Knutsford Circle (182): Newsletter – July 2022

President: John Long

Circle Meeting: In June there were 17 Knutsford brothers in attendance.

Next meeting at Cottons Hotel (and on Zoom):  8:00 pm, 4 July, 2022 – First Monday of the Month (except Bank Holidays: Second Monday)

Anniversaries for May and June

Rest in Peace

July – Jack Andrews, Steve Bailey. John Etherington., John Sampey, Jim Valliley

Enrolment Anniversaries

July – Michael Hosker (13yrs), Chris Jones (7yrs)


July – Nicholas Johnson (17th), Felix Martin (25th), John Williams-Rigby (28th)

Address from the President


  • Bro John Sutton, Jean and I attended Crewe’s charter night in June. You will be delighted to hear we have been awarded the Martin trophy for being a good visiting circle.
    • Several of us (Martin Relton, John Sutton, Sean McGhee, John Ross, David Perls and myself) will be attending the Provincial Convention will be held at Ringway Golf Club at 7pm on 6th July.


  • School summer fete Sunday 9th July. Part community event, part membership drive. We will be running the Bottle tombola. The School PTA will provide about 20 bottles. The ask for us is for another 20 bottles and to provide our own outdoor table and gazebo (I have both). We can  set up on the Saturday morning. In addition we have been asked if we can help out at the Bar. The PTA will set up and run the bar we have just been asked for a couple of helpers.


  • Martin is leading the charge for the parish flower show this coming weekend. Several brothers have volunteered to assist – Martin Relton, Sean McGhee, David Perls, Nick Johnson, Tom Hughes, Tony Andrews, Eddie Haughey, Jim Flood and Stuart Jones (thank you).
  • President’s charity.  Ann Wright and Andrew Bailey from Just Drop gave a short presentation after our June meeting on their work and the plans for their offering in Knutsford that we are supporting with our charitable donations. The presentation was very well received and generated a very lively question and answer discussion. We have made a great start and are hoping to use Presidents Saturday (16th September) as the launch event for the new Just Drop in knutsford.


Tatton Walk, 5 June

On a cool but bright Saturday on the 18th June three intrepid brothers (Sean McGhee, Peter Doran and Stuart Jones) met outside the church for our Tatton Walk.  We were joined by four other parishioners – and two dogs – following the advertising of the walk in the parish newsletter.  We enjoyed a very pleasant walk and chat all the way up to the Stable courtyard where we enjoyed hot chocolate and teas.  Tatton park was very busy with multitudes of people and dogs arriving to enjoy Dogfest, we avoided them as much as we could.  The return walk was equally pleasant.

The walk was a great opportunity to show off the ‘family and friends’ aspects of catenianism and should help with our membership drive.  It was a shame that more people didn’t attend, but we were competing with Dogfest, first Holy Communion mass and holidays.  Here’s to next time!

Unfortunately, we forgot to take a photograph.

A reminder – subscriptions are due

Would all brothers please remember that subscriptions are now due.  If you have not already paid, please do so.

Full member£150
Country member£100
Joint membership£90

Payment should be made by BACS – details are as follows:

Sort Code: 08 92 99
Account Number: 683 09 358
reference is: your name

Forthcoming Events

  • Flower Festival, 25/26 June
  • School fete (Festival on the Field) on 9 July, 12-5 pm
  • Tatton Park walk on 18 July, 10.30 am
  • Children’s Make your own pizza (Sessions House) – tbc

Events around the Province

July 6   Provincial Convention and AGM, Ringway GC, 6.30 for 7pm dinner (£27) followed by AGM.

July 7   Wilmslow Charter Dinner and Ladies Quarterly Dinner 7.30pm. Pinewood Hotel, Black tie.

July 12 Provincial Council meeting and dinner with GBNC President, Roger Lilley.

July 13 Ringway Circle Meeting with Ladies After Dinner at 7.30pm at Davenport Golf Club.

Visits to Other Circles

Brothers are encouraged to visit other Circles meetings and support their events.

Note, there is now a Province 17 web site that provides links to Circles and information on upcoming events around the province. The Catenian Association Province 17 (

Keep Connected

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Keep up-to-date with circle events, news and chat – join the Circle WhatsApp Group. Email your name and mobile number to  You will need to have WhatsApp installed on your mobile phone.

The National Catenian web-site is at  To login to the Members Area: Username – ‘Members’; password – Prayers*0819

Catena Magazine: The on-line edition:’. The login name is your own regular email address.

Reflection Corner Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus (A.D. 130)

Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. Their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men. Unlike some other people, they champion no purely human doctrine. With regard to dress, food and manner of life in general, they follow the customs of whatever city they happen to be living in, whether it is Greek or foreign.

And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country. Like others, they marry and have children, but they do not expose them. They share their meals, but not their wives. They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law.

Christians love all men, but all men persecute them. Condemned because they are not understood, they are put to death, but raised to life again. They live in poverty, but enrich many; they are totally destitute, but possess an abundance of everything. They suffer dishonor, but that is their glory. They are defamed, but vindicated. A blessing is their answer to abuse, deference their response to insult. For the good they do they receive the punishment of malefactors, but even then they rejoice, as though receiving the gift of life. They are attacked by the Jews as aliens, they are persecuted by the Greeks, yet no one can explain the reason for this hatred.

To speak in general terms, we may say that the Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body. As the soul is present in every part of the body, while remaining distinct from it, so Christians are found in all the cities of the world, but cannot be identified with the world. As the visible body contains the invisible soul, so Christians are seen living in the world, but their religious life remains unseen. The body hates the soul and wars against it, not because of any injury the soul has done it, but because of the restriction the soul places on its pleasures. Similarly, the world hates the Christians, not because they have done it any wrong, but because they are opposed to its enjoyments.

Christians love those who hate them just as the soul loves the body and all its members despite the body’s hatred. It is by the soul, enclosed within the body, that the body is held together, and similarly, it is by the Christians, detained in the world as in a prison, that the world is held together. The soul, though immortal, has a mortal dwelling place; and Christians also live for a time amidst perishable things, while awaiting the freedom from change and decay that will be theirs in heaven. As the soul benefits from the deprivation of food and drink, so Christians flourish under persecution. Such is the Christian’s lofty and divinely appointed function, from which he is not permitted to excuse himself.