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31st December 2003
You will find a new entry on Page 35 of the Histories
section, which I have been wanting to complete for several weeks.
Sincere thanks to the ever-faithful Tony Smyth and
John and Margaret Morton for this bolt from the blue. Not forgetting
Fr Gerard Scriven WF and his talented illustrator, Sister Mary Barbara.
See y'all in 2004. Paul
15th December 2003
1. The fourth and final page of Kevin Wiseman's photos is now displayed on Page
160 of the Gallery. (Thank you for your patience)
2. Christmas is a comin' and I haven't sent any cards yet. (How about you ?) I
will have to make this a priority, but will try to feed the website as and when
3. In case I forget sincere thanks, once again,
to all those people who kindly sent me such wonderful material during the past
At the start of 2003 we were up to Page 89 in the Gallery and we are now on Page
160. Also, umpteen pages have been added to the HISTORIES section and the Appendices
have been introduced. It's been a good year for the website but just imagine
what would have happened if nobody had sent me any new material.
4. During the past year I have also been to two excellent reunions and have met
up with many new faces from the past (such as Danny O'Hagan and Bernie Ahearn
from my era). And during the summer I had coffee in Waitrose with John and Carole
Fowles after 46 years !
Have a good Christmas, if I don't see you before.
8th December 2003 things are a bit slow
at the moment, but will gradually pick up . . .
We are very fortunate to have been lent a collection of photos by Celiar,
the sister of Fr Kevin Wiseman. These cover
some very important gaps in the story and must be quite rare. They start on
Page 157 of the GALLERY section and will
run and run.
Eugene has done an excellent job with the identification
of most of the individuals.
THANK YOU Celiar and Eugene !
2 appeals have just been posted on the Message Board.
1st December 2003 sorry about the delay
another parishioner from the days when Heston Parish was run by the White Fathers,
has lent me a bundle of photos which really stirs up old childhood memories.
You can access these on Page 31 of the Histories section.
Some of the photos include priests whom you, too, might have known. David has
enabled me to open up another sub-section entitled "Parishioners You Might
Thank you, David, for responding so quickly to my request.
16th November 2003
Time-travellers, John and Margaret Morton,
recently visited Sr Mary Potts WS who lives
in retirement near Newquay, Cornwall. They have been friends for several years
and enjoy talking about the old days when Mary was based at the White Sisters'
convent in Heston. Mary kindly put together a collection of photos from those
days, which you can now view when you go to Page 31 of the Histories section
devoted to all things connected to the old Heston parish when it was
run by the WFs. (Look at the sub-section entitled "White
Fathers and White Sisters you may have known")
ALSO, at long last, illustrations are being added to the biography
of Bishop Walsh WF (Page 10 in the Histories
section). This biography was given to me by John Morton some time ago, but
so far the text has remained un-illustrated. So THANK YOU John, Margaret
and Sister Mary for all your help with this.
13th November 2003
I am grateful to Estelle Geddes for the
three photos that have been recently added to the site. You will find one of
them on Page 156 of the Gallery and the
other two are Estelle's further contribution to her uncle's tribute
Fr Hugh Monaghan. (Page 1 of the Obituaries
section). Estelle lives in New Zealand but is a regular (and most supportive)
visitor to the site. Thank you, Estelle.
Please excuse the long delays in getting new material on to the website just
recently. (Exhibitions, Exhibitions, Exhibitions). There are also several people
who are patiently awaiting replies to emails. Will be back soon.
Mike Ellis gave me a newspaper report of
the fire at St Columba's. See Page 14 of the Histories
section for this new item. (Thank you, Mike for this and the
other items you have contributed.)
1st November 2003
Pages 153, 154 & 155 of the Gallery
are now complete, displaying the most recent batch of photos that Eugene sent
Some of the material has been rearranged, so you may wish to re-view all
Also, one further entry has been added to Page 34 of
the Histories section.
Over the past 3 years, Eugene has supplied us with a huge number of photos and
has always tried to provide name/place details where
posible. THANK YOU, Eugene, for this unfailing
I'll say it again, because it needs repeating : the website has benefitted greatly
from the generosity of dozens of individuals who have taken the time and trouble
to search for old photos etc
Question : will I still be adding more pages to
this website in a year's time ? The website is now 3 years old and we currently
have more than
1000 photos on display. I'm sure that there's still a lot more material 'out
there', so please encourage people to search their attics
and get it to me asap. As someone said recently, "Do
it NOW it's later than you think". (Or words to that
effect . . .)
30th October 2003
Pages 153 & 154 of the Gallery
now include even more photos from Eugene the s'Heerenberg days, this
time. (Another page of these to come).
26th October 2003
Brother John Ogilvie (James Sweeney) was
well known to countless numbers of you, of course having served most
of his missionary life in the various WF houses of formation. Not surprisingly,
his name crops up many times throughout this website ; in particular, you can
read about him on Pages 8, 11 and 33 of the Histories
section and in Eugene's 36th Newsletter.
There's also an early photo of him on Page 4 of the
Gallery. You can now read an excellent tribute to him in the
Obituaries section (just completed).
Sister Hilda Mary Brocklehurst is now featured in the history of Heston
Parish : see Page 31 of the Histories section.
24th October 2003
Chris Cooper also included a September '61
edition of "Hampshire, the county magazine"
in which appeared an article about The Priory. Although it covers familiar ground,
it is interesting to view things as they were 42 years ago (yes!). The item
is reproduced on Page 34 of the Histories section.
You may not have noticed that I disappeared down to London without warning for
3 days this week but am back again and tackling the in-tray. While I
was away I heard the tail-end of a radio feature which included the following
I'm turning into a rheumy-eyed old man. I'll be reproducing "Love
Is . . . " captions for your delectation next).
is 168,000 the largest number in the world ?
Well, there is 168,000 and one, of course.
So I was nearly right then, wasn't I ?
17th October 2003
The rest of Chris Cooper's photos are now
displayed on Pages 151 and 152 of the Gallery.
An appropriate time to say a sincere THANK YOU to Chris for this contribution
and for his patience whil
waiting for it to appear.
16th October 2003
There are only 3 pictures displayed on Page 150 of
the Gallery because one of them is a large group photo which
might cause problems for people who use a 'dial-ip connection to the internet.
Please let me know if I am making it too difficult for you to download such
pages because I might be overloading them with images.
Look, also, at Page 34 of the Histories section,
which has only one entry so far. Soon, some background information from Mike
Mearns will be displayed there. He has kindly lent me a tape of a
certain band which will be familiar to some of you who were at Blacklion. Mike
rushed this over from Canada but it arrived too late for the Dryburgh reunion,
if you recall.
Can anyone give me an address for James Murphy, please ? I need to return
a photo which he lent me when we met at the recent reunion.
