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December 28th 2008  02:11:40 PM
NAME: Paul West
MESSAGE :
Zelda MacBride would like to wish all the Pelicans a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. She is very grateful for the cards and letters that she has received.


December 21st 2008
05:47:12 PM
NAME: John Strain
MESSAGE :

"Dear Paul I wonder if this invitation could be posted on the Pelicans website. It would be wonderful to see some of the Pelicans there. Maurice Billingsley, Mike Ellis and Robbie Dempsey will be coming. http://www.whatson-gu26.co.uk/ Revd Dr John Strain St Columbas and |The Priory 1960-1965 tel : 01428 602976 YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO A PARTY... On 4th January 2009, John Strain (St Columba’s and the Priory 1960-1965) will celebrate his sixtieth birthday. It is also the Feast of the Epiphany or 'Coming of the Wise Men', so there will a double celebration that day at St Alban’s Church, Hindhead: first an Epiphany Eucharist complete with the Procession of the Three Kings to the Crib at the 10:30 service then, immediately following, an Epiphany party to celebrate John’s birthday to which all are invited. There will be games for the children, and everything else needed for a party. John would also like to tell you what gift he would like you to bring! "My dear friend, Father Sosthene Palme, is a member of the Missionaries of Africa (the White Fathers). He and I trained for the priesthood in Britain at the same time, though in different Colleges. Missionaries of Africa were enormously supportive of me during my training, and I want to do all I can to reciprocate their kindness by supporting their work in Africa. Fr Sosthene now works with young people in Tamale, Ghana, developing The Missionaries of Africa Computer Centre for Youth Education, teaching computer skills such as DeskTop Publishing to students in one of the poorest Northern regions of Ghana. Opened with just four refurbished computers, the Centre now has 17, and with a growing number of young people and adults interested in computer literacy, the Centre urgently needs both a bigger structure and even more computers. Their target is to have at least 30 online for students to do their research, just as those in Europe and America do. And in these days of global communications, knowledge of the internet will help young Africans both to get jobs and to be aware of the global scene. " So, instead of a present for him, John asks that you bring a little financial contribution for this project – "anything from a penny to a million pounds: both will receive exactly the same blessing, and contribute to the same great cause." Members of the Pelicans will be very welcome.


December 17th 2008  03:11:29 PM
NAME: Peter Vale-Humphreys
MESSAGE :
Edith and I would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year. We will be off to Hong Kong again in January returning February 6th. We go to HK to attend the New Year for the Chinese which is 26th January in 2009. Lots of fireworks, eating and enjoying. At least it will not be a heatwave or humid....I hope not, anyway. God bless everyone.

Peter


December 13th 2008  04:37:57 PM
NAME: Patricia
MESSAGE :
It is almost Christmas!! Here is a wonderful version of this ultimate Christmas hymn sung by tenor Roberto Alagna. Best wishes to everyone

Patricia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWq5OWYaXDw


December 10th 2008  01:53:22 AM
NAME: Mike Mearns
MESSAGE :
Welcome to the website, Geoff. To your title of " the conjurer" you must add " wizard of the parallel bar and vaulting horse".

Mike.


December 9th 2008  08:53:51 PM
NAME: Geoffrey Bickers
MESSAGE :
"Dear Paul I am Geoffrey Bickers possibly remembered as 'the conjurer' and for setting up a crystal set at St Columba's.

I thought I should let you know that I appreciate The Pelicans website having looked it up on the urgings of Nimmo Scott, alias Bill Nimmo-Scott, who is a long standing friend of mine and showed me the way to St Columba's from Southampton.

To give you some background, I was probably the first of our group to get to Africa. I was called up for military service, served in the Intelligence Corps, and volunteered to go to the British Cameroon, deep into the jungles with Queen's Company of the Grenadier Guards.

I don't remember his name but, despite the difficulties of the journey, an ageing Belgian WF brought us Mass whenever he could make it, and I was the only person there competent to serve at his Mass. He spoke French and I battled to converse with him. I have no idea where he was based or how he managed the journey to our camp, but it is possible that one of the Guards' officers provided him with transport, because the alleged ‘road’ could become a river within a few minutes of a burst of tropical rain and at its best required 4 wheel drive to traverse.

I now live in South Africa, close to Johannesburg. I have not seen any WFs here. If you know of any here, or at best a WF House, I would be interested to learn of it. I hope all is well with you

Geoffrey Bickers


November 30th 2008  05:00:52 PM
NAME: Maurice Billingsley
MESSAGE :
Pentecost next year is 31st May. Is anyone going to Bishop's Waltham then? It would be appropriate to gather at the grave of Archbishop Arthur Hughes, our most distinguished forbear, just a few weeks before his 60th Anniversary in July. I have prepared a talk about his life and work as part of my MA, which I hope Paul will be able to post on the site nearer the time.

Maurice


November 20th 2008  02:58:12 PM
NAME: Barbara Jameson-Taylor nee Sidgreaves
MESSAGE :
Would be very grateful for any memories/photos of John Sidgreaves who was at St Columba's 1958 - 1964? He passed away in 2002 and I am putting together a memory book for our daughter and John's relatives.

Best wishes, Barbara


November 16th 2008  07:10:47 PM
NAME: Derek Biewer
MESSAGE :
I was unfortunately, unable to make the St Columba's reunion but I have just seen all the photos! They are really good and very much appreciated by we who were unable to attend. Well done to the photographer and Paul at the web site. Totally unrelated to the above I wonder if anybody knows where I might obtain a copy of 'The Ghost Shop' by Fr Gerard Scriven.WF ?Either to purchase or borrow.

