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Circle Web Site: www.bathcatenians.com

 

Bath Circle 192

 

      

Bath March 2020 Circular

The 658th. meeting of Bath Circle will be held at the Limpley Stoke Hotel on Monday 16th. March 7.30 p.m. Baked Hake Fillet. Cost £20 Dress code – Jacket & collar, tie optional.

DINING lists apply

GLABS 31/3/20 The Seven Stars, Winsley.

4/3/20 Clergy & Ladies night, 7.30

Black Tie,

Menu: Pork & Garlic Pate, Salmon, Banoffee Pie. Cost £23.

Dining Lists do NOT Apply.

Please consider donating a raffle prize

Bookings to Bro. Gervase by 29th. February.

Minutes of 657th. Circle Meeting 17/2/20

1. Apologies.

Apologies were received from Bros. Byrne, Erdozain, Fitzpatrick, Gibbons, McDermott, MacDonnell, Newland, Pace, Pierce, Sheridan, Spinks.

Standing apologies from Bros. Blwyddin, Cockburn, Farrelly, Gompels, Indoe, McNally, Pennell, Phelan, Walker.

16 Brothers were present, 20 apologised. There were 0 visitors and 1 visiting gentleman

2. Minutes The Minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated and were signed.

3. Matters Arising None

4. Notified Visits 4/2/20 Bro Jose visited Weston-super-Mare

5. Correspondence

5.1 President Bursary Award for Ricardo Cassonato. To be presented after 10 am. Mass at St John’s, Bath this coming Sunday.

5.2 Secretary Flyer for printing of the Catenian Rosary leaflet. 200 to be ordered.

5.3 Other None

6 Reports

6.1 Membership Paul Hughes with us again tonight.

6.2 Province None

6.3 Treasurer Balance £3414. This included £540 for President’s charity. £1000 already having been disbursed to SPICMA.

6.4 Widows Discussed not minuted

6.5 Careers and Employment None

6.6 Charity None,

6.7 Sick Discussed not minuted

6.8 Standing Apologies None

6.10 Press and Publicity Photo and info sent to Catena Re. William King

7. Social Next GLAB 25/2/20 The Globe, Newton St Loe,

31/3/20 The Seven Stars, Winsley

for other events see Circular

8 President’s Report None

9 A. O.B.

9.1 Clergy night Bookings going well. Brother Gervase will contact Brothers to organize transport for Clergy.

9.2 Would Brothers please inform Bro. John Shepherd if Catholic family or friends are staying in the RUH, so that Holy Communion may be organised. There is currently no Catholic Hospital Chaplain.

9.3 Brother secretary is collecting email addresses of Circle wives, for the purpose of keeping them updated re coffee mornings etc. Please provide these directly to him asap. Confidentiality guaranteed!

Charles Fingleton

Hon. Sec.

Council Meeting Minutes 24/2/20

1. Present Bros. Shepherd, Summerfield, Fingleton, MacDonnell, O’Donovan, Rooney, Spinks, Tayler.

2. Apologies Bros. Gibbons, Lilywhite

3. Minutes of last meeting signed

4. Matters arising None

5. Correspondence

5.1 President None

5.2 Secretary Catenian Rosary leaflet ordered.

5.3 Other None

6. Reports

a) Membership Phillip Wheating is interested. Paul Hughes, forms being filled in aiming to enroll at April Meeting.

b) Province Province GDPR Form needs completing.

c) Treasurer Bank account contains £3506 of which £579.12 in the President’s charity, £1,000 has already been presented to SPICMA, as there was an immediate need.

Subs. Recommended to stay unchanged at £145 with printed Catena, £133 with Catena online, £121 with no Catena.

d) Careers and Employment None.

e) Charity None

f)

g) Welfare (sick) Discussed but information only available from Bro. Secretary directly.

h) Widows Discussed but information only available from Bro. Secretary directly.

i) Standing apologies None

j) Press and Publicity None

k) Vice President and Social

March 2020

4th. Clergy & ladies Night. Menu- Pork Garlic Pate, Salmon, Banoffee Pie.

Veg. option...Roasted Vegetables en croute. Cost £23

16th Circle Single course meal. Baked Hake Fillet. £16

31st. GLABS The Seven Stars, Winsley.

l) AOB

Officers for next year and election of a new Provincial Councilor TBC.

Membership survey completed, collated and will be sent to Head Office.

Next Council Monday 30th. March, 18.30 at 26, Minster way, Bathwick, Bath. BA2 6RH

Charles Fingleton

Hon Sec

Disclaimer

“Photographs and/or video may be taken at any of these events. By taking part in any of these events you grant the event organisers the rights to use the images resulting from the photography/ video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the ‘Circle’ aims. This might include (but is not limited to) the right to use them in our printed and online publicity, social media or press releases etc. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform the photographer or event organiser.”

Association Websites.

  1. The addresses are as set out above. To access the members area of the Association's website the Username is " Members", and the Password is "O’Donnell" the name of the National Vice President.
  1. The Provincial Website is online again but at present very little content. Username for members area “catenian”, password “severn”.
  1. Bath Circle website password is "Bath192"

 




     

 




1 Go to www.thecatenians.com

2 Click on "Member Login" which is a panel in the middle of the web page

3 IGNORE the panel on the left which is headed Website Login and INSTEAD click on the panel on the right with the name "Portal Login"

4 Insert the email you use for Catenian purposes in the Box

5 IGNORE the password box and INSTEAD click on "Forgot Password"

6 This will lead you to a "Forgot Password" where your email (entered in Step 4) is already entered. Click on "Restore Password".

7 This will generate an email to you - go to your email Inbox and follow the instructions to set a new Password

8 Once you have the new Password you should LogIn to the Portal and update your particulars, which include an option NOT to receive emails or be included in the Catenian Directory.



 

Bath Circle, The Catenian Association

 

AGM Minutes

20th May 2019

 

Meeting Opened 19:00

1.         Apologies for absence          Daly, Fingleton, Fitzpatrick, Jones, Lillywhite

2.         Standing Apologies               Blwyddin, Cockburn, Gompels, Indoe, Pennell,                                                      Phelan, Walker

3.         Minutes of last AGM circulated - no matters arising

4.         Outgoing Presidents Report as circulated.

            BATH CIRCLE 192 PRESIDENT'S REPORT 2018-2019

1. I start my report with two "thank-you".  The first is to Council for all the support that they have given me during the year.  I had expected to have more time available to devote to Catenian business, but various work events intervened to frustrate this expectation and in so far as my year was a success, it was largely due to the help and assistance that I received from Council.

2. My second thanks is to the Brothers and their wives who in addition to the support to various events, contributed to the successful appeal for the President's charity, more of which below.

3. My programme generally followed those of my predecessors.  We invited our Ladies and widows to our dinners in June and December, combined with our Circle meetings, and in addition we had the Summer Supper and Clergy Night dinners. The December dinner was enlivened by the Noctis Chamber Choir, conducted by Francis Faux (thanks to Gervase for arranging this) and the Summer Supper at the Bathwick Boatman was fully subscribed and extremely successful.  I followed my predecessors' initiative in having a picnic in combination with a cultural event, in my year the New Generation Artists Concert at Iford Manor. 

4. We had two "extra" events, one at the Bath Hilton Hotel when we hosted on behalf of Province the St George's dinner and a "3 Generations Barbeque" at Alice Park in Bath, which given the heavy rain was surprisingly enjoyed by all, including the children.   A number of us also attended the Glastonbury Pilgrimage though mainly with our own individual Parishes.

5.  I must also thank those who hosted "At Homes" in the summer - Gervase and Sue, Charles and Denise, and Peter and Pippa.

INITIATIVES

6. We are introducing some initiatives.  To form stronger links with Parishes we are designating a "link Catenian" and rather than Michael having the sole formal responsibility for liaising with our widows we are identifying a named individual with Michael acting as Coordinator.  The Circle has a small benevolent fund which is managed by three Trustees (with decision known only to them) which has become depleted and Council has decided to increase its value back to £500.

7. I had hoped to form a relationship with the Bath Catholic Chaplaincy but for various reasons this has not come about though it remains an aspiration.

8. Whilst the Limpley Stoke Hotel has been extremely helpful and the quality of the food (with the exception of one Circle dinner) has been high, Council is conscious that for some the hotel may be inconveniently located.  We have therefore decided to look again at alternatives in Bath, though currently we are unaware of any which would meet our criteria.

WHERE COULD HAVE DONE BETTER

9. In addition to the lack of engagement with Bath Catholic Chaplaincy there were two areas where as President I did not achieve all that I intended.  I would have liked to visit more Circles and organised some additional events for families.  Sadly, work got in the way although Jean and I were able to visit a number of Ladies Nights in the Province over the July and August period.  These though were very enjoyable, and we intend to repeat a number this summer.

PRESIDENT'S CHARITY

10. My Charity appeal was to raise funds to build a latrine block for girls at Bishop Williger's Secondary School at Busembatia in Uganda, the lack of which was preventing most girls from moving to secondary education.  As the evidence is that educating females has a disproportionate beneficial impact on society this seemed a worthwhile cause.  I used a UK based charity (the Friends of St Michaels School - St Michaels is one o the primary schools which would feed into Bishop Williger's) to ensure that the funds were used for the purpose intended. 

11. By the end of March 2019 we exceeded my target of £1,800 and transferred £2,027 on 26th March with the work commencing almost immediately.  I have been receiving weekly photographs of the construction which has progressed apace (albeit ignoring some of the health and safety practices mandatory in Europe!) and the work is now complete.  I will be circulating photographs of the Latrines separately. 

12. In many respects I consider this the highlight of my year as I believe that Bath Circle has made such a great difference for so many children.

IN CONCLUSION

13. I finish by reiterating my thanks to Council for assisting me in my year in office and assuring any who think that being President will be too onerous that they can be assured that they will be supported.

14. Finally, I must also acknowledge Jean's contribution, in assisting at the social events, in supporting me, in organizing our "At Home" and in obtaining the raffle prizes (main and booby) for the Circle meetings.

 

 

Louis Lillywhite

President 2018-2019

 

5.         Treasurers Report as circulated. 

Income and Expenditure Account for the year ended 31st March, 2019

 

                                    2019         2018

 

Income

Subscriptions             4,978        5,113

President's Charity    2,027         1,600

Dinners                      6,681         7,799

Gorman Cup               -                       -     

Bursary Fund Levy         380                 390

 

                                    14,066            14,902

 

Less Expenditure

Capitation Fees          1,289              1,378

Vocations Donation         60                    60

Flame 2 Donation         300                    

Bursary Fund                380                  390

Other Donations             50                    32

Pres.'s Charity            2,027               1,600

Pres.'s Honorarium      300                  300

Dinners                       8,245              9,307

Social Events (Net)       395                   

Widows' Costs                -                        49

Mass Stipends               110                   120

Secretary's Expenses      72                     53

Catena Magazine         918                   936

Sundry Expenses *      438                   527

New Circles                        5                     10

                               (14,589)           (14,762)

 

Surplus for year   £    (523)           £     140

 

 

   *        Sundry Expenses:

            Website                      62

            Xmas cost                  225

            Directories                  35

            Circle booklets         116

                                            £438

 

 

Bath Circle - Catenian Association

 

Balance Sheet as at 31st March, 2019

 

 

                        2019   2018

 

 

Cash at Bank  1,765  2,433

 

 

- Creditors         (60)  (205)

 

                       £1,705   £2,228

 

 

Accumulated Funds

 

Balance brought forward       2,228             2,546

Tie stock written off   -             (458)

Surplus (Deficit) for the year   (523)              140

 

                                                £1,705             £2,228

 

 

We certify that the above accounts have been prepared in

accordance with the books and information provided to us.