14th October 2003
The first of Chris Cooper's pictures start on Page
149 of the Gallery.
13th October 2003
Chris Cooper sent me two obituaries for Sean
Hughesand these can now be read on Page
6 in the Obituaries Section.
Thank you Chris, and apologies for the delay in getting these transcribed.
Sean started at St Columba's in 1958 and then progressed down to The Priory,
which he left in 1965 with good academic qualifications. Various references
to Sean can be seen throughout this website. In particular, the "Another
Outing" article that he wrote (Page 13 of
the Histories section), reveals his early interest in politics.
I'd be grateful if any of you are in touch with Sean's family to let them know
of this obituary and to see if we can get a better photograph of him in his
later years. Email me if you
can help with this or have any further comments to add.
12th October 2003
John Morton has lent us a set of photos from the mid/late fifties, mostly
taken at s'Heerenberg. He has also given me a bundle of Wopsy books and others
and, like Tony Smyth, is patiently waiting for something to appear.
Grateful thanks to both of you for these wonderful additions to our archives.
They'll be back safely with you before you can say "Goodness me, old chap,
I'd forgotten that I'd sent you these. Is that website thing still running,
Chris Cooper, stop fretting and enjoy your new home and retirement. I
promise you that you're now top of the in-tray.
11th October 2003
Pages 142 to 147 of the Gallery are now complete. It's worth looking
at them again because I have had to make changes to the layout.
Page 146 of the Gallery section
is currently displaying another set of pictures from Pat Gritton
for which we all say THANKS PAT. Pat has
also sent me a tape of the Missa Luba and I hope to bring you a sample of this
soon, once I have worked out how to transcribe it into digital form.
Whatever happened to Page 145 of the Gallery, I hear
you say ? It's not quite ready, came the reply.
me of the story Spike Milligan told about the outside loo which was situated
in his garden.
On one dark night when he was 'at his toilette' there came a soft tapping
on the door.
"Who is it ?" he shouted, grumpily.
There was a moment or two of silence.
"It's somebody else" came the reply from his tiny grandchild outside.
Page 144 of the Gallery section now contains pictures of the Dryburgh reunion
kindly donated by John and Margaret Morton
Page 143 of the Gallery section is now ready and Eugene's Newsletter
(No. 44) can be read in the NEWS section.
I have a lot of material here to show you but frustratingly little time to get
on with it.
For example, Mike Mearns sent me an audio tape to play at the Dryburgh
reunion but unfortunately it arrived one day too late. More of this and other
material will be appearing soon, godwot.
3rd October 2003
The first of the Dryburgh Reunion photos are
now on display see Page 142 of the Gallery section.
Please let me have any photos of this event that you would like me to include
ASAP, so that I can site them on to successive pages.
Work-in-progress includes the Gallery Index and
a " Have Your Say " facility which
will help to shape the way ahead both in terms of the website itself and
any other aspect of the Pelicans that you might like to discuss. Both of these
will materialise shortly, but please be patient because I am moving into one of
those busy work periods again.
29th September 2003
Within days of hearing about The Pelicans, Bernie Ahearn
has kindly come up with some photos from 1956/7, which you will see displayed
on Page 141 of the Gallery.
Thank you Bernie for this immediate response. I have dealt with them
straightaway, even though I have a backlog of material to process from Chris Cooper,
John Morton, Tony Smyth and Eugene.I am grateful to these people for patiently
waiting for their work to appear - and for not objecting to the fact that I don't
seem to deal with things in strict order.
After I have dealt with some of the photos that I took at the recent reunion at
St Columba's, I will be concentrating an improved access to The Gallery and
providing you with an up-to-date index. Yes, at long last, it's on its way Peter
22nd September 2003
final batch of Chris Campbell's pictures are
now on display. See the whole collection on Pages 138 - 140 of The Gallery
and please email our thanks to him when you get a moment. (Check the CONTACTS
section for his details or email
me if you don't know how to access the 'confidential list' of contact details).
19 thSeptembert 2003
The first of Chris Campbell's pictures are
now ready. View them on Page 138 of the Gallery.
16 thSeptember 2003
The design of the Message Board
has been causing some confusion but hopefully you will find it easier to use
now. BraveNet provide the means of accessing the messages
and I have only just worked out how to make this transparent.
(They forbid you to tweak their coding but if BraveNet pull the plug I shall tell
the world that the owners have beetled off to the Bahamas, leaving the robots
14 thSeptember 2003
Chris Campbell's photos from the
early 60's will start on Page 138 of the Gallery shortly
and there is an email from him re-printed on the Message Board which I
thought some of you would find interesting.
The strangest thing happened to me just now. I
had my browser (Internet Explorer) running and was re-arranging the look of my
desktop. I was in the process of dragging a graphics file from one side of the
desktop but 'dropped' it as I passed over the browser. It was actually one of
the photos/pictures that I had just posted into the Gallery. Explorer
grabbed hold of it and displayed it
immediately as a full-size photo !
So I picked up a group of several other 'photos' and dropped them into Explorer.
It gobbled them up within seconds and I was able to use the browser to view this
instant gallery of photos. (Using the 'back' and 'forward' keys). Wundebar.
The original files were not affected, of course. Explorer simply took a copy of
anything offered to it.
So here's a quick way of creating a picture gallery of all those photos you have
taken with your new digital camera, for example.
I now await a flood of emails from people who discovered this several years
13 thSeptember 2003
John Hennebry's batch of photos are starting
to appear on Page 136 of the Gallery.
This makes it sound like a miracle, doesn't it ? like a mirage that gradually
comes into focus. The reality is a bit more prosaic, I'm afraid, but the photos
are just as good.
for sending them. People such as Pat Gritton, Pat McHale, Sean Murphy and Paul
Glover are going to be delighted to see these.
11 thSeptember 2003
Ken Miller knew several White Fathers (such as Fr Dan Sherry) when he was
growing up in Zambia
or Northern Rhodesia as it was then. He emailed some time ago and I decided
that it ought to go on to the Message Board, just in case anyone recognises him
from those days.
10 thSeptember 2003
Fr David Cullen's Word of Thanks
is now displayed in the Appeals section. It's a painful story of how so
many of the people in that part of Zambia live. Eugene circulated David's email
some time ago and I must apologise for not transcribing this sooner.
The remaining photos that Mike Mearns sent
us can now be seen on Page 135 of the Gallery
The backlog of material is gradually being processed and will start to
appear during the next few days, I hope.