Thanks again Derek


November 5th 2008  01:54:57 PM
NAME: Kevin McManemy
MESSAGE :
Just found the website, ex-St.Columba's 1952, Happy memories.

Kevin Mac


October 26th 2008  10:41:31 PM
NAME: Robbie Dempsey
MESSAGE :
Priorians who attended St. John's in Southsea may like to know that celebrations have begun there for the Centenary of the school.
See the website: http://www.stjohnscollege.co.uk/100years.html

Robbie


September 29th 2008 09:41:42 PM
NAME: Chris Benton
MESSAGE :
Final update: Just under two weeks to go!!! I spoke to Brian McG on Sunday. Confirm The college will be open from about 10am on Saturday right through to the evening. Fr George will be joining us for the reunion dinner. To give him time to return back from Peebles, I have asked the Drybugh to arrange for the reunion dinner to start at 8.30pm.

I spoke to Christine Hughes' daughter Marie and she confirms that Christine will be ok for both the mass and the evening meal despite the hip surgery she recently underwent. For those who may not be aware, this grand lady is 100years old in December. She and her family were very helpful to the White Fathers in the early years at St Boswells. In particular her husband John and his father before him were heavily involved in the building of the college and, latterly, the chapel. Christine took on numerous tasks. I think she deserves a big fuss to be made of her. Let's make sure we do her proud.

Vin Callaghan has sent out a letter to all Scots not on the internet telling/ reminding them of the reunion. So we may get a few more 'day trippers' than originally expected. I have been asked again about 'the programme' for the weekend. Simply, apart from the mass and the reunion dinner there is no set programme. Past experience suggests that most prefer to make their own arrangements. However, suggestions 'on the day' may find some takers.

Very much looking forward to seeing you all.

Regards & Godbless, Chris


September 25th 2008  03:07:25 PM
NAME: Jim Connelly
MESSAGE :
A short description of the priestly life of golden jubilarian Fr Eugene Lewis can be found if you go to Google and type in white fathers irish province then click on the first entry - Missionaries of Africa Province Ireland flash which is issue 123

Jim


September 21st 2008  12:00:27 PM
NAME: John Morton
MESSAGE :
Thanks Mike for your message. Perhaps the lack of any response from those attending could mean that our BW Reunions are coming to an end! Maybe those who did take part would care to comment about it's viability!!

Best Wishes, John


September 17th 2008  08:11:49 PM
NAME: Mike Byrne
MESSAGE :
Paul's complaint about the lack of photos from the 1980 Bishop's Waltham reunion is well grounded. I remember all the WAGs clicking like crazy after the Mass, which I onced again failed to attend, but I was there for the photocall........my WAG had gone home so no photos.....there lies the case for MY defence...how about the rest of you ;o)

Mike


September 17th 2008  02:01:51 PM
NAME: Pierre Aucoin M.Afr
MESSAGE :
Good morning! Please see p. 339 of the Gallery, 2nd last photograph: the order of the novices shown on that photograph is interverted. It is not really from L. to R., as stated, but R. to L. (but even then it will be difficult to rename all those people). I know this because the only one I know on that photograph is John MacDonald, a former student of mine at St Columba's and he is the 3rd one from the left.

Good luck! Pierre Aucoin, M.Afr


September 16th 2008  10:10:07 AM
NAME: Frances J Murphy
MESSAGE :
My Brother-in-Law James Murphy from Grangemouth died on 8th September. His requiem is on Friday 19th September at Christ The King Church Grangemouth at 9.30 am.

Best Wishes to all Frances J. Murphy ( Gerry Wynne's Sister )


September 15th 2008  08:28:56 PM
NAME: Tony Smyth
MESSAGE :
Paul, I have heard of 'getting ahead of yourself' but this usually refers to speaking not web sites. Today's new additions are dated tomorrow. Is this a new efficiency? :-) Keep up the good work.

Tony


September 3rd 2008  10:25:47 PM
NAME: Patrick Pontet-Piccolomini
MESSAGE :
Dear Paul,
Now that I've identified who Fr Thomas Francis Keane was, I would now like to find out if any of the former pupils of The Priory might have attended Victoria College in Netley Abbey - which is not far from Bishop's Waltham (certainly not too far for a priest to serve them for 5 years) between the year 1930-1935 or at St Benedict's High School in Fareham (1935-1940), and if so any memories they might have of either the schools or, in particular, Sister Eugenie Kendall (foundress). If you're prepared to drop this into the message board for me, accompanied by my email address for direct contact, that would also be most helpful. Thank you again for your help. Patrick Patrick Pontet-Piccolomini Archivist, St John the Baptist parish, Andover, Hampshire