 

Dated this         day of May, 2019

 

 

 

………………..………..……….        J. Mill

 

………………..……..………….        D Byrne

 

Bath Circle - Catenian Association

 

 

 

 

The Benevolent Fund Account

Year ending 31st March, 2019

 

                                                2019   2018

 

 

Balance brought forward       415      415

 

Less

 

Benevolence paid out           (300)     -   

 

 

                                                  £115    £  415

 

Represented by:

 

Cash held at bank by Circle  £115   £  415

Acceptance proposed: Chris Richardson,   seconded: Peter Newland.  Accepted by all present.

 

6          Registrars Report as circulated

Bath Catenian Circle 192

Registrars Report for the Year 2018/2019: May to April inclusive.

There are currently 41 Catenian Brothers registered as members of the Bath Circle.

The numbers of Brothers registered in the Year 2018/19 remains unchanged from the beginning of the year.

It is with regret that I record the death of Brother Don Mackenzie of the Bath Circle.

During the year the Bath Circle enrolled one new member of the Circle -and that was Giuseppe Pace.

Attendance at Circle Meeting has essentially remained similar as in previous years and detailed below is a summary of the numbers of Brother attending Circle Meeting. In addition the number of visiting Brothers is also recorded.

 

Circle Meeting            Brothers attending    Comments      Visiting Brothers

                                   

April 2019                              19                                                        1

March 2019                           17                                                        0

February 2019                      19                                                       12

January 2019                         15                                                        2

December 2018                     24                     Christmas                    4

November 2018                    19                                                       12

October 2018                          18                                                           0

Sept 2018                               14                       Ladies night                0

July 2018                                18                                                        2

June 2018                               19                    Ladies night               4

May 2018                               22                                                        1

 

The average attendance in the Year 2018/19 over the formal Circle Meetings listed above is 18.6

This compares with an average of 20.4 in the Year 2017/18.

There was only one recorded Visiting Gentleman in the year which was Giuseppe Pace who eventually become a member of the Circle in 2018/19.

The total number of Visiting Brothers in the Year 2018/19 was a healthy 38. This compares with a total number over the 2017/18 year of 28. Visiting Cards were issued to Visiting Brothers in accordance with normal procedures.

In addition the Circle Meetings shown above a Clergy Night was held in February 2019 and this was well attended by Brothers of the Circle. Similarly President's Sunday held in November and the Summer Supper in August 2018 were all well attended.

 

Michael Summerfield

Bath Circle Registrar 2017 -2019 and accepted.

 

7.         Circle Benevolent Board of Michael Rooney, Gervase O'Donovan and Peter      Newland to remain in office.

8.         Appointment of Auditors:  John Mill and David Byrne to remain.

9.         AOB: None

Meeting Closed 19:08

 

 

Bro Phil Jose

Acting Secretary

 

CATENIAN ASSOCIATION

RULES

10th May 2014

RULES

MEMBERS

1. Admission

Membership of the Association is obtained by enrolment in a Circle or Group and is open to practising Catholic laymen and permanent deacons over the age of 18 years who on enrolment have the capacity to discharge the obligations of membership.

2. Privileges and Principal Obligations of Membership

(a) Members of the Association are bound by their pledge and these Rules to participate in the life of the Circle of which they are a member as their circumstances reasonably permit. The Obligations of Membership are included in the Handbook and Manual of Procedure.

(b) A member is entitled to attend the meetings of any Circle and to take part in all business transacted in any Circle in which he is enrolled.

(c) All members of the Association are bound to pay promptly such amounts as are properly due.

(d) Should a member commit a serious breach of these Rules or draw the Association into disrepute he may be subject to disciplinary procedures as set down in the Regulations including possible forfeiture of membership.

(e) No member may invoke (directly or indirectly) the fraternal bond or shared membership of the Association so as to:

a.i. seek to influence any other member to act in a particular way in any official capacity (other than that relating to the internal affairs of the Association).

a.ii. seek to oblige any other member to support any cause (whether political, charitable or personal).

(f) In the conduct of any business of the Association, a member is required to declare any matter which may give rise to a risk of a conflict of interest on his part.

(g) No member who suffers from an illness such as to render him incapable of managing his own affairs may stand for (or retain) any office in the Association or be a trustee of its property.

Unless waived under these Rules and the Regulations, each member is liable

(a) to pay on 1 April each year an annual subscription comprising a capitation fee and a Circle fee to his Parent Circle and, if a joint member, Circle fees to each of his other Circles, plus any taxes that may be payable.

(b) Circle fees shall be determined by the Circle by 1 April each year.

CIRCLES


3. Inauguration

(a) A Circle may only be established by a Charter issued by Grand Council.

(b) A Group may be inaugurated by a Mandate issued by the Provincial Council sponsoring the Group or otherwise by Grand Council.

(c) Where the context so allows, reference to the term Circle in these Rules and Regulations includes the term Group.

4. Grouping of Circles

(a) Circles may be grouped in Areas or Provinces as Grand Council shall from time to time determine.

(b) Circles not so grouped shall respond individually to Grand Council, or as directed.

5. Byelaws

Circles may with the approval of Grand Council enact, alter or revoke byelaws.

CIRCLE COUNCILS

6. Privileges and Obligations

(a) The Council ensures the smooth running of the Circle in accordance with these Rules. It gives due regard to any guidance and meets as often as is reasonably necessary to support its officers in the discharge of their responsibilities.

(a) The Council arranges for an Annual General Meeting of the Circle to be held between 1 April and 15 June to conduct the proper business of an Annual General Meeting including approval of the Annual Accounts for the year just ended and appointment of auditors for the current year.

7. Members of Council

The Circle shall establish from within its members a Council (the Circle Council) comprising:

(a) all officers of a Circle as identified in Regulation 15;

(b) the Provincial Councillor of the Circle;

(c) the last President of the Circle so long as he remains a member of that Circle;

(d) any members of the Circle elected as Circle Councillors;

(e) any members of the Circle co-opted by the Council (non-voting).

The Provincial President (non-voting) has the right to attend if he so wishes

8. Committees

(a) A Council may at any time appoint committees for specific purposes, giving regard to such guidance as may be published by Grand Council.

(b) The President and Secretary of the Circle are ex officio members of all Committees of the Council except the Circle Benevolent Board.

Each Circle Council shall appoint annually at its first meeting a benevolent board (the Circle Benevolent Board) which shall comprise three members enrolled in that Circle together with the Director of the Province in which the Circle is included. With the exception of the Director, there shall be no ex-officio members of the Circle Benevolent Board. The name of the chairman of the Circle Benevolent Board shall be notified to members of that Circle and included in any printed list of the Circle officers.

10. Circle Benevolent Board - Privileges and Obligations

(a) Members of the Circle Benevolent Board shall encourage all members of the Circle to be watchful for any member or any dependent, as defined by the Benevolent Fund, who may be in conditions of need, hardship or distress. The chairman of the Circle Benevolent Board shall be informed of any such member or dependent.

(b) The Circle Benevolent Board shall meet not less than once each year and otherwise as is required to consider applications for financial relief. Such applications shall be processed expeditiously and in the manner prescribed by the Benevolent Fund.

(c) All moneys paid to the Circle Benevolent Board pursuant to awards made by the Benevolent Fund shall be held in a separate designated bank account and shall remain the property of the Benevolent Fund until expended in accordance with the terms of the award. The Circle Benevolent Board shall act as the agent of the Benevolent Fund in the management of such moneys. Any such moneys not expended as aforesaid shall be repaid without delay to the Benevolent Fund.

(d) In the event of a Circle ceasing to exist, all moneys held by the Circle Benevolent Board to the order of the Benevolent Fund shall be repaid immediately to the Benevolent Fund and the said designated bank account closed.

(e) All matters of benevolence shall be dealt with by the Circle Benevolent Board subject at all times to the overall requirement of complete confidentiality.

PROVINCIAL COUNCILS

  

11. Definition of a Province

(a) A Province is a number of Circles grouped as determined by Grand Council from time to time. Circles not so grouped respond individually to Grand Council or as directed.

(b) Each Province is supervised by a Council consisting of those specified in the Regulations.

(c) Where the context so allows, reference to the term Province in the Rules and Regulations includes the term Area.

12. Privileges and Obligations of Provincial Councils

(a) The Provincial Council seeks to further the development of the Association by increasing the number of Circles within the Province and the number of members enrolled in each Circle.

(b) It supervises such Circles as required by these Rules, Regulations and any relevant bylaws.

(c) It considers measures to avoid forfeitures and resignations.

13. Members of Provincial Council

A Provincial Council comprises:

(a) The Provincial President;

(b) Councillors elected by Circles in the Province and other Officers elected by Provincial Council (non- voting), one of whom shall be the Provincial Vice-President;

(c) The Immediate Past Provincial President as of right so long as he remains a member of a Circle within the Province;

(d) The Grand President (non-voting);

(e) The Grand Council Director for the Province and any other member of Grand Council who is enrolled in a Circle in the Province (both non-voting).

14. Committees

(a) A Provincial Council may at any time appoint committees for specific purposes, giving regard to any guidance published by Grand Council.

(b) The President and Secretary of the Council are ex officio members of all committees of the Council.

21. Conduct of Elections

(a) Candidates for office may be nominated only by those qualified to vote in the election to that office, except in the election of a Director when any member enrolled in a Circle in the Province may nominate a candidate.

(b) Nominations for election are valid only if the candidate's written consent to the nomination has been received by those entitled to vote.

(c) A notice convening a meeting at which an election is to be held will contain a list of all candidates and will be published to all entitled to vote at least seven days before the meeting.

(d) A candidate in an election is not permitted to vote in that election.

(e) A council may summarily fill an office for which no nomination has been received, provided that the member appointed is qualified for such office.

(f) An election is conducted by secret ballot and those participating are not obliged to disclose the manner of their voting.

(g) If there is an equality of votes which must be resolved, the Presiding Officer may exercise a second and casting vote. The use of a casting vote is not announced.

22. Alterations to the Rules

(a) Alterations to the Rules may be made only by a proposal put to the membership under one of the procedures indicated in (b) below and approved by a two thirds majority of those voting.

(b) There are two procedures set out in the Regulations for bringing proposals to change the Rules to the membership:- an Ordinary Procedure where a proposal is put to the membership with the concurrence of Grand Council and an Extraordinary Procedure where the proposal is put to the membership without the concurrence of Grand Council.

23. Alterations to the Regulations

Any proposal to add to, delete or alter any Regulation must be sponsored by a Provincial or Area Council or by Grand Council, and is dealt with under the procedure set out in the Regulations.

24. Interpretation of the Rules and Regulations

The interpretation of the Rules and Regulations may be decided only by Grand Council, whose decision shall be final.

CATENIAN ASSOCIATION

   REGULATIONS

GRAND COUNCIL

15. Definition

Grand Council is the governing body of the Catenian Association.

16. Privileges and Obligations of Grand Council

Grand Council:

(a) Governs the Association as required by these Rules.

(b) Is vested with all powers requisite for the regulation and development of the Association and for the attainment of its aims.

(c) May issue directives which shall be binding upon members, Circles or Councils, provided that such directives are consistent with the Aims and Values of the Association and with the principle of subsidiarity.

(d) Meets as required to fulfil its duties and in any event at least twice a year between 1 April and the following 31 March.