If you had an opportunity to have a look at the recently updated LINKS section,
you may have spotted Robbie Dempsey' s suggestion : the audio and text
of recent BBC RADIO 4 as per the following website address :
It's a very interesting programme that deals with missionaries in various parts
fo the world. I am listening to the following as I write :
Programme 1: Ghana
The fight against slavery was a great goal for 19th century missionaries to
Africa, like David Livingstone. Many people assume that the fact that Africa today
is overwhelmingly Christian is down to the success of those missionaries. The
real story is now only beginning to emerge; the slave trade still plays a key
role, but not in the way you'd imagine.
I recently downloaded the RealPlayer which (most annoyingly) the BBC use
for transmitting our UK Radio programmes and I am therefore able to listen to
the audio broadcast whilst I am doing something else.
http://www.real.com/freeplayer/?rppr=rnwk is the download address for the
If you haven't done so already and you like radio, it's worth getting hold of
this player. Robbie has found a really interesting series here, presented by the
Note 1 : I've just discovered that if you listen to a whole segment of
these recorded programmes, it saves the programme on your hard disk and
you can listen to it again when you want to. Excellenté I've proved
this several times. Is this a way of also collecting plays / comedy / poetry etc
from recorded broadcasts from across the world, I wonder ? And is this therefore
"streaming audio without the tears" ?
Note 2 : this sort of information should really be
filed in the PASSITON section and I will move it there later.
Mike Mearns' attic has revealed some more
gems from the past see Page 33 of the Histories section for
extracts from the Golden Jubilee issue of the White Fathers' magazine (as it was
called in those days) plus a letter to parents from the Father Superior
at The Priory 1956.
Thanks a million, Mike for another contribution to the site.
Have you had a look at the Links lately ? Have you seen the way in which
you can read all the daily papers on the net ? Want to have a sneaky look at subversive
articles in The Tablet without anyone knowing? Go there now
have a look at "The Segway" under the "Other Useful Items"
category. (If you get one, I'll get one, but there's no way I'm going to be the
first to whiz down the street on one of those).
3rd September 2003
Eugene has supplied us with more pictures
of the Robinson Crusoe panto at Totteridge in 1959which
to me just looks like an excuse to dress up and have fun on stage. (Have you seen
the plot ? Nothing whatsover to do with R Crusoe as far as the I can see). Anthony
Whelan's two pages of photos of this production are on Pages 107
and 108 already, of course, and Eugene has kindly helped us with most of the
names for these as well. Wonderful. Thank you, Eugene, for all this effort.
2nd September 2003
See Pages 132 and 133 of the Gallery for
more of Eugene's photos of Totteridge in the late fifties and early sixties.
See also Pages 107 and 108 of the Gallery
which Eugene has helped me to annotate - pictures of the 1959 Robinson
Crusoe Panto at Totteridge in 1959. THANK YOU
for all this Eugene - a great help to us all.
Have a look, also, at the Message Board 'front' page to see if it makes
more sense. It has been pointed out that the 'Message Bank' (the archive
of all previous messages) dominated the page, confusing things for newcomers.
Nobody has left a message of late and I am concerned that this might have been
28th August 2003
See Page 131 of the Gallery for new photos
of football / rugby teams in Eugene's era (for which, many thanks Eugene).
You'll see some faces that don't appear very often and several from other European
27th August 2003
Have you looked at the Gallery lately ? There
are some very interesting new entries on Pages 120-130,
most of which I haven't publicised because they have only just been completed
Pages 123 - 124 : Eugene (Deep Throat) MacBride has found some more
photos for the collection.
Who ARE his sources ? Was he really the WF's official photographer during the
post-war years or is this a lie ?
Whatever. Thanks to Eugene for this unfailing effort to keep the kettle boiling.
Page 125 : photos from Margaret Baker which Eugene
forwarded to me, along with his usual careful notes. We are very grateful to Margaret
for these. One is a little gem : a 1948 photo of the Mikado when it was staged
at The Priory.
Page 126 : we have yet more pictures from Pat
McHale taken during his time at St Columba's and Totteridge.
Pat is currently living in Guadeloupe and is a regular visitor to the site.
Thanks Pat for these much appreciated. Can I have your new address
so that I can return them ?
Pages 127 - 129 : another wonderful set of Ebby Bolan's watercolours.
Thank you Peter MacComiskey yet again for
sending them over from Floridaand trusting that I wouldn't sell them on
to a dealer in the meantime.
Page 130 : Robbie Dempsey has found
some pictures of his GAP year etc, making me wonder why I didn't stay on
just for the skiing.
Thanks ONCE MORE to Robbie.
(I'd be grateful if you wouldn't tell him that helping out is purely voluntary).
THERE'S A LOT MORE IN THE PIPELINE - THANK YOU, ALSO, TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE
STILL WAITING FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO APPEAR.
25th August 2003
The final chapter of "Planting
the faith" is now ready ; go to Page
29 of the Histories section to read/download it.
I have re-jigged the layout so that it stretches across two pages instead of
one. This should make access easier for 'dial-up' visitors.
At this point we must thank Robbie Dempsey for suggesting the project and
providing me with a copy of the book. The story of the Martyrs of Uganda has been
re-told many timesand deservedly sobut it never ceases to astonish
and inspire, does it ?
And I must ask, is it "Blessed" Simeon Lourdel now (at least) or am
I being naive?
23rd August 2003
Bernard Melling and Robbie Dempsey have already
made substantial contributions to our website and here they are again on
Page 32 of the Histories section. Bernard sent me his write-up of the 1997
Dublin reunion and Robbie has found the script of "Simple
Spyman" by John Chapman, which was performed by the students at
Blacklion in 1967. (Extracts are reproduced for your entertainment and delight
. . . )
Both of these items are illustrated with photos but
it is hoped that the play, particularly, will remind some people that they also
have some memorabilia that could be included on this Page.
17th August 2003
See Page 29 of the Histories section for the penultimate
chapter of "Planting the Faith".
Also, the Quick Search facility has been amended to give more comprehensive /
8th August 2003
harrowing stories of the Martyrs of Uganda continues, on Page 29 of the
7th August 2003
There is a small backlog of tributes to be processed. Today, Fr
Gerry Taylor's life is celebrated on Page 6 of the Obituaries section, along
with that of Fr John Morrissey,
who died in May last year. Our thanks, as always, to the
WFs at Sutton Coldfield for their permission to reprint items from the WF-WS magazine.
For newcomers: simply click on the OBITUARIES option and you will
be given an index, from which you can select the tribute you wish to read.
ALSO : I have included an article written by Miss Thérese Donnelly about
the WF Parents and Friends Association (Scotland).
At present, it is just a link within Fr Chris Wallbank's article celebrating the
Golden Jubilee of Rutherglen. (See Page 30 of the Histories
I hope to give the work of the Association much greater prominence soon. (Long
6th August 2003
If you knew Sister St Patrick
you will want to read a tribute to her in the Obituaries section. (Page 4 - if
you want to go directly to it).
