Fort Augustus Abbey School
Old Boys Association
FORT AUGUSTUS OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER APRIL 2012
Calendar of dates for 2012 :
Saturday 1st September - Sunday 2nd September Visit to Ampleforth.
Saturday 6th October Annual Dinner & AGM. Holiday Inn, Glasgow.
Ampleforth Visit :
Laurence Hogarth has arranged a two days and nights stay at Ampleforth in September. The cost is £55 per person per day full board. A programme regarding our stay has still to be arranged. Numbers will be limited so book early with Ralph G. Tel. 01738 624674.
Annual Dinner & Report :
Last year's OB Dinner was once again a great success. It was our 70th Anniversary of the Association and his Eminence Keith Patrick Cardinal O'Brien honoured us with his presence as our guest speaker. He gave a witty, entertaining and at times thought provoking speech. We also had a representative from Ampleforth, Fr. Gordon Beattie an OB of Carlekemp, who brought good wishes to the OBs from all our friends down south. The meal was first class as usual. Thanks go out to Maurice T., Chris D., Alasdair Mac. and Ralph G. for the wine, port and Bennies.
This years Annual Dinner for OBs and partners will be held on Saturday the 6th of October, usual venue the Holiday Inn, West Nile Street, Glasgow preceded by the AGM at 7.00pm Our guest speaker for the night is Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE of Mary's Meals fame. The dinner will cost the same as last year, £35 a head, the accommodation with our usual OB discount is still, Double/Twin £89 and Single £79 including full Scottish Breakfast: reservation number 0141 3528300. Next door is Holiday Inn Expressway where it is £69 Bed and Continental Breakfast. Please book early for this popular night to Ralph Giulianotti 01738 624674. Menu: Parma Ham and Melon with Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil Dressing; Cream of Mushroom Soup with Arran Mustard and Tarragon; Braised Rump of Lamb with Bacon and Cheese Filled Potato Fondant, Green Beans and Glazed Carrots, Rosemary Jus; Baked Lemon Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream; Freshly Brewed Coffee or Tea served with Tablet.
The project for our 70th Anniversary to renovate and re-site the War Memorial in its original place on the drive was successfully accomplished, the report appears in the minutes. Since then we have obtained a list of our fallen heroes with some comments from Peter Barry our oldest OB:
John Sneddon M.N. missing at sea from Edinburgh.
Louis McFall RAF, DFC a very special guy, killed in North Africa.
Robert Levack Cameron Highlanders, swimming champ, Capt. Rugby 1938-39, killed in Burma, nickname ‘Podge’ from Lossiemouth.
Angus Mackay, Queens' Own Cameron Highlanders; School Captain 1935-1936, very good batsman and real good guy, killed in Kholima Burma, from Inverness.
Jimmy Chapman MC, Black Watch, another School Swimming Champ, another special fellow, killed in N. Africa 1941.
Felix Savy RAF from Kingussie.
Jerry Ryan RAF killed in Malta.
John Wemyss RAF.
Colin Haynes Army killed after D-day, from Dundee.
Halford Lawrence a plucky little lad joined MN, he said age 19, lucky if 17: lost at sea 1945, known as ‘Halfie from Glasgow’ (my faithful skivvy 1940).
All their names are on the wooden plaque which used to be in the OB Chapel but is now sited in the lodge chapel. The monks at the Abbey also provided ten padres during the war. In the First World War Dom Odo Blundell celebrated Mass with Firth of Clyde Fleet, while Dom Lane Fox, MC joined the London Irish charge at the Battle of Loos after previously losing right hand and right eye in a grenade accident.
Fr. Benedict's moving rededication blessing was:
‘Lord, bless this monument. May it help us and all who see it, to know, to remember, to thank, to pray for them who gave their lives. They were doing their duty on behalf of their generation, and of us inheriting their legacy. And we remember them as a credit to our school and our Association. Lord, grant them peace and honour with you in heaven. Eternal rest grant … may they rest in peace.’
Chris Stephenson in his Naval uniform then laid a wreath, which was kindly donated by the local ex-servicemen's club.
Fr Edward Delepine aged 93 is still at Ampleforth, and when I visited him last year was in good health after his operation and was as sharp as a tack, showing me his old photograph album. Fr Francis Davidson now Sub-Prior, Fr. Anthony Hain and Fr Bernard McInulty are still at Ampleforth. Fr. Aelred Grugan is at St. Mary's Whitehaven, Cumbria; Fr. Stephen Geddes is in Weymouth, Dorset; Fr Paul Bonicci is still in Malta and our President Fr. Benedict Seed is PP at Brora, Sutherland, where he has been since the Abbey closed. Ad Multos Annos.
Freddy Crichton-Stuart, a pupil at Carlekemp, died after a long illness14 June 2011,aged 70. He was the 56th Grand Prior of the Knights of Malta and the Chairman of the Columba Trust and a leading figure in the Catholic Church in Scotland intent on preserving the Latin liturgies. He was born at Bute House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh which belonged to his grandfather, the Marquess of Bute who gave it to the National Trust and is now the residence of Scotland's First Minister. In 1992 he took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a Knight of Malta — in his own words ‘nae money, nae wumin and do what yer telt’.
Henry Mullholland Bryce (Harry) died 23rd February 2012 aged 89. He came to FA 1971 as head Maths teacher. His wife Claire was the Headmaster's secretary and he was the father of Colin, our Webmaster. A fascinating and interesting account of his life appears at www.corbie.com.
A last OB death was that of Freddie McQueen.
RIP. OB Chaplain Fr. Stephen Dunn will remember them in his mass for the dead.