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 where we meet socially each month usually followed by a meal and often with our ladies.

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


Currently, due to Covid-19 guidelines our meetings are being held on the third Thursday monthly at 7:30pm via Zoom for which the dress code is informal. Visitors please contact the Secretary for Zoom meeting access stating their name, Circle and any office held..

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


Once it is safe to do so, Monmouth Wyedean Circle (374) will continue to meet on the third Thursday each month, except in December when there is no meeting. It expects to do so again under Covid-19 guidelines from 19 August 2021, when our dress code will again be suit/jacket; ties optional. Unless otherwise indicated, our register opens at 7:00pm and our meetings begin at 7:30pm. Venue:

Forest Hills Golf Club,

Mile End Road,

Coleford,

Gloucestershire,

GL16 7QD


Exceptions are our AGM and formal black tie occasions when our register opens earlier at 6:30pm and our meeting begins at 7:00pm. 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 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, and the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.

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. For the past four years we invite our members, families and friends to an annual Provincial St. Patrick's Race Night in March.

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).

2020: The year of pandemic


The year has been like no other year, with no formal meetings 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.

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.

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, our Secretary's contact email address is: roblderricott@gmail.com

If you are a visiting Catenian and you wish to visit us, as we hope you will once things return to normal, you will find a warm welcom. Please contact our Secretary as above.

Thank you.