ALSO have a look at the new facility for seaching our website.
GOOGLE, which is surely the best search engine on the
interenet, now offer a free facility for searching a specific website (or
the rest of the internet ,as well, if you wish).
Adopting this facility will save Morgan of StudioBlip a lot of work - and
the search that it performs will also be completely up-to-date. It only remains
to say THANK YOU MORGAN for all your good efforts.
2nd August 2003
Chapter 8 of "Planting The Faith" is
ready on Page 29 of the Histories section, though it makes painful reading.
Stories like this are very inspiring, of course, but they leave me wondering how
brave/clever/composed I would have been in that situation.
1st August 2003
Pages 123 & 124 of the Gallery now displays
some more pictures that were sent to me by Eugene.
(Where does he get these from?)
Three points about the Gallery :
a) one day
I will provide you with an Index again. The previous one supplied for Pages 1
- 50 needed amending and now we have a great deal more photos to record.
b) I have restricted the number of photos displayed on Page 124 because I am probably
making life a bit difficult for people with a dial-up connection. Having said
that, broadband prices are about to tumble and I'm hoping that people will ditch
their sky satellites and upgrade their internet connections asap !
c) I have a large backlog of material in the pipeline, for which I am very grateful.
There's some wonderful stuff to come and I'd like to thank all the contributors
for their trust and trouble. I know I've said that before, but just look at the
size of this website already, already. The support has been excellent and
I've never run out of material yet. (Thanks to a quick SOS to Danny O and Mike
Ellis on one occcasion). However, I need to take it easy during the summer. So,
it will be slow slow, quick quick slow for a bit.
30th July 2003
Page 31 of the Histories section is devoted to my old parish at Heston,
Middlesex. I hope that you, too, will find it of interest. It includes photos
of quite a lot of priests that you might have known - and, as a bonus, a photo
of John Morton on the occasion of his First Holy Communion.
We should soon be getting visits from umpteen parishioners from Heston, therefore.
Hopefully, the word will spread and a lot more photos and anecdotes will come
25th July 2003
Chapter 7 of "Planting the Faith" is entitled "Back to
Uganda" and is now displayed on Page
29 of the Histories section. Things are getting pretty scary for Fr Lourdel
and his compadres, as Mwanga orders the execution of the Anglican Bishop, James
You may have to hide behind the sofa when the next chapter is released next
In the background several things are taking shape. In particular, the
material sent to me by Mrs Pamela Scanlon is gradually being processed and by
the end of this week there will be many photos etc to show you of the WFs
in their parish at Heston,Middlesex. This has had to be a priority because
I have held onto the memorabilia for rather longand it's also of particular
interest to me. My brother John and I were once parishioners thereas
was Adrian Lance, John Healy, John and Paul Tait.
Heston was the main London HQ for the White Fathers for many years, of course,
so we got to meet a great deal of WFs during our time there (as you will see
in the photos).
Did you notice that I jumped ship this week ? I tied the rudder down so that
the website pointed out to sea and took the lifeboat to London for 6 days. Sorry
about that, but nothing crashed. Next time I'll let you know.
15th July 2003
Chapter 6 of "Planting the Faith" is now ready
so see Page 29 of the Histories section for your bedtime/badtime reading. Illustrations
are thin on the ground at the moment, but I am sure that I will gradually be
able to find items that appropriately illustrate the text. In the meantime,
it's an inspiring story of what was taking place over 120 years ago.
Someone who lives in the Caribbean (don't ell 'em your name Pike!) emailed to
say that it was certainly better than the Archers. And he's right. Every step
of the way is packed full of trials and tribulations, whereas in the Archers
they tend to spin it out a bit. If I remember rightly, it took Shula over 18
months to have her baby.
I will try to return to my previous boast of publishing 1 chapter per week,
so don't make any plans for a holiday this side of September.
(There's no-one out there, Paul. You're talking to yourself again).
13th July 2003
The Message Board and Guestbook have recently
been temporarily closed down by the providers and the new versions have had
certain options removed. Both
facilities will eventually be replaced by ones that we 'own', i.e. specially
produced and owned by us, not an outside provider. In the meantime, I have taken
the precaution of 'archiving' all the messages and storing them safely in a
'Message Bank'. This can be accessed from the normal Message Board page. I have
started the process of re-formatting them for ease of access and to make them
more attractive. This will be an 'ongoing' activity (to use a phrase which I
If it appeals to you, a facility for playing background music-while-you-view
will be added (and can already be triggered, as you will see in the first few
Yes, WE'RE BACK and ready to tackle the backlog of fascinating stuff that you
have kindly sent me.
Michael Bolan's paintings are displayed on Pages 127 -
129 of the Gallery section (preceded by some
empty pages which I have reserved for other photos. No comments have
been added to the pictures yet because of time constraints.
Morgan of www.studioblip.com has completed the trial
version of the new QuickSearch facility. It seems to work well, but if you find
anomalies please let me know. Thank you
for all the time you have freely given to this, Morgan.
Chapter 5 of "Planting the Faith"
can now be viewed on Page 29 of the Histories section - but this week there
are no illustrations. I wanted to present some
better portrait photos of people such as Fr Livinhac etc but have had no response
from official sources for such material so far. It's pity that the WFs photo
archive is not digitised and available on the web. Can anyone help me with this
Tony Smyth and Robbie Dempsey have sent me even more material (!), and
I have 17 more of Michael Bolan's watercolours kindly lent to me by Peter
McComiskey. I'll get this on to the website asap, but it may be a slow trickle
because my next few weeks are going to be extremely busy.
Robbie sent me a webpage which you might like to look at before you disappear
. Click here to view
1st June 2003
More of Tony
Smyth's photo collection can be seen on Pages 121 and 122 of the Gallery
We are very much indebted to people such as Tony for their generous contributions
to the site.
It is heartening to see that the number of those who donate material is increasing
all the time. There was a time when I thought the source had dried up ! Danny
O'Hagan and Mike Ellis came to rescue and since then the trickle has turned
to a flood. Wundebar !
31st May 2003
Tony Smyth has supplied
several very interesting items that further illustrate the article written by
Fr Chris Wallbank on
Page 30 of the Histories section (entitled "Golden
Jubilee at Ruthglen").
One is particularly relevant to people who attended St Columba's between 1960
- 62 : a promotional leaflet that features many of the students of that time.
Another little gem - thank you, Tony.
30th May 2003
Chapter 4 of "Planting the Faith"
can now be viewed on Page 29 of the Histories section. The layout has been changed
to improve visibility (I trust) and I would be grateful for your views on that.
