The Message Bank
where all messages are saved for posterity

   
Year 2009
2006


Return to Message Bank menu

December 26th 2009  11:11:08 AM
NAME : Patrick Gibbons
MESSAGE :
A very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all. My apologies for not giving a Teasurers report for some time; I had problems accessing the mesage board , but a new computer solved the problem. At the beginning of the year we had £1284.66 in our account.With other donations I was able to send £1300 to the Missions as follows: Bro Trevor Robinson 300 Fr John Slinger in Nairobi 500 Fr Paul Hannon in Khartoum 500 We have had letters of thanks from Trevor and John Slinger. Trevor continues with his busy life. John talks of the severe shortage of water causing shortage of water in the hydro - electric dam and consequent poer rationing. All of this results in less food and household water has to be bought and often fetched from a far off tap. Our present balnk account stands at £

Patrick



December 24th 2009  05:06:19 PMJ
NAME : John Paul Larkins
MESSAGE :
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Pelicans world wide!!

Skelf



December 21st 2009  08:52:29 PM
NAME : Bernard Melling
MESSAGE :
To all my feloow Pelicans. An apology for not sending Christmas cards this year. I have been desperately trying to finish a Wedding Video (DVD) for a client and to get it to her before Christmas. So, through the medium of this incredible web site may I wish you all a happy and holy Christmas and all the very best for 2010.

Bernard


December 21st 2009  08:15:06 PM
NAME : John Goodman
MESSAGE :
Hello Paul, As suggested, I am contacting you about access to "The Pelicans" website to see if there is anyone I know who is in the Association and if so whether it is appropriate for me to join. I had been trying for some years to find out more about your organisation and think I tried to contact you a couple of years or so ago - if that is the case, please accept my apologies. If I did and was signed up, I am afraid I have forgotten my password etc., perhaps, you could remind me. I have been in touch with various White Fathers & Sisters in Africa and the UK since about 1948 and that is my only claim for trying to find out more about your association.

I went to the WF mission school in Mwanza together with one other European boy some time in 1948/49 before going on to board at St. Mary's School in Nairobi. In addition, I spent a month or so staying with the White Fathers in Tabora (under the watchful eye of Fr. Geoffrey Riddle) whilst revising for school examinations when my parents were in Europe. Later, I briefly attended St Joseph's School, adjacent to the Cathedral in Dar es Salaam which I think was run by the White Fathers and White Sisters at that time. I have fond memories of both schools and was able to revisit Dar and Mwanza in 1992 with my wife. We spent some time with Fr Geoff Riddle, WF and later with a group of Tanzanian WF students when we travelled on up to Mwanza on the train with them. We 'jumped ship' at Tabora since we arrived in the early hours of the morning rather than the previous night as scheduled - unfortunately, we didn't get time to go out to the seminary at Kipalapala.

I wrote a short article about our visit in the WF & WS Magazine entitled "Back to Africa" (April-May 1993 Issue No 309 pages 12-15). Earlier this year, my wife and I had the good fortune again to spend some time in Tanzania including visits to Dar and Morogoro. We met White Father friends from earlier and more recent times including Fr Geoff and Fr Peter Smith at Atiman House in Dar. Your website is very impressive - keep up the good work!

Happy Christmas, John Goodman Aberdour, Fife


December 18th 2009  08:02:20 PM
NAME : Paul West
MESSAGE :
I would like to relay an item that was sent to me by Maurice (Billingsley) today : "What follows is from an email message I have just sent to Oswald Mallya. I was writing to him anyway, but this should get wider dissemination among all who have contacts in Africa; look on the website and you'll see what I mean! May I share with you an address from a doctor that I meet sometimes on the train.

He is also an English Lord, I discovered today, but the important thing is that he and his wife run a small organisation for doctors in places overseas. Their service is to help with difficult diagnoses and procedures by providing speedy advice over the internet. So, if a doctor or nurse in a small clinic miles away from more experienced or specialist colleagues had to perform a new operation or needed a diagnosis confirmed, Lord and Lady Swinfen would put them in touch with a specialist (in the UK, or elsewhere) who could do this service for them. The address is: swinfencharitabletrust@btinternet.com or the website: www.swinfencharitabletrust.com

Lord Swinfen feels the service could be better known and better used, and would welcome the MAfrs - and others from St Anselm's and elsewhere - spreading the word. So, when you get the chance, perhaps you could tell people." 