Patrick


September 3rd 2008  10:22:05 PM
NAME: Chris Benton
MESSAGE :
All, I visited St Cs a few weeks ago to finalise details with Brian McGowan and everything ok. One snag, however. Vin Callaghan rang today to say that, unfortunately, Fr Packy Harrity M.Afr will not now be able to celebrate the reunion mass for us. I telephoned Fr Chris Wallbank today but he is also unable to help. Vin attended the White Fathers Friends in Rutherglen last weekend and he spoke to Fr George Smith M.Afr ( St Columbas and Priory 1952-57). Fr George is now Parish Priest of St Joseph's in Peebles and has very kindly offered to celebrate the mass. There is a problem, however, Fr George needs to be back at St. Joseph's Peebles for Confessions at 5.00pm on the Saturday prior to his parish evening mass at 6.00 pm. As you are all aware, we had planned to have the mass at about 5pm followed by T&Biscuits.But Fr George states that in order for him to arrive back at Peebles in time he would need to finish the reunion mass no later than 3pm. This means we would have to start mass about 2pm. I realise that this may impact adversely on individual's Saturday day-time plans but with such short notice there is little more we can do. So I have asked Vin to tell Fr George that we will have the mass at 2pm. If, in the next few weeks, a priest can be found who is able to celebrate the mass at 5pm as originally planned, I will let you know immediately. Apart from this hitch, all is set for what I believe will be a really enjoyable reunion. Looking forward to seeing you all. Regards, & God bless Chris ps Fr George will also be joining us for the evening meal at the Dryburgh.

Chris


August 30th 2008  05:02:31 PM
NAME: Jerry Buxton
MESSAGE :
I was wondering if anyone remembers the 'useful' slim volume, 'Courtesy for Scolastics' and if there is a copy avialble. I remember it being used to try and civilise us as novices in the 60s. I would love to obtain a copy. I think it was a text that the Society put together, but I might be worng.

Jerry


August 29th 2008  11:49:29 AM
NAME: Jerry Buxton
MESSAGE :
While I was in novitiate in Broom Hall in 63-4, I remember very fondly what was always refered to as the 'White Father's Magnificate'. Does anyone have a recording of it, or the music for it?

Jerry


August 23rd 2008  04:17:22 PM
NAME: Maurice Billingsley
MESSAGE :
Do you remember Glenn Kittler's book - The White Fathers and their Missions? Mine was dug out of a junk shop in Hastings some years ago, but I have just finished using it for my MA - it's available if anyone wants to re-read it!

Maurice.


August 13th 2008  06:30:14 PM
NAME: John Conway
MESSAGE :
Only Recently discovered the site and wonder if it is still "live".
Hello to all but especially any who remember me. I was at St Columba's up until the fire, then I was at the Priory for a short while. Now living in Charlotte, NC, USA. I'm a grandfather (twice) and studying at UNC Charlotte.

Mixed recollections from both colleges, but often think of all the boys that were there at the time. Sad to learn that Sean Hughes, Thomas Quirke, and (Fr) Gerry Wynn have passed away. Others too perhaps.

Saw a message from James Gunning who lived at that time (2006?) in Whitley Bay. My uncle Tom (Fr Tom Conway) is still with us, but a little fragile now (aged 94). He now lives at the St Francis Nursing Home, Merryland St, Govan, Glasgow. Anyway, good health and fond wishes to all.

John Conway


August 12th 2008  02:06:27 PM
NAME: Patricia
MESSAGE :
For Tom Canning Try this (in your search for Fr. Anderson). Address Small Formation Community South C, Oluvimu Rd. P.O.BOX 27736, 00506 Nairobi KENYA Tel: 605889 /605931 Email Etudiant : mafrsc@futurekenya.com Email Rector : bigeziki48@yahoo.co.uk

Patricia


August 11th 2008  09:11:01 PM
NAME: Tom Canning
MESSAGE :
It is some time since I last posted a message, I am still looking for the where abouts of Fr Don Anderson or any of the boys who were in Broome Hall during 1967 during my time there. I returned 2 years ago and took some pictures of a much changed Broome Hall. the owner of the land in which the Stations of the cross are thought they were grave stones. I would be intrested to contact some of the pelicans I met during my visit to Rutherglen two years ago or may be three. I would also like to here of any events coming up. I am sorry I have not forworded the photos on I will this week they are some I took during my time at Broome Hall. I recently had a look for some old photos as we will celibrate or charch 50th year I found a school phot with Fr John Lynch now in America I will scan it and send it on.

Regards to all members and keep up the good work. Tom


August 4th 2008  11:40:21 AM
NAME: Paul West
MESSAGE :
With the passage of time, many of our old friends and colleagues are no longer with us. If you come across photos or references that might be of interest and comfort to the family and friends of the bereaved, please get in touch with them if you can.

Some of the photos that Fr Pierre Aucoin has recently given us will no doubt remind you of this.

PLEASE help me to identify 'faces and places'. The 'Quick Search' facility only works effectively when photos are annotated. (Thank you to those who regularly lend such support).

Paul


August 3rd 2008  04:42:48 PM
NAME: Robbie Dempsey
MESSAGE :
A huge thank you to Fr. Pierre Aucoin for taking and keeping those great photos - up to now my memories of St. Columba's were in black and white from an old Brownie 127 camera - if you were lucky to own one. For instance, a small detail, but photos show that the boys in different houses had different coloured shirts. I only recall the grey ones.

The many details have brought back memories I have long forgotten. I joined in Sept 1959. just after Fr. Aucoin left. He may be able to tell us what happened to Fr. Dufort as I have never heard anything of him since. I used to sit in that very same front desk in the study hall. But above all, I recall our morning prayers there especially in the winter before the sun came and lit up the Eildons. I also remember the great fun we had with sports day and the various obstacle races.