The illustrations are taken from various sources. This week's chapter includes
a photo of the early missionaries taken from a book lent by Dr Mike Cooper,
for example. (Thanks, Mike).
You'd be surprised at the amount of material that Google comes up with when
you search on "Mtesa", as I did this week, when looking for a photogragh
of this Uganda king. So, if you want some follow-up reading (!) there's a great
deal of material written about this fascinating part of history.
It would be nice to pay a very special tribute to Brother
Paddy on the website, so I'd be pleased to collect all the contributions
that you can muster for this.
Repeat : Photos of Paddy currently on display can be found in the following
Pages of the Gallery section : 8, 15, 28, 62, 85 He also features on Pages 1,
15, 16 & 25 of the Histories section?s well as the obituary that he wrote for
Brother Aubert (Page 5)
Mrs Pamela Scanlon has sent me a large amount of material relating to
the time when the WFs were running the parish at Heston, Middlesex. (Our Lady,
Queen of Apostles church). John Morton and I will be correlating this
and after further research will be publishing a small booklet to celebrate the
thriving community that those White Father priests and brothers created over
a period of 30 years. Adrian Lance, John Healy, John Morton,
John and Paul Tait, John and Paul West were all parishioners
at one time.
26th May 2003
The remaining photos in the
Walter Perry collection are now displayed on
Page 120 of the Gallery section
24th May 2003
Pat McHale has been following
the progress of Fr Simeon Lourdel (Page 19 in the Histories section) and
has emailed some impressions of the last days at Maison Carrée.
These brief reflections will be of interest
to a lot of readers, I am sure, so I have started an Appendix
section for the book and included Pat's contribution
It's very encouraging to get feedback like this, so please send me any comments
/ additions that you may have to offer, as you come across names / events that
spark off personal memories.
(As someone once said: " Pavlov ? That name rings a bell. ")
Some news : Brother Paddy may be looking
at The Pelicans' website as we talk. He now has his own cd version of the site
and the hospice have kindly offered to lend him a laptop and take him through
the' family album'. Robbie Dempsey went to see
him recently and found him in good spirits and certainly on the ball. They talked
for ages about the old times and Paddy proved to have an excellent memory for
people and places. Let's hope that the cd gives him a lot of pleasure. The address
of the hospice is : Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6w, Ireland.
Tel: ++353 1 406 8700
Don't forget that you, too, could have a copy of the 'website cd' when
it becomes available in early June. It will be bang up-to-date and it will run
faster than broadband but you won't even need to be connected to the web
to run it. More about this soon.
23rd May 2003
Chapter 3 of the life of Simeon Lourdel is now ready.
(Page 29 of the Histories section)
Please do not ring me up to ask what happens in Chapter 4be patient. Even
I don't know yet what to make of the bunch of hieroglyphs that the scanner gives
me each week. (And for those of you who have been asking, the exam is not until
Tony Smyth has an unbelievable
bundle of things to send me soon : several adventures of Wopsy,
Fr Howell's 'Leaves from a White Father's Diary', another text about Simeon
Lourdel, photos of a fete at Rutherglen and 31 Weld Road (Birkdale).
I tell you, this St Jude works every time. Wonderful.
21st May 2003
Page 30 of the Histories section
is now displaying Fr Chris Wallbank's article
'A Golden Jubilee in Rutherglen' from
this month's WF/WS magazine. Many thanks to Chris
and Fr Bill Turnbull for permission to do so.
Question : have you any photos that I can use to illustrate this ? There must
surely be a great deal of such material hiding somewhere, particularly as Rutherglen
has been such a busy centre for so many years.
17th May 2003
Chapter 2 of the life of Simeon Lourdel is now ready and
can be seen on Page 29 of the Histories sectionalong
with a caveat from Nanny and the first of photos relating to the storyline.
If you still have your eyesight, read it straight off the screen. If you've still
got your marbles, download it and print it off for reading later.
16th May 2003
Page 119 of the Gallery
section is now showing the first half of Walter Perry's pictures much appreciated,
too, Walter. The rest will follow asap.
Urgent appeal: Have you any copies of old magazines produced by the WFs
themselves from the 80's and back ? If so, would you lend them to
a spell ? I'm concerned that old publications like these will disappear before
we have a chance to record some of the highlights from yesteryear. Any copies
of "Kisito", or "Wopsie", for example ? Thanks for any help
you can give me with this.
12th May 2003
The index system for the Histories and the Gallery section
have been 'streamlined' : in future a section
will only have an index/menu on its 'front' page. I hope that this will seem
more logical after a while. (Makes life simpler for me !)
10th May 2003
A new publication is in the making : Chapter
1 of "Planting the Faith In Darkest Africa,
The Life Story of Fr Simeon Lourdel" is available
for reading/downloading on Page 29 of the Histories section. A fresh chapter
will be added each week, as I patiently follow the silvery trail of the transcription
processand hopefully will be available on cd and in text form in the summer.
It's THANK YOU to Robbie
Dempsey (once again!) for getting hold of the book and donating it.
Within the next few days, Maurice Billingsley's
magnum opus "A School for Apostles" is about to have a few amendments/updates
made (undetectable anomalies that only Maurice has noticed). This is another
piece of excellent writing which should be downloaded and read as your next
Book of The Week (after you've read Chapter 1 of Simeon Lourdel's life,
Walter Perry has lent 20+ photos to Eugene, who has passed them
on to me with details of nearly all the 'faces' that are featured. (Hard work,
if you've ever tried it). Thanks to Walter and Eugene for this. And on his return
from Rome, Pat Menzies will be sending some photos from a slightly earlier period,
which has not been very well covered so far. So, there are quite a few photographics
treats to look forward to in the coming weeks.
A cd 'snapshot' of the website will be made in time for the Bishop
Waltham reunion (June 7th & 8th). This will contain every item up until
that date and will not require an internet connection
to play it. (Just a browser, such as Internet Explorer). So everything
you want to view will download in seconds.
I would like to use this as a means of raising funds for Zambia and hope that
people will think £5 is a fair contribution to make.
(Details will be posted in the APPEALS section soon).
9th May 2003
Go to the Student Listings
Appendix to see The
Priory Student Listing sorted in YEAR GROUP
order as promised.
Please report any glitches that may have occurred during the move to a new
computer. (email me)
6th May 2003
John Prior has produced
a very useful spreadsheet from the website's St Columba's file. This has
enabled an alternative student record to be created. It is now possible to view
not only the original alphabetical list but also one which is sorted into Year
Groups. This is a very useful format for helping people to fill in those 'memory
gaps'. Sincere thanks to John for this help.
Hopefully, The Priory records will soon be displayed in a similar fashion.
The APPENDICES that 'newish'
group of extra facilities that has been available lately is undergoing
a re-vamp. Ignore them at your peril because these 5 sections are the
source of some very useful background information (as the Listings section
has proved already).
