Wednesday, 29 June 2022


Peter Hughes, President of Chorley Circle, accompanied by nine Brothers and Ladies, recently enjoyed afternoon tea at the ‘Two Birds Tea Room’ at Heskin Hall. It is a Grade I listed manor house. The event was a great success, enjoyed by all.

Prior to taking tea, there was the opportunity to visit the antiques centre in Heskin Hall, and the Shopping Village, which has a variety of outlets, ranging from a butchers, water bed sales, to a Fine Arts Centre.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022



At the recent AGM of The Broughton Catholic Charitable Society (BCCS) Bro. John Holland of Chorley Circle was elected as Vice-President.  Attending the meeting was Bro. Mark Conroy, GB National VP, hence the title.

The BCCS was founded in 1787 when the living conditions were not too dissimilar to those of today and has been meeting annually on Whit Tuesday ever since.  Membership is open to anyone born in the historic county palatine of Lancashire or dwells in the same area.  Many Catenians are members and Provinces 1, 4, 5 and 17 were represented at the AGM.  The organisation relies on the subscriptions and donations of members to provide monies for charities near and far.  For further information contact Peter Van Parys on 01772 655772 or  The Society’s website is

Monday, 30 May 2022


On 29 May 2022 St Joseph’s church in Ansdell was the venue for its first Civic Sunday following the installation of Councillor Ben Aitken as The Worshipful Mayor of Fylde earlier in the month.  The Mass was attended by mayors of nearby councils, Fylde Borough councillors and officials and representatives of local organisations as well as parishioners. 

Mayor Ben and Mayoress Bernadette Aitken

Ben had been a Catenian from 2003-2007 but resigned to concentrate on his council work.  During that time another former Catenian, Ron Wilson, was Mayor of Fylde.  Ron had also resigned following a stroke to concentrate on his council work. 

Bro. Adrian Crook had been invited to attend the mayor making ceremony on 11 May as his father, William, had been Mayor of Lytham St Annes for the year 1956-57.  Lytham St Annes was incorporated into Fylde Borough following the reformation of local government in 1974.  William Crook was the first President when the Circle was re-inaugurated in 1968.