Robbie


July 17th 2008  02:22:03 PM
NAME: Edwin Cherrey
MESSAGE :
It is true as Patricia Medina points out that there has never been a woman President of the U.S.A., but Hilary Clinton gave Barak Obama a really good run for the nomination and such a future event seems to be a likelyhood rather than an impossibility. Personally I am all in favour (given the right candidate), after all my mother was a woman.

Edwin


July 17th 2008  01:57:16 PM
NAME: Patricia Medina
MESSAGE :
In reply to Jim Connelly's message, Fr. John Conway was indeed the Bursar for a time at St. Augustines. Honey in honeycombs would have been common enough back then, many people kept bees, and some local shops would no doubt have sold the honey. I think Fr. Conway (aside from his natural kindness) would have understood that future missionaries needed to be nourished properly to ensure good health and stamina.

Best wishes Patricia


July 17th 2008  12:10:57 PM
NAME: Patricia Medina
MESSAGE :
There has not been a woman president of the U.S.A either - of any creed or colour.

Patricia


July 16th 2008  04:39:32 PM
NAME: Edwin Cherrey
MESSAGE :
Reading Mick Mearns reminiscence about the elevation of Cardinal Rugambwa made me recall how excited the Catholic world was when john F. Kennedy was elected President of The United States, something which only a few years earlier would have been deemed impossible. We can now see the potential for an Afro-American, Barak Obama, to be elected as President which I think even only 4 years ago would have been dismissed as fantasy. Maybe we should offer up a few prayers on his behalf, because even if he succeeds electorally immense reactionary forces will be mustered against him and he is going to need all the help he can get, including the divine.

Edwin


July 15th 2008  11:58:46 AM
NAME: Paul West
MESSAGE :
I have had a good response from 3 people regarding their CONTACT details. One of these people emailed me a list of eight email addresses to add or amend.

PLEASE help me with this by going to the CONTACTS section and checking your own details and those of others that you know. It's important that we keep these records up-to-date and I rely on you to help me. Many thanks to those who have already done so.

Paul


July 12th 2008  01:51:56 AM
NAME: Mike Mearns
MESSAGE :
The obituary of John Conway, together with the reminiscences of Eric and Jim prompt me to add my own memory of somebody I remember as one tough guy! It was March 1960 and we were all in our rooms studying the philosophy of the day ( was it cosmology?), when there was a huge whoop of joy from the ground floor that echoed throughout the whole building. It turned out to be John Conway celebrating the news he had just seen on TV. What was it that caused this departure from the the norm of a calm and quiet college? Nothing less than the announcement that Laurian Rugambwa ( http://www.rc.net/tanzania/tec/rugambwa.htm )had been named the first African cardinal.

I don't know if John was reprimanded for his outburst by then superior Tom Dooley, but I do know that we got a " Deo Gratias" at supper that evening.

Regards, MIKE


July 11th 2008  09:25:23 PM
NAME: Paul West
MESSAGE :
We seem to have had some success in tracking down Paul Chow (see below). Between them, Maurice (Billingsley) and Fr Dick Kinlen have come up with a contact email address. And this in such a short space of time. This is really encouraging. Does anyone fancy taking a part-time role of 'people finding' ? (!) Here's another one (two) for you : John Lydon and Geoffrey Bickers. I have been asked on several occasions if I knew their whereabouts. Any ideas ? PS John Lyden's alter ego is NOT Johnny Rotten

Paul


July 11th 2008  08:22:17 PM
NAME: Jim Connelly
MESSAGE :
I vaguely recall Fr Conway being at Blacklion when I was there 1959-1961 and seem to think that he was the bursar who on one occasion surprised us by serving honey straight from the honeycomb (a luxury at that time, and where he got it from I do not know). On another occasion he found that at that time butter was much cheaper to buy than margarine so we had butter at mealtimes. Perhaps Eric can confirm whether I've got the right person or not. I know these thoughts are mundane but it's the quirky things that stand out in our (my) advancing years.

Jim


July 9th 2008  08:26:44 AM
NAME: Paul West
MESSAGE :
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Paul Chow, please ? The records show that he was at Blacklion until 1968. Someone who used to work with him in London's Burlington Arcade would like to get in touch. Were you a contemporary of Paul's ?

Paul


June 29th 2008  03:27:41 PM
NAME: Edwin Cherrey
MESSAGE :
Watching the Nelson Mandela birthday concert reminded me that as White fathers students in the 1950s we were probably made aware of the iniquities of apartheid before most people of our age. One of the staff, I think it was Fr Fitzgerald, gave me a copy of "Cry The Beloved Country" by Alan Paton which I believe was the first major novel to attack that evil system. Reading it was one of the seminal moments of my life and helped me develop a real contempt for racism, bullying and tyranny, so thanks again Fr Fitz (or whoever).

When I first started work I became quite heavily involved in trade union politics and was utterly amazed at the overt racism of so many of those who considered themselves socialists dedicated to the brotherhood of man. In my small way I was able to assist in the early formation of the anti apartheid movement and persuade some of my socialist brethren that Christ was the first socialist." From small acorns mighty oak trees grow", and that birthday concert was one heck of a big tree.

Edwin


June 19th 2008  10:38:30 PM
NAME: Peter Vale-Humphreys
MESSAGE :
Hi Zelda, hope you can read this. I was playing for Warwickshire Vice Presidents Bowls Association versus Lincolnshire at Grantham today. Warks won ;but I did enquire if you were known in the in the hope that you might be able to say hello. We played at the Grantam Green in Oxford Street.