Maurice


December 3rd 2009  11:27:05 AM
NAME : Robbie Dempsey
MESSAGE :
Dear Paul, Does ANYONE have the faintest idea of the amount of time, effort and devotion that you put into this website !!! Please do not offer apologies for any adminstrative tasks that you have to implement or IMPOSE on any of us. We are all in your debt for the wonderful job that you do. Deo gratias, yours, etc, in omnia saecula saeculorum. Robbie. With all best wishes Christmas   

Robbie


November 29th 2009  02:32:28 PM
NAME : Dave Sullivan MAfr
MESSAGE :
1964-6 at Blacklion: Eddie Carr Gordon Wright - Bolton Michael Savage Keith Hardless Michael Wolohan - Dublin David Sullivan - Dublin Don Anderson - London Damian Duggan - London Peter Reilly - Florencecourt, Co Fermanagh James Mc Tiernan. Co. Lietrim

Dave


November 29th 2009  12:53:41 PM
NAME : Dave Sullivan MAfr
MESSAGE :
I have been looking at the updated list of students at Broome Hall in 66-7. I (Dave Sullivan) am from Dublin - that's a photo of me in gallery 330 (the guy holding the jug). Don Anderson is from London, Peter Reilly from Florencecourt (Clogher diocese), Damian Duggan from Sunbury on Thames (near London), James Mc Tiernan is from Co Leitrim. The following year Ian's surname is Buckmaster, not Buckminster. (He is the sector superior in Dublin at the moment. I was very pleasantly surprised by the number of responses I got to my last (and first) message on this board! Frank Barnes (Danby Hall, etc.) is also in nairobi; he will be visiting me in a few minutes. He is in charge of the second formation house (South C) in Nairobi. Normally I would see John Slinger this evening - but he is busy: Everton is playing Liverpool! 

Dave


November 22nd 2009  06:55:07 PM
NAME : Dave Sullivan
MAfr
MESSAGE :
Hello, I have just stumbled across this website. Interesting.

I noticed that on the list of those who did their novitiate in Broome Hall in 1966-7 there is no one from my year. Please let me know how to add our names. Four of us are still in the Society: Don Anderson, Peter Reilly, Jimmy Mc Tiernan and myself. Others were ordained but later followed a different path: Damian Duggan, Peter Esmonde. I am presently a formator in our house in Nairobi.

God bless, Dave


November 22nd 2009  12:39:27 PM
Jim
MESSAGE :
There are a variety of free Content Management Systems available that will provide security via logins for sensitive data. DNN is the biggest Microsoft provider and many hosting firms offer it as standard for around $5 - $10 a month but just Google on CMS and you will see umpteen. Scammers actually use robots and people to review sites to obtain personal data. Unsure why Patricia Medina thinks BT is a "good" e-mail provider and Yahoo not "good" since BT uses Yahoo as a partner mail provider.


November 21st 2009 11:34:55 PM
NAME : Patricia Medina
MESSAGE :
Quite right, Paul. Besides, Anonymous Jim, whoever he might be, should have had the moxy to give his surname and email address if he wanted to make "stir it up" remarks. So, if you are reading this Jim, you can email me, any time, on sandalphon.patricia@virgin.net Trolls and lurkers do not scare me off.

Regards Patricia


November 21st 2009  04:37:23 PM
NAME : Paul West
MESSAGE :
Please read today's UPDATE (21st November 2009) regarding the recent Messageboard entry from Anonymous Jim. The CONTACTS section has been temporarily suspended. As always, I will keep you up-to-date. Please note: the recent scam suffered by John & Margaret Morton would require access to information NOT held on this website.

Paul


November 19th 2009  04:21:10 PM
NAME : Patricia Medina
MESSAGE :
About the Nigerian scam This may be helpful: http://www.419scam.org/419-by-domain.htm The scam emails are a dead giveaway because of the appalling English, bad spelling and grammar. I would advise having a very good programme, such as Norton, on your computer, with spam protection included. Then just block any suspicious looking senders. It is also worthwhile to have a "proper" email address/domain (Virgin, BT, etc.) and not the free domains such as yaho, hotmail, etc. etc. Take out there in cyber space!

