Fort Augustus Abbey School
Old Boys Association
THE FORT AUGUSTUS OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION
Corbie Newsletter April 2002.
Calendar of Dates.
Thursday 6th June Perth Races Scone.
Sunday 4th August Golf Strathmore G.C.
Saturday 5th October Dinner Holiday Inn.
During a meeting of the Old Boy's Committee in Perth on the 8th of February the following business was dealt with.
Programme for 2002 & Report on last year's events.
Perth Races Scone Palace Park.
Due to popular demand we have organised a day at the races. This will take place at Perth Racecourse on Thursday 6th of June. It was voted the best small Racecourse in the North. We have been given a package of Paddock Suite/Marquee with CCTV. In case of rain, Finger Buffet and Club Badge plus cash bar all for £47 a head including Vat. Please book early to Ralph Giulianotti 01738 624674 for what promises to be a good day out.
Annual Golf Outing.
This event will again be held at O.B. Pat Barron's scenic and challenging Strathmore Course on Sunday 4th August .The First Tea is booked for 13.30 hours and you will be happy to hear the price of £30.50 including High Tea is the same as last year, thanks Pat. Book early for the popular Abbey Boy's Classic to Ralph G. 01738 624674. Last year's outing was once more fully booked, and a great time was had by all. Fr. Andrew 94 years young and still enjoying a little tipple gave out the prizes. The Scratch Abbey Boy's Quaich was won by Colin McAllister and the O.B. H'cap Cup by Owen Halloran.
The Annual O.B. Dinner was again the highlight of the year. At this well attended event a superb meal was enjoyed by Old Boys and partners at O.B. Maurice Taylor's Holiday Inn. Maurice generously provided the wine and Ralph the Benedictines. Many O.Bs booked into the Hotel for the night. The guest speaker was award winning Master Chef Paul Rogerson. Paul has 6 Gold Medals to his name, was winner of the National Meal of the Year Award 1978 and is considered by many as The Father of Scottish Cuisine. He gave a short interesting and entertaining talk with slides on his culinary experiences. Paul has also produced a book called Edinburgh a` La Carte which was written by O.B. Michael Turnbull.
This years Dinner will again take place at The Holiday Inn West Nile St., Glasgow on Sat.5th Oct. at 7.45 preceded by the A.G.M. at 7.00 pm. Our guest speaker will be O.B. Colin McAllister who will give a short talk with slides on his pilgrimage by road from France to St. James Compostela in Spain. The Dinner will cost £29.95 and there will be the usual O.B. discount of £35 per person B.B. Please book early to avoid disappointment to Ralph G. 01738 624674,a £10 deposit is required.
Gallantine of salmon Flavoured with fresh herbs
Served with Crème Fraiche & Baby Leaves.
Curried Parsnip & Apple Soup.
Roast Rack of Border Lamb Crusted with Dijon Mustard, Brioche & Parsley Rosemary Jus & Fondant Potato Roast Seasonal Root Vegetables.
Sticky Toffee Pudding With Vanilla Ice Cream & Butterscotch Sauce.
Coffee with Chocolates.
A party of about twenty O.Bs. spent a great weekend at Ampleforth last September. The Monks made us most welcome and allowed us to join them in the choir stalls for services.They appear to be doing very well with over 50 monks including our own Fr.Edward, Fr.Francis, Fr.Anthony and Fr.Bernard as well as 500 boys. Unfortunately we were unable to book this year as they are taking in girls and will require The Grange should their new wing not be completed. However, we have booked for the 29th-31st Aug.2003.
On your behalf as Chairman of the Old Boys I sent a letter of congratulation to Mario Conti on his elevation to The Archbishopric of The Glasgow Diocese, he replied with thanks and earnestly begged the support of your prayers.
Next year we propose to have a weekend at Fort Augustus staying at Chris and Joanna Stephenson's Caledonian Hotel with golf and other activities.