(e) May make, alter and revoke any bylaw or Standing Order for the regulation of its proceedings, such bylaw or Standing Order to be binding on each member of Grand Council.

Is and each of its members is indemnified from the funds of the Association in respect of all acts done or failing to be done by Grand Council or any member

(a) thereof when acting as such.

(b) As required by the relevant governing documents, appoints or nominates Directors and Trustees of corporate bodies created to manage the assets of the Association and its registered Charities.

17. Members of Grand Council

Grand Council comprises the following, all of whom have voting powers:

(a) The Grand President, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer and Director for Developing Areas;

(b) The Immediate Past Grand President so long as he remains a member of the Association;

(c) A Director elected by each Provincial Council (not including Area Councils);

(d) A member of Grand Council serves as Grand Vice-President.

18. Committees and Work Groups

(a) The Executive Committee, with clear Terms of Reference, acts on behalf of Grand Council and is authorised to make decisions within those Terms of Reference, keeping all members of Grand Council fully informed and inviting comment.

(b) Only members of Grand Council may be members of the Executive Committee.

(c) Grand Council may reserve certain powers to itself under Standing Orders.

(d) Grand Council may at any time and at its sole discretion appoint Committees and Work Groups for the purposes of regulating its business.

(e) Grand Council Committees and Work Groups comprise only members of the Association and contain a majority of members of Grand Council. Grand Council may agree to vary this.

Grand Council may delegate its powers to Committees and Work Groups as it deems appropriate subject always to these Rules, the Regulations and

(a) Standing Orders.

GENERAL

19. Voting

(a) The procedures set down in the Regulations are followed when a vote is required either to elect an officer to any Council, on a proposal to change the Rules, Regulations and Byelaws or to increase capitation fees.

(b) Proxy votes and postal votes may be permitted.

(c) A proxy vote is valid only if written notice that a named member is authorised to vote as proxy for an absent voter is signed and dated by the absent voter and delivered before the opening of the meeting at which the voting is to take place.

(d) A postal vote including receipt by electronic methods is valid provided that the presiding officer is satisfied that it is authentic.

(e) A proxy vote or postal vote is not valid if the member who has submitted it is present when voting takes place.

(f) Whatever method is used, a ballot must be secret and those participating shall not be obliged to disclose the manner of their voting.

20. Majorities

A vote may be determined by one of the following means as set down in the Regulations:

(a) A simple majority is gained when the number of votes for one candidate in an election exceeds those for any other candidate by at least one;

An overall majority is gained when one candidate receives at least one vote more than the total of votes cast for all other candidates. If such overall

(a) majority is not obtained at the first ballot, the candidate with the fewest votes shall retire and a further ballot shall be held, such procedure to be continued until a decision is reached;

(b) A proposal other than an election may be determined by a simple majority of those voting or by a specific percentage majority as set down in the Regulations.

 

       10th May 2014

REGULATIONS

MEMBERS

1. Enrolment of New Members

(a) Procedures laid down by Grand Council regarding the recruitment of a new member must be complied with before a candidate may be enrolled.

(b) A candidate for membership must before enrolment pay to the Treasurer of the Circle all amounts that are due including the enrolment fee and subscription plus any taxes that are applicable.

(c) Notwithstanding the minimum requirements for membership stated in Rule 1, a candidate must before enrolment be aware of and accept the exhortation specified in the Handbook and Manual of Procedure and made to him during the enrolment ceremony.

2. Joint Enrolment

(a) A member may be enrolled in more than one Circle, subject to the consent of the Council of any other Circle in which he seeks to be enrolled in accordance with the procedure for joint enrolment.

(b) A member enrolled in more than one Circle should select one Circle as his Parent Circle, and be recorded as a joint member of the other Circle(s).

3. Transfer of Enrolment

(a) A member may transfer his enrolment from one Circle to another with the consent of the Council of the receiving Circle.

(b) A member who transfers Circles should ensure before transfer that he has paid all amounts due to the Circle he is leaving including the capitation fee for the year in which the transfer occurs.

4. Transfer Register

Any member who, because the Circle in which he is enrolled has ceased to exist, cannot conveniently attend the meeting of any other Circle, may enrol with the agreement of Grand Secretary in the Transfer Register maintained

(a) for such members.

(b) As far as is practicable, a member enrolled on the Transfer Register retains the full duties and obligations of membership.

(c) The subscription required to remain on the Transfer Register, in addition to capitation fees, may be determined from time to time by Grand Council.

5. Life Membership

(a) Life membership may be awarded for meritorious service to the Association. It may be awarded by Grand Council, Provincial Council or by the member's Parent Circle. On an award of Life Membership, the awarding body assumes responsibility for all membership fees of the member, except for any joint membership, for the duration of his membership of the Association.

(b) A Circle member may be admitted to Life Membership on the payment to Grand Council of such sum as Grand Council shall determine.

6. Resignation

Resignation of membership from a Circle is effective 1 month after its receipt by the Circle Secretary. During this month any resignation may be withdrawn. The resigning member must pay all amounts due until the point at which a resignation is effective failing which he may be regarded as having forfeited membership.

7. Forfeiture of membership

A member's enrolment in any Circle or in the transfer register shall be cancelled on 1 October and his membership of the Association shall be immediately forfeit, if by 30 September all amounts due in respect of such enrolment have not been fully paid or waived under the provisions of these Regulations.


CIRCLES

8. Requirement to hold Circle Meetings.

Circle meetings are ordinarily held monthly. Grand Council may, however, prescribe a minimum number of meetings to be held per year.

9. Conduct of business at Circle meetings.

Circle meetings are conducted (as far as is possible) in accordance with the guidance issued in the Handbook and Manual of Procedure.

10. Quorum

The minimum number of members required for a Circle meeting is seven.

11. Financial Obligations of a Circle

A Circle shall promptly pay such fees as are required of it pursuant to the Rules or Regulations.

12. New Circle Levy

A levy is payable by each Circle to new Circles on their inauguration. The amount due is payable on receipt of an invoice from the Grand Treasurer sent as soon as is practicable after notification of the date of the inaugural meeting of the new Circle.

13. Merging of Circles

Subject to consultation with the relevant Provincial Council(s) and to procedures laid down by Grand Council, Circles may merge, such that the new merged Circle retains the Charters and existing rolls of its component Circles.

14. Dissolution of a Circle

In the event of the dissolution of a Circle the property and funds held by it shall be made over to Grand Council or distributed as it directs. Grand Council may re-grant the Charter previously withdrawn and return property and such funds as it may authorize.

CIRCLE COUNCILS

15. Circle Officers

(a) Insofar as is practical, each Circle elects from its members the following officers:- President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Officer, Chamberlain, Charity Officer, Registrar, Marshal, Careers and Employment Officer, Press and Publicity Officer and Welfare Officer.

(b) A Circle may at its discretion also elect members to other offices for terms of one year, for example Social Secretary, Dining Secretary, Youth Officer.

16. Elections

Elections for office are ordinarily completed at a Circle meeting before the end of the January in the calendar year of the vacancy falling due, and the results forwarded within seven days to the Grand Secretary and to the Provincial Secretary. Elections are determined by simple majority.

17. Casual Vacancy

A Circle Council may summarily fill any vacant office in a Circle provided that the candidate has given his consent.

18. Terms of Office

(a) Officers are normally installed at a Circle meeting in April or May. An officer filling a casual vacancy may be installed at any Circle meeting.

(b) All elected members of Council normally hold office for a term of one year or until the Annual General Meeting if filling a casual vacancy.

(c) Co-opted members of Council may be appointed until the next Annual General Meeting following their co-option.

(d) Members of Council shall be eligible for re-election or co-option as appropriate at the conclusion of their term of office.

(e) A Circle may apply to its Provincial Council for a waiver of any qualification for office required by these Regulations if it is otherwise impracticable to elect or appoint an Officer.

19. Quorum

The minimum number of members required for a Council meeting is one third of those members eligible to vote.

20. Other persons entitled to attend Circle Council

(a) A Provincial President is entitled to attend at any meeting of the Circle Council within his Province.

(b) Any member of the Circle may attend Council meetings.

21. Circle President

The President of a Circle should have served at least two years as a member of a Circle Council, except within the first two years immediately following inauguration of the Circle. His duties are to:

(a) represent the Circle at Catenian and other functions as required;

(b) chair all meetings of the Circle and its Council at which he is present;

(c) encourage the Circle to support the Aims and Values of the Association and in particular the official Catenian Charities;

(d) authorize the invitation to any guest who is not a member of the Association to attend pre- or post-Circle social fellowship.

The Circle President is ex officio, a member of all committees of the Circle and Council other than the Circle Benevolent Board.

22. Circle Vice-President

The Vice-President of a Circle should have served at least one year as a member of a Circle Council, except within the first two years immediately following inauguration of the Circle. His principal role is to undertake the duties of the Circle President in his absence. He will undertake other duties as determined within the Circle.

23. Circle Secretary

The duties of the Circle Secretary are to:

(a) maintain the membership and other non-financial records, of the Circle and Council;

(b) ensure the correct procedures are followed to record in timely fashion enrolments, transfers in and out, terminations of membership and other material changes in members' details;

(c) submit to Grand and Provincial Council any information and reports on Circle activities, membership and voting as are required.

The Circle Secretary is ex officio, a member of all committees of the Circle and Council other than the Circle Benevolent Board.

24. Circle Treasurer

The duties of the Circle Treasurer are to:

(a) maintain the financial records of the Circle;

(b) prepare and arrange the audit of the annual accounts of the Circle;

(c) report regularly to the Circle in the form required by Council;

(d) submit financial information to Grand Council and Provincial Council as required including, but not limited to, audited annual accounts.

25. Circle Membership Officer

The duties of the Circle Membership Officer are to:

(a) be Chairman of the Circle Membership Committee;

(b) promote and co-ordinate the recruitment of new members;

(c) if required, arrange sponsors for new members and encourage all sponsors to fulfil their responsibilities to new members;

(d) design and implement retention programmes to reduce the level of resignations and forfeitures;

(e) co-ordinate his activities with those of the Provincial Membership Officer.

(f) submit monthly membership statements.

26. Circle Chamberlain

The duties of the Circle Chamberlain are to:

(a) arrange for the courteous and brotherly care of visitors and guests at Circle meetings;

(b) ensure that Circle meetings are conducted in accordance with the agreed procedure;

(c) ensure that the meeting room is suitable;

(d) ensure that assets of the Circle (other than financial) are properly and securely cared for.

27. Registrar

The duties of the Circle Registrar are to:

(a) ensure that the attendance register is signed by all attending Circle meetings;

(b) arrange for notification of visits to the Circle to be given to their respective Circle Secretaries;

(c) report to the Circle Council any patterns of non-attendance by members whether with or without apology;

(d) follow the procedures in relation to the arrival of late-comers to meetings.

28. Additional Officers

The duties of Marshall, Charity Officer, Welfare Officer and Careers and Employment officer are contained in the Handbook and Manual of Procedure.

29. Provincial Councillor

(a) Each Circle is represented on Provincial Council by a Brother elected from among its members who are eligible to serve. A contested election is determined by a simple majority.

(b) A Brother is eligible to serve as the Provincial Councillor for a Circle having served three years upon that Circle's Council, including a term as President of any Circle.

(c) When on inauguration, the requirements for service on the Circle or Group cannot be met, any member of the Circle or Group who has more than three years continuous membership of the Association may serve.

(d) A Provincial Councillor is entitled to participate in the business of the Council of the Province in which his Circle is included.