Patricia


November 19th 2009  11:04:05 AM
NAME : Paul West
MESSAGE :
Olivia emailed to let me know that Ludge McGovern passed away in September. He was due to have an operation for cancer but died before it could be carried out. Ludge was the person who ferried the Blacklion students around, and remembered with affection by all who knew him.

Olivia writes : "We are pleased that John Byrne, Mike O'Callaghan and Joe McIntrye were able to meet Ludge and his wife Susan on May 1st when they visited us here at Belcoo. Ludge was very emotional meeting with the 'old boys' of St Augustine's on that evening. "


Please contact me with any information/stories that could be used to create a tribute to Ludge. (See GALLERY Page 244 for a photo that includes Ludge—and UPDATE (5th May) for an entry by John Byrne). "They also serve who only stand and wait."   

Paul


November 7th 2009  01:17:07 PM
NAME : John Hennebry
MESSAGE :
Has anyone else received the following email:

DEAR BROTHER JOHN HENNEBRY, HI ! HOW IS OUR GOOD LORD KEEPING YOU , TOGETHER WITH YOUR FAMILY ? MY NAME IS JOHN - CLAUDE MUTAMBALA, AND I STAY IN TANZANIA, EASTERN AFRICA. I'AM A FORMER WHITE FATHER'S SEMINARIAN, AND REMAINS THEIR GOOD FRIEND. PLEASE HELP ! HOW CAN I BECOME A GOOD PELICAN ? LET US BE IN TOUCH, AND GOD BLESS YOU ! GREETINGS TO THE FAMILY. JOHN-CLAUDE.

Sounds a little weird. I haven't replied.

John


November 2nd 2009  02:59:47 PM
NAME : Eric Creaney
MESSAGE :
Vinny's funeral is on Thursday morning at 10am in St. Joseph's Church, Broomlands Road, South Carbrain, Cumbernauld, G67 2PT. Address from our Contacts page is (Vincent & May CALLAGHAN) 70 Sandyknowes Rd, Cumbernauld, Glasgow G67 2PG 01236-73 7702   

Eric


October 30th 2009  10:12:54 PM
NAME : Chris Benton
MESSAGE :
Vinny Callaghan died peacefully this morning in Strathcarron Hospice. Vin was a founder member of the Pelicans and will be missed by all who knew him. Please remember him and his family in your prayers. 

Chris


October 30th 2009 03:09:50 PM
NAME : Paul West
MESSAGE :
ERIC CREANEY came across an article from The Petit Echo entitled 'The Ouagadougou Pelican' which you might find of interest: http://www.mafrome.org/burkina_faso.htm#gb   

Eric


October 21st 2009  05:07:43 PM
NAME : Peter Hurrell
MESSAGE :
All those Pelicans who knew Fr. Eugene Lewis will be gravely disturbed to learn that he is to face trial on November 8 2009 at Dungannon Crown Court for alleged child abuse. Please pray that justice will be done and that the jury will be guided solely by the evidence and not by any sectarian bias.   

Peter


October 5th 2009
11:43:38 AM
NAME : Davud Ritson
MESSAGE :
I have been trying to trace ex st. Columban/Priorian Martyn Buckley since our reunion at Melrose last month. I managed to get a number, but on reaching the firm he owned, was informed by his son that Martyn 'passed away' in July 2007. No doubt many of you knew Martyn and I'm sure will remeber him in your prayers.

David


September 27th 2009  09:03:28 PM
NAME : Maurice Billingsley
MESSAGE :
I was surprised to notice that Archbishop Hughes does not appear among the 'White Fathers buried elsewhere' list at Kensal Green! He was both! Send for the stonemason!

Maurice


September 10th 2009  10:32:39 PM
NAME : Paul West
MESSAGE :
50 years ago this summer Jim O'Toole was heading for Canada and his 'Theology' year. You can read of his experience in the letter that he sent to The Priory—which was duly published in The Pelican magazine, Summer 1959: http://www.thepelicans.org.uk/previous.htm#s59 (Alternatively, find it yourself in the 'Previous Associations' Appendix—see below). Has anyone news of Jim ? He made a great impression on all who knew him and it would be good to know how he has fared.   

Paul


August 31st 2009  11:17:17 PM
NAME : Martin Whillis
MESSAGE :
Re Cardinal Lavigerie's letter, mentioned in the message below - Paul has posted the English translation under Publications. My translator friend doesn't guarantee word for word accuracy - but I'm sure he's got the sense of it right! Hope it's of interest. 