Bless you and hope to say hello one day.


June 14th 2008  03:42:04 AM
NAME: John Quinn
MESSAGE :
Blacklion 1961-63 Dorking 1963-64 Eastview 1964- www.newcatholictimes.com is the website for new catholic times sensus fidelium, an online Canadian, Catholic, independent magazine that I am involved with. Have a look and leave a comment.

John


June 1st 2008  10:54:08 PM
NAME: Maurice Billingsley
MESSAGE :
A shot in the dark, but maybe someone can help. I seem to remember in the parlour-type room at Blacklion a portrait photo of Archbishop Hughes, with his pectoral cross in the frame below. Is this a figment? Does anyone know where it went after the last MAfr left the place? Archbishop Fitzgerald does not have it. Many thanks if you have the key to this mystery, which I may have invented for myself, but I was doing a little research, next year being the 60th since his untimely death.

Maurice


June 1st 2008  02:50:17 PM
NAME: Pierre Aucoin M.Afr
MESSAGE :
Gallery page 316: 2 photos from Vincent Martin (Hello Vincent! Remember me?). 3rd from left is Michael DeLacey; 5th from left is Stephen Duggan. Not sure of the others.

Pierre


May 25th 2008  11:24:30 PM
NAME: Mike Mearns
MESSAGE :
Wonderful maps and pictures of BW and area, Paul. Much apreciated. In seeing the photo of the bank on the corner and reading the story (Bishop's Waltham five pound notes!) I was reminded of the Queen's visit to BW - see Histories, page 19, number 3. The night before the visit in June 1959, I, along with a number of other Priorians, was in the village helping with the decorating of the route. I had a pile of naval signal flags in front of me and was busily fastening them together in random fashion, when a tall, tweedy, military-looking gentleman approached me and observed that he hoped I wasn't " putting together a rude message". I might well have been. At least one occupant of the Royal Roller would have been able to read it. If I had the same opportunity today I would put together my current favoured toast - "Confusion the kings and tyrants".

Best to all. MIKE


May 12th 2008  08:24:35 AM
NAME: John Byrne
MESSAGE :
I'm sure that if you were in Blacklion from 1964 - 1966, you will be delighted to know that Keith Hardless is alive and well and ministering to his faith family in Guyana. Fr. Keith is in good form and still has that infectious sense of humour. He contacted me on 10th May as a result of seeing his name on Yahoo in connection with photos in the Gallery. I am delighted to be back in touch with Fr. Keith. I have suggested that he might like to be added to the Contacts list. What wonders are worked through the Pelicans!

John


May 9th 2008  01:58:11 PM
NAME: Pierre Aucoin MAfr
MESSAGE :
Please go and see the "Update"... and check if we are now in the month of May and not April. sent on 9 May 2008

Pierre


May 5th 2008  03:23:57 PM
NAME: Robbie Dempsey
MESSAGE :
Hi Folks...just a note to say that at long last Pat McHale has made contact again and is back on the airwaves. Pat says he is 'supposed' to be retired from teaching but that is far from the case. He is alive and well and can be found somewhere in ANTIGUA. His email address is pbmch@yahoo.fr

Robbie


April 26th 2008  05:09:40 PM
NAME: Olivia O'Dolan
MESSAGE :
Dear Pelican friends. This is to say that Fr Patrick Harrity and William Herrity's father, Joseph Harrity, passed away on Tuesday 22nd April 2008. He was aged almost ninty-six years. His funeral Mass took place at St John the Babtist Church Drumcree Portadown Co Armagh yesterday with Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Fr Patrick concelebrated Requiem Mass along with his confreres Fr Ian Buckmaster, Fr Brendan Shannon,Fr Joseph McMenemin and the local priest from The St John the Babtist Parish at Portadown. It was a lovely Mass and furneral service. May the soul of Joseph Rest in Peace. Fr Patrick is based at Rutherglen near Glasgow.

Olivia


April 17th 2008
02:58:33 PM

Richard & Zelda Daws
MESSAGE :
Dear Paul Thought you might be interested in this. Alex Halpin, Zelda's son, ran the London Marathon 2008. Although not running for charity this time (Chicago Marathon 2007 run for MacMillan in memory of Eugene) he ran achieving an all time PB. PERSON view pace graph Name HALPIN, ALEX J (GBR) Runner No.: 51649 Club SOUTH LONDON HARRIERS Age group M35 TIMES 5 km 0:21:25 10 km 0:42:24 15 km 1:03:27 20 km 1:24:43 half 1:29:17 25 km 1:45:45 30 km 2:07:09 35 km 2:28:37 40 km 2:50:02 finish 2:59:27 TOTAL Position (overall) 1054 Position (gender) 1045 Position (age group) 269 Finish time 2:59:27 All our very best, Richard and Zelda Daws *** CONGRATULATIONS Alex from all of us on this wonderful achievement.

