On Tuesday, Huddersfield Circle hosted the annual “At Home to Provinces 3 North & 3 South”, attended by 25 members, 1 prospective member and 43 visitors, including Past Grand Presidents John Clarke and Joe McNally. This was also the occasion for the presentation of numerous trophies. Shown above are the relevant photographs :-
334. Huddersfield President Ray Hodgson presents the Visitors’ Trophy, for the greatest distance travelled by a visitor, to Tony Millen of Ampleforth Circle.
335. As 3 North Provincial President Gary Porter (Hull Circle) was unable to attend due to business commitments, Provincial Vice-President Steve O’Neill (Wharfedale Circle) presented the Loving Cup, for the highest average Circle attendance, to David Stanton, President of Bradford Circle.
336. Andrew Hartley of Sheffield (8) Circle received the Joe Reilly Trophy for having visited the most Circles during the past year .
337. The Viking Cup, for the highest average number of visits to other Circles, was awarded to John Kelly and Philip Nolan, both of Wetherby Circle.
338. There was a special presentation to Huddersfield Circle, President Ray Hodgson with Ken Pilling, shown holding the Raymond Ram Golf Trophy, won by Ken at the Annual Conference weekend in Eastbourne.
On the conclusion of the meeting, all retired to the Dining Room to enjoy a very fine meal.
Circle Easter Luncheon
Sunday, 25 April
Upholding a long-standing tradition of having a Circle lunch as soon after Easter Sunday as practical, President Terry Mulready hosted the function at the Hotel St. Pierre, the first of his Presidential Year.
After a long, cold winer, everyone welcomed the warm Spring day, which resulted in a large turnout of members, wives and friends. But, just as the gathering was about to disperse, there was a torrential downpour during which, all took the opportunity to mingle and chat with friends whom they had not seen for a long time.
Sadly, there were a few faces missing who had been present at last year’s gathering, viz. Vincent Healy, Jim Hetherington, our late President Bob Walker and Denise Patterson, the latter two whom we had lost only recently.
Otherwise, it was a very pleasant occasion with no long speeches and no raffle; most unusual for a Catenian function!
On 13 January, Bro. John Lappin attended the Joint Meeting of Liverpool (4) and City of Liverpool (74) Circles. Bro. Paul Breen of Liverpool (74) hosted the event at the Circle’s new venue, the West Lancs Golf Club at Blundell Sands, Crosby.