Martin


August 25th 2009  05:28:08 PM
NAME : Martin Whillis
MESSAGE :
Married priests: Others who visit Pelicans may be interested to read a letter proposing the establishment of a married African clergy, which was written in 1890 by Cardinal Lavigerie, and addressed to Pope Leo Xlll. The letter shows the cardinal to have been a serious evangelist with a social conscience, and seems to have prompted some quite serious tut-tutting in Rome. I heard about it via the Movement for Married Clergy. The oringinal version, in French, can be found at www.africamission-mafr.org/pretres_maries.htm (Note underline between pretres and maries) Since my French is limited, a friend kindly made an English translation for me, and Paul West with shortly be placing that on Pelicans website. (The English translation reduces the 19th cent ultra-politeness so that it reads more naturally today) Hope it's of interest. Martin Whillis (Blacklion 1966-68)   

Martin


August 18th 2009  01:24:50 AM
NAME : Prof McMurray
MESSAGE :
Hi All

I was chided by Bill Nimmo-Scott this morning for my lack of participation in recent times. I do pop in but life has been a little hectic between my new "career" as a shepherd upon which I have no doubt that www.shaunthesheep,com is based. Fencer, refer previous reference and check picasaweb.google.com/PGMcMurray for proof. Plus trying to bring our software into the RESTful world of the web - now there is a unusual combination of ideas. Then I saw the reference to Nick Cave - not a person I expected to see in lights on a religious site :-) He is a lad from a small country town in Victoria Australia.

It set me thinking as to other Australia influences on Britain. Tony Blair came every year to study the philosophies of my namesake, the Quaker John Macmurray home@johnmacmurray.org. One of his sayings 'The field of religion is one where we grope in the dark and in which our civilization is perilously unskilled' .Personally I am now in the same area as Philip Adams a great ABC (www.abc.net.au) broadcaster also a country Victorian.

I find Fred Hoyle's Black Cloud to be more likely than an all powerful God, having seen the white light myself it will be interesting to find out who is right. I find "do as you would be done by" to be the best philosophy. As the great Irish comedian would say "May your God be with you"

Best Wishes All   

Prof


August 17th 2009  02:55:21 PM
NAME : Paul West
MESSAGE :
Please read today's UPDATE for news of Ludge McGovern.   

Paul


August 13th 2009  07:17:07 PM
NAME : John Paul Larkins
MESSAGE :
In the gallery section number 67 "The Mine" the diving figure is me. You can see the goals that Charlie Mc Laren and I set up from four steel rods and then we rigged string for the crossbar as we played a game of "Headers". Charlie and I were avid players and frequently challenged others. It was a popular game among Scottish Boys.   

John


August 10th 2009  10:42:14 PM
NAME : John Paul Larkins
MESSAGE :
I just received an e-mail and lots of pics of our days at St. Columbas and The Priory from Eric Creaney. What a great shock to the system. I have lived in the USA since 1982 and would love to hear from anyone.

John


August 6th 2009  05:03:06 PM
NAME : Terry Butler
MESSAGE :
All of us at Bishops Waltham were enthralled at the address by Maurice Billingsley re the school established in Egypt by Archbishops Arthur Hughes. Thought you would be pleased to know that I have had much contact with Michael Fitzgerald and we are establishing a link between the school and the parish at Bishops Waltham. Will keep you informed!

Terry Butler - Bishops Waltham


August 5th 2009  07:21:16 AM
NAME : Zelda Daws
MESSAGE :
Following on from John's message regarding Mum's funeral I have some final details.

The Reception to celebrate Mum's life will be held at: The Siam Garden Thai Restaurant, 59a London Road, Grantham, Lincs., NG31 6ET. (Mum's favourite restaurant) View directions on www.siamgarden.co.uk Also instead of flowers we have set up a page for Mum on www.justgiving.com where you can make a donation to the Stroke Association. All you need to do is type in Zelda MacBride into the 'Sponsor a friend' box and the rest is straightforward. Can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your prayers and support over the last few months.

Zelda


August 4th 2009  08:57:09 AM
NAME : John Morton
MESSAGE :
The following arrangements have been made for the funeral of Zelda MacBride : a Requiem Mass will take place at St Mary the Immaculate in Grantham at noon, Thursday 13th August. (postcode : NG31 8AT) The commital will be at the Crematorium in Grantham, followed by a Reception to celebrate Zelda's life (venue to be arranged). Please let me know if you hope to attend or if you have a message of condolence that you would like to forward to Zelda's family. 

