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John Christopher Hadfield RIP
(29th November 1947 - 1st September 2017)

Appointed Treasurer: 9/01/1991

Appointed to the Board of Management: 9/01/1991

President 1992 - 1993

Retired from the Board of Management:  Whit Tuesday 6/06/2017

It is with sadness that we have to announce that John passed away on 1st September 2017.


John became Treasurer of the Broughton Catholic Charitable Society at a most difficult time for the Society. He was responsible for turning the Societies finances around. After twenty six years as Treasurer and as a member of the Management Board he finally retired.  He also served as President in 1992 - 1993. The Society will always be grateful to him for his direction and diligence.

His funeral took place at 1pm on Wednesday 13th September at St John’s RC Church, Ivy Street, Burnley, BB10 1TD.  The committal followed at Burnley Crematorium (Accrington Road, BB11 5QD).  All were invited for a pint with pie and peas at Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club (Holden Road, Burnley, BB10 2LE).


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New Secretary & Treasurer

The Society welcomes Mr Peter Van Parys as Secretary of the Society, Peter has taken over from Mr Frank Pearson who is warmly thanked for his time as Secretary.  Please click on the News page for more details.

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History of BCCS

THE OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY ARE  the spiritual benefits of its members, both living and dead, and the relief of hardship, wherever it is encountered, by making grants of money. 


It came into being in the late 18th Century after a smallpox epidemic had ravaged the Broughton district of the Fylde - one of the most intensely Catholic areas in England. (No fewer than seven of the English Martyrs were born within a 7-mile radius of the village). The disease carried off many smallholders, whose families would have been destitute had not the rest of the community helped them with money and by working their lands. When the epidemic abated, those good people continued to meet in local farmhouses, some of them Mass centres in penal days, to help the needy and to have Masses said for the living and dead. In time the idea grew up of forming a permanent society. As the Golden Ball (Now Bay Tree) at Broughton crossroads on the present A6 offered a central position, the first meeting took place there on 6 May 1787. The priests and laypersons of the Society have dined together in the Broughton area on each Whit Tuesday ever since.​​​​