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A Cruise on the Wyre Lady

Members of the Doncaster Circle of the Catenian Association and their wives and families took to the River Don at Sprotbrough on 3rd August, taking a cruise on the riverboat ‘Wyre Lady’. As the vessel cruised towards Doncaster the trippers enjoyed views of several herons, anglers and railway viaducts.

On reaching the perimeter of Doncaster Prison the vessel turned and headed to Conisbrough for a view of the castle.

When back on dry land at Sprotbrough the party retired to the Boat Inn for an excellent meal.

A brief Circle meeting was held to enrol new member, Peter Pennington of St Joseph and St Nicholas parish, Moorends. Peter was following in the footsteps of his father, Richard Stanley Pennington, who was a long-standing member of Doncaster Circle, taking on the role of President from 1942-45.

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Our photograph shows the party after disembarking from the ‘Wyre Lady’

Summer Evening Entertainment

August is usually a quiet time for the Catenian Association but Barnsley 205 bucked that trend this year with an evening of food and entertainment.

Anne Dunphy and Peter Brannan sFirstly Anne Dunphy and her husband Jim were there to give a certificate of appreciation to Past President, Peter Brannan for a donation of £200 he paid to Mission Together from his presidential charities fund. Deacon Derek Walton is the nominated head of Mission Together in the Diocese but he would be the first to agree that Anne is the driving force behind the fact that, though one of the smallest dioceses in the country, Hallam is one of the largest financial contributors to the great work of the charity, helping them fulfil their mission of Children Helping Children. It is Anne who co-ordinates the volunteers, who go into schools, as well as ensuring all contributions are efficiently sent to Mission Together.

John Gregson and father sSecond turn up was John Gregson who gave an interesting and amusing talk about his father, John Gregson the actor. JG II explained how proud he was of a father who sank the Graff Spee, hid thousands of whisky bottles (Whisky Galore) and took part in both the London to Brighton Car Rally (Genevieve) and D-Day (The Longest Day)! The early death of John Gregson in 1975 at the young age of 55 cut short a glittering career of which there was surely more to come.

What did come through to the audience though was the strength of the faith of the Gregson family. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Pictured above right, Anne Dunphy presents Peter Brannan with a certificate of appreciation and above left, John Gregson talking about the career of his Father, John Gregson.