We have a varied social calender, please feel free to view our events from 2016 below.
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January 6th

Our Year Has Started Well

At our meeting Dave Awdas and the brothers of 168 welcomed into our circle two new brothers from St Peter's Church Middleton

The occasion was marked with 32 Brothers in attendance, along with two Past Grand Presidents

Our New Brothers are John Smalley and Jack Kelleher

Congratulations to both.

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January 13th

Our Provincial Dinner was held at Swinton Park Golf Club

Brothers from across the province gathered to share news and enjoy the company of Brothers from far and wide.


January 16th

Our thanks go once again to Monsignor Allen for kindly celebrating our Mass for vocations at Our Lady Of Grace Prestwich, and of course Fr Dearman, for their hospitality.

Each Circle arranges a Mass for Vocations, given the number of Circle's across the world, it ensurses a Mass for Vocations is held nearly everyday somewhere.



David Awdas, thanks all brothers, wives and family for attending our first Christmas Meal and the total raised for Cornerstone has exceeded £360 for this one event.



Feb 3rd


Followed our meeting

Provincial Director Phil Brown took the accolade this year. Please click on the left for more pictures. 




Feb 7th

The Northwest round of the Public Speaking Competition was held in Manchester.

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Guest of honour was Mgr Allen from Our Lady of Grace, who won this competition in 1956 !




Feb 9th

Our Clergy Dinner was well attended by 6 Priests. The after dinner speech by Father Peter Conniffe OSB MBE, gave us all something to think about as we face the next 18 months, and the announcment of the number of church closures.

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 March 2nd

A lunch get together was had recently for a few wives and widowers.

They enjoyed lunch at Thornberries in Alkrington. Its always good to put the world to rights !

without the men around.



Helping Others

Brother Soni Chacko ( pictured right )

is involved in a National Charity for Kidney Transplants.

Please click on the right  to view pictures and read the story of this Indian Priest known as

The Kidney Priest of India


April 6th

With 39 Brothers in attendance we Installed John Kirby as Circle President for this year along with a  new Vice President, Secretary, Marshall and Registrar

We all thanked Dave for his year as President and everybody wished John well for the year ahead.



April 6th

John's first duty was to award the Peter Wright Trophy to our very own Jim Halliwell.

pictured left to right are..

Cathal McAleese Captain of Province1 Golfing Society, winner Jim Halliwell and President John Kirby.


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John's charity for the year is HCPT group 44

John pictured getting into the swing of Lourdes during this years pilgrimage.


April 13th

A meal was enjoyed by all present  to thank Dave Awdas for his  year as President of  Circle 168.

John Kirby thanked Dave on behalf of everybody at 168 for last year.

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Please click on the left for more pictures and read part of the story from Brother Ged.

How Uncle Joe's Mint Ball's and a Tabernacle is taken from Mount Carmel Manchester to a chapel in Uganda.



May 26th

We visited Leeds Armoury, and afterwards a meal was had at the Lancashire Fold. Please click on the left for more pictures


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June 1st

Our June meeting was followed by a talk from Dean Kirby, Johns son.

Its a fascinating story which unlocked a little piece of their past.

Please click on the right to read the story from the Manchester Evening News.

Below to watch a trailer, or click on the book to the left for more details or to purchase if interested .

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June 9th

We visited The Bridgwater Halls in Manchester  No visit is complete with a friendly beer in a German Bar  !!!



June 16th

We had a tour of Manchester Town Hall, and enjoy learning the history of the remarkable building. Please click on the left for more pictures.


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July 24th 

Our Presidents Sunday was held in John's Parish of St Peter's Middleton

The mass was followed by Irish coffee, scones toasted tea cakes and tea & coffee.

Thanks go to John, Father Kieren and all the parishoners of St Peters. Click on the left to enlarge and view the flyer that was available at Mass.



July 6th 

Following our meeting we had a fantastic talk about  a Liverpool school teacher, who with this class has developed and produced Bat or Bird Box, which has been endorsed by Bishop Arnold with the proceeds going to CAFOD.

Please click on the left to read the story.



Aug 9th 

To celebrate our 750th meeting a meal was enjoyed by all at Pike Fold Golf Club.

Brothers, wives, widowers, visiting brothers and family & friends helped mark this occasion.

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Aug 11th 

Brothers, family and friends had a visit to the BBC Media City.

The tour involved visiting the set of a Question of Sport ( this will give our quiz master general Andrew a few ideas ) Breakfast News studio, radio studio etc

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President John Kirby presenting a cheque to Paula Dickinson from Mary's Meals.

This is a charity thats being focused on by St Peters in Middleton.

Also from 168, brother Jim Halliwells grandaughters have raised over £500 with a sponsored swim, well done girls.



22 brothers & wives entered the draughts competition that followed our September meeting.

The winner was our very own John Smalley.


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Sept 18th

Our Provincial Mass, was held as usual at Salford Cathedral.

Brothers amd their families come together each year, to attend together and remember our departed brothers and families.

A meal followed at Croma in Prestwich



President John Kirby and the " Alley Cats "

Raising funds as usual.

This time two honourary band members joined in The Mayor of Bury Mike Connolly shaking his Maracas, and his partner Ian Hargreaves.


Oct 5th

The winning team on the sports quiz, pictured left with their prize

Good to see a 168 team win

Well done brothers, and thanks as always to Andrew Sowerby for the being quizmaster




Vice President Stan Nowicks idea came to life when Circle 168 presented to St Monica's Assistant Head a new football kit for the year 11 football team.

The school thanks Stan and John Kirby for the kit. On it is the Catenian Logo and it is hoped each year we could repeat the excerise with a different school.

The team won their first game in the new kit. Well Done Boys!!


Nov 2nd

The November meeting was followed by a talk from Sally Hyman  who set up a charity helping new born babies and mothers in refugee camps.

Over £340 was raised that evening following the talk.

Please click on the picture to be taken to their site for more information.


Dec 7th

The December meeting was followed by our Christmas meal. Over 50 attended the meal at Pike Fold, and the raffle raised over £400 for John's charity.

A very nice end to 2016

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Dec 15th


Our ladies rounded of the year together with a meal at Norton Grange in Rochdale, then did, as usual put the world to rights without us men getting in the way.Please click on the left for more pictures.

Dec 6th

John, Sue & Lesley presented to the Lalley Centre 85 wrapped Christmas presents and 3 nearly new bikes. It would be good if this could become a National Catenian event. Thanks go to all who contributed for this great cause.


Dec 20th

John Kirby with brothers Jim Halliwell and Andrew Sowerby, recently presented St Gabriels RC High school with choir robes

A few members of the Chamber choir wearing the blue robes thanks to circle168.