(e) A Provincial Councillor's term of office is for three years or until completing the unexpired period of the previous holder's term of office.


PROVINCIAL COUNCILS

30. Provincial Officers

Insofar as is practicable, the Provincial Council elects from its own members the following Provincial officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Officer and Chamberlain.

31. Elections

Elections for office are ordinarily completed at a Provincial Council meeting before the end of January in the calendar year of the vacancy falling due, and the results forwarded within seven days to the Grand Secretary and to the Provincial Secretary. Elections are determined by a simple majority.

32. Terms of Office

(a) Officers are normally installed at a Provincial Council meeting in April or May. An officer filling a casual vacancy may be installed at any Provincial Council meeting.

(b) Officers of Council normally hold office for a term of one year.

(c) Co-opted members of Council shall be appointed until the next Annual General Meeting following their co-option.

(d) Members of Council are eligible for re-election or co-option as appropriate at the conclusion of their term of office.

33. Quorum

The quorum for a Provincial Council meeting shall be one third of the number of members of the Council who are eligible to vote.

34. Provincial President

The duties of a Provincial President are to:

(a) represent the Province at Catenian and other functions as required;

(b) chair all meetings of the Provincial Council at which he is present;

(c) encourage the Province and its constituent Circles to support the Aims and Values of the Association and in particular the official Catenian Charities;

The Provincial President is ex officio, a member of all committees of the Provincial Council.

35. Provincial Vice-President

The principal duty of the Provincial Vice-President is to undertake the duties of the Provincial President in his absence and to plan for the following year.

36. Provincial Secretary

The duties of the Provincial Secretary are to:

(a) maintain the non-financial records of the Provincial Council;

(b) submit to Grand Council and to Provincial Council any information and reports on Circle activities, membership and voting as are required;

(c) give notice by 1 October of the pending retirement of a Councillor to enable the Circle which elected him to hold an election for that office before 31 December;

The Provincial Secretary is ex officio a member of all committees of the Provincial Council.

37. Provincial Treasurer

The duties of the Provincial Treasurer are to:

(a) maintain the financial records of the Provincial Council;

(b) prepare and arrange the audit of the annual accounts of the Provincial Council ;

(c) comply with the procedures laid down for the receipt and distribution of the annual accounts of Circles;

(d) submit financial information to Grand Council as required including but not limited to audited annual accounts.

38. Provincial Membership Officer

The duties of the Provincial Membership Officer are to:

(a) maintain close contact with Circle Membership Officers in his Province;

(b) assess the strength and potential of each Circle and the standard and quality of its membership and report thereon with recommendations to each meeting of Council;

(c) co-operate with the Membership Officers of adjacent Provinces in matters of joint concern;

(d) identify opportunities for the establishment of new Circles and Groups within the Province;

(e) ensure that the Provincial Council encourages and deals effectively with proposals for the establishment of new Circles;

(f) act as Chairman of the Provincial Council's Membership Committee.

39. Provincial Chamberlain

The duties of the Provincial Chamberlain are to:

(a) ensure that Provincial Council meetings are conducted in accordance with the agreed procedure;

(b) ensure that the meeting room is suitable;

(c) ensure that assets of the Provincial Council (other than financial) are properly and securely cared for;

(d) advise Circles as appropriate on the conduct of Circle meetings in accordance with agreed procedure.

40. Additional Officers

Each Provincial Council elects or appoints annually, from members enrolled in the Province, the following Officers in accordance with established local practice:

(a) Charity Officer

(b) Careers and Employment Officer

(c) Vocations Officer

(d) Press and Publicity Officer

The duties of each Officer are as set out in the Catenian Handbook and Manual of Procedure.

41. Director

(a) Each Provincial Council (not including Areas Councils) elects a Director to serve on Grand Council from among those members enrolled in Circles in the Province who are eligible to serve. A contested election is determined by a simple majority.

(b) In the case of Provinces that have been created by subdivision of an original Province, the Provincial Councils jointly elect one Director.

(c) A Brother is eligible to serve as a Director having served on any Provincial or Area Council for a minimum of three years.

(d) Where it is not practicable to elect a Director who is eligible, the Province Council may apply to Grand Council to waive the requirement in the case of particular Brothers who are willing to stand for election.


GRAND COUNCIL

42. Grand Council Officers

Grand Council elects from its own members the Grand President and Grand Vice-President and elects from suitably qualified and experienced members of the Association the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer.

43. Elections

Elections for office are ordinarily to be completed by the end of January in the calendar year of the vacancy falling due. Elections are determined by overall majority.

44. Terms of Office

(a) The Grand President and Grand Vice-President each serve in those offices for one year.

(b) On installation in office, the Grand President demits all other offices on Grand Council.

(c) The Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer and Directors each serve terms of three years. They may serve a maximum of two terms in addition to completing the unexpired period of the previous holder's term of office.

45. Quorum

The minimum number of members required for a Grand Council meeting is one third of the total number of members of the Council.

46. Grand President

(a) The Grand President is the most senior officer of the Association. His duties are to:

i) lead the Association in support of its Aims and Values and the official Catenian Charities.

ii) represent the Association at all events that he attends in his official capacity, and in particular in its relationship with the Roman Catholic Church;

iii) chair all meetings of Grand Council and the Executive Committee at which he is present;

(b) The Grand President is, ex officio, a member of all committees of Grand Council.

47. Grand Vice-President

The Grand Vice-President acts in the place of the Grand President when the latter is absent or incapacitated. He is, ex officio, a member of all committees of Grand Council.

48. Grand Secretary

The duties of the Grand Secretary are to:

(a) maintain in proper order the records other than financial of Grand Council;

(b) arrange for the publication and distribution of any journal, manual, directory or other printed matter required by Grand Council;

(c) maintain the transfer register;

(d) notify the Provincial Council concerned of an impending completion by its Director of his current term of office before 1 November;

(e) arrange for an Annual General Meeting of Grand Council at its first meeting after 31 March, at which meeting it shall approve its audited accounts for the previous year, with or without amendment, and shall deal with any other appropriate business. If audited accounts are not so approved at that first meeting, they shall be approved, with or without amendment, at the next Grand Council meeting, but in any case not later than 22 September of that year;

(f) arrange a Conference of the Association, which any member of the Association may attend, at a time and place as decided by Grand Council to give four months' notice to each Circle and to each Provincial or Area Council;

(g) publish and make available to members in printed and or digital format

a.i) a Catenian Handbook and Manual of Procedure (the Manual) containing ritual, regulations, administrative and other appropriate information;

a.ii) by 30 September in each year, Grand Council's Annual Report and Accounts; and

a.iii) appropriate journals, directories and other documents, containing the Rules and Regulations;

(h) secure and maintain an office where the Association's business may be conducted, and where details of the membership of the Association and other records as appropriate are kept;

(i) manage the staff and generally supervise the administration of the Association's Head Office;

(j) be ex officio a member of all committees of Grand Council.

49. Grand Treasurer

The duties of the Grand Treasurer are to:

(a) maintain in proper order the financial records of Grand Council;

(b) prepare and arrange the audit of the annual accounts of Grand Council and of the Association's official charities;

(c) examine all accounts, statements and other financial matter submitted to Grand Council by Provincial and Area Councils or Circles, and draw the attention of Grand Council to any relevant matter;

(d) comply with the Association's rules governing distribution of the annual accounts of Grand Council.

50. Director

The duty of a Director is to act in the best interests of the Association while bringing his particular knowledge and experience of his own Province to bear. He is ex officio a member of each Circle Benevolent Board in the Province for which he is elected.


GENERAL

51. Membership subscriptions

(a) Each member pays an annual subscription comprising a capitation fee in addition to the Circle fee.

(b) The subscription is due to the Circle Treasurer on 1 April each year.

(c) The annual capitation fee may be varied only by a vote of the members under the Ordinary or Extraordinary procedure. The vote is determined by a simple majority.

(d) The Grand Treasurer invoices each Circle annually in April for capitation fees due from members enrolled in the Circle as primary members, based on the membership record at 1 April.

(e) The Grand Treasurer pays a rebate to Provincial Council when all capitation fees due from Circles in the Province have been received.

(f) The effect on capitation of changes in membership is accounted for whenever a change occurs.

(g) A Circle or Provincial Council may waive the subscription or part of it for any member within the respective Circle or Province. A Council that makes such a waiver remains responsible for paying any amount due to Grand Council or the Circle.

(h) Grand Council may waive part or all of the subscription of a member enrolled in the Transfer Register.

52. Annual Accounts

(a) The Regulations concerning the preparation and publication of annual accounts apply to Circles, Provincial Councils and Grand Council as relevant.

(b) The financial year is from 1 April to 31 March.

(c) Auditors are elected at the Annual General Meeting. They may be two members of the Association who are not members of the Council for whom the audit will be provided. Alternatively, at the Council's own expense, it may employ a firm of accountants as its auditors.

(d) The Treasurer prepares a set of accounts for each year ending on 31 March applying 'Generally Accepted Accounting Practice' taking into account the size and nature of the Circle or Council.

(e) Circle Treasurers arrange for their respective Circle accounts to be audited, and thereafter approved at the Annual General meeting. Two copies are sent to the Provincial Treasurer by 18 June following the year end.

(f) Provincial Treasurers arrange for their respective Provincial Council accounts to be audited, and thereafter approved at the Annual General meeting. One copy is to be sent to the Grand Treasurer together with a copy of all Circle accounts by 30 June following the year end.

(g) The Grand Treasurer sends to each Circle and to each Provincial Council a copy of the audited accounts of Grand Council by 30 September following the year end.

53. Discipline

Where matters of discipline are concerned:

(a) A Circle Council may reprove or expel any member enrolled in the Circle who is found guilty of unworthy conduct, provided that member has been given the opportunity to defend himself at a meeting of that Council or, if he so desires, at a meeting of the Circle. The member shall have the right to appeal to the Provincial Council against any such decision and, if unsuccessful, to an ad hoc disciplinary committee of Grand Council against any rejection of such appeal. Any appeal shall be made in writing within two months of the decision objected to, and the decision of the said committee shall be final.

(b) The Executive Committee of Grand Council may reprove or expel any member enrolled in the transfer register who is found guilty of unworthy conduct, provided that member has been given the opportunity to defend himself at a meeting of such executive committee.

(c) Any Circle failing to comply with the Regulations may be asked by Provincial Council or Grand Council for an explanation. If the explanation given is unsatisfactory, the Circle shall be subject to such action as Provincial Council or Grand Council may determine. A Circle may appeal in writing to Grand Council against any decision of Provincial Council affecting it.

(d) Any Provincial Council failing to comply with the Regulations may be asked by Grand Council for an explanation; if the explanation given is unsatisfactory, the Provincial or Area Council shall be subject to such action as Grand Council may determine.

54. Publicity

Publicity shall be regulated in the following manner:

(a) Printed matter explanatory of the role and purposes of the Association, or documents of a similar nature, shall be issued only by, or with the explicit permission of, Grand Council.

(b) No one shall indicate that he is a member of the Association in any advertisement, letter or other printed announcement, issued in furtherance of any charitable appeal or business offer. No reference shall be made therein to the Association nor shall the word 'Catenian' be used unless the permission of Grand Council has been obtained. Such prohibition shall not apply to any advertisement accepted for insertion in any publication sanctioned by Grand Council.

(c) Use shall not be made of any published list of members in the circulation of any charitable appeal or business offer.

55. Alterations to the Rules

(a) Alterations to the Rules may be made only by a proposal put to the membership under one of the procedures indicated in (b) below and approved by a two thirds majority of those voting.