John



August 1st 2009  11:06:27 AM
NAME : John Morton
MESSAGE :
It is with much regret that I have to inform you that our dear friend Zelda died peacefully last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this very sad time. When I hear from the family regarding the Funeral Arrangements I will let you know.

God Bless her!!

John
   
July 30th 2009  12.37 PM
NAME : Mike O'Callaghan
MESSAGE :
I received the news last night that Seamus McShane had died of cancer. Seamus was one year behind me in Blacklion and we had studied together in Canada. He was married and had a daughter and granddaughter. I hope that you will follow the link below. I remember Seamus with his red hair and hearty laugh. He is now at peace and is present to us all in a different way.

There is an online Memorial dedicated to Seamus McShane : http://obit.ahpeters.com/obit-692285 Or for AOL users: http://obit.ahpeters.com/obit-692285   

Mike

Julu 29th  11:31:41 AM
NAME : John Morton
MESSAGE :
Zelda MacBride, Eugene's widow, has suffered a severe stroke and is in a deep coma. She is not expected to recover. I would ask all Pelicans to remember her and her family in your prayers. I will inform you of any further developements.

John.

July 27th 2009  10:46:56 AM
NAME : Paul Hannon
MESSAGE :
Dear Paul and fellow Pelicans, Many greetings from Newcastle where I am nearing the end of my leave. I shall return to Khartoum, Sudan, on Friday. The Sector Treasurer informed me that you have sent a sum of money (GBP 500) to my account. I wish to express my gratitude for your generosity and I assure you that I shall put this gift to good use in the parish where we are building a new church at present.

I keep you all in my prayers and thoughts and thank you once again for your kindness.

Fr Paul Hannon M.Afr.
July 23rd 2009  03:13:11 AM
NAME : John Boos
MESSAGE :
Hello all! I was in Blacklion from 62 to 64, and would like to get in contact with former student Peter Esmonde. I would appreciate any help in doing so. Thank you.

John
    June 17th 2009  06:23:35 PM
NAME : Chris Benton
MESSAGE :
I spoke to Frank Dillon last week and he tells me that our dear friend and fellow Pelican Vinny Callaghan is quite ill in hospital. Please remember him in your prayers.

Chris
June 1st 2009  07:54:53 PM
NAME :Mike Byrne
MESSAGE :
Well........another successful BW reunion accomplished. It was great to meet Tony and Maurice again after so many years. Thank you John and Paul for your efforts in organising the event...........and didn't the sun shine on the righteous! I will send Paul some pictures to put on the website. Must go and water the garden.

Mike Byrne
May 29th 2009  10:00:00 AM
NAME : Tommy Mackle
MESSAGE :
My brother Francis Mackle died on Monday 25th May 2009 from lung cancer after a short illness. His funeral will take place at St.Dominic's, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow on Tuesday 2nd June at 9.30am.

Requiescat in pace.

Tommy
May 18th 2009  08:00:47 PM
NAME : Tom Canning
MESSAGE :
Can any one tell me if there is any plans for a reunion at Rutherglen this year or even a gathering of Pelicans? 

Tom
 
May 13th 2009  11:23:32 AM
NAME : John Scully
MESSAGE :
Dear All, As my run from Kings Cross to St Boswells gets ever nearer I am in the process of sending out information and sponsor forms in the next three weeks. The run is for Father Shanahan's Street Invest project which you would have seen Eric recently write about. I spend four days doing about twenty miles runninig and the other three trolling around London and the home counties drumming up support.

I met Patrick in London in March and I have never met a man so committed to a cause so worthwhile. Because I have to email so many pelicans there is not a personal message but two attachments where you will find all the information you need. I know money is tight but every step I take in August will I'm sure add more money to Street Invest.I already have guaranteed sponsors who know very little about the pelicans(they do now). So please support my run. I will add my mobile no. on the attachments so if anyone wants to phone while I'm sweating along towards Scotland that would be great. Photos and a lenghty account of my journey will appear after I finish.