We now have around 220 Old Boys registered on our web site www.corbie.com Mike Drummond continues to up-date it and has recently installed a message board page on the site, thanks Mike for your work in keeping us all in touch. Colin McAllister has just completed a pilgrimage on foot to St.James Compostela. Ralph Giulianotti has been made a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre by Archbishop O'Brien. Congratulations to Archie and Barbara Maclellan who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February. They were joined in the golden celebration by their 12 children and 31 grandchildren, can any Old Boy beat this. Our book Abbey Boys is now in profit and has grossed £6,803. Not many copies left, price £19 inc.post & packing from: Ralph G. 'Mountview', Kinnoull Hill Place, Perth.PH2 7DD.
Robert and Johanne Dunn a son Archie.
Ian and Graine Dunn a daughter Georgia.
Mark and Catriona Dunn a daughterLucy.
Stewart & Shona Phillips a daughter Grace Jane (14/12/2001)
Minutes of the 60th A.G.M. Holiday Inn Glasgow Sat. 13th Oct.2001.
Present : Jim Brown,Andrew Basigera,George Campbell,Chris Dunn,Ivor Campbell,Joe Dunn,Shane Mckenzie,Mark Dunn,Fr.Stephen Dunn,Tony Duncan,Ian Dunn,Mike Drummond,Ralph Giulianotti,Lawrence Hogarth,Ian Marin,Angus Macdonald,Henry Murphy,Brian Murray,Tom Murphy,Charlie Niven,Tom O'Hea,Roy McCarey,Maurice Taylor,Richard Ryan,Mike Turnbull,Martin Waugh,Kevin Duffy.
Apologies : Matt Tyksinsky,Owen Halloran,Ralph Giulianotti Jnr.,Mark Giulianotti,Alasdair Macdonald,Gerry Devine,Jim Dollan,Pat Barron, Paddy Mulligan,Joseph Dunn,Colin Campbell,Duncan Demarco,John Maclellan.
1.Opening Prayer : The meeting opened with a prayer by Fr.Stephen Dunn.
2.Minutes 2000 A.G.M. : The Minutes were adopted by Lawrence Hogarth and seconded by Brian Murray. Matters arising, none.
3.Abbey Boys : Mike Turnbull's book which was launched at last years Dinner has been a great success with many glowing reviews.There were 600 books published and there are only 141 left.Sales stand at £6,762, the book is now in profit. Thanks again Mike.
4.Website : Mike Drummond's efforts in this department had kept the Association alive and up to date. He continues to invite members to submit new material such as profiles or business information. Mike was given a big vote of thanks by all.
5.Committee Report : The programme organised last year of Golf Outing (August), Ampleforth Weekend (September) and Dinner (October) had all been very successful with some O.B.'s ending up disappointed by booking too late.We propose something similar next year, dates will appear in the News Letter.
6.Treasurers Report : Prepared by Joe Dunn C.A. The Bank Account balance stands at a healthy £5,101,with all expenses paid for the publication of Abbey Boys.As pointed out already, it is now in profit and all future sales will help our funds.The Chairman thanked Joe for all his hard work.
7.Elections : Tony Duncan moved that the current Officials be re-elected ,this was carried unanimously.For the record they are; Honorary President, Fr. Francis Davidson , Chairman,Ralph Giulianotti,Treasurer,Joe Dunn Minutes Secretary,Mike Turnbull,Committee,Mike Drummond,Chris Stephenson,Brian Caulfield and O.B.Chaplain,Fr.Stephen Dunn. Anyone wishing to propose themselves for Office please do so before next A.G.M.
8.A.O.B. : Fr. Stephen announced that Sasha Mackenzie was in Glasgow Royal Infirmary,and asked members to remember her in their prayers. Jim Brown asked about the status of the Monks Graveyard, as O.B.stalwart Willie Docherty amongst others was also buried there. He was assured that in the deed of sale it could not be altered.Mike Turnbull on a visit to the Scots College Rome discovered that an O.B. William Maclean was studying for the priesthood,his mother is one of the Blackburns of Roshven. He will probably be the last of many O.B's to become a priest. It was decided to send him a gift of £200 from funds.
9.Date of Next A.G.M. : Preceding Old Boys Dinner Holiday Inn Glasgow in October 2002.