(b) There are two procedures for bringing proposals to change the Rules to the membership:-

a.i. an Ordinary Procedure where a proposal is put to the membership with the concurrence of Grand Council and

a.ii. an Extraordinary Procedure where the proposal is put to the membership without the concurrence of Grand Council.

(c) Ordinary procedure:

a.i) If such proposal is sponsored by a member or by a Circle and approved successively by Circle Council, Provincial Council and Grand Council; or if it is sponsored by a Circle Council and approved successively by Provincial Council and Grand Council; or if it is sponsored by a Provincial Council and approved by Grand Council; or if it is sponsored by Grand Council, it shall be submitted, together with a summary of any supporting arguments and, as may be appropriate, the comments of Grand Council, to each Circle for a vote of the members enrolled in that Circle to be taken thereon. If the proposal is rejected by any Council, such Council shall inform the sponsor in writing of the reasons for such rejection.

a.ii) If any proposal is submitted for a vote of the members enrolled in a Circle, the Grand Secretary shall be informed within three months of the numbers in each Circle who were present and who voted respectively for and against the proposal.

a.iii) A member enrolled in more than one Circle shall be entitled to only one vote.

(d) Extraordinary procedure:

a.i) Any member, Circle or Council sponsoring such proposal may submit it to an Annual Conference of the Association, providing that three months' notice of the proposal shall have been given to the Grand Secretary. Within one month thereafter the Grand Secretary shall issue to each Circle a copy of all proposals submitted to such Conference. Such proposal shall be subject to scrutiny by a Standing Orders Committee of three members appointed by the previous Annual Conference. After consultation with the proposers, the Standing Orders Committee may amend such proposals. Nominations for the Standing Orders Committee should be made in writing, signed by the proposer and endorsed with the acceptance of the nominee to be received by the Grand Secretary not less than three months before the date of the Annual Conference.

a.ii) A simple majority of the members present and voting at such Conference shall decide whether any proposal is approved or rejected. If a proposal is approved, it shall be referred within three months of the Conference to every Circle for a vote of the members enrolled in that Circle. Circles will inform Grand Secretary within three months of the referral of the numbers who voted for and against the proposal.

56. Alterations to the Regulations

Any proposal to add to, delete or alter any Regulation shall be dealt with as follows:

(a) Such proposal must be sponsored either by a Provincial Council or by Grand Council, and as soon as may reasonably be practicable Grand Council shall give each Circle Council notice in writing of such proposal together with a summary of any supporting arguments and, as may be appropriate, the comments of Grand Council.

(b) Within three months of receiving notice of such proposal, each Circle Council shall vote thereon, its vote being determined by a simple majority of those Council members present and entitled to vote and shall then inform Grand Secretary.

(c) A two-thirds majority of all Circle Councils voting shall decide whether the proposal is approved or rejected, and in promulgating the results of the voting Grand Council shall ensure that each Provincial Council is informed of how its Circle Councils voted.


PROCEDURE FOR A CIRCLE MEETING

September 2013

PROCEDURE FOR A CIRCLE MEETING

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 This document is designed to set out the core procedure for a Circle meeting. This is the irreducible minimum which all members of the Association will recognise and expect wherever they attend a meeting.

1.2 However, beyond that, it is recognised that Circles may wish to include additional prayers to suit local circumstances and the nature of the meeting. A suggested approach is included in Appendix 1. Alternative prayers are contained in Appendix 2.

1.3 Suggestions for dress code and the wearing of Regalia are contained in Appendix 3. It is important for Circles to make clear what the dress code is in meeting notices and include details in their Directory entry.

1.4 The objective is to give Circle Presidents the opportunity to make the Circle meeting appropriate to the occasion as well as reflecting local requirements but always to conduct meetings in a respectful manner which upholds the high standards of the Association.

1.5 Circles may consider printing their specific Procedure for their own Brothers and visitors.

2. CORE PROCEDURE

OPENING OF CIRCLE

The President calls for attention by rapping once with his gavel.

PRESIDENT

Brother Registrar, are you satisfied that all present are privileged to attend this meeting and have signed the register?

REGISTRAR (standing)

Brother President, I am and _____ are present, including _____ visitors, _____ visiting clergy and _____ visiting gentlemen.

PRESIDENT (rapping with gavel three times)

Would the officers of this Circle who are not yet wearing insignia and also those other Brothers so privileged please be vested.

(All stand)

If the Grand President is in attendance with the Grand Secretary, the latter shall vest him with his insignia. If the Grand Secretary is not present the vesting shall be undertaken by the Provincial / Area Councillor or a duly appointed deputy.

N.B. When all are vested the Marshal vests the President (or the President vests

himself).

After the annual installation of Circle Officers, commence meeting here.

PRESIDENT

As the President of __________ Circle, the _____ Circle of the Catenian Association, I declare this meeting open.

If required, the enrolment ceremony shall now be held (see the Handbook and Manual of Procedure), in which case the President says; 'Brothers, please be seated', otherwise, prayers continue as follows.

PRESIDENT

Let us pray.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created.

BROTHERS

And you shall renew the face of the earth.

PRESIDENT

Let us pray for our Brothers and members of their families who are sick (n.n.).

Heal your servants, Lord, who are sick and put their trust in you.

BROTHERS

Send them help, Lord, and comfort from your holy place.

PRESIDENT

Let us pray for our Brothers in difficulty or need.

BROTHERS

Reach out to them, Lord, in their distress, and grant them peace of mind.

PRESIDENT

Let us pray for our families.

Lord, grant our families the grace to follow the example of your Holy Family at Nazareth, so that our children may grow up in your love.

Lord, hear us.

BROTHERS

Lord, graciously hear us.

PRESIDENT

Let us pray for vocations.

Circles may choose to say this in unison, in which case the response at the end is omitted. If the prayer is said in unison, it should be printed for all attending.

Heavenly Father, in your plan for our salvation you provide shepherds for your people. Look with favour upon our homes and communities that through the Holy Spirit, men and women may be inspired with the grace of a vocation to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life, to care for your flock, minister at your altars and be ardent but gentle servants of the Gospel.

Lord, hear us.

BROTHERS

Lord, graciously hear us.

PRESIDENT

Lord we bring before you all our Brothers and their families throughout the world, including in our new or threatened circles. In faith, we ask you to bless and strengthen us and our Association, move those we meet to join us to share our faith and enjoy simple fellowship; guide us Lord and encourage us to be faithful to you and your Word.

BROTHERS

Lord, graciously hear us.

PRESIDENT

Let us pray for the peoples of the World who are suffering conflict,

famine and hardship. We pray especially for the people of Zimbabwe and here we think of the three Circles in that country. We pray that peace, harmony and justice will prevail and an end to suffering in all parts of the World.

BROTHERS

Lord, graciously hear us.

The President may use an alternative bidding prayer for vocations if he so wishes (See Appendix 2), also further bidding prayers may be offered at the discretion of the President (see Appendix 1).

PRESIDENT

Let us pray for all those Brothers and their families, who have died and especially those of our own Circle (n.n.), and those who have died recently (n.n.).

It is customary in some Circles to read the names of Brothers recently deceased as listed in the most recent copy of Catena, those who have died in Province but not yet announced in Catena, and others recently deceased. In relation to the deceased Brothers of the Circle, it is often the custom to read only the names of those whose anniversaries occur during the month of the meeting.

Let us also remember all who have been members of this Circle, and their families, who have since died as we say together:

PRESIDENT AND BROTHERS

Out of the depths I have cried to you Lord, Lord hear my voice.

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If you, Lord, shall observe iniquities, Lord who shall endure it?

For with you there is merciful forgiveness; and by reason of your law I have waited for you, Lord.

My soul has relied on his word: my soul has hoped in the Lord.

From the morning watch even until night let Israel hope in the Lord.

Because with the Lord there is mercy, and with him plentiful redemption.

And he shall redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Eternal rest give to them, Lord,

And let perpetual light shine on them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

PRESIDENT

To mark the spirit of Brotherhood, which unites us, let us offer each other a sign of peace.

The President pauses while those in attendance exchange handshakes as a Sign of Peace, (to those close by) and then continues:

PRESIDENT

Our Lady, Queen of Peace,

BROTHERS

Pray for us.

PRESIDENT

Saints Peter and Paul,

BROTHERS

Pray for us.

PRESIDENT

Saint Thomas More,

BROTHERS

Pray for us.

An invocation to a local saint may be added here.

PRESIDENT

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Brothers, please be seated.

If required, the ceremony of casual installation shall now be held.

For a casual installation the appropriate section is taken from the Installation of Circle Officers in the Handbook and Manual of Procedure. After any such ceremony the Procedure for a Circle meeting continues.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF VISITORS and CIRCLE BUSINESS

PRESIDENT

Brother Vice-President, please announce our visitors.

There are two procedures for the announcement of visitors.

1 The standard method, which is used when there is a small number of visitors.

2 The second procedure is used when there are large numbers of visitors present. When this second method is used, the Vice-President should announce quite clearly that he is going to use it and should remind Brothers of the details.

Standard Method

The names of the visitors will be read out sufficiently slowly in order of precedence (see the Handbook and Manual of Procedure) to permit each Brother as he is named to stand, bow to the President, and resume his seat.

Second Method

1 Current and past members of Grand Council are announced individually in order of precedence.

2 Current and past members of Provincial / Area Councils are announced individually in order of precedence.

3 Thirdly, the remaining visitors are announced Circle by Circle in numerical order. The President of the Circle is announced first and remains standing while the names of the other Brothers of that Circle are announced. As their names are called, Brothers stand and remain standing until all the members of their Circle who are present have been called. Then all the visiting members of that Circle bow to the host Circle's President and then resume their seats.

Large meetings

For meetings where 100 or more are attending, the second method should be adopted but, under Paragraph 3, the announcement comprises only the name of the President of each Circle and the total number of Brothers attending from the Circle. All the visiting members of that Circle rise together, bow to the host Circle's President and then resume their seats.

VICE-PRESIDENT (standing)

Brother President, I am pleased to announce the attendance of (name, Circle name, office) etc.

At this point, the Vice-President will announce the name(s) of any clergy in attendance.

Having announced the visiting Brothers and clergy, the Vice-President will announce

the attendance of any prospective member.

I am pleased also to announce the attendance of ____ (Christian name and surname) prospective member.

The Vice-President resumes his seat.

The President, standing, will offer a formal welcome to the visitors.

A response to the formal welcome should be made usually by the most senior visitor with respect to the order of precedence.

PRESIDENT

Brother Secretary, please announce any apologies for absence which you have received.

SECRETARY (standing)

Brother President, I have received the following apologies from Brother(s);

The Secretary should give details of the apology if that is the wish of the Circle.

Minutes of the previous meeting will be dealt with in one of two ways, depending on whether or not minutes have been circulated in advance.

EITHER

If the minutes have been circulated, they should be on the President's table and

remain there during the meeting.

PRESIDENT

Brothers, the minutes of our last meeting have been circulated. If there are no objections, I propose to sign these minutes as a true record of that meeting.

OR

PRESIDENT

Brother Secretary, please read the minutes of the last meeting.

The Secretary will stand and read the minutes, taking care that all can hear.

PRESIDENT

Brothers, if there are no objections, I propose to sign these minutes as a true record of our last meeting.

(Pause)

PRESIDENT

Are there any matters arising from the minutes?