God Bless, John.  
 May 5th 2009  01:56:48 PM
NAME : Eric Creaney
MESSAGE :
'The only thing Millionaire about Slumdog street children is their numbers.' Thanks again, Paul, for such a prompt response to my message from Fr Patrick. I have already had several very generous donations from Pelicans towards his appeal. 

Eric

May 5th 2009  09:44:48 AM
NAME : John Byrne
MESSAGE :
Hello fellow Pelicans. Last week, Joe McIntyre, Mike O'Callaghan and myself - who studied together in Blacklion and Broome Hall from 1965 to 1967, returned to Blacklion and Belcoo. We were welcomed superbly by Mairead, Olivia and Charlie O'Dolan and Bud Greene. While we were there we met LUDGE McGOVERN. Ludge drove us around in his minibus during our time in Blacklion. He was very emotional on seeing and chatting with us, and could not believe that we would remember him.

IF you were in Blacklion and have any memories of Ludge, PLEASE, PLEASE contact me to say so. The first pic on page 244 of the gallery shows Ludge with a group of students and priests and there is another pic taken at the Giants Causeway in Brendan Gormley's selection of pics on page 348 - Ludge is (typically) to the back of the group. Ludge has been unwell of late and I would like to raise his spirits by passing on to him any memories anyone may have.

Before Joe and Mike headed home, we met with Fr Ian Buckmaster M.Afr and Robbie Dempsey at Templeogue. I'll be passing an illustrated acccount to Paul for consideration for inclusion on the site.

Best regards to all, John Byrne
March 27th 2009  05:08:31 PM
NAME : John Morton
MESSAGE :
Hello Everyone! The response so far for the Reunion at the end of May has been a little disappointing. Can I urge any Pelican who is interested in attending to get in touch as soon as possible either with myself or Paul . I shall be away from 2nd April until 18th April so Paul will gladly deal with any enquiries in my absence.

Happy Easter!! John
March 24th 2009  09:24:32 PM
NAME : Paul West
MESSAGE :
Have you heard of the BT iPlate ? For less than £10 UK you can improve the speed of your broadband by 1/3 or more. Go to http://www.pcpro.co.uk/blogs/2008/09/10/iplate-boosts-broadband-connections-by-60/ to read all about it. (Very easy to fit, by the way).  

Paul
 
March 21st 2009  12:00:14 AM
NAME : Tom Canning
MESSAGE :
I have just spent the evining looking over the Gallery and with all the photos of BH and the history as well there are no Photo of the postulant Master in 1967 when I speny some time there. I mean Fr Van Spandonk there is nothing in the gallery, history or the obituaries. If any one knows what happened to him I would like to know. 

Tom
March 17th 2009  10:26:38 AM
NAME : Peter Vale-Humphreys
MESSAGE :
For those with Irish connections and those without, have a Happy St Patrick's Day. Whether ye be at work or play, enjoy. This life can be so short and there is often so much to do with little time to do it in. God bless those who have Ireland to look after that it may become peaceful once more. The land which has yielded such proud sons and daughters needs a guiding light, may St Patrick intervene and St Bridgit provide the grace to see it through.

Top o' the mornin, Peter

March 13th 2009  07:32:33 PM
NAME : Les Crougon
MESSAGE :
My thanks to Peter Finn for letting the Pelicans know about my daughter Katie's death.Joyce and I are still in shock!! Her death was so sudden. On Monday, February 23rd, we had dinner with Katie, her husband, Randy and our two grandsons-Ryan (11 years) and John (9 years). She died on February 28.She was 44. Katie was our middle child, one of our three daughters.She was a very successful and well respected businesswoman, a status that became very evident to Joyce and myself when over 1,000 people attended the recitation of the Rosary on Tuesday, March 3, and another 1,000 attended her Funeral Mass on Wednesday, March 4.

When I found her obituary on the website I dicovered that Martin Hickey''s wife , Dorothy, had also passed away. I know the Pelicans will be praying for Katie and Dorothy, and I know that Katie will be flattered. Your prayers will help ease the sense of shock and loss.

