Newsletter 2001

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Calendar of Dates for 2001

Sun 5th August Golf Outing Strathmore.
Sat. 1st & 2nd Sept. Ampleforth Visit.
Sat. 13th October Dinner Holiday Inn.

During a meeting of the Old Boy’s committee in Perth on the 25th of February the following business was handled.

Annual Golf Outing.

This event will again take place at O.B. Pat Barron’s challenging Strathmore G.C. on Sunday 5th August. The First Tee is booked for 13.30 hours and the price is £30.50 inclusive of High Tea. Book early by calling Ralph Giulianotti 01738 624674. Last year’s outing was great fun. Fr. Andrew 93 years young and still enjoying the wine of the country gave out the prizes. The Scratch Abbey Quaich was won again by James Stephenson and the O.B. Cup by John Anderson.

Ampleforth Visit.

12.00 Arrivals
12.30 Conventual Mass Abbey Church
1.00 Lunch
2.15 Short talk on history of Ampleforth and tour of Abbey and grounds
4.30 Tea in Grange
5.30 Talk from one of the community
6.30 Vespers
7.00 Supper
8.00 Compline

Bar in Rievaulx Room in Grange.

6.45 Matins
8.00 Lauds
8.30 Breakfast
10.00 Conventual Mass Abbey Church Coffee in Main Hall
12.45 Midday Office
1.00 Lunch ……. Departures
The cost will be £45 and numbers are limited so book early with Ralph G. 01738 624674.


The Millenium Dinner was a sell out, with special guests Hamish MacDonald and Fr. Francis Davidson who was voted in as our Honorary President at the earlier A.G.M.
The meal was first class, speeches entertaining and a great time was had by all, many having booked into the Hotel for the night. This year’s Dinner will again be held at O.B.Maurice Taylor’s Holiday Inn West Nile St., Glasgow Saturday the 13th. October at 7.45 preceded by the A.G.M. at 7.00pm.The Dinner will cost £27, and there is the usual O. B’s. discount on a room for the night. A deposit of £10 is required. Contact Ralph G. 01738 624674.Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Gateau of spiced Gravadlax with North Atlantic Prawns & Tomato Vinaigrette
French Onion Soup with Cheese Straws
Roast Fillet of Scotch Beef with Roasted Shallots & Madeira Jus, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Honey Glazed Root Vegetables
White Chocolate Torte flavoured with Glayva served with Brandy Curls
Freshly Brewed Coffee with Petit Fours.

Web Site.

Mike Drummond continues to work wonders with our site: We now have nearly 200 email addresses, with O.B’s. contacting each other from all over the world, plus Photos and News. Very many thanks Mike.

Abbey Boys.

O.B., and now Honorary President Fr.Francis successfully launched Mike Turnbull’s book on our school at our Dinner. It is proving a Best Seller already grossing £5,729 from nostalgic O.B’s. worldwide. Author Mike has been interviewed three times on the radio and the National Press has reviewed the Book. Many thanks once again Mike for the lasting happy memories of our school. If you still do not have a copy please hurry, as there are not too many left, only 600 were printed. The price is £19 incl. P&P.Cheques should be made payable to F.A.O.B.A. at Ralph Giulianotti, ‘Mountview’, Kinnoull Hill Place, Perth PH2 7DD.

Abbey News.

The Fort has been sold to ex T.V. personality Terry Nutkin who already owns the Lovat Hotel. In an interview for T.V., with Kirsty Wark, he said that he intends to reinstate the buildings, continue to run the Heritage side, and do other developments. Fr.Benedict, who attended the christening of singer Madonna’s child at Dornoch, was quoted in the National Press! The O.B’s.War Memorial has been safely moved into the grounds of The Lodge, which is now the local Catholic Church served by ex Abbey Monk Fr. Paul Bonnici. At present Fathers Francis, Edward, and Bernard are attached to Ampleforth. Fr.Edward is still chaplain to the nuns at Colwich Abbey.Fr. Benedict continues as P.P. at Brora. Fr. Aelred is P.P. at Penrith. Fr. Anthony is at Nazareth House Bonnyrigg. Fr. Abbot Nicholas Holman is at Downside.Fr. Andrew is with the Sisters of the Poor Wellburn Homes Dundee.Fr. Stephen is working in the diocese of Plymouth and Fr.Abbot Mark is in Edinburgh.

Old Boys News.

