems to be starting in Harrogate, as the second Circle Barbeque in as many years was held in Brother President David Rhodes’s garden on Sunday 20th July. Seventy Brothers, wives, widows and families attended a super day on one of the days when the summer sun has shone. Bar staff and chefs sprang into action catering for our every need and a most enjoyable afternoon was enjoyed by all. We also took the opportunity to say farewell to Canon Lawrie Hulme, as he is moving onto Pontefract after being with us in St Roberts for nine years. Specialist Catenian craftsman, Bro John Tevlin created a turned wooded candle holder with the Catenian emblem carved onto it as a gift to the Canon for his friendship and spiritual guidance during his residence in the parish.

A word of thanks to all of the ladies who prepared the food, the chefs who cooked it, the Brothers who organised the event and of course very special thanks must go to David and Janet Rhodes for inviting us into their home again this year.

Jim Brophy, Helen McNamara, Mike Carpenter, Marie Brophy and Joe McNamara enjoy the company and atmosphere.

Part time bar staff Bros Mike Brennan, John Tevlin and Mike Crowhurst  drink a little – serve a little.

Straight off a Fonda Movie set, Bros David Tracey and Pat O’Donnell - the two Hollywood stars.

I’m so hungry I could eat an arm! Must be the Cocktails!  Bros John Tewddle, Hugh Gallacher, Neil McLaughlin and Francis Downing

Everyone got a seat and the sun even shone.

Sunshine makes me smile - Joann McDermott, Hilary McDermott and Pat O’Donnell

A bevy of beauty – but what is Pollard doing in there? Mo and Barry Pollard, Janet Blake, Hilary Phillips and Laura Brennan

After nine years, Canon Lawrie Hulme is moving on. Bro President David Rhodes, presents him with a candle holder with the Catenian Emblem carved on; made by Bro John Tevlin.

Harrogate Circle President’s Sunday – Oakdale Golf Club - 29th June 2008

These medals, dating back to 1926, are part of our Circle and our Association’s history, and in this our Centenary Year, shows the commitment and continuity that the Catholic men of Harrogate have given in order to support The Catenian Association reach this landmark Centenary.

Since the Circle’s inauguration on the 27th May 1915 at The Victoria Hotel, The Esplanade, Harrogate, The Circle has had 57 Brothers as her President, 11 Brothers have served two terms of office and 1 Brother, Mike Crowhurst, has served for three. Harrogate’s original President, Brother H.Curtis, took The Circle through its first five years of infancy, but the longest serving President was Brother L.A.Cattaneo who served in office for six years, five years during the Second World War and again for just one year in 1953 – 54.

The Original 1926 Fattorini Medal

Past Presidents’ Medals

Ripley CC Games Evening – 20th June 2008

President David Rhodes shows that he still has the magic – Michael Vaughan beware of you place in the England side.

On Friday 20th June, 38 Harrogate Brothers, their wives and families enjoyed a wonderful sun kissed evening of sport and competitive banter, as well as a relaxed picnic on the cricket pitch at Ripley Cricket Club. Hidden sporting prowess, as well as a few pulled muscles, came out of the closet and a variety of skills were on display. Special thanks go to newly enrolled Brothers Phil Hopkins and Aaron Moore for arranging such an enjoyable evening.

Local Parishioner Sets Off For Sydney World Youth Day!

Left to Right: Harrogate President David Rhodes, Immediate Leeds (3) Past President Danny Murray, Lorna Unwin and Rev Fr Neil Byrne PP of St Joseph’s Harrogate.

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 the 23rd World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. Lorna will join over 200,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 30 from 120 countries in celebrations with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

Harrogate Circle Annual Dinner Dance – Saturday 10th May 2008

The target was set by Brother President David Rhodes, of having 100 guests to match the celebration of the Association’s 100 years anniversary at the Annual Harrogate Circle Dinner Dance this year. The target was easily reached, and exceeded, as The Provincial Director Joe McNally and his wife Philomena, Provincial Guests, Harrogate Brothers, their wives, family and friends all enjoyed a wonderful evening at The Yorkshire Pavilions. As well as a convivial evening being enjoyed by us all, Canon Lawrie Hulme gave a most amusing and pertinent reply on behalf of the guests and £517.00 was raised for the “Clean Water for Life Project”, the Grand President’s nominated centenary charity.

Canon Lawrie Hulme, Brother President David Rhodes and his wife Janet

Pat and May O’Donnell, Francis and Nicky Downing

Joe and Sheila McNamara

Mitch and Wendy Mitchell, George and Irene Canavan

John and Arita Cotton, Charles Tindall, Mike Carpenter

Justin Park, Hillary Phillips, John and Aileen Purvis

Barry and Mo Pollard

Neil and Ingrid McLaughlin, Anthony Tindall and Jane Tindall

Phil and Carmel Hopkins, Stephen and Margaret Gregson

Marie Jackson, Bernard and Iris Frost, Denis and Aileen Connery

The 'Dinning' Dynasty

Mark and Claire Jowitt, Steve and Penny Jowitt

Andrew and Helen Mayhew

Mike and Laura Brennan

President’s Charity – Cheque Donation – 8th April 2008

Out going 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; John handed fundraiser Anne Wells a cheque to the value of £1286.00 to go towards their good works.

John Tevlin and Anne Wells

Enrolment and Welcome Two Plus Two Equals Four New Brothers – 8th April 2008

Two newly enrolled Brothers, Phil Hopkins and Aaron Moore, as well as Brothers Stephen Gregson and Bernard Frost, who has 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.

Left to Right: John Tevlin - Immediate Past President, David Rhodes – President, Stephen Gregson, Justin Park – Membership Officer, Phil Hopkins, Bernard Frost, and Aaron Moore.

Province 3N Visit to Majorca – April 2008

In early spring, Provincial President of 3North, Brother Gerard McShera, arranged a “Provincial Excursion” to Majorca. Brothers from Harrogate Circle and their wives joined in what was a most enjoyable if somewhat exhausting time on the visit, and are still currently recovering.

The Harrogate Group minus photographer Nadir Jacob

Back Row – David Rhodes/Vicky Mortimer/ Joe McNamara

Front – Janet Rhodes/Jackie Tevlin/Sheila McNamara/ Linda Jacob/John Tevlin

Palma Cathedral

Trina & James Hagerty/Linda Jacob/Gerard McShera/John Kelly

Caf?at the Port of Pollenca

“Not knowing when his next meal is coming from, Joe McNamara just ploughs on.”

“All aboard who’s comin’ aboard.”

Linda Jacob and Balearic Friend “Make up by Chanel, luggage courtesy of Heathrow Terminal 5”

“Who was meant to arrange for the coach to collect us anyway?”

Monastery of St. Theresa and the Chopin Museum including his piano that he composed many of his works at.

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