Monmouth Wyedean Catenians

Welcome to the web site of Monmouth Wyedean Catenians, Circle 374 of Province 12

The Catenians

The Catenian Association is an international and non-political fellowship of Catholic men.

The name Catenian comes from the Latin Catena which means chain. Each link in the chain is a local Circle which meets socially each month usually followed by a meal, often with our ladies and sometimes with a guest speaker.

There are some 8,500 members worldwide, including some 6,600 in Great Britain and membership is open to Catholic men aged 18 and over.

Monmouth Wyedean 374


Contact details on the Association and Province 12 websites and below.


Monmouth Wyedean Circle (374) meets on the third Thursday each month except December. Our dress code is suit or jacket with ties optional. The register opens at 7:00pm, our meetings begin at 7:30pm and dining commences at 8:00pm, except for our AGM in April when the register opens at 6:30pm, the AGM begins at 6:45pm, our meeting starts at 7:15pm and dining commences at 8:00pm.


Venue:

Forest Hills Golf Club,

Mile End Road,

Coleford,

Gloucestershire,

GL16 7QD


Bookings should be made to our Dining Secretary, contact details on the Province 12 website no later than 10:00am on the Monday preceding a meeting, after which menu choices may not be changed and cancellations may have to be charged.

About our Circle

Monmouth Wyedean Circle was inaugurated in 2016, becoming the first new circle in Province 12 for 48 years. It is the only circle in Province 12 that lies in both England and Wales. Our current roll has 20 members drawn from a wide and largely rural area centred on Monmouthshire, the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. We also have members living in Bath, Bicester, Herefordshire and Powys.

We visit and receive vistors from other Circles. Our social calendar traditionally includes visits to places of interest, theatres, walks and these are open to families and friends. So far our members, families and friends have visited Harvington Hall in Worcestershire notable for its seven priest-holes, the Royal Mint at Llantrissant, the seminary at St. Mary's College Oscot, the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley and Tredegar House and Orangery in Newport.

In addition we have had a number of guest speakers including Gerald Davies CBE DL of the Welsh Rugby Union and British Lions, Andrew Blake of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and representatives of various local charities that we support. We host an annual Provincial St. Patrick's Race Night in March, an annual Clergy Night for our parish priests, and annual Masses for Vocations and for Deceased Catenians.

Our Circle supports the Catenian Bursary Fund and a young member of our parish has received a bursary together with additional support from our Circle to undertake voluntary service in India.

We would love to welcome any visiting Catenians and on Ladies Nights with their ladies, and to hear from any gentlemen interested in joining or hearing more about us (details of how to contact us below).

The Coronavirus pandemic


2020-2021 has been like no other year, with no formal meetings for months at National, Provincial or Circle level other than by Zoom. Virtual meetings became the order of the day for most Circles. The arrangement did allow members to “visit” other Circles in GB, Australia, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Malta, Jersey and Guernsey. Mass was celebrated for much of the year without congregations and with Mass streamed on-line. The National Conference due to take place in 2020 in Edinburgh was cancelled and that in May 2021 was carried out by Zoom. There is no doubt that the pandemic has caused major problems for the Association, Circles and our venues. Equally, while Zoom has held us together, there is nothing as good as meeting with colleagues over a glass of wine. Happily, we were able to resume face to face meetings at our usual veue in August 2021.

Our Formation as Monmouth Wyedean Group 932

Our journey began on 9th March 2015 with the first meeting of a project team set up to consider the potential for membership growth in Monmouth, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean.

Initially the project team consisted of four members of Abergavenny Circle 238: Chris Cherry, Robert Derricott, Geoff Quinn and Dave Andrews, all parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Monmouth. The parish priest of Monmouth and the then Provincial Membership Officer, Gervase O'Donovan, were invited to join the project team and pulpit presentations were held in Monmouth, Chepstow and the Forest of Dean and a social evening was held for interested parishioners to learn more about the Catenian Association.

In all just seven monthly meetings of the project team were held, and Monmouth Wyedean Group 932 was inaugurated on 15th October 2015 by the then Provincial President, Pat Burbidge, with 12 founder group members including the four Abergavenny brothers who formed the project team, plus four more Abergavenny brothers, and one brother from Hereford 190 and another from Bath 192.


Our Inauguration as Monmouth Wyedean Circle 374

Within six months of the Group being recognised by Province 12, our membership had increased to 17, including four new Catenians and a brother from Bicester 360.

Chris Cherry was elected Founder President and he accepted the Charter granted to the new Monmouth Wyedean Circle 374 from GNB Grand President Peter Woodford on 21stApril 2016.

Now in our fifth year since inauguration, we have a membership of 20 having lost three and gained six members.

Photo Gallery


Tour of Harvington Hall, Worcestershire, for tales of devotion and Catholic persecution arranged by Geoff Quinn, 9 July 2017


Assembling for a Royal Mint Tour, Llantrissant, arranged by Geoff Quinn, 25 November 2017


Anniversary celebration aperitifs, AGM, at Forest Hills Golf Club, Coleford, 19 April 2018


WRU and Lions Rugby legend, Gerald Davies was guest speaker at our Clergy & Ladies Night at Forest Hills Golf Club, Coleford, 20 September 2018,


Third Provincial St. Patrck's Day Charity Race Night, hosted by Monmouth Wyedean 374 and arranged by Dave Andrews at Whitchurch & Ganerew Community Hall, 16 March 2019.



Joint walk with Abergavenny 238 arranged by Chris Cherry and hosted by Monmouth Wyedean 374 in the Cyril Hart Arboretum, Forest of Dean, attended by 24 brothers and wives, 10 June 2021.




Joint Industrial Heritage Walk with Abergavenny 238 arranged by Larry Thomas and hosted by Abergavenny 238, starting at Llanfoist Car Park, following the disused railway line to Govilon and returning along the Monmouthshire and Pontypool Canal toepath, 29 July 2021








Visit to Tredegar House, Newport on 14 October 2021.





Joint walk with Abergavenny Circle around Llanthony Abbey on 29 October 2021.


Our Presidents


Chris Cherry: 2016-2017


Geoff Quinn: 2017-2018


Rob Derricott OBE JP: 2018-2019


Dave Andrews: 2019-2020


Glyn Jones: 2020-2021


Malcolm Rebeiro: 2021-2022

How to contact us

If you live in Monmouthshire or the Forest of Dean and you wish to enquire about membership, transfer or about joint membership, or if you are a Catenian and wish to visit us as we hope you will, our Secretary's contact email address is: roblderricott@gmail.com and our Dining Secretary's contact details are given in the Provincial Website.

Thank you.