BIRTHS. Calum Maclellan a third child a daughter Riona.
Richard Breatnach a daughter Molly Anne.

MARRIAGES. Hugh Blackburn to Michelle Lewis.
Ruairdh Maclellan to Nyree Cini, they have since emigrated to Australia.

DEATHS. Canon John Crowley (Shaun) who died suddenly on the 2nd Feb. He was latterly chaplain to the Benedictine Nuns at Largs. R.I.P.
John West M. D. of H.A.West X-Ray Edinburgh. R.I.P.
Nicky Gordon (Anaesthetist), who was awarded a posthumous Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. R.I.P.
Father Gregory Brusey latterly of Ampleforth died peacefully in the company of his fellow monks on March 30th 2001. This well loved Monk and Old Boy was a fine cricketer, and according to Monsignor John Barry, ‘the best slip fielder in the school’. However, he was best remembered for his virtuosity on the Abbey Organ bringing pleasure to us all. R.I.P.

The Fort Augustus Old Boys Association

Minutes of the 59th A.G.M. Holiday Inn Glasgow Sat. 8th Oct. 2000.

Present : Hamish MacDonald, Maurice Taylor, Andrew Mitchelson, Ian Baird, Mark Dunn, Sasha Mackenzie, Pat Barron, Tony Duncan, Ian Dunn, George Campbell, Brian Murray, John Maclellan, Matt Tyksinsky, Philip Mooney, Henry Murphy, Gerry Devine, Brian Caulfield, Jim Dollan, Duncan Demarco, Owen Halloran, Mike Drummond, Chris Dunn, Angus Macdonald, Joe Dunn, Fr. Francis Davidson, Mike Turnbull, Ralph Giulianotti, Thomas O’Hea, Joseph Dunn, Fr. Stephen Dunn, Tom Murphy, Hugh Shannon.

Apologies : Alasdair Macdonald, Ralph Giulianotti Jnr., Mark Giulianotti, Jim Marin Fr. Benedict Seed, Roy Mclary, Chris Stephenson.

1. Opening Prayer : The meeting opened with a prayer offered by Fr. Francis.

2. Minutes 1999 A.G.M. : Jim Dollan, seconded by Maurice Taylor, adopted the Minutes. Matters arising, none.

3. Minutes E. G. M. 7/7/00 : Joe Dunn, seconded by Angus Macdonald, adopted the Minutes.

4. Abbey Boys.

The author, Old Boy Mike Turnbull, was given a vote of thanks for his efforts in producing this splendid book, which Fr. Francis will officially launch at our Dinner tonight.

5. Website (

Mike Drummond explained that the Old Boys website had been set up after the school had closed because there was no other base and nowhere else to go. The website was an accessible and relatively cheap way of keeping Old Boys in touch with each other, and of informing them of new developments. Jim Dollan moved that Mike Drummond be congratulated for his excellent work in constructing and maintaining the website. This was seconded by Ralph Giulianotti.

6. Committee Report.

There had been two meetings in Perth since the A.G.M. The business at these meetings concerned, the publishing of “Abbey Boys”, the website, and organising the Golf Outing and Millennium Dinner.

7. Treasurer’s Report.

Prepared by Joe Dunn. The Bank Account balance now stands at £8,426 which includes the sum of £3,424 from advance sales of “Abbey Boys”. The Chairman thanked Joe for all his hard work.

8. Elections.

Jim Dollan moved that the current Officials be re-elected, Angus Macdonald seconded this. Hamish MacDonald moved that Fr. Francis Davidson be appointed Honorary President; this was seconded by Chairman Ralph Giulianotti and accepted by all present.

9. A.O.B.

(a) Jim Dollan suggested an Old Boys weekend to include A.G.M., Golf, Race Meeting and Dinner Dance.
(b) The overtures already made for a loose affiliation with Ampleforth were discussed. Fr. Francis offered to liase, particularly as he had recently been made Dean of Hospitality.
(c) Matt Tyksinski asked about the future of the Abbey War Memorial. Hamish MacDonald suggested in the event of the Abbey being sold, it might be prudent to move it into the Lodge grounds, a suggestion seconded by Fr. Francis.
(d) Mike Drummond moved that a vote of thanks be given to the Lovat Estates Factor, Giles Foster, for his assistance in writing “Abbey Boys”. A new CD of the Abbey organ, choir and a talk by Abbot Oswald Eaves was now available for sale

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