Richard & Zelda


April 11th 2008  11:03:08 PM
NAME: Cara
MESSAGE :
ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP THIS LADY ? She sent this email 11th April : SUBJECT : Fr. James Browne To: webteam@thepelicans.org.uk

Hello. I hope you can help me. I am researching my family history and I have a letter written to my Great Grandmother from a ‘Fr James Browne W.J’ dated 1978 (or 1878?!!). A transcript of the letter is below: Fr. James Browne W.J PO Box 5 Bolgatanga U.R Ghana West Africa 7/7/78 Dear Margaret I’m extremely busy at the moment, as I have the bishop’s work to do also. I have received your £5 from Markie Kehoe to say masses for your daughter Betty’s health. I assure you of these masses. I’ll write more later when I get a chance. Love Fr. Jim Browne PP.VG The reason I am interested to find out more is that my great grandmother lived in a very rural area of Ireland – Coolnagree,Taghmon, Wexford. I am assuming that Fr James Browne was also from this area and close friend of my family, to continue to write to them whilst in Africa!! We also have no record of a ‘Betty’ so would like to find out who this is referring to! Are you able to tell me any more, do you have details of this man? If he worked in a church in Taghmon then from there I could visit the church and see it’s archive records of births etc. Your details were suggested by the ‘Holy Ghost Fathers, who also had Fr James Browne but he was in Trinidad in 1978. They did have a person in Ghana in 1978 who confirmed a Fr James Browne was there with the ‘White Father’s’ – I searched this online and found your website. I really hope you can help me solve this piece of my family’s puzzle!!

Many Thanks. Cara


April 6th 2008  12:57:03 PM
NAME: Patrick Southall
MESSAGE :
Two missing names for the photo (St.Columba's 1954) on page17 of the gallery. Left to right - Joseph Allen, Alexander (Sandy) McLeod.

Patrick


March 30th 2008  10:55:19 AM
NAME: Paul West
MESSAGE :
Apologies for the break in service. A new computer has been installed in the main office and staff have been working through the night to transfer software and data files from the old machine. In recent months, you may have noticed the way in which new material seems to be taking much longer to reach your screen. I am reassured by our management consultants that there should be a vast improvement in both speed and quality once the new system is up and running. (To prove their point they asked for cash in hand—in advance). Hopefully, then, we will be back on air by mid-week. In the meantime, please take this opportunity to look through the GALLERY and see if you can put more names to faces.


Paul


March 26th 2008  10:28:37 PM
NAME: Gerard van Uden
MESSAGE :
While researching my great uncle's (Cornelius van Uden) involvement with the White Fathers I was very pleased to get the dates of his stay at Bishops Waltham from your web site. This also led me to many other details of his life that no-one in our family knows, or knew, about.

Thanks. Regards Gerard


March 24th 2008  03:52:48 PM
NAME: Chris Benton
MESSAGE :
All, Further to my last update, Fiona (Reservations Manager) is arranging for a private dining room for the Reunion Meal on Saturday evening Oct 11th., Many thanks all who responded to my last update. Fiona is now au fait with The Pelicans weekend and to avoid 'message passing' she has suggested that anyone who has not yet booked for the dinner and wishes to do so please (if telephoning)ask for Fiona or E Mail her direct at reservations@dryburgh.co.uk

Regards, Chris


March 24th 2008  10:40:31 AM
NAME: Olivia O'Dolan
MESSAGE :
This is a reminder that Michael O'Callaghan's Grand mother and his aunt lost their lives in the Tusker Rock air crash forty years ago this past weekend. May all the souls of all who were lost in that crash rest in Peace.

Michael spent two years at St Augustine's Blacklion in the mid 1960s before moving to Broome Hall. He now lives in Quebec Canada.

Olivia O'Dolan


March 17th 2008  03:03:54 PM
NAME: Patrick Southall
MESSAGE :
Photo Gallery page 307. The photograph of the Rogation Day procession led by Mike Mearns is definitely not 1959, but almost certainly 1958. I left the Priory Summer 1958.

Patrick


March 15th 2008  08:52:12 PM
NAME: Chris Benton
MESSAGE :
St Columba's Reunion Dinner Sat Oct 11th 2008: I have just spoken to Kim (Reception) at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel. She tells me that there is a wedding party in the Function room on the Saturday night (Oct 11th). This won't affect our Reunion dinner as such but the hotel states that because of the wedding, it had not intended to open the restaurant to non residents for dinner on the Saturday.

I have explained the situation and they advise as follows: 1. You are resident but have booked only B & B for the Sat/ Sun night OR 2. You are non resident but wish to join the group for the dinner on the Sat night If you fall into one of the above, please ring the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel 01835 822 261 ASAP and let reception know that you wish book dinner with Mr Benton's group. Regards, Chris Ps My Email address chrisenjay@uwclub.net is no longer in use. Please use chrisenjay@talktalk.net

Chris


March 14th 2008  01:15:03 PM
NAME: Patrick Gibbons
MESSAGE :
An error in my last message.Trevor is averaging 100 chairs pa, not 10. My apologies for the error - a senior moment !!!


Patrick


March 14th 2008  01:10:48 PM
NAME: Patrick Gibbons
MESSAGE :
I want to bring you up to date on the state of our finances. We currently have a credit balance of £54.64 in our account.However, in the past week or so I have sent a cheque for £3830 to The White Fathers for distribution as follows: Fr John Slinger £2000 Fr David Cullen £1000 Br Trevor Robinson £400 Fr Terry madden £480 We were able to send these large sums through the generousity of many people, but principally from a Pelican who donated 1000 Euros and Mr Diarmid Collins,nephew of the late Fr Jerry O' Leary WF, who gave $5000. I have had e-mails from John Slinger and Trevor thanking us for our help and John has sent a letter - not received yet- telling us a bit more about life as a Parish Priest in Nairobi.Trevor is delighted to announce that, with our help, he has just delivered wheelchair number 900. He thinks they are now averaging 10 chairs a year. Our money is being well spent in Africa - please help us send more.