Hereafter the agenda should broadly follow the specimen in the Handbook and Manual of Procedure. It is good practice to include on the agenda time for debate of any issues that may be relevant at the time. Best practice would suggest this is a timed agenda item with each Brother speaking only once, with a maximum time of perhaps 1 minute to allow as many as possible to contribute without unduly prolonging the meeting. To allow this, Circles may wish to have standard agenda reports circulated in advance, and only take questions of clarification or urgent updates with the exception of the Membership and Welfare Reports, which should be mandatory oral reports. This will be a useful way of shortening a meeting when a ladies function or major dinner follows the meeting, but there always needs to be a balance to ensure Brothers feel that they have been to a meaningful meeting.

In due course the President introduces any other business as follows.

PRESIDENT

If any Brother has any matter to bring forward for the good of our Circle or of the Association, will he now raise it.

CLOSE OF CIRCLE

PRESIDENT

We shall now close this meeting. Brother Chamberlain, please call the names of the members enrolled in this Circle who are present.

The President should acknowledge all those announced individually.

CHAMBERLAIN

Brother President, there are in attendance (Christian name and surname, listing the members of the Circle); myself (Christian name and surname); yourself, Brother President (Christian name and surname); and our visitors.

PRESIDENT

Circles may choose to end the meeting with a prayer. The Hail Mary has been suggested as a suitable prayer. If so the prayer should be said now.

As the President of __________ Circle I declare this meeting closed. God

bless our Pope and protect our faith.

VICE-PRESIDENT

Save our country.

BROTHERS

Prosper and bless our Brotherhood.

PRESIDENT

Brothers please remain silent while the Chamberlain collects the Circle insignia.

The Chamberlain should not start this until the President is divested - see below.

The Marshal divests the President or the President may choose to divest himself, and then the Grand President, if present, is divested by the Grand Secretary or, in his absence, by the Provincial / Area Councillor or a duly appointed deputy.

Thereafter all others, except the Chamberlain, divest themselves. The Chamberlain, starting with the Vice-President, goes round the Circle in anti-clockwise direction collecting the Circle insignia, before divesting himself. When he has placed all the Circle insignia on the Vice-President's table he bows to the President.

PRESIDENT

Thank you Brothers.

All bow to the President. The formal proceedings are thus ended.

APPENDICES

APPENDIX 1

Additional prayers

Presidents should choose prayers which are appropriate to local circumstances and customs.

Below are some prayers in common usage, which Presidents may care to consider. It is recommended that no more than four prayers are added. Circles may ask Brothers to submit prayers.

1. PRAYER FOR THE ASSOCIATION

Lord we bring before you all our Brothers and their families throughout the world, including in our new or threatened circles. In faith, we ask you to bless and strengthen us and our Association, move those we meet to join us

to share our faith and enjoy simple fellowship; guide us Lord and encourage us to be faithful to you and your Word.

2. PRAYER FOR THOSE IN DIFFICULTY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

Let us pray for the peoples of the World who are suffering conflict, famine and hardship. We pray especially for the people of Zimbabwe and here we think of the three Circles in that country. We pray that peace, harmony and justice will prevail and an end to suffering in all parts of the World.

3. PRAYER FOR ZIMBABWE

God our Father, you have given all people one common origin and your will is to gather them as one family in yourself. Give wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens, and fill the hearts of all with your love, and the desire to ensure justice for all their brothers and sisters. By sharing the good things you give us, may we secure justice and equality for every human being, an end to all division, and a human society built on love, lasting prosperity and peace for all.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

4. PRAYER FOR HUMILITY

God our Father, the qualities I see lived out so well in some people are a reflection of your own goodness, and I know that I have much to learn from other people who reflect your image and likeness in different ways. Inspire me to respect others fully as my equals, seeing and loving in them what you see and love in them.

5. PRAYER FOR CARING

God our Father, you call each of us by name, and you treasure each of us individually as though no-one else exists. Inspire us to respect and value each person who comes into our lives this day.

Amen.

6. PRAYER OF EXHORTATION

God be in my head and in my understanding.

God be in my eyes and in my looking.

God be in my mouth and in my speaking.

God be in my heart and in my thinking.

God be at my end and at my departing.

7. PRAYER FOR THOSE IN NEED

Lord, we remember before you all our brothers and sisters who are weighed down with suffering.

Bless and guide us that your love may be reflected in our concern for the hungry, the oppressed and the unloved.

Help us to acknowledge and grow in appreciation that all people are made in your image and likeness.

8. PRAYER OF ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will.

9. THE LORD'S PRAYER

10. PRAYER FOR WISDOM

Look kindly Lord on this Circle that trust in you. During this gathering as we discuss and reflect on important issues help us to hear the word of your Spirit and receive your word in faith. Give us wisdom in discernment, prudence in judgement, firmness in decision and wisdom in planning. May diversity of views come together in common goals. May we always act with due concern for both the present and the future, respecting our traditions but attentive to the signs of the time.

11. PRAYER FOR THE ARMED FORCES

Let us pray for members of our armed forces.

Almighty Father, we pray that all members of our armed forces will be kept safe in times of conflict and peace.

12. PRAYER FOR PEACE

Jesus said, "Peace I bequeath you, my own peace I give to you; a peace that the world cannot give, this is my gift to you". God our Father, maker and lover of peace, we ask for that peace, which only you can give to the world, in particular in ...............

Give us true peace and protection in our own communities.

13. PRAYERS FOR THE CIRCLE

Lord, it is through your grace that we are able to gather and join together in fellowship. We pray for your blessing on the Circle.

When we meet, may you always be near and be visible in the dealings we have with each other. Help us to remain true to the promises and pledges we have made, and to stand steadfastly beside our fellow men in times of happiness and hardship. We aim to have a lot of fun in our Catenian lives and may the joy we share in each other's company be a tribute to your goodness. We are Catenians for life and when we die, may the spirit of our fellowship remain in the hearts of those who will most assuredly follow us.

Heavenly Father, you send the power of the Gospel into the world as a life giving inspiration. Fill with the spirit of Christ the members of this Circle whom you call to live in the world with all its concerns. Touch the hearts of our fellow Christians that among them we may find new, dedicated members who by prayer, fellowship and membership of the Catenian Association, will bring all people to Christ our Saviour.

APPENDIX 2

Alternative prayers

PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD

1. The De Profundis (Psalm 130) in its traditional form.

2. Eternal rest give unto them O Lord.

And let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

PRAYERS FOR VOCATIONS

1. Almighty and Eternal Father, just as we constantly ask that you will send us Priests and Religious to work in your Vineyard, may we ask too that you will support those whom you have chosen. We pray for our Pope, Bishops, Priests and Religious, in particular those within our own Diocese. Help and comfort them as they undertake your work and guide and support them as we in turn look to them for guidance and support. May their vocations grow stronger, may they have the patience and fortitude to endure the pressures placed upon them, and the wisdom and understanding to fulfil your will.

We make our prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

2. We will now pray for a greater number of Priests and deacons, particularly in

this our Diocese of …………… as well as prayers that all of us can become stronger in our vocations as members of the Church. Father, in your plan for salvation, you provide shepherds for the people. Fill the Church with your Spirit of courage and love. Raise up worthy ministers for your Church and ardent but gentle servants of the gospel. Help us Lord, whether Priests, Deacons or Laity, never to forget that we all have gifts and talents you have specifically given to us. Help us to use those gifts and talents in our life and work for the glory of God.

3. Heavenly Father, we pray that Catholic men and women will be inspired with the grace of a vocation to religious life, to care for the whole community.

this our Diocese of …………… as well as prayers that all of us can become stronger in our vocations as members of the Church. Father, in your plan for salvation, you provide shepherds for the people. Fill the Church with your Spirit of courage and love. Raise up worthy ministers for your Church and ardent but gentle servants of the gospel. Help us Lord, whether Priests, Deacons or Laity, never to forget that we all have gifts and talents you have specifically given to us. Help us to use those gifts and talents in our life and work for the glory of God.

3. Heavenly Father, we pray that Catholic men and women will be inspired with the grace of a vocation to religious life, to care for the whole community.

APPENDIX 3

Dress Code and Regalia

DRESS CODE

3.1 Circles should make their dress code clear in the notice of meeting. The normal expectation is that dress reflects the status of the meeting. Circles are free to decide their own dress code within the bounds of what would normally be acceptable in a professional setting (acknowledging that this is a very wide range).

3.2 Notices of meeting should stipulate which mode of dress applies as follows;

  • Formal / Black tie.
  • Lounge suits / Jackets (ties are left to the discretion of Circles).
  • Smart casual (Jackets not required but smart trousers and shirt).
  • Casual for informal occasions such as quizzes, barbeque meals, skittle evenings, etc.

3.3 It is recommended that a dress code is printed with the Circle's entry in the Directory.

REGALIA

3.4 Circles may choose to use reduced regalia.

At a minimum the President should be vested.

Those members of the Circle holding other offices at Provincial or Grand Council level need not vest within their own Circle.

Circles and these officers may use their own discretion in this matter.

WIDOWS LIST March 2014

Mrs. Terry Fitch

St. Philip and St. James Residential Home, 9/10 Priory Rd., Keynsham. 01179 863505 Parking is difficult and it is best to go in pairs. Telephone first as she sometimes goes out

Mrs. Dorothy Kerr

118 Wellow Lane, Peasedown St. John, Bath, BA2 8JS 01761 435499

Knutsford widow who has moved to Bath area.

Mrs. Elaine Platt

Westwinds, Tyning, Timsbury, Bath, BA2 0HG 01761 470483

Mrs. Louise Price

7 Magdalen Avenue, Bath, BA2 4QB 01225 836029

Still a working Barrister, appreciates contact and attends some social events.

 

 

 Obituaries

 

Don Mackenzie 

 

Donald John Mackenzie was born in Holloway, London on the 5th January 1934, the son of a toolmaker. He was the oldest of three children and had many fond memories of growing up during the war with his sister Marion and brother Bob. They experienced Air Raid Drills at school as well as the real thing. During the war Don experienced two periods of evacuation, first to a farm in Devon and then to Birmingham. While in Birmingham, he learnt to box in order to defend himself and his brother from the local boys who did not like the Londoner outsiders. Later in Rhodesia he would become middle weight boxing champion.

 

His parents and siblings left for Rhodesia in the late 1940s. Don opted to remain and study art at the Hornsey Art College. His father would not support him in his study of art so he supported himself by working as a stationery salesman.

 

In 1950 he followed his parents to join his family in Gwelo, Rhodesia. While in Gwelo he joined the Southern Rhodesian Armoured Tank Corp.  He also served with the British South African Police Reserve to the end of the Rhodesian War. His first job was working as a salesman at a garage but as he found this work rather boring he sought more adventure and began work at a very large ranch in the Gwai area. He later worked in farming, agricultural research in the Matopos Hills and as a geological prospector on the Northern Rhodesia/Congo border. During his twenties his passions were horse riding, fencing, tennis and cricket.

 

Don experienced a serious car accident in early 1960 and was unable to work for the next four years. While recovering he met Coral Martin and all her nursing chums. In 1964 after a whirlwind romance when both were in London they married. Don was not a Catholic at this time but was received into the Church in 1977. Don and Coral went on to have three children; Tanya, Amanda and Ross. 

 

During this period Don worked for the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Workmen Compensation Department, and in this work he was transferred from Head Office to administered the fairly newly opened Mzilikazi Rehabilitation Centre in Bulawayo, ensuring the centre reached and maintained world standard. He then joined the Zimbabwe Tourist Board as Development Officer for Tourism. Here hotels, safari businesses and hunting were in his remit and again he raised the standards to international levels. However working for the new regime as a civil servant became challenging so he resigned and began to work for Zimbabwe Sun Hotels becoming a manager at Great Zimbabwe and Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. His final employment was with Zemco (CAT), dealers in Caterpillar heavy earth moving equipment.

