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The Parish of the Good Samaritan Burnley

including the churches of

Christ the King with St Teresa's, St John the Baptist and St Mary of the Assumption


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The Parish of the Good Samaritan 


 Knights of St Columba Burnley Council 110 


A couple of photos from the recent visit from the relics of St Columba, St Andrew and St Margaret - part of the KSC orgnised National Relic Tour.

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 Photos from James Capstick's latest fundraising cycle ride.


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KSC 110 Grand Knight Tony Young presenting a cheque for £1000 to Seamus on behalf of the Fellowship for the Handicapped.


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KSC 110 Grand Knight Tony Young presenting a cheque for £1000 to Holly Grove School.


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Ita Thomas with her flowers


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Maureen Heys with her flowers.


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Fr Job, Fr Peter and Fr Benjamin receivng their KSC Member of Honour certificate.




Trevor Ireland receiving his Meritoiuos Service Award from KSC Director Stephen McMillan, Provincial Grand Knight John Kenyon and Ray Williamson past Provicial Grand Knight.

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 This year's Christmas Draw results  - thanks for your support.









Burnley Council Action and Youth Officer (and Good Samaritan Parishioner), James Capstick, cycled to all 10 English Rugby League (The Bet Fred Super League) grounds, covering 300 miles in just four days. The marathon was in aid of the Rob Burrow Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Centre. 

On Day One, James cycled from Burnley and visited Leeds and Castleford. Day two saw James travel from Pollington to Humberside for both Hull and Hull Kingston Rovers and back to Polllington for the night then on to Wakefield Trinity meeting the players during a training session (the photo shows Australian star Kelepi Tanginoa). From there James dropped into Huddersfield before crossing the Pennines to spend the night in Oldham and then to Salford, Warrington (meeting the players on the pitch – photo attached) and on to Wigan and finishing at St Helens for the match against Leeds and back home having raised £1550. His support team comprised Past Grand Knight, Trevor Ireland.

This is the second major fundraiser James has undertaken for MND; last year he cycled from Burnley to Leeds (via Inverness) and raised more than £2000.


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 History June 2022

There is a significant anniversary/jubilee at around this time: KSC 110 Club celebrates 60 years on the Yorkshire Street site. Here is a short history:  

The Club moved from its previous premises on back Manchester Road in June 1962. 

1962 was a momentous year in many respects: BFC were double runners-up with the Wembley appearance just a few weeks before the Club moved onto the site of the former Noonans’ undertakers.

Over time the Club expanded eastwards by taking over the next door taxi/coach office – who knows what it would have been like if it had been practical to buy the chip shop?

 Initially, the ground floor contained a tap room and a concert room with a rather peculiar double archway and the bar was located between the two areas.  Over time, the archways disappeared and the bar moving in two stages from the Albert Street end to the current position with the kitchen developed also in two stages.

The middle floor started off as a lounge then a concert room with the traditional layout of tables in a row.  Some might remember that we had waiter service with notable characters such as Matt Feeley, Little Jimmy and Bill McKillop donning the claret or blue jackets.  In here many famous names have appeared: Frank Carson, Les Dennis and Cash & Carrie.

The top floor was originally a function room and a part-time table tennis room.  The first function was Margaret Thornton’s 21st birthday and the first wedding celebration was Margaret to Bill Duxbury.  Again, there have ben many changes with the original bottle bar in the Albert Street/Yorkshire Street corner.  It was subsequently moved to the Blakey Street wall when a new bar was constructed off site – unfortunately it was too wide to get up the stairs or fire escape and it had to be cut in half.  Eventually, the radical step was taken to convert the room into a wonderful games room which it remains until the present day.

The whole history of the Club has been one of moving forward – taking crucial decisions at the right moment to keep us at the forefront in the locality.  The stability of the Management Committee helped enormously with members performing important roles for many years.  Similarly, the Stewards/Bar Managers have served well and have, in the main stayed for a number of years.

In terms of the beers we have offered: we had Gibbs, Masseys (with Thwaites), Bass Charrington, Whitbread (who were a tremendous support during some dark days but it was a real relief when we finally paid off their loans and were able to negotiate better prices), Carlsberg Tetley and now using a number of local suppliers.

In addition to the indoor games referred to earlier, we have been serious sporting achievers with again members providing managerial/secretarial services over a number of years to provide football, cricket, snooker, darts, don & dominos opportunities for members and sons of members.

Over 60 years the Club has provided facilities for fraternity, a good base for our charity functions and fund raising and stability to move forward in unity through both the good and not so good times – not least the problems caused over the past two years but we are still here and serving both the catholic community and the wider population of Burnley.

Entertainment is provided on Friday and Sunday and the middle floor function room is available on free hire.

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Burnley KSC Council 110 originated and is responsible for the annual publication and distribution of the 'Keep Christ in Christmas' posters on behalf of East Lancashire Province 21.

The Council has been running the campaign for over thirty years. In 2021 we distributed 40,000 posters including 3000 to Her Majesty’s Prison Service.  They are distributed to Christian denominations all over the country.