Yours Aye, Pelican Treasurer



March 9th 2008  12:49:54 AM
NAME: Hugh McCafferty
MESSAGE :
Have just tumbled across this website. I thought I had lost you all for ever. Great to catch up on old memories and the photos ... ! If any of you make it to New Zealand ...

Blessings Hugh


March 7th 2008  09:43:38 PM
NAME: Maurice Billingsley
MESSAGE :
The one that got away or the one that was left behind?

Maurice


March 5th 2008  03:18:17 PM
NAME: Robbie Dempsey
MESSAGE :
I don't see Oliver Reed in the listing for Broome Hall. Wasn't he a typical novice ?

Robbie


February 28th 2008  09:50:12 AM
NAME: Danny O'Hagan
MESSAGE :
Remembering Mrs Petrie. When working in Dingwall in early 70's I had her neice as a student for a while. Lovely girl who remebered Mrs P. working at the college.

I remember her asking me to help her in the kitchen by kneading some dough in a huge pan. I couldn't move my arm at all. She took over and bashed at it as easy as you like. What power. I had a whole new respect for her!!

Danny


February 25th 2008  08:33:39 PM
NAME: Paul West
MESSAGE :
John Morton has been in touch with The Marwell Hotel regarding bookings for the weekend 9th-11th May (Bishop's Waltham) and has discovered that only 2 people have registered so far. Please let the hotel know asap if you intend to stay there AND / OR partake of the Saturday evening meal. Many people have expressed an interest but have yet not booked. John is rather concerned because the hotel is expecting that weekend to be rather busy. Contact Address: Marwell Hotel Thompsons Lane Colden Common Winchester Hampshire. SO21 1JY Telephone: +44 (0)1962 777681 Fax: +44 (0)1962 777625 E-mail: info@marwellhotel.co.uk

Paul


February 23rd 2008  07:46:26 PM
NAME: John Morton
MESSAGE :
IMPORTANT Please go to the REUNIONS Appendix to read the latest information regarding this year's reunion at Bishop's Waltham. Please let me know a.s.a.p. if you intend to join us at any time over the weekend of May9th—11th

John


February 19th 2008  02:10:16 PM
NAME: Pierre Aucoin MAfr
MESSAGE :
Fr Pat Fitzgerald is at : 15 Corfton Road Ealing, London W5 2HP Telephone: 20 8998-2920 e-mail: wfcorfton@ntlworld.com

Pierre


February 16th 2008  03:46:52 PM
NAME: Edwin Cherrey
MESSAGE :
The recent talk about Mrs Petrie brought back quite a few memories. The first was "fried Cheese". Scrumptious. has anybody got the recipe. Cleaning porridge pans. Could we possibly have done it without soda crystals? One thing is for certain,we would definitely have topped any survey of hand cleanliness. I do not remember too many cases of gastric illness either, a further tribute to the cooking and the hygiene. Best wishes to everyone, I am certainly looking forward to renewing some old friendships in October.

Edwin Cherrey


February 14th 2008  04:05:51 PM
NAME: Mike Mearns
MESSAGE :
Ah Mrs Petrie! I can see her now bustling around the kitchen, red of face, brushing a strand of hair out of her eyes and performing her magic at the stoves, dutifully stoked by Bother David. I remember being assigned to accompany Mrs Petrie to the main road to catch her bus. It was a cold, snowy winter evening in 1954, Graham Hoxley and I each side of Mrs Petrie trudging down the drive and along the lane to the bus stop. Having put her on the bus to her home in Ancrum, "OXO" and I devoutly said the rosary on our way back to the College for spiritual reading. Thanks, Jim, for prompting that memory. I look forward to a few more reminiscences with you in October at the reunion. Let's work on getting Visocchi to return to the land of his birth for the reunion. Regards to all.

MIKE MEARNS


February 14th 2008  02:41:27 PM
NAME: Maurice Billingsley
MESSAGE :
Robbie just reminded me of the hitchhiking exploits of Priorians. Did anyone do better than Reading and back in a day? Two people on that trip cheated by going home and getting train fare from parents. Gap to Nice was a more exotic run when Antoine Paulin gave us a few days off in November; by no means the same, but a revelation to see how a 2CV coped with 4 adults and the Alps. It did need a stop or a breather!

M


February 12th 2008  08:21:17 PM
NAME: Chris Benton
MESSAGE :
We need to know who is having dinner with us at the Dryburgh on the Saturday evening. Naturally, everyone including 'day trippers' will be most welcome to join us but we do need to know 'numbers' ASAP so that we can decide if the big room is needed and booked. I would like to let the Dryburgh know final numbers by the end of this month if possible.

Chris


February 11th 2008  09:04:09 PM
NAME: Maurice Billingsley
MESSAGE :
This letter appeared in this week's Tablet.

" If you were ever at Osterley you might like to follow it up! Osterley reunion Could your readers please help me in my search for ex-Campion House, Osterley students? It’s nearly four years since the College for Late Vocations closed its doors, and I am organising a Reunion on 15 April at the Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon. It is open to all past students, priest, Religious or lay, and to past members of staff and friends of the college, and their partners.