 

Don joined the fairly newly formed Harare North Circle (289) 23rd. February 1989. He held a number of offices and was President at the time of a visit by Grand President in 1995. 

 

Don was enjoying his retirement until in 2002 the situation in Zimbabwe became untenable and Don and Coral decided to return to the United Kingdom and settled in Wiltshire to be near family.   He transferred to Bath Circle (192) 16th. June 2003. In spite of various health issues he remained a busy member of the community, playing an active role in the Catenian Association, Probus, Chess Group, Lunch Club, enjoying many organised bus outings and continuing to pursue his love of art. Don was seldom seen without books as he loved reading.

 

Don died 14th. March 2018 at home and is survived by his wife, Coral, his three children and his grandchildren, Kevin, Jason, Mark and Douglas who will always miss him.

 

May he rest in peace.

 

 

Felix Walsh Obituary

Felix Paul Christopher Walsh was born May 12th. 1944 at Bottoms Farm, Doynton. He was the youngest of five children and enjoyed growing up on the farm. When he was young he loved being outdoors. He joined the scouts and became a Queen's Scout. He also went caving regularly.

Felix left school at age fifteen and became an apprentice electrician with Drake and Scull Electrical in Bristol in 1959. He also attended night school at Bristol Technical College to obtain qualifications as an electrical engineer and passed his final electrical installation exam in 1966 (for which he was awarded 1st prize) by City & Guilds of London Institute

In 1972 he went to night school in Bristol to obtain a Diploma in Management Studies and became a Member of the Institute of Hospital Engineers. He then joined N.G.Baillie.

Aged 24 Felix was sent to Torquay to supervise the electrical installation of the new Torbay Hospital. There he met his future wife, Pauline Coates. They were married in 1970 in St. John's Church, Bath.

For the next thirty years the family lived in Keynsham while Felix worked his way up to manage large scale projects such as the Bristol Royal Infirmary, the Wills tobacco factory and the Players factory in Nottingham. He joined the Bristol Electric Club, a social club for professional engineers, of which he later became President.

While with N.G.Baillie, Felix worked on projects in the Middle East. On leaving N.G.Baillie he moved to Colston Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Bristol as a Director.

While in his forties Colston were bought out and redundancy forced a change in the direction of his career. He bought Prontaprint in Bath and built it into a successful small business called Digiprint.

In addition to his business activities Felix found time to be a Governor of St. Brendan's College and to join Bath Circle of the Catenians on the 12th. December 2001. He never held office in the Catenians but remained a member until his death on the 30th December 2017. H is survived by his wife Pauline, two daughters and four grand children

May he rest in peace.

 

 KEVIN CRAIG

 

 


Joseph Kevin Craig was born on Easter Sunday, 20th. April 1924 in Newcastle. When his father was offered a Headmaster's post the family moved from Newcastle to Salford.

Kevin studied medicine at Manchester University during the war. In between his studies he volunteered as a fire watcher and helped to treat D-Day casualties He graduated in 1947 and chose to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology saying that this was the branch of medicine from which you were most likely to have a happy outcome. After graduating he worked in Birmingham before transferring to Leeds.

Kevin was working in Leeds when he met his future wife, Pat. They married in 1960, and moved to Bristol where they had two sons and two daughters. After retirement he worked for some years as a locum including a tour with the RAF in Gibraltar. He also used to attend the annual retired members meetings of the British Medical Association. After retiring Kevin and Pat moved to their holiday home in Druidston. They moved back to Keynsham about 2011 in order to be nearer their family.

In the 1980's Kevin and Pat became active in the Peace Movement and he became International Councillor for the British Group of International Physicians against Nuclear War (IPPNW)which involved attending many conferences. He travelled in support of Turkish doctors who had been imprisoned for their membership of IPPNW and chaired a meeting between doctors from North and South Cyprus to study the effect of the conflict on the medical services of the island.

Kevin and Pat celebrated their Golden Wedding in 2010 with four children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. They valued education and the difference it can make to a child's prospects and supported their children generously through their respective courses of study.

Kevin loved travelling and visited many countries including China, Africa, New Zealand and America. In 1994 he and Pat toured ashrams in India including the former home of Fr. Bede Griffiths. This inspired their love of India and they made repeated visits over the next ten years.

Kevin joined Leeds Circle of the Catenians 19th. October 1959, transferred to Bristol 26 Circle 12th. June 1961 and transferred to Bath Circle 4th. April 1966. He served as Vice President from 1984-5 and President 1985-6

 

 

 Frank Sanville 

   

Frank was born in Bristol on 17 September 1920 the eldest of three brothers, the son of an architect and descended from a long line of engineers. He attended Abbotsholme School in Staffordshire until, aged eighteen, he left to study Mechanical Engineering at Manchester University,

At the outbreak of WWII he volunteered and was commissioned in the Royal Engineers, seeing service in Tunisia, Sicily, Italy and Greece. His work included defusing bombs and mines and building bridges.

On leaving the army in 1946, Frank returned to Manchester to resume his studies. He graduated with a BSc in engineering and became an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at Manchester University

In 1952 Frank joined Sperry Gyroscope which at the time was working on the Blue Streak missile. He then went to AEI (Associated Electrical Industries) in Harlow where he worked on control systems.

At that time he met his future wife, Aliette, who was studying English in London. She returned to France soon after and most of their courting was by letter. They were married on 29 December 1956 in London. They lived initially in London where their first child, Claire, was born and then Bishops Stortford where Philip and Francis were born.

Feeling he was ready for a change Frank decided to return to Education and joined the College of Advanced Technology in Bristol, which later became the School of Engineering at the new Bath University. Frank was thus one of the founding members of the University and was part of the team which set up the Fluid Power Centre. While at Bath he gained his MSc. He did a lot of research on pneumatic valves, spoke at conferences and helped establish ISO standards. Frank retired in 1985 but carried on part time for three years. He was well qualified being a Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and MSc.

Frank was brought up in the Church of England, becoming a Roman Catholic at Easter 1957 after his marriage to Aliette. He was an active member of the parishes where they lived serving as Chairman and Treasurer for Sts. Peter and Paul in Bath and an active member of the choir in this church and St. John's.

Frank was an active member of the Catenian Association. He enrolled in Bristol 26 Circle on 22 April 1968 served as Vice-President 1978/9 and President 1979/80. He transferred to Bath Circle on 3 March 1984 where he served as Vice President 1985/6, President 1986/7, Membership Officer 1988 to 1991 and Secretary 1991 to 1997.

Frank died at home on 1 December 2016. His funeral on 29 December 2016 took place on the sixtieth anniversary of his marriage and was attended by many fellow Brothers, colleagues and friends. He is survived by Aliette and their three children.

May he rest in peace.

 

 

JAMES ALWYN HARTLEY

The brothers of Bath and Runnymede Circles were saddened by the death of Alwyn Hartley on April 7 2002.

Frederick Holder writes:

Alwyn was born in Oldham in February 1917 into a family of builders. He joined the army at the beginning of the Second World War and served in the Royal Artillery, rising to the rank of captain. He was awarded the Military Cross for outstanding action in Italy. The citation reads 'During the end of January 1944 when in support of the Lincolnshire Regiment in the area of the Mass Vallee di Sujo and when in support of the Welsh Guards in Cerasola area in February 1944 this officer's efforts were outstanding. He acted as Liaison Officer during the greater part of the time the battalion was engaged. His courage, energy, coolness and efficiency were beyond all praise and his refusal to be relieved before the battalion left the forward area had a very inspiring effect on all battalion headquarters and a very merited result in the final action owing to the great care with which he laid on every possible defensive plan." The Commander of the Guards Brigade added The officer concerned rendered very valuable service to us and we are grateful to him.'

On demobilisation he joined the staff of Wimpeys, working mainly in Lancashire. He later founded a firm specialising in dry lining instead of plastering in house building and was successful in gaining contracts nationwide. Unfortunately due to the downturn in demand for system-built houses his venture resulted in a financial loss. He then joined Willesden College of Building concentrating mainly on educating overseas students. He was a Member of the Building Trades Association Federation and the Institute of Quantity Surveyors.

He joined the Catenian Association in Ashton-under-Lyne Circle on July 25 1956, later transferred to Central London Circle and in 1968 became Founder Secretary of Runnymede Circle. He was President in 1973-4, Treasurer in 1974-5, Provincial Councillor 1975-7 and Membership Officer 1978-9. On his retirement in 1991 he transferred to Bath Circle.

His wife predeceased him leaving four children

May he rest in peace

Bill Holt

William Maurice Dunn Holt was born in 1920 in Cairo. He and his younger brother, Arthur, were educated at Beaumont College. Holidays were largely spent with his paternal grandparents as his father was stationed overseas.

Bill joined the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. His training was cut short by the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. He joined the Garhwal Rifles regiment of the British Indian Army. In 1940 he spent time recruiting in the Himalayan foothills before his Division moved to North East Africa. While on active service he was wounded in the elbow by shrapnel which permanently disabled his arm. Before the end of World War II he returned to the Garhwalis as an officer training instructor. In 1947 he transferred to the Royal Artillery. In 1954 he was stationed in Cyprus where he met and married Janet Fegan. Bill's final posting was to the Isle of Wight and he retired from the army as a Major in 1958.

He retrained as a teacher, in Roehampton, then in 1961 obtained a post as a Maths and Geography teacher at St Bernadette's RC Secondary school in Bristol where he was involved in supporting pupils undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh award. Over time teaching took its toll and in 1979 Bill took early retirement and after a period during which Bill and Janet agreed to live apart, in 1987 he moved to Bradford-on-Avon. In 2009 he moved to sheltered accommodation.

Retirement from work was not a retirement from life for Bill. In 1991 he became a residential student, attending Plater College in Oxford, where he obtained a diploma in theology and philosophy. He continued his studies by distance learning and in 1997 was awarded a BA (hon) degree in divinity, presented by Cardinal Basil Hume in St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham.

In 1968 he joined the Bathampton Morris Men and always took pleasure in going out with them to dance in local villages. He also enjoyed many trips with them to other parts of the UK and abroad in Germany, France, Spain, Hungary and Poland. He was still morris dancing in his 90th. year when he was proclaimed to be the oldest active morris man in the country. In the last year he ceased regular involvement in dancing but would make the occasional appearance.

For many years Bill was a member of the Catenian Association, having joined Bath Circle in October 1961. He played a full part in the life of the Circle filling the now defunct offices of Guard and Vice President's Marshall and more recently President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Marshall.

He first went to Lourdes with a school trip from St Bernadette's. From 1987 he became an enthusiastic volunteer with the Society of Our Lady of Lourdes, helping out with pilgrimages to Lourdes each May as a Brancardier. Later he travelled as an ordinary pilgrim, then finally in the last couple of years as a disabled pilgrim.

Over the years he was involved in many groups including U3A, European Studies Group, the Bath Co-Workers of Mother Teresa, the Bradford-on-Avon Arts Association. He was appointed a school governor of St Augustine's School, Trowbridge He was an energetic footpath walker and enthusiastic personal guide to places of interest, especially in Bradford-on-Avon. For many years he attended annual regimental reunions of the Garwhal Rifles and in 1987 was one of a group who travelled to India to attend the 100th anniversary of the formation of the regiment.