God Bless you all. Joyce and Les. 
March 8th 2009  09:44:12 PMPaul West
NAME : Paul West
MESSAGE :
Patricia Hawkins de Medina sent this message to me and I thought that many of you would like to watch this TV programme: The T.V. programme "Countryfile" is visiting this part of the world in next Sunday's programme (Sunday mornings on BBC One). Even though it says "Fermanagh" the geopark spills over the border to Cuilcagh Mountain and the surrounding area. So you will surely see a lot of familiar places! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00j8dq2 "Both the Marble Arch Caves and the Cuilcagh Mountain Park have been awarded UNESCO Global Geopark status since 2004 and has become one of 25 of these types of sites around the world funded by the EU." I know that many who studied at St. Augustine's will remember their visits to the Marble Arch caves and to the summit of Cuilcagh.

Best regards, Patricia
March 1st 2009  09:17:23 AM
NAME : Gerard Lenaghan
MESSAGE :
In response to the note from Michael Ashe on Feb 13 – thank you, Michael. Of course it was Miss Motion. The name was on the tip of my tongue and was bugging me. I hope you enjoyed the photographs and that they brought back fond memories. It’s amazing how revisiting somewhere after a long while, even in photographs, can trigger a release of memories which have been dormant for so long. I’ve just looked at the St Edwards section of the website. It hadn’t dawned on me that, of course, this was Totteridge where the younger boys were sent directly after the fire at St Columba’s.

I don’t remember an awful lot of Totteridge but, for some strange reason what came to mind was this. We had R.E. homework. The task was to draw a picture of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the stable (being Christmas). I was actually quite good at Art, and at least took it as far as A Level, but my forte was never really drawing people. After much time and effort I handed in my homework entitled ‘The stable before Jesus, Mary and Joseph arrived.’ I was deadly serious but the priest thought my contribution to be impudent and rebellious. My punishment was to stay behind on Saturday afternoon and clean out the drying room whilst the rest of the boys visited Madame Tussauds and The Planetarium! How cruel life can be!   

Gerard
February 26th 2009  09:32:03 AM
NAME : Tony Smyth
MESSAGE :
Following Paul's comment on the news page, I am indeed, back in the UK after 36 years in Canada and looking forward to joining in some of the on-going reunions of Pelicans. In that regard, Maurice Billingsley posted a note last November concerning Whitsun 2009 at BW. Other than Maurice and Peter Vale-Humphreys is anyone else planning on being in BW at that time? I am currently making preliminary plans to be there this year but will not know for sure until early April. 


Tony

February 24th 2009  10:50:38 AMPaul West
NAME : Paul West
MESSAGE :
A sad start to the year for two of our friends, Martin Hickey and Michael Creechan, who recently lost their wives. (See the CONTACTS section if you'd like to get in touch).

Paul

February 17th 2009  08:17:37 PM
NAME : Eric Creaney
MESSAGE :
SUBJECT : Rarement seul, jamais deux, toujours trois OR Numquam duo, semper tres OR Raro solus, nunquam duo, semper tres ERIC CREANEY writes "I thought I had made a mistake in remembering that Latin dictate and that it was particular to WFs but apparently not! http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question100351.html  "

Eric


February 15th 2009  09:38:38 AM
NAME : Paul West

MESSAGE :
Thank you for those kind words, Chris. It's also an appropriate time for me to thank all those people who have entrusted their photos, reminisicevencies and other memorabilia over the years. Here's to the next 50,000 visits, godwot. 

Paul



February 13th 2009  09:18:50 PM
NAME : Chris Benton
MESSAGE :
I'm sure it won't have gone unnoticed that this week the site had its 50,000th visitor. I would like to pass my thanks to Paul and his 'staff'. Without your efforts, Paul, we would not have been able to share our pleasant memories. I'm sure all Pelicans will share with me in offering you a huge vote of thanks.

Chris  


February 13th 2009  02:09:04 PM
NAME : Michael Ashe
MESSAGE :
I see that there is now a page dedicated to Danby hall. Could picture nuber 268 be added to the page as it relates to Danby where i was a student in 1965. Also the visit relayed by Gerard Leneghan to Danby in 2008 mentions the lady who lived in the apartment in the Hall. I am sure her name was Miss Motion. I visited the hall in 1970 and had tea with her. she remembered all the boys well and spoke of the ghost that lived on her wing. Hello to any one who remembers me from them days.

Michael


February 11th 2009  08:47:57 AM
NAME : Peter Vale-Humphreys
MESSAGE :
Well, folks, we made it back from sunny Hong Kong last Saturday after a bit of excitement. In journeying to the HK airport..... I lost my passport in the taxi! After grabbing another taxi driver and asking him to radio a plea for it, it was eventually back on its way to me hour or so later. Meanwhile the BA staff in HK did wonders for us and the help and consideration to get us on to a subsequent airplane were so appreciated.