Mass at 12 noon will be followed by a buffet lunch. Fr Chris Dyckhoff SJ, himself both a past alumnus and Superior of Osterley, will preach. Fr Michael Holman SJ, British Jesuit Provincial, will bless the famous Osterley Brass Plaques. There are some 1,500 names of ex-Osterley priests on the plaques, and we’ve got them up to date as far as 2003. But I’m desperately searching for any ex-Osterley men who have been ordained since 2003, so that we can complete the list of names before the reunion. (Fr) Denis Blackledge SJ Bournemouth wdb@jesuits.net

Maurice


February 11th 2008  07:47:47 PM
NAME: Stephen Robinson
MESSAGE :
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 13:13:58 +0000 Subject: Fr John Metcalfe Robinson Hello Just looked at your website and I am wondering if you have any information on my great uncle Fr John Metcalfe Robinson (known to the family as Jack). He died in 1980 and is buried in Rome and attended The Priory 1925 - 1930 and was ordained in Carthage. My uncle, Charles Robinson (or Chas on your website) also attended St Columba`s and The Priory.

There are some great photos of him as a boy which I have not seen before. Stephen Robinson Please note that we already have the following information regarding Fr Robinson : Fr Robinson originally came from the diocese of Cottam in Preston, and attended The Priory during 1925-1930. He then went on to St Mary's, Autreppe, in Belgium (1930-32). He entered the novitiate at Maison Carreé in Algiers in1932, leaving in 1933 for Thiabar (1933-36). His final year before ordination was at St Louis' Scholasticate, Carthage (1936-37). Is anyone able to give further help to Stephen, please ?

Stephen


February 11th 2008  07:28:20 PM
NAME: Chris Benton
MESSAGE :
Received E mail from Mick Mearns telling me to remove the question mark by his name- He and Kay will definitely be at St Columbas in Oct for the full weekend session. Can all, including 'day trippers, who intend to have dinner on the Saturday evening (8.30pm) at the Dryburgh Abbey hotel please let me know ASAP. We may need to book the big room and, if so, it will have to be booked now.

Regards & Godbless, Chris


February 8th 2008  12:29:00 AM
NAME:Jim Youdale
MESSAGE :
Paul It's amazing how memory plays tricks. Having reviewed photos in Gallery 304 I have John Doherty and Tony Visocchi at Monteviot in 1958. I did this because I thought from the photo it had to be the refectory at Monteviot. But they were not in the same year so I guess it must be Blacklion. But why the scottish dancing? Can anyone else help on this? On the question of memory I have taken recently, and rather belatedly stemming the tide approach, to eating and acting sensibly.This in part translates to having porridge for breakfast(complete with banana and sultannas) every morning for breakfast( how sad is that!). I have to admit I am now addicted.But my wife was complaining bitterly about the difficulty of cleaning pans used for cooking porridge. Until I remembered the instruction of the kind and well beloved Mrs Petrie cook at St Boswells " ye cannae wash a porridge pan laddie in hot water". There is no substitute for experience!! Does anyone else remember those bloody great metal pans we used to have to wash! Or am I in the early stages of dementia?

Jim Youdale


February 7th 2008  05:54:44 PM
NAME: Pierre Aucoin MAfr
MESSAGE :
The priest on page 305, fourth photograph, is Father Tolmie.

Pierre


February 7th 2008  12:07:57 AM
NAME: Jim Youdale
MESSAGE :
Paul Well done with the photos. Just to clarify in 1958 Monteviot was no longer House of Theology but was the British Novitiate House for 6 months prior to moving to Dorking. With regard to Robbie Dempsey's query the photo in question was taken from the garden "ramparts" at Monteviot looking across the River Teviot. The field on the other side of the river served as a soccer pitch and access was by a bridge.If memory serves me correctly type of suspension similar but smaller than that at St Boswells. It has now disappeared.

jim youdale


February 6th 2008  11:16:42 AM
NAME: Robbie Dempsey
MESSAGE :
Paul.. In your appendix page about Monteviot Don't forget to mention the video elsewhere entitled: "Seven Steps To The Altar" The opening shots clearly state: Ordinations at the Scholasticate .....and...to the Subdiaconate. I was puzzled as to WHICH bridge over WHICH river is shown - now James Youdale's photos indicate that 'some' bridge has gone !

Robbie Dempsey


January 30th 2008  06:03:26 PM
NAME: John Halloran
MESSAGE :
I wonder if you can help me, perhaps by pointing me in the right direction? I am doing some research with my brother on old English battles and we are keen to make contact with someone who might be familiar with the area around Ecclecfrechan in Dumfriesshire.

Best Wishes John Halloran


January 24th 2008  10:28:32 AM
NAME: John Morton
MESSAGE :
Please go to the REUNIONS Appendix (left) to see details of the reunion to be held at Bishop's Waltham May 9th-11th. The parish of Our Lady, Queen of Apostles, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the blessing of their church (built in the grounds of The Priory) and would love to see as many 'Pelicans' as can make it. To avoid disappointment, please make sure that you book accommodation early—and let me know (by email) if you intend to participate.

John


January 4th 2008  06:51:37 PM
NAME: Jerry Buxton
MESSAGE :
This is the second time I've tried to post on this site. The first try must have dissapeared into the ether. I was at Brrome Hall from '63 I think, and then on to Mariental until it closed its doors. I learned of the 'Pelicans' from Frank Sullivan who was on the brother programme with me. It's been a marvellous nostalgic insight into the past. I'm married with two grown up boys and ended my caeer as a lecturer in Nursing in North Wales. Regards to anybody out there who remembers me.

Jerry


 

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