In the past we have sent posters to Saint Helena, Camp Bastion and, via a priest in Santa Maria, Texas, to the Knights of Columbus. He remembered his mother putting the posters up at Christmas and asked if we could supply. We sent him a complementary 200 but he did return $50. He subsequently wrote saying the posters were a success and would we mind if they produced their own; we had no objection.

At the 2014 KSC Supreme Council a representative of the Knights of Columbus was present. PGK Brother Ray Williamson asked him about the Christmas posters: he said they were all over America.

In addition to spreading the message, the Province has recently donated the proceeds from the money they raised from the 2021 Poster Campaign. £4,000 was dostributed to:

  • £1,000 to the Ukraine Appeal;
  • £1,000 to the John Foster Home for Boys in India (the KSC National Action project);
  • £1,000 to one of Salford Diocesan priests who is leading a children's pilgrimage;
  • £500 to Mary's Meals a charity which feeds people in countries of drought and famine;
  • £500 for Action for Youth



Following the recent Mass for Deceased Brothers, two Brothers were presented with Awards.

Bill Tracey was presented with his Golden Jubilee medal for 50 years KSC service.

Bill is a Burnley man. He worked at Hapton Valley Colliery for seven years before joining the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service in 1962. He served until 1991, when he retired after 29 active years and where he made lifelong friends.

He was married to Pat at St. Mary's in 1964 and they bought a house in the parish where he had served as an altar boy since the age of seven.

In 1967, the family moved to Christ the King parish where he became a member of SVP visiting the sick and lonely in their care homes, hospitals and houses.

Cleaning troughings and decorating for one parent families were a thing the group undertook alongside delivering Christmas parcels and organising coach trips from church.

At the same time he was a member of the KSC helping out when he could.  His faith is everything to him and was very proud to be members of these two Catholic organisations.

He helped make the side lawn at Christ the King Church and moved the altar to where it is today (when the Priest turned to face the congregation). All this going on while serving as a fireman at Burnley Fire Station. Towards the end of his service he took charge of fund raising for the Benevolent Fund.

Bill is a keen snooker player (perhaps his skills were honed in the quiet hours on the fire station table). He and Pat have been keen active members of KSC110 Club, supporting many events over the years.

Bill and his wife Pat have three grown up children who live locally and take great care of them.


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James Capstick has been awarded a prestigious award by the Knights of St Columba. Following the recent Mass for Deceased Brothers of KSC Council 110, Brother Steve McMillan KSC Area Director presented James with the Meritorious Medal.

James has raised many thousands of pounds with his charitable activity. These have included a recent, James completed a 770-mile bike ride from Burnley to Inverness and then back to Leeds for the Rob Burrows Foundation for Motor Neurone Disease. Over £2000 was raised.

In 2020, James cycled from Burnley to Morecambe and back via the Trough of Bowland for the KSC Council 110 - amount raised £500

In 2019, James cycled from Burnley to Arsenal’s Highbury Ground for Great Ormond St. Hospital, raising £4500.

Previously James cycled for the ‘Make a Wish’ charity, visiting London, Edinburgh Cardiff, Belfast and Dublin, raising £2500

Every year James completes the Great North Run for different charities including Mary`s Meals, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cafod, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Willow Foundation, Dementia UK, MacMillan Nurses, Children with Leukaemia, Diversions, Derian House Children’s Hospice, National Autistic Society.

In addition, James also leads a team from KSC Council 110 who take part in the Lady of the Valley Right to Life Walk, organised by Clitheroe Knights of St. Columba. As part of his Action Convenor and Youth Officer role, he runs a Quiz and ten pin bowling for our Catholic Junior Schools.

Finally, by organising and hosting Race Nights and Quiz Nights, James has also raised money for several local schools, for the Injured Jockeys Fund, Burnley Wolves Children’s Football Team and Life Teen Charity Nelson.

In recent years, James`s efforts have made over £40,000 pounds for various local, regional and national charities. The work of a true Knight.

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KSC Council 110 had two recent causes for celebration:

Two long-serving Brothers were awarded the Order's Golden Jubilee Awards marking 50 years of service at the Mass for the Feast of St Columba at Christ the King Church.  

Bro Peter Nuttall

Bro Peter is an accountant by profession and has used his financial acumen as a former Council Treasurer and current Council Auditor. He has been responsible for the finances of Christ the King Church for a number of years and is auditor for the New Neighbours Charity.   He served as a member of the KSC 110 Club Management Committee and was long term Saturday Club transport organiser for Handicapped Children's Fellowship. He is also Treasurer of the Burnley Catenian Circle.

Bro Frank McNamara MBE

Throughout his life Bro Frank has been active in local catholic activities, often focussed on the Knight’s charity and social work. He has held office as Action Convener for Council 110, and in the management committee of the KSC 110 Club. He keeps a keen interest in the Council and its work through the many friends he has made throughout his membership.

