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Brother Clive Kelsey Leonard  R.I.P.

10th June 1929 – 29th May 2019

The brothers of Crawley Circle were shocked and much saddened to learn of the sudden death of their brother Clive Leonard.

Clive was a quiet and competent man with an impish sense of humour. He had been nursing his wife Ursula when, whilst walking downstairs, he tripped and fell sustaining injuries to his head and limbs. Clive was able to summon help. He was taken to hospital when he passed out. He briefly regained consciousness before dying with his family around him. A modest man, Clive had nursed his wife for several years competently and without complaint.

Born in Bromley, Kent, Clive moved with his family to Knaresborough, Yorkshire at the outbreak of WW2 when his father’s branch of the Air Ministry was evacuated. He was educated at St James Grammar School before taking up an apprenticeship in Loughborough with Brush Electrical Engineering Co.

Called up for National Service in 1950, Clive joined The Air Sea Rescue Service on a 3 year engagement. Postings to various bases around the U.K. followed. As well as operating the vessels Clive learned nautical navigation.

On discharge from the RAF, Clive returned to Brush Engineering for a short time before joining Denver Equipment Co. for whom he worked in 9 different US states on various mining operations. He was also sent to work in Ireland, Sicily and Haiti. 

Clive met Ursula whilst in Ireland and, in 1960, they were married after he had converted to Catholicism. A few years living in Selsdon, Croydon followed before they finally settled in Horsham, Sussex. By then Clive was working for Babcock’s who sent him off to several cities in China. The last few years of Clive's working life were spent in the UK before retirement in 1990.  Never content to sit around he was a very keen DIY enthusiast and gardener. Clive was active in the SVP and he was a committed Catenian for 40 years. Clive was a father, grandfather and great grandfather and took a passionate interest in his family.

An intelligent and courteous man and a great raconteur when in the mood. Brother Clive will be greatly missed.

Brother Andrew Clingan R.I.P.

Thursday 26th September 2019

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Brother Andrew Clingan of Brigton Regency Circle. Andrew passed away peacefully in the Sussex County Hospital. His death was a sad surprise as many of us had spoken with him at the Provincial Mass for Deceasaed Brothers on the previous Sunday whern  he seemed in fine spirits.

Brother Andrew's funeral took place on Thursday October 24th. at The Sacred Heart Church,  Norton Road,  Hove BN3 3BF at mid-day. It was well attended. Bro. Andrew will be much missed.


Brother Len Brownsell R.I.P.

Friday 27th September 2019

Brother Len died peacefully surrounded by his family.  Len had been unwell for some time. Len had lost a leg to diabetes some years ago but despite this, he remained a frequent visitor to other Circles and was much involved in the social events of Eastbourne Circle.

 Len was hospitalised some weeks ago with Cancer but moved to a hospice a little while before his death. He was a greatly loved Catenian and friend. Whilst the loss of every Catenian is a tragedy, Len's passing has raised the bar when it comes to acknowledgement of him as a friend and a companion. Our thoughts and prayers are with Len's family.

FUNERAL : The details were provided by his widow Ann-Marie:

The funeral Mass was at St Agnes Church, Whitley Road, Eastbourne, BN22 8NJ at 12.00 mid-day on Friday 18th October followed by a private burial, and a reception at Bibendum (opposite Our Lady of Ransom Church). Everyone was most welcome and they each raised a glass (or a cup of tea) to Len’s memory. The funeral was very well attended and Bro. Len's Catenian brothers represented our brotherhood in significant numbers.
Many donated at the request of the family to 'Mary’s Meals' or 'The Beachy Head Chaplaincy' both of which were keenly supported by Len.

Provincial Darts Match - 2020

BRIGHTON REGENCY (17) CIRCLE will again be hosting the SUSSEX CATENIANS PROVINCIAL DARTS MATCH IN 2020. As ever, the match will be preceded by the Circle's MASS for DECEASED BROTHERS.


This match playing for the JOHN DERRINGTON TROPHY is always a hugely popular event - not least because it comes with fish & chips and lots of excellent good humour.

Teams of four from our Circles & Groups are sought and there is no limit to how many teams each Circle may provide. Last year's winners were made up principally by widows of CRAWLEY CIRCLE accompanied by our then Provincial President Bro. Mike Newman. It is fair to say that most of us were soundly trounced by these ladies.... and Bro. Mike.

Brother James (Jim) Douds R.I.P.

Saturday 16th November 2019

We are sad to learn of the death of Brother Jim Douds of EASTBOURNE CIRCLE who passed away on Saturday 16th November at his son's home in Norfolk.


A Requiem for Bro. James took place on Friday 13th December at the Church of Christ the King (Eastbourne) with a subsequent interment at Eastbourne Cemetery. The Requiem in Eastbourne had already been preceded by a service for in Norfolk for the benefit of the family. 

(Details provided by  Bro. Secretary of Eastbourne Circle)

SIX PROVINCES MASS - Sunday 16th November - Westminster Cathedral

Courtesy of our Provincial VP., Bro. Dominic Moorhouse, we have a photo of some of the SUSSEX CATENIANS brothers who attended today's SIX PROVINCES MASS. This year, it was our turn to organise the Mass. There was a good turn out despite the inclement weather. Mass was followed by a splendid lunch.

Now an annual fixture in our calendar, the SUSSEX CATENIANS Provincial game of TOAD IN THE HOLE was played on Tuesday 26th November in Haywards Heath FOR THE JORDAN CUP. After a hard fought and very close competition, Haywards Heath Circle retained the Jordan Cup, with two of their teams gaining the most points. Such was their Toad-holing prowess, they couldn't be separated in the final analysis.  Many thanks to Iris Jordan for presenting the Cup and to Bro. Mike Newman for his excellent organising prowess.
For those who don't know what TOAD IN THE HOLE is... Toad in the Hole is a popular Pub game, mainly played in Sussex centered around the town of Lewes, where the World Championships are held. It's a simple game that everyone can enjoy but still requires a good level of skill. The objective is to land your toads (brass coins) flat on the surface of the table or in the hole. For more details, visit
Photos and report: courtesy of Prov. Vice-Pres. Bro. Dominic Moorhouse.

2019 - Annual 'TOAD IN THE HOLE' match for the Jordan Cup....

Following last year's 'FOLEY NIBLICK GOLF COMPETITION organised as ever by Bro. Peter Frisby (and friends!) of Crawley Circle.

Photo and message courtesy of Bro. Andrew Laird....


"Dear friends, golfers and Lunch companions,
I am pleased to be able to share this picture of a cheque being presented by Peter Frisby to Father John, who received it on behalf of the 'All Faiths initiative'.
It is good to know that our hard toiling under the sun with fellow golfers has come to fruition with others receiving the benefit of your generosity.
See you next year for the Benny and Foley Niblick.
Andrew Laird"


FOLEY NIBLICK GOLF COMPETITION 2020 - Presentation of cheque...