THE Morpeth branch of a Catholic group welcomed some special guests as it celebrated a major landmark.
Riverside Lodge was the venue for the Morpeth Circle of The Catenian Association’s 500th meeting and its 33 members were joined by 47 other visiting Catenians from around the North East.
The recently-installed Grand President of the Association, Tony Godden from Edinburgh, was the guest speaker.
Other guests included the Provincial President Brendan Leer of Darlington Circle, local Parish Priest Father Lawrence Jones and retired Morpethian Father Jim Doherty.
The Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of practising Catholic laymen who meet socially, at least once a month, in local branches known as circles.
Members refer to each other as brother to reflect the strength of the mutual support they give to each other and their families, which is based on the shared values of their Catholic belief and practice.
The association was founded over 100 years ago and the Morpeth Circle was inaugurated in 1968 as the 248th circle to be formed.
There are now more than 900 circles, mostly in the UK, but also in countries across the world such as Ireland, Australia, India, Malta, Zimbabwe and South Africa.