So, keep an eye on the way the Appendices are growing because a lot of
development is taking place there. Have you looked at the LINKS
section lately, for example ? Did you know that it gives you 'instant
access' to dozens of daily newspapers, for example ? (Just one of many related
websites that you can click on). And have you seen the way in which the PUBLICATIONS
list is gradually expanding into quite a substantial resource?
2nd May 2003
There is a new entry Page 5 of the Obituaries section
a very brief resumé of the life of Andrew Murphy who
died in June 2001
If you were a friend and contemporary of Andrew's
you may wish to contribute
additional words, information, photos or condolences for inclusion
If so, email me
1st May 2003
Michael Goodstadt's extensive photo collection is
and can be viewed on Page
110 118of the Gallery
Morgan at StudioBlip is currently working on an enhanced
version of the Quick Search facility
that he created for the website before it moved to its
new 'broadband' base
(The pevious version cannot function at present)
* Send your thanks to Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
for this contribution to our site
23rd April 2003
Bill Hart sent us a batch of photos from his
days at St Columba's
which are now displayed on Page 109 of the Gallery section
Michael Goodstadt's cd of pictures will be appearing
The remaining photos from Anthony Whelan's collection
are now displayed on Pages 17 & 108 of the GALLERY section.
Anthony submitteded over 70 photos for the website site and we owe him a debt
along with all those other people who have made large and smaller contributions
in the past.
There's a new entry in PASSITON: broadband for the uninitiated (see Welcome page)
The Obituaries menu has been improved
and a new appreciation of the life of Archbishop Arthur Hughes included
(well worth reading - a very gifted man with a personality to match)
More of Anthony Whelan's photos are now on display
See Pages 106 + 107 of the GALLERY section
(Even more to follow)
The confidential email list is now updated
and includes addresses and telephone numbers
from Eugene's latest "Piorum Nomina Pelicanorum"
Can't find it ? Email me
with your passport details /DNA sample
There will now be a short intermission while the manager
takes to his bed to recover from the 'flu
Peter Finn has compiled a complete list of
everyone who attended the Junior Seminary in Scotland
(St Columba's, Danby Hall & Ratho)
and is now displayed in THE
STUDENT LISTINGS SECTION
Thank you, Peter, for all the hard effort involved
in getting this together
30th March See Page 14 of the Histories
section for an up-to-date
colour photo of Danby Hall
sent in by Michael Gallagher,
for which many thanks
More photos from Anthony
Whelan can be seen
on Page 104 of the Gallery section (and there are many more to come ! )
Another outstanding contribution to our website:
Michael Goodstadt has contributed a carefully
of dozens of photos from the period 1951 -1960
(To be displayed asap)
It's now even easier to get hold of a copy of the 'Fr Bouniol CD' from
Just send a ONE LINE EMAIL requesting it, along with your postal address,
Streamlining : the Gallery's menu system
be made simpler, with just a link back to the main (Gallery) menu
Broadband : if you are debating
whether to upgrade to this far superior internet service
now that prices are dropping, why not visit http://www.adslguide.org.uk
for an independent review of what's available ?
21st March Have you had
a look at the Publications / Links section
Some new website addresses might be of interest to you
21st March ALSO Keep an eye
on the Gallery for more pictures from the Anthony Whelan archives
17th March An appreciation of the
life of Fr Tom Rathe WF
has been added to Page
2 of the Obituaries section
16th Marcha large collection of
photos from Anthony Whelan is currently being processed
and can be viewed at Page 101 onwards (a.s.a.p.)
13th March 2003
An electronic version of an excellent study by
is now ready for you to read or download.
Read all about it in the Publications section.
And have you had a good look at the LINKS that
are provided in this section ?
There are some very useful websites listed which you might wish to investigate.
OF PREVIOUS UPDATES
(Prior to March 2003)
to the News, Obituaries and Gallery sections (as at 28th April 2001)
Bishop's Waltham Reunion
6th 2003 - everything since Sept 3rd
up-to-date list of all known email addresses that might be of interest
to you - available to people who email
me. (Not printed here, to avoid misuse of personal information).
Are you able to add to this list so that we can help more people
to contact their old friends?
Don't forget to look in the CONTACTS section to see if
any new names have been added recently.
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penny-a-click system of fundraising started on February 1st 2000
when the counter on the welcome page was 400. Every time anyone enters
the site all registered sponsors will pay one penny towards the Pelicans'
Fund for Africa.
Would you like to become a sponsor? It's not likely to cost you more
than £10 in a whole year! (Which represents 1,000 visitors to the
site, of course).
We have got 8 volunteers so far:
Paradime Client Services
Susanne Lamb (née Scott)
Paul West .
. . . and we need dozens of donors to make
it work as an effective fundraiser.
Click on the APPEALS section for more details.
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HISTORIES section is being re-organised so that it is easier for me
to expand and quicker, for you, to access.
A lot of fresh material is currently being prepared for this section,
so it is worth keeping a look-out for items that you might not have seen.
a) Susanne Lamb (née Scott)
writes of her early childhood days at Broome Hall in the early 60's, when
her mother was the resident Cook.
b) Anne Therése Scott-Abbott
(Susanne's younger sister) has sent us some wonderful photos from her
family album, taken at Broome Hall when she lived there as a child. (See
Page 31 of the GALLERY section)
c) Charlie McCarthy (Broome Hall 194853)
has sent us an extract from the autobiography of the late Oliver Reed,
who bought Broome Hall from the White Fathers.
d) David Walker has emailed us from
Berlin with some very clear memories of his time at St Columba's in '59
and later at The Priory.
All fascinating stuff which will stir the pot for many a visitor, I'm
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McCarthy writes: " . . . have just heard from Peter Finn that
Alex Easton (Fr) has died - so sad to hear it - was a classmate of mine
at Broome Hall '48 -'50 - may the Lord give him a gracious welcome home!"
According to Peter Finn's database, Alex originally came from Glenboig
and the other details recorded are: The Priory 1944 - 49; St Bonafatius's
Heerenberg, Netherlands, 1951 - 56.
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Newsletter No. 35 is now included the NEWS section and two tributes
to Alex Easton (plus photos) are on Page 1 of the OBITUARIES section.
Pages 21 32 of the GALLERY are gradually filling up with some excellent
contributions from Susanne, Anne-Thérese, Paula and Eugene (so
far) - for which, many grateful thanks. Also, on Page 9 of the Histories
section, there is an extract from the late Fr Kevin Wiseman's account
of how he was prepared for execution by the Gestapo. (Plus an item about
the WF parish church at Heston).
