Newsletter 41: April 2002


Dear Pelicans

Bishop's Waltham Reunion Pentecost May 17-19?
(Click here to view photos appended below)

The sad news was that Kate Wilkie, wife of Tom, of the Brent Villa B&B was back in Soton General for another operation after we'd heard such good reports of her progress. God bless you, Kate, and make you well soon.

I had apologies from Andy Coyle (running a gaol in Jericho); Bernard Melling (brassic after his trip to NZ); Vinny Callaghan and Pat Tierney (a journey too long); Chris Benton (daughter getting married); Maurice Billingsley (travel problems); Tommy and Margaret Kelly (car trouble). Ann Hynes, widow of Jarlath, hopes to come next year and I hope she can bring Mary Johnston, widow of Jimmy, with her. If I've forgotten anyone I'm sorry.

We were John and Margaret Morton; Tom and Betty Mackle; Robbie Dempsey; Paul West (West o' the Website); Peter Finn; Bill Nimmo-Scott; Verna Burdett Clark and family; Terry and Ann(e) Butler and family; Zelda 'n' me.

This is the 90th anniversary of the discovery of The Priory by the WFs. We put flowers on Our Lady's statue on Saturday night after a splendid day at Southsea and on Sunday, Fr Buckley (did we ever have a better friend?) blessed the graves and especially Fr Travers'. We laid flowers also on Fr T's grave.

Peter Finn gave us an A-1 talk on writing his History of The Priory after Mass on Sunday and (as I believe) sold quite a few copies. I am very anxious for him to sell-out. Have you got your copy yet (think Christmas!)? You can contact Peter at 01962-885266. For Jane Austen lovers: Brenda Finn has done a magnificent sequel to Emma. I haven't met a woman yet who didn't read it and love it. Just so you know!

After Peter had finished, Mrs Barbara Goodrich, a parishioner and mother of Anne Butler, showed us the photo below - featuring many family members and our very own Fr Rijkers (who was a member of staff at the Priory 1936 - 40).
More details of this photo to follow.



(source: Barbara Goodrich)

Left to right, 'at the back':
Fr Rijkers, Simon Foley, William Goodrich, Charlie Adams, Elizabeth Goodrich, Howard Goodrich, Marjorie Foley & Simon Foley
Front, right: Godmother Phyllis Shannon, holding the baby Patrick Goodrich, Kathleen Adams, Alice Foley, and Barbara Goodrich (who lent us the photo).

Bill Nimmo-Scott is now going to undertake the History of St Columba's! Peter has given him a load of material that proved superfluous to The History Of The Priory. Bill would now like to hear from the rest of us. I think I have a memoir (!) that I can offer him and various photographs. What have you got locked away in your dusty archive or in your bulging memory that you'd be glad to afford him? He promises to return faithfully what you send him. His telephone is 01672-810751. Let's do it!

Two old boys of the parish, John Morton and Paul West, are planning a memoir of the WFs at Heston. Vivat Historia.

Are we still thinking Africa? We need to get money out there. Every penny is vital. Make your cheques out to The Pelicans and send to Pat Gibbons, 84 Albert Road West, BOLTON. Lancs BL1 5ED. Telephone: 01204-842525.

Prayer for the House and I feel a bit ashamed now. When I am not doing the res pelicana, I help to run a wee Glasgow football fanzine called "The Celt". This November, I hope to bring out a book, "20 Years Of The Celt". Will you sponsor me at ?4 a go? (i.e. buy a copy of this superb book at ?4 only, a ridiculously low price with Christmas approaching as well). You can have as many copies as you like at ?4 a time. You may say: What have Celtic to do with me? I say: Maybe nothing at all but I can promise you a good read and it will help me!

One million thanks, Eugene

Sent later:

Dear Pelicans

I have just read in the Petit Echo that Fr Johnny Morrissey died on 2 May. He was Priory Captain 1950-51 and rushing bull of a centre-forward. Also dead is Fr Jan Delteijk of the P.o.W. group 1940-44 (in Holland 16 April 2002). He was 90. ?ome of the 'sHeerenbergers may remember him.

May they rest in peace.
Euge

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We are grateful to Robbie Dempsey for the following photos that he took at this year's reunion at Bishop's Waltham — scenes from the old Priory grounds, Bishop's Waltham and the college at Southsea.


(Source and commentary: Robbie Dempsey)

Here is the present day view looking from near the goal posts of the soccer pitch back to the quad
- near that house on the lefthand side. In the forefront is Tommy Mackle and John Moreton (facing away).




(Source and commentary: Robbie Dempsey)

And, the soccer pitch as it is now - a bowling green. How about that surface !




(Source and commentary: Robbie Dempsey)

The view across the main rugby pitch. A sorry looking field with houses threatening in the distance.




(Source and commentary: Robbie Dempsey)

View in front, from the same spot, of the old cricket pitch.





(Source and commentary: Robbie Dempsey)

And, finally, that house in the middle stands on the old tennis court.
You can just see the Church of Our Lady Queen of Apostles over on the right.


Below are a couple of shots of St. John's and Palmerston Road, Southsea today.
Hardly changed at all.



(Source and commentary: Robbie Dempsey)



(Source and commentary: Robbie Dempsey)




(Source and commentary: Robbie Dempsey)


Below, the High Street in Bishop's Waltham looking down to the square at the end of the street.


(Source and commentary: Robbie Dempsey)




(Source and commentary: Robbie Dempsey)

Finally, the Priory Inn as I clicked the camera over my shoulder through
the window of the 69 Bus.

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