Newsletter 48


May 2005 : the Reunion at Bishop's Waltham

Carissimi Pelicani:

Zelda and I made good time down to Bishops Waltham on Friday 13.?Thanks to an early departure and the pax britannica, the roads were all open and we were at Tom Wilkie's in good time.

Poor Tom is thinking of shutting up shop on account of the feral youths who rent rooms.?Some of them can't go outside to smoke. They bung up his smoke detectors with plastic bags and papier mache.? We felt very sorry for him.

Peter Vale-Humphreys
, Zelda and I went out to the Jubilee which is open all day on a Friday.?Then up to Galley Down.? Back at the Jubilee we met John and Margaret (Morton) and the five of us were at Banks' (the restaurant) in the evening where we were joined by Mike and Andrew and Tony (Guilfoyle) and Pauline.

Next morning we went up to pay our respects to Fr Buckley who was on his way to see the Bishop. I got Peter to give his (Sunday) talk to us in the chapel as so many people had said they would be racing off on the 15th.?We practised the Veni Creator and set off for Portsmouth on another of Margaret's wonderful trips, this time to the Historic Ships Dockyard where we saw the Mary Rose (awesome!), the Victory and HMS Warrior.?

A splendid day despite the rain. Peter Finn appeared after Mass and then the apparition of apparitions: Robert Clyde whom I hadn't seen since 1951!!! He hopes to come to Preston and I have circulated all his old classmates in the hope that more than Pat Menzies can make it. The priest (not Fr Buckley) preached a very odd sermon about the WFs in Africa and I'll tell you about it sometime.?Just magine you have 60 miles to go on your pushbike before you reach the mission station and I pass you aboard the station lorry with a merry wave and no lift.?Apparently this will be a good lesson for you.

(source : Michael Byrne. Names shown on photo below. Note the old Priory pews.)

At Mass on Sunday : Chris Cooper.? The Veni Creator got a great burst of applause. Verna Burdett-Clark was there looking a lot better than last year but Paula was on crutches.? Ann Butler (Terry's wife) looked good too but she has had an operation for hernia. We walked the bounds after Mass and then took off for home.

(source : Michael Byrne)
(L-R) :
Front : Pauline Guilfoyle, John Morton, Zelda, Margaret Morton, Eugene MacBride and Peter Vale Humphreys
Back : Tony Guilfoyle, Mike Byrne and a lady whose name will come to me . . .

I felt deeply sorry at that point not to be spending the Sunday at Bishop's Waltham as was our custom (Zelda's and mine).?In fact I don't think I'm over it yet. All in all, another morale booster.?b> Brenda Finn has given us a marvellous wee book of her writings that sometimes make me roar out loud and at others reduce me to tears.

God Bless, Eugene