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Bishop's Waltham Reunion is covered in Eugene's Newsletter 36
see the NEWS section.
This is the first Newsletter to be emailed to those who are 'online'.
(Will we be able to keep up with this man?) Obviously it makes sense to
send it out in this way because it's faster and saves on postage.
So please make sure that we also have your email address.
Eugene will continue to post the Newsletters to those who can't be emailed,
is a rather busy period for me at the moment and I am unable to spend
much time adding new items to the website.
Please bear with this. Normal service will be resumed shortly.
There are lots of fascinating bits and pieces waiting in the wings
and I can't wait to get cracking on them. 16/06/01
Thank you for waiting patiently for the website to be updated.
I'm afraid that I couldn't resist working in the garden last
week because the weather was so nice. As a consequence I am
a week later than promised. Sorry. It won't happen again .
Donation Period 1 for the penny-a-click system of fundraising
ended June 30th 2001 and the 'clock' re-started at 1100. Those
who kindly volunteered to be sponsors for Period 1 owe £7.00
(1100 - 400 = 700p = £7.00). Many thanks to these donors,
The money, which goes towards the Pelicans Fund for Africa,
should be sent to Pat Gibbons, our Treasurer:
84 Albert Road West, Bolton, Lancs BL1 5ED (tel: 01204 842
Question: would YOU be willing to be a sponsor for Donation
Maurice Billingsley attended John Strain's ordination at Guildford
- an account of which can be read in the NEWS section.
Michael Byrne sent us more photos from the Bishop's Waltham
reunion in June - again, look at Eugen's latest Newsletter
in the NEWS section. Thank you Michael. Bernard Melling and
Eugene have also sent in photos and these will be added soon.
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Thanks to Bernard Melling and Eugene, we now have more
pictures of the Bishop's Waltham reunion in the NEWS section, along
with clips from the video of the Mass and interment service for John Burdett
You will find that the NEWS section is gradually being re-vamped to take account
of the extra pictures that are illustrating Eugene's Newsletters. In future,
each 'encyclical' that Eugene writes will be given a page of its own. This
will cut down the time that it takes to load the item. However, you must expect
Newsletters to be slow to download because of the number of photos involved.
This won't be a problem, of course, when BT start to provide us with an affordable
and fast 'broadband' service.
(As I wrote that, a pig fell past my window with a thump).
At long last, Brother Modeste's obituary (on Page 2 of this
section) now includes two photos of him, thanks to Eugene.
Also, Kevin Wiseman's picture appears in his account of his
wartime imprisonment on Page 9 of the H ISTORIES section.
Kevin's obituary will appear soon.
More apologies if progress seems very slow. I took a trip to Austria
last week without telling anyone. Sorry.
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Kevin Wiseman's obituary can now be read on Page 5 of the OBITUARIES
Peter Collyer has sent us some fascinating photos of his time
with the White fathers, starting in the late forties. These stretch over Pages
35 to 38 of the GALLERY Section. Peter's email address is included.
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Robbie Demspsey kindly emailed photos from the 60's, including
a 1964 group photo from the Priory and a 1968 group at Blacklion. These can
be seen on Pages 39 & 40 of the GALLERY section - and Robbie's email address
Various updates have been made to the details attached to photos in
the Gallery (from details supplied by people such as Chris Benton,
Michael Gallagher and Mike Byrne). Also, many photos of forgotten
moments have been contributed to this section by Tony Smith and Pat
Gritton. The Gallery is now organised into 2 parts - with 50 pages in
each - in order to make it more manageable for both you and me. Work on a
basic Index for Part 1 has also been undertaken.
You will also find extra entries in the Newsletter section - Eugene's Newsletters,
of course, with some interesting up-to-date photos of Dryburgh Abbey and its
environs from Chris Benton in Newsletter 39 - and In the 'Other News'
section there are further contributions from Maurice Billingsley (one
with a photo of a procession in Canterbury which you ought to look at), along
with details of Peter Finn's newly-published "History of The Priory".
I have been sent a lot of material from people such as Pat Gritton,
Eugene MacBride, Michael Gallagher, Mike Byrne and others
which I hope to use for future articles in the Histories section etc. (Grateful
thanks to these people, and to those others whomI have forgotten to mention).
I apologise for not being being very efficient of late. Work and domestic
commitments have left little time to be as systematic as I intended to be.
However, the website continues to be a priority of mine and although it has
been a little neglected of late I have no intention of letting the moss gather
for much longer.
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Donation Period 3 for the penny-a-click system of fundraising starts
when the counter reaches 2000. (In time for Easter?)
Donation Period 2 will therefore cost sponsors £9 - for something like
a 9-month stint. Money should be sent directly to Pat Gibbons, our Treasurer.
If you have not joined our list of sponsors yet, why not think about it? A
whole year will set you back about £12.00 and the money will be going
to people who, like many Zambians, can only afford to eat every other day.
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26th March 2002
may have noticed that the counter has suddenly zipped up to 4000+
!! It is not clear as to why this has happened - either we have
had a TREMENDOUS upsurge in visitors to the site OR someone has
been playing silly beggars. It has made a nonsense of the penny-a-click
system, however, and I'd like your views on how to proceed with
John Morton lent me a biography of Bishop Francis Walsh
DD WF, a central figure in the development of St Columba's
(and much more, of course). Many of us have good reason to grateful
to this man: both John and I first met him at Heston, where he
was a hardworking, generous parish priest who helped both our
families a great deal.
I have now 'computerised' the document and have made it available
for all to read on Page 10 of the HISTORIES section.
Even if you didn't know Fr / Bishop Walsh, you will find it a
most interesting account of the early days up in Scotland.
On Page 11 of the HISTORIES section you will now find A HISTORY
OF THE WHITE FATHERS IN SCOTLAND. This is attributed to the
late Father Leonard Marchant. A type-written copy was given to
me by Chris Benton. As you may know, it has been available as
a booklet for some time now (for a small charge to cover costs).
You might like to get your browser to print off a copy of Page
10 and 11 - they are rather lengthy documents to read from a screen.
Thanks to several people we are now up to Page 60 in the GALLERY.