In this day and age when things go wrong we justifiably complain; but in this case I have nothing but praise for the dedication of their staff. The service in shops and attention they give you is the tops. If only some of our UK service industries would do just that, viz.provide a service. Well, I guess we have the BW weekend to look forward to at Pentecost. All being well we'll be there.

Edith & I send our best regards to everyone.

Peter


February 7th 2009  12:06:56 AM
NAME : Jim Youdale
MESSAGE :
This is in reply to John Scully's posting. Power to your elbow John. I think this is an amazing challenge. But hang on, if I am truthful I really was a bit p***** off.Here I am thinking I am doing bloody marvellous climbing Dent (1000 ft) 4 days a week and you come along with a run from King's Cross to St Boswells like it's a stroll in the park. Oh some people make me sick! Why don't you get some sponsor forms done and let me have one so that I can put some pressure on friends and family to raise a bob or two. I have had an idea for a kickstarter.I have 5 copies of "The Pelican" magazine which have been gathering dust for the last 50+ years that I am willing to part with.They are Christmas 1955 (2),Summer 1956, Christmas 1956, Summer 1957. Collectors items in pristine condition, an absolute must for ex-St Columbans, ex-Priorians or any sad generous person. Anyone interested,contact me I'll send you one and you will send John Scully £5 to kickstart his fund. First come first served basis.

Whilst I am on can I apologise to those who expected to see me at the St Columba's reunion. Unfortunately domestic circumstances conspired against us this time. But fingers crossed we will be there next time. Mick Mears in an earlier posting made reference to "hard" men. Well, in my experience there was one guy head and shoulders above anyone else in this category, that was Robert "Cosh" Cowell from Liverpool. I would love to know what happened to him.His ability on parallel bars pre-empted and far exceeded that of Nadia Komenech et al!!!.

God bless jim youdale



February 5th 2009  05:33:50 PM
NAME : John Scully
MESSAGE :
I went to St Columba's in 1959 and left in 1961. I ended up as a Senior Lecturer and advisor in Physical education. It will be exactly fifty years since setting out on the long steam journey from King's Cross to St Boswells in 1959.

Because I'm still a fanatic runner I've decided to run from Kings Cross to St Boswells in the last week of August ending at the college on Monday 7th September which I think was the original date I started at the college. I will run at thirty mile stages most days and it should take about two weeks. I will be running for one of the White Father appeals so if anyone could suggest one I would be most grateful. Also if you or you're friends could sponsor me even better.I will follow this brief message with more details in the weeks to come. If anyone wants to join me on a stage(not the theatre) they would be more than welcome. I might end with running up to Scott's Mound where we used to have the old cross country races.

God Bless, john. 


January 22nd 2009 09:36:09 PM
NAME : Eric Creaney
MESSAGE :
http://www.africamission-mafr.org/obama_day.htm Missionaires d'Afrique P. Julien Cormier Provincial A Washington un 20 Janvier 2009 Petit texte et photos Quatre Missionnaires d'Afrique sur le Mall A Washington le 20-01-2009 Il est 16 heures, la Parade est en route à la télévision. Ce matin de 9 heures à 14heures nous étions dans le froid. James McTiernan à gauche sur la photo (Irlandais), Emmanuel Adeboa -centre droit (Ghanéen) et Richard Roy à droite(Américain) et Julien Cormier (Canadien) qui prenait les photos 

Eric


  
01:58:41 AM
NAME : Maurice Billingsley
MESSAGE :
Trains across Southern England and a stiff pull up Hindhead hill on the bike got me to St Alban's church in time for John's 60th. After the Eucharist, it was 'You look like a Priorian - are you Maurice Billingsley?' --- Mike Tobin, who helped me put the world to rights for the next few hours - St Alban's church having been converted into a Banqueting Hall. And then Mike was reminiscing about the food at the Priory! And cockroaches all over the ref and scullery after the Easter Vigil. Mike remembers sweeping the little corpses under the Fr's table.

Why didn't that make it into Peter Finn's history - or mine for that matter? But I think it was Peter Roberts who bit into an unsuspecting roach and woke everyone up one breakfast time. Something was done after that!

Maurice

 

Return to Top or to the Message Bank