For several years he has been editor of the weekly Newsletter for the parish of the Good Samaritan, and before that for St Mary’s parish. He sings in the choir and is part of the parish Reading Ministry. With Barbara he has run several pilgrimages to Krakow, Poland – ‘In the Footsteps of Saint John Paul’ which brought people together from across the Deanery. He works extensively for New Neighbours together, the local charity which supports refugees and asylum seekers resettle into life in Burnley.

KSC Council 110 supports Youth Competitions

The Council can report two successes in the KSC Youth Competitions in the past year. The latest was the first prize in the 2021 Easter Painting Competition. The photo shows Heidi, the winning pupil with John Robertshaw, Headteacher at Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Colne.

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The KSC 110 Club 

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Normal opening hours are:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday 19:00 – 00:00; Sunday will be 14:30 – 22:00. There will be live Music on Fridays starting at 21:30 and Sundays at 18:00.






The Knights of St Columba (KSC) were founded in Glasgow in the year 1919 – so the organisation recently celebrated its Centenary. The KSC is the largest Catholic fraternal service organisation of its kind in Britain.

The Order is named after the missionary Saint Columba of Ireland. The saint helped to bring Christianity to the people of Northern Britain. ​Our membership cuts across people from different walks of life, who by dedication, share in the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.

We have about 4,000 members in over 300 Councils (local groups)  across England, Scotland and Wales. Membership is limited to men who faithfully practise Catholicism and are aged 16 or over.   We support the doctrine as well as the missionary work of the Holy Catholic Church.

Burnley Council is a bit younger, we formed in 1925 partly at the instigation of a Glaswegian who came to Burnley to play football and was already involved in the KSC. Our activities mirror those of the national organisation and Councils across the country. We are not a secret organisation, we hold many of our activities in public.


  • Support the clergy;
  • We support young people by organising events for our Catholic Primary Schools and supporting achievement at our Secondary School;
  • We promote Catholic Action eg by engaging with politicians on Right to Life issues;
  • We raise funds for local, regional, national and international charities – in the last year before Covid we donated £3000 – split between the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the Catholic Handicapped Fellowship; in late 2020 we made donations to the Catholic Handicapped Fellowship and Holly Grove School (Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund) who each received cheques for £1,000.
  • We foster the spiritual and material wellbeing of members and their families, spending a lot of time visiting and supporting our members and their widows who are unwell. We hold regular Masses and Rosaries; we participate in pilgrimages;
  • We have an active social life – largely centred on the KSC 110 Club on Yorkshire Street where we have been since 1962. It’s where we are able to hold events to support our fundraising aim. 




On 5 October 1919, Patrick Joseph O'Callaghan, an Irish immigrant from Cork, gathered a meeting of 24 Catholic men at Central Hall, Bath Street, Glasgow and agreed to form a fraternal organisation - The Knights of St Columba.


The founders, known as the Incorporators, modelled the Knights of St Columba on the Knights of Columbus in the United States founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882. The first initiation of members began on 11 November 1919, while the following year a concert was held on St Patrick's Day which strongly boosted the membership of the organisation into the hundreds.


As Knights we fundraise for both local and national charitable causes and help "to make the difference." We work alongside other Knights in Charity, Unity and Fraternity. We meet new people and establish new friendships which last a lifetime. We deliver help to others and find solace ourselves with activities which enhance our spiritual lives. We campaign for the Sanctity of Human Life, Social Justice, the Poor, the Third World and more. We are part of a greater voice working in Charity, Unity and Fraternity towards a greater good.


The Order is named after the missionary Saint Columba of Ireland. The pious saint helped to bring Christianity to the people of Northern Britain. Our membership cuts across people from different walks of life, who by dedication, share in the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. We have over 4,000 members in over 300 Councils across England, Scotland and Wales. Membership is limited to men who faithfully practise Catholicism and are aged 16 or over.


As a religious sodality, we support the doctrine as well as the missionary work of the Holy Catholic Church. We foster the spiritual and material wellbeing of members and their families. Similarly, we encourage the development of young people in our local communities and abroad. We are also part of the founding members of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights (IACK).


The Order is an organised body of Catholic men; a lay organisation giving its entire loyalty to the Holy See, to the Hierarchy and Clergy in all things appertaining to the Catholic Church. Belonging to the Order strengthens our Catholicity by learning, understanding and spreading Catholic Social Teaching and the Gospel values. Members work together with the Church with the full approval of the Hierarchies of England, Scotland and Wales.


Members of the Order are pledged to campaign for pro-life and other moral issues, working with other organisations that share our views and beliefs. Members are also committed to help and support young people to grow in the likeness of Christ as well as promoting vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and religious life. The Order is a fraternal and charitable organisation, ensured by its members carrying out benevolent works in our parishes, dioceses and overseas, especially in the developing world.


The Order aims to be a family organisation that promotes the family and its values and fully appreciates the help and support of our ladies, families and friends who support us in the work carried out in the name of the Knights of St Columba. Members of the Order aim to achieve these objectives through practising the fundamental values of: Charity, Unity and Fraternity.



Click Here for an Extract from 1975 KSC 110 Golden Jubliee Brochure of the local history


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 Golden Jubilee brochure 2

 Golden Jubilee brochure 3



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