I'm sure that there is another 60 pages' worth of photos still
out there. Know anyone who is able to help?
a) Sorry about the lull - life took over
and there was little time to spare except
for feelings of guilt. (I've got a Grade
A in that). However, we're up to Page 73
of the Gallery now and there are currently
more photos in the pipeline. Sincere thanks
to all the contributors.
b) I have decided that I will continue to
add and amend new material for as long as
people send it to me (and my sell-by date
runs out) BUT, in general, I will not remove
material that looks a bit old to those of
you who have visited the site often. We
are still getting lots of new contacts and
items such as old Newsletters and Appeals
are of real interest to them and provide
useful background for newcomers - just as
back copies of Eugene's Newsletters were
to me when I first came across The Pelicans.
c) Robbie Dempsey is working on ideas to
get all the old school magazines 'on line',
but this is a lot of work and finding the
best format isn't an easy one. (Yup, pdf
files are being investigated).
d) John Morton and I are looking into the
history of the White Fathers at Heston,
but I, personally, haven't been a very reliable
partner in this of late. It's something
we'd both like to do, having been brought
up in the parish and very influenced by
some of the big names (such as Fr Prentis
and Fr Steve Collins).
e) Jonathan Van Smit and I have managed
to persuade the people at FriendsReunited
to add sites for The Priory and St Columba's.
They have officially stopped entering 'new'
schools, as you may know. We've asked for
these to be added in order to let more people
know about the Pelicans and this website.
So, if you keep an eye on www.friendsreunited.co.uk
(and check St John's College, Southsea,
too) you will see that a stream of 'new
faces' are already appearing.
I'd be grateful if you have any ideas about
getting more publicity for our site, of
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October 6th 2002
New Photos from Mick Mearns and Robbie Dempsey
on Page 73 of the Gallery
New Photos from Gerry Hamilton on Pages 74 & 75 and changes
to Pages 4, 12, 20 & 22
St Columba's, The Priory and St John's College are now registered
on the www.friendsreunited.co.uk website
Guess what's come on to the market? Your chance to buy a piece
click here to enlarge
Look up Page 12 of the History section to read about the 1965
Priory production of The Crucible
and news about the "Old Boys Association" that was functioning at
More photos from Tony Smyth on Pages 76 & 77 of the Gallery
(including some of Birkdale)
New Photos from Paul Farrell on Page 78 of the Gallery
Look up Page 12 of the Histories section for further articles:
The performance of Twelfth Night at The Priory
and The Priory trip to Lourdes in 1964
Page 13 of the Histories section now has 3 further articles taken
from The Pelican 1964: A list of Sports' Record Holders for those of you who
are still smoking and can't do metric and The Old Boys' Association in 1964
(plus ça change)
Annabelle - a drive down Memory Lane
Additions and amendments to the Obituaries section: there's a
further (inspiring) obituary for Fr Alex Easton on Page 1 and 'Ted' Heath's
write-up has been updated with a photo (same Page); aportrait photograph of
Fr Herb Herrity has been added to his obituary on Page 2; an obituary for Adrian
Hastings is awaiting permission from the author to print it; an obituary for
Fr Dan Sherry now resides (at long last!) on Page 5
a) Eugene's latest Newsletter can now be read in the NEWS section
b) Page 13 of the Histories section now includes articles by John Strain and
the late Sean Hughes
c) John Fowles is currently over here visiting old friends and hopes to collect
some photos for the website
New material has been added to the Gallery:
a) Page 79 - a statue and a card to jog your memory (from Derek Biewer &
b) Page 80 - an aerial view of the Priory and other photos from Eugene
c) Page 81 - VIPs, jubilees, bell-ringers and Bud
Grateful thanks are due to Michael Gallagher who has emailed an
interesting range of photos, which include
several pictures of Danby Hall:
See Page 14 of the Histories section for photos of Danby Hall
and more of the fire at St Columba's
See Page 82 of the Gallery for photos which include the production
of a Passion Play
Peter Finn has given us his Priory Student database! - See Page
15 of the Histories Section
See Page 83 of the Gallery for the last of Bernard Mellings' photos
Pages 85 to 88 of the Gallery for the Priory group photo of 193536
Page 16 of the Histories section for extracts from The Pelican,
Christmas 1956 edition
- which includes some interesting insights into what "The Old Boys"
were up to in those days
An obituary for Brother Aubert, written by Brother Paddy, in Page
5 of the Obituaries section
Obituaries for Bill Mathews and Fr Henry Moreton have been added
to Page 5 of the Obituaries section
Pages 17 and 18 of the Histories section are now completed
Page 84 of the Gallery is now ready
(which means that Pages 1 - 89 are completed)
19 and 20 of the Histories section are also available
(so the first phase of the Histories section comes to an end)
are two more entries in the PASS IT ON section, one of which shows you how to
use a key word or phrase
to search this website for items of interest. (See the Welcome Page)
items for the Gallery section:
Page 89: John Mattock has sent us some
very interesting photos and items of memorabilia
large batch of Photos from Peter McComisky
can be seen on Pages 90 - 94
10 watercolours painted
by the late Michael Bolan (Ebby) are displayed on Pages 96 & 97 of
the Gallery (lent to us by Peter)
Two pages of photos taken
when John Fowles was on holiday in the UK this Autumn
New items for the Histories section:
Pages 21 + 22 + 23 + 24 + 25 + 26 + 27 + 28 + 29 have now
and (mostly) contain articles from various editions of The Pelican magazine
kindly lent to us by Mike Byrne, William Hart & Anthony McCaffrey
Note: Page 27 of the Histories section includes material taken from The
(1952 & 1953)
Page 100 of the Gallery is now complete using material from a Pelican
magazine lent by Bill Hart
(who, like Mike, Tony and others, provided many of these publications)
Michael Ellis' little gems are now on the website: see Pages 12,
20, 24, 26, 27, 29 & 38 of the Gallery a great collection
of pictures which records an important period of life at St Columba's in
the early 60's
Chris Campbell has identified dozens of faces that appear in
the Gallery, relating to Priory Group photos 1961/2
Michael Gallagher has recalled a lot of names from the early
sixties for the STUDENT LISTINGS section (now displayed)
PUBLICATIONS & LINKS section has opened in time for the launch
of a new CD from Robbie Dempsey
And there's a new entry in the APPEALS section related to this CD
Eugene's latest Newsletter is now displayed in the NEWS
The last of Danny O'Hagan's batch of photos have been
added to the Gallery
To view them, see Pages 2, 17, and 67 (for the latest)
The new SEARCH facility is ready for a test drive - with thanks to
Page 2 of the GALLERY now has 2 more photos
Two new features available : a) ' Student listings
etc ' and ' Previous Old Boys' Associations' , both accessible
from the Welcome Page menu
See Page 17 and 59 of the Gallery for some recent additions
The Contacts sectionhas been updated and re-formatted and
includes an up-to-date list of email addresses
(access via a security system only)
John Morton has written an appreciation of his friend and brother-in-law
Michael 'Ebby' Bolan see Page 2 of the Obituaries section
A photo of Annabelle's brother / cousin has been added to Page
52 of the Gallery section for all the trainspotters amongst us
A new COUNTER system has been provided free of charge
by BraveNet for which, many thanks. (The clock has been re-started
at the point where the previous providers ended their service).
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Watch this space for items that will added in future.