Monmouth Wyedean Catenians

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

About the Association

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 more than 10,000 members worldwide and membership is open to Catholic men aged 18 and over.

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. We visit and receive vistors from other Circles. Our social calendar includes visits to places of interest, theatres, walks and these are open to families and friends.

So far, we 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. We offer an annual 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.

The current roll has brothers drawn from a wide and largely rural area centred on Monmouthshire and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire but also including members living in Bath, Bicester, Herefordshire and Powys. After four years our membership stands at 21.

We meet at the Forest Hills Golf Club, Mile End Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7QD, on the 3rd Thursday of each month (except December) at 7.30 pm. Our short meetings are followed by dinner. Our dress code is suits/jackets and ties are optional.

Unless otherwise indicated, our Register opens at 7.00 pm and our meetings commence at 7.30 pm. Exceptions are our Annual General Meeting when the Register opens at 6.30 pm and our AGM starts at 7.00 pm. Visiting Catenians wishing to attend should book with our Dining Secretary, whose contact details are included in the Association's Directory and in our monthly Circulars.

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


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 the parishes of 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 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 one 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 President and he accepted the Charter granted to the new Monmouth Wyedean Circle 374 from GNB Grand President Peter Woodford on 21stApril 2016.

Two of our new Catenians did not renew their membership but three more new Catenians joined, and two new joint brothers from Ascot & Sunningdale 319 and Hereford 190 also joined us.

Our Circle Presidents

Chris Cherry: 2016-2017

Geoff Quinn: 2017-2018

Rob Derricott OBE JP: 2018-2019

Dave Andrews: 2019-2020

Glyn Jones 2020-2021

How to contact us

If you live in Monmouthshire or the Forest of Dean and you wish to enquire about membership or joint membership, our contact address is:

If you are a visiting Catenian and you wish to visit us, as we hope you will, our dining/bookings officer contact details are contained in the Association’s Directory and in our monthly Circulars.

Thank you for visiting