Newsletter 2000

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During a meeting of the Old Boy’s Committee in Perth on Sunday 13th February 2000 the following business was dealt with:

Dinner & AGM

This year’s special Millennium Dinner will be held at OB Maurice Taylor’s Holiday Inn, West Nile St., Glasgow on Saturday 7th October 2000 at 7.45pm. It will be preceded once more by the AGM at 7pm.


Smoked Chicken with Truffle and Potato Gateau with Endive & Rocket Salad and Shallot & Beetroot Dressing
White Onion & Chili Soup with Swiss Cheese Beignets
Fillet of Beef with a Madeira & Wild Thyme Jus, Horseradish Potato Cake and Honey Roast Vegetables
White Chocolate and Rum Torte with Caramel and Banana Ice-cream
Freshly Brewed Coffee and Mint Creams

The meal will cost £27.50 and there is the usual discount on the rooms for the night if required. Last year, for the first time, we increased our numbers to include female partners. This was very successful and we intend to do likewise this year -so book early to avoid disappointment. A deposit of £10 a head is required, contact Ralph Giulianotti on tel. 01738 624674. Fr. Benedict, past OB and past Headmaster, will officially launch our book by Michael Turnbull OB entitled ‘Abbey Boys’, provided he can get a stand in for his parish.


The 1999 outing was very successful and fully booked. James Stevenson won the Scratch Abbey Quaich and Lewis Paterson won the OB Handicap Cup. Fr. Andrew, 91 years young, gave out all the prizes, made a speech, and will hopefully give them out again this year. This event will again take place at OB Pat Barron’s lovely Strathmore G.C. on Sunday 6th August 2000. The first tee is booked for 1330 hours and the price is £30 inclusive of High Tea. Book early by calling Ralph Giulianotti on tel. 01738 624674.

Web Site

Our very successful web site continues to be well used and Mike Drummond is always revamping the site to keep it up to date, thanks a lot Mike.

Update On Book

The book, which will he launched at the OB’s dinner, will be about 350 pages long with 30 photographs. The price will be £17.00 +P.P of £2.00 in total £ 19.00. If you wish a copy of this limited edition, fill in the slip below, cheques made payable to the OB Association. We already have advance orders from O.B.’s around the world and from other organisations e.g. Highland District libraries have ordered 6 copies, and Ampleforth and Downside have also ordered copies.

Abbey News

To date April 2000, the Fort and grounds are still not sold, but according to Giles Foster, factor for the Lovat Estates, there are a few interested parties. Our monks and friends are residing in the following places: Father Benedict is still parish priest at Brora, Father Edward is chaplain to the Benedictine Nuns in Colwich, though we hear that he will be moving to Ampleforth; Father Aelrid is parish priest at St Philip Howards, Penrith; Fathers Gregory and Francis are at Ampleforth; Father Stephen is working in Plymouth diocese; Father Anthony is at Nazareth House in Bonnybrigg; Father Bernard is at Osmotherly, Ampleforth and last but not least our oldest OB Father Andrew is residing with the Little Sisters of the Poor, Welburn Home, Dundee. The only other piece of news is our beautiful organ, which Father Bernard Sole and Father Gregory played so magnificently, now resides in the Elgin church.

Old Boys News

Deaths: Kevin Murray and Aldric Young have passed away RIP
Births: Iain Macdonald a third daughter, Megan. Archie Maclellan a son, Hamish. lain Maclellan a second child, Fraser and Ralph Giulianotti a second son, Fraser.

Any more OBs news we should know about? Finally the Committee would once more like to thank Mike Tumbull, author of ‘Abbey Boys’ for the hard work and research he has done on this project and also Mike Drummond for our web site.

Minutes of the 58th AGM Holiday Inn Glasgow Saturday 2nd October 1999.

Present: Vincent Igoe, Jim Dollan, Mike Drummond, Thomas O’Hea, Roddy Igoe, Mark Dunn, Timothy McGuire, Henry Murphy, Roy McLary, Kit Murray, Tom Murphy, Brian Murray, Jim Marin, Pat Barron, Gerard Devine, Joseph Dunn, Tony Duncan, Maurice Taylor, Alexander Knox, Kevin Igoe, Fr. Stephen Dunn, Joe Dunn, Chris Dunn, Michael Turnbull, Angus Macdonald, Ralph Giulianotti.

Apologies: Aliasdair Macdonald, Ralph Giulianotti jr., Mark Giulianotti, Chris Stcphenson, Matt Tyksinski, Brian Caulfield, Jamie Edgar, Fr.Benedict Seed.

Minutes of the 1998 A.G.M.

Minutes of the 1998 AGM were circulated and proposed for adoption by Pat Barron, seconded by Mike Drummond.

Matters Arising: There were no matters arising.

Secretary’s/Committee Report.

The Committee, consisting of Mike Drummond, Chris Stephenson, Brian Caulfield, and Ralph Giulianotti met in Perth on 11th Feb.1999.

It was unanimously agreed that the Old Boys Association should be continued even though we no longer have a school and now no Abbey/Monastery After some discussion it was agreed that a loose affiliation with the equivalent association at Ampleforth be sought.

It was agreed to proceed with the production of a book with pictures on the three schools (Abbey, Carlekemp and St.Andrew’s Priory) to be written by Old Boy and author Mike Turnbull who attended this meeting. The book to be published by Corbie Press Perth and sold for around £17.00

The Golf Outing at Pat Barron’s Strathmore Golf Club had, once more, been well attended and was a success. This year’s outing is already booked and hopefully Fr.Andrew will give out the trophies again.

Maurice Taylor’s Holiday Inn provided an excellent Old Boys Dinner and is also booked for this year. The AGM will precede the Dinner. The Millenium Dinner would be on Sat. 7th October 2000. Guest speakers were proposed.

Treasurer’s Report

The balance at 1st June1998 was £3842; cash in bank on 30th August was £4,4532. It was noted that no Masses had been said for living or deceased members. The Chaplain, Fr. Stephen Dunn, offered to say these without cost to the Association. Angus Macdonald moved that the Pepperpot Fund should be put into the general Old Boy fund.


1. Fr. Stephen Dunn offered to say mass at the Old Boys weekend in future.
2. Jim Dollan brought the existence of the Douglas Trust to the meeting’s attention and urged the Association to apply to the Trust.


It was decided that Chaplain Fr.Stephen Dunn and Secretary/Treasurer Joe Dunn should remain in post. Meanwhile Chairperson was Ralph Giulianotti. On the Committee John Edgar was deemed to have relinquished office. Mike Turnbull was voted to take his place. Other committee members were confirmed en-bloc.

Date of Next AGM

Pat Barron moved that the choice of date should he left to the Committee and this was agreed.

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