Ex judge joins Longridge charity champions

John & Alison Cosgrove, Longridge President Michael 'Sweetmore,  Janis  & Ted Donnelly.
John & Alison Cosgrove, Longridge President Michael 'Sweetmore, Janis & Ted Donnelly.

Longridge Catenian Circle’s president, Michael Sweetmore, enrolled two new members at the monthly July meeting - retired judge Ted Donnelly from Haighton and quantity surveyor John Cosgrove from Longridge.

Together with their wives Janis and Alison, they were given a warm welcome to the event, which was also a Ladies Evening at the New Drop In Ribchester, and included a three-course dinner.

Longridge Circle was inaugurated 36 years ago in April 1979 and now has 42 members aged from 35. Nationally there are around 10,000 Catenian members in 318 circles similar to Longridge. Social agenda activities include walks, golf, bowls, quiz nights, and visits to sporting venues.

Presidents can nominate their year’s charity - in 2014 Steve Hardacre raised over £1500 for Preston Alzheimer Society, and there is a bursary fund helping to support young people doing charity work abroad.

The Catenians were formed over 100 years ago by Bishop Casartelli, then Bishop of Salford who laid the foundation stone of St Wilfrid’s Church in Longridge, which gives the branch a very special link.