Bill's brother Arthur moved to South Africa after the war and Bill enjoyed a number of trips there. His last visit was in 2004 for his great niece's wedding. They jived with the best of them and she could hardly keep up.

Bill Holt died peacefully in his sleep on 4th June 2013 after a short illness, at Royal United Hospital, Bath. He leaves 3 children, 6 grandchildren and many nephews, nieces and their families, who hold his memory in great affection and love.

enthusiastic personal guide to places of interest, especially in Bradford-on-Avon. For many years he attended annual regimental reunions of the Garwhal Rifles and in 1987 was one of a group who travelled to India to attend the 100th anniversary of the formation of the regiment.

 

E.D. (Ted) O'Reilly

The Brothers of Bath Circle were saddened by the death on 25th. January 2013 of Edward Daniel O'Reilly.

Ted, as he was known, was born on 4th. January 1927 in Belvedere, Kent. He was educated in south east London finishing at Dartford Grammar School. He studied at Erith College for an ONC followed by HNC before going on to London University where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1951. He joined ICI and continued to work for them for thirty years, becoming a Member and then Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. During this time the family lived in Buxton, and later Gerrards Cross and there was a two year spell in Malaysia. On early retirement from ICI Ted worked as an Energy Engineer for St. Thomas' Hospital in London.

He married Maureen in 1951 and they had over sixty years of happy married life. In time they had three children of whom his eldest daughter, Marian, predeceased him.

Ted joined the Catenians in South Bucks Circle in 1967 and was President in 1984/5. In 1988 he and Maureen moved to Bath where he continued his membership, serving as Registrar and Charity Officer. He was a very sociable person and loved to have coffee and meals with friends. Other interests included travel, three Catenian pilgrimages to Rome and one to Malta, Italian and politics.

In addition to his Catenian activities Ted threw himself into Parish life. He was a member of the Parish Council in Gerrards Cross and involved in fund raising. He used his professional expertise to advise on energy conservation in the churches both there and later in Bath.

Ted spent the last few months of his life with Maureen in a nursing home in Bath. She survives him with a son and daughter.

 

BASIL PLATT

It was with great sadness that the Bath Brothers learnt of the death of Basil Platt on 15th February 2014. He was one of the oldest serving members of the Circle, having joined Bath in late 1961 shortly after it was founded

Basil was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1926 and went to St Joseph's College, Stoke, when it was run by Christian Brothers. At the outbreak of war, he and his brothers went to Ohio (and stayed with the Kolp family) in the United States under the auspices of the Hoover Company evacuee programme. Whilst there he graduated from John Carroll University at the age of 18 - and still had the record for being their youngest ever graduate.

He served his time in the British Army as an intelligence officer, (or a spy as his grandchildren would say), and subsequently studied to be a solicitor qualifying in 1952,passinq his Finals with Honours, a rare accolade,

Basil and Elaine met in 1953, were married in 1956 and had three daughters. He came to Bath in 1960 to take up a partnership

with a local firm. He moved to his final firm in 1976 where he remained until retirement, but he stayed on the Roll of Solicitors until his death, having been on that Roll for over 60 years.

He was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Bathavon in 1980. Basil joined the Catenians in 1956 in Coventry circle and transferred to Bath in 1961. He was the Marshal between 1962 and 1969,
V
ice-President on three occasions and was President of the Circle four times, in 1970-71, 1971-72,1990-91 and finally in 1998-99.

Although he was well known for his robust and strong opinions in pursuing his legal career - you wanted him on your side rather
than against you - in private he was a very gentle and well liked companion. He had a wonderful fount of knowledge and in any
conversation you knew that he was about to "correct" you as there was a pause before he delivered the correction with kindness and clarity.

His youngest daughter says that he would dictate letters at all times of the day and was able to produce a clear and concise argument about a legal point very easily - including, she adds, whilst driving her to school! Even towards the end when he was unable to write he could still deliver a "cracking letter" using measured words and ingenious legal arguments.

His funeral took place at Prior Park College Chapel and was well attended by family, his many friends including many Bath Brothers,

Rotarians, and professional colleagues. His brother, Fr. Stewart Platt and his childhood friend, Monsignor James Kolp (from his adoptive family in Ohio), joined with Fr. Duncan Ferguson and Dom Michael Clothier OSB, in celebrating his life at his funeral Mass. He has been much missed by Bath Circle.

May he rest in the peace of Christ.

 

 

 

 

Bert Stott 1917 - 2014

 'Bert' as he preferred to be called was born in Derby 28-12-1917. He met

Margaret nee Ratcliffe from North Wales and they were married in 1940. They had

five children Peter, Michael, Sue, Jane and Wendy. He was enrolled into the

Bath Circle 192 on 5th January 1981 and during his time in the circle served as

Registrar 1982-3, Chamberlain 1983-4 and Treasurer 1985-93.

Early in the war Bert joined the Royal Artillery and was seconded to the Guards Division QB attery 21st Anti-Tank Regiment serving from private and rising to the rank of Captain RA. On leaving the service he joined Marks and Spencer as a manager

where he developed his organising and leadership skills moving from store to

store and eventually retiring as the Area Manager for the whole of the West

Country. As a member of St John the Evangelist Church in Bath he played a full

part in the congregation and was still serving at Mass well into his eighties,

taking all the changes to the church liturgy in his stride. He was awarded a

Papal Knighthood for service to the church on 25th April 1987.

Bert was devoted to Margaret, his children and grandchildren and in retirement helped her with the garden which they both enjoyed. Margaret was the planter and designer of

the garden which was overflowing with colour and various plants and Bert the

tidier and avid pruner, much to Margaret's annoyance on occasions when her

favourite shrub would be reduced drastically in size. Over the years he became

very knowledgable on garden plants and he would spend at least an hour each day,

weather permitting, keeping the garden spick and span.

Bert died 13-4-2014. He will be remembered as a gentleman, always polite, very interested in people and ready to help when and where required. It was a privilege to have known him.

May he rest in peace.

 

 TED WHITFIELD

The Brothers of Bath Circle learned with sadness of the death on 7th. April 2002 of Brother Edward John Whitfield (known to all as Ted) at the age of 87. Due to failing health, Ted had left the Bath area early in1999, and at the time of his death was living in a nursing home near Welwyn Garden City.

 

Ted was born in Lanchester, County Durham on 30th. June 1914. At the age of 18 he joined the 8th. Hussars with which he saw service in Egypt and Palestine. In 1938, during the years of strife which followed the publication of the White Paper and the Arab Revolt in 1935, he joined the Palestine Police in which he served until 1943. Then, following the liberation of Eritrea from the Italians and the chaos in that country which followed, he joined the Eritrea Police Force where he served until 1952, retiring in the rank of Superintendent. Early the following year he obtained a commission in the Royal Air Force, in which he served in the Provost Branch in the Canal Zone during the Suez Crisis, and in Singapore and Cyprus during the post-war upheavals there. Then, at the age of 55, he retired from the Royal Air Force and was appointed in a civilian capacity to a role involving the carrying out of security vettings on behalf of the Provost Branch of the Royal Air Force.

 

Ted displayed no sign of having spent so much of his life in the danger spots of the world. He was a man of great charm and bonhomie who exuded a manifest enjoyment of life. He was a man of many parts, whose interests ranged from competitive soccer and horse racing during his younger years, to the enjoyment of the Daily Telegraph Crossword. His abiding hobby was the British horse racing scene.

 

While serving in the Palestine Police, Ted met his wife Victoria (known as Vicky) whom he married in Jerusalem on 15th. May 1942. They were a devoted couple, particularly during her long illness leading to her sad death from Cancer in 1992, just six weeks before they would have celebrated their golden jubilee. They are survived by their son Geoff, Geoff's wife Pat, their grandsons Andrew and Tim and their great grandchildren James, Oliver and Isobel to whom we extend our sympathy and prayers.

 

Ted was, in the well known words, proudly Catholic. He was a committed Catenian, having been a member of the South London Circle before joining Bath Circle. He held office in both Circles and also at Provincial level. He left instruction in his will for a legacy to the Catenian Children's Fund

 

PAT MCMAHON

It was with great sadness that members of Bath Circle heard of the death of Pat McMahon on 2nd April 2003. He had been ill for two or three years with a debilitating illness that left his body weak but his mind untouched. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Maureen, his widow, who selflessly looked after him throughout the entire period of his illness.

Gervase O'Donovan writes:

Pat was born in Kilimer in County Clare on the 30th. July 1927 and was educated by the Christian Brothers before taking a degree in languages (including Irish) at Maynooth University, Dublin. He came to England in 1950, married Maureen in Torquay in April 1952 and came to Bath in January 1954 to teach English at Prior Park College. He remained there, becoming Head of English and Senior Master, until his retirement in 1993.

During his years at Prior Park he became one of the most popular teachers and went with the school through its transition from an all boys boarding school run by the Christian Brothers to a co-educational independent school under lay control. Although brought up with the strict regime of the Christian Brothers, he adapted easily and happily to the more relaxed regime of the new structure and to the advent of girls! No doubt having four daughters of his own, the presence of girls did not worry him too much!

A man of many facets, Pat ran the RAF section of the CCF(from 1979-1995) as a flight lieutenant. He also encouraged his pupils to take part in the Mid-Somerset Festival. This was the first time that the College had participated in any way in that Festival and it is a tradition that continues to-day with many prizes won every year by the pupils.

Pat and Maureen had nine children (four girls, five boys) and they had a wonderfully happy and relaxed home life. Pat was an able and versatile sportsman. He played hurling in Ireland, was a fine archer and a very good golfer. He also mastered the art of cricket so he could teach the boys at school and he taught hockey to a very high level.

While at Prior Park, Pat became involved with the Prior Park Association and was very keen on past pupils maintaining their relationship with the College. He was often present at their weekends and dinners and will be much missed by all who knew him in that connection. He and Maureen regularly looked after boarding pupils from the Far East during short holidays and half-term when the boys could not travel home.

Pat became a Catenian in January 1979 when he joined Bath Circle. He became President in 82/83, went on to Provincial Council and in 94/95 was Provincial President. In 1997 he was elected the last Grand Director for Province 12 (before the downgrade to just Director) and it was only the onset of his final illness that prevented him from serving a second term from the year 2000. He was a popular and welcome visitor throughout the Province during his years as President and Provincial President and his years as Director. Towards the end of that time he needed to be taken by brothers of Bath Circle but he was always keen to go along - often being the first to volunteer when Presidents asked for support. In later years he struggled to get to our monthly Circle meetings - but Maureen would bring him, he would attend the Circle while she waited, and then she would take him home.

Throughout his life he had a strong affection for Shakespeare and was always quoting him.

Maureen and he had a wonderful Golden Wedding celebration on 14th April, 2002, at Prior Park College. Although by then quite ill, Pat enjoyed being surrounded by his children and grandchildren, his many friends from the College and some brothers from Bath Circle. He and Maureen attended our Ladies Night in September 2002 and that was the last time we saw him at Circle.

As a measure of the affection in which he was held, his funeral at Prior Park was attended by over 250 people, including the outgoing Grand President and the Grand President Elect, many members of Grand Council, representatives of all the Circles in Province 12, past and present teachers and former pupils of the College. The Mass was concelebrated by his parish priest from St Alphege's, Bath, Fr Michael English, together with his old friend, Archbishop Ward of Cardiff and Father John Cooke (an old pupil of Pat's) and other priests from Bath.

Pat will be remembered for his fun, for his jokes and for the warmth of his company. Our prayers are with Maureen and his family and we are certain that he will have his reward in heaven, as he so richly deserves.