1. Present: Pat Barron, Alexander Burns, Fr. Gordon Beattie, George Campbell, Peter Caufield, Brian Caulfield, Tony Duncan, Mark Dunn, Ralph Giulianotti, Neil Godfrey, Nigel Guthrie, Erich Harrison, Martin Harrison, Owen Halloran, George Herraghty, Vinnie Igoe, Roddy Igoe, Bernard Johnstone-Stewart, Ali Knox, Colin MacAllister, Paddy Mulligan, Tom Murphy, Henry Murphy, Angus Mackinnon, Thomas O’Hey, Colin Peteranna, Maurice Taylor, Ian Traquair, David Traquair, Mike Turnbull.
2. Apologies: Fr. Benedict our president (who due to ill health is now resident at St. Joseph’s, Robroyston run by the Little Sisters of the Poor), Chris Stephenson, Colin Bryce, Laurence Hogarth, Alasdair Macdonald, Ralph & Mark Giulianotti, Dermot O’Reilly, Vic Macari, John Maclellan.
3. Minutes of the 2018 AGM: Moved for adoption by Ian Traquair as a true record and seconded by Peter Caufield.
4. Matters Arising: Last year Mike Cipolato asked for prayers as he was suffering from cancer, unfortunately he lost the fight.
5. The Website: Colin Bryce our webmaster sent in the following report: The website continues to provide news and events. Deaths of OBs get promoted when the webmaster is informed. Occasional enquiries about monks or OBs continue to be sent to the webmaster. Thanks again to Chris for hosting the website. Colin also gave a report on his appearance before the Scottish Abuse Inquiry led by Lady Smith into schools run by religious orders. “As the contact for the Corbie website, I was approached by Clyde & Co, a firm of solicitors working on behalf of the English Benedictine congregation to see if there were any OBs willing to provide a positive statement to the enquiry. I posted this on the OB group on Facebook and sent out emails. All the email responses were positive. I attended the Inquiry on the 13th September and gave my evidence in person to Lady Smith and a barrister. There appeared to be two OBs that day providing such evidence in person. The report is due later this year. All the statements and proceedings of the inquiry are on the SAI website. Prior to the appearance, some sarcastic comments were posted on Facebook criticising those OBs who were prepared to support ‘a corrupt institution’ and we were advised to self reflect on our positive experiences and keep quiet about them rather than cause harm to those who had negative experiences. I’m afraid I found the posts both amusing and shameful that those OBs who did suffer feel they have to take up with those who had positive experiences.” A discussion of support by those present followed his report. The chairman then on behalf of all present gave Colin a big vote of thanks for keeping us in touch and up to date on the website – well worth £60 pa. Please help Colin by giving him any interesting news for the website corbie.com.
6. Committee Report: The 2018 dinner was a great success with many old faces and some new ones. The meal was superb, helped along thanks to Maurice supplying the wine and Ralph the Bennies. Our speaker Fr. Willy Slavin gave us an interesting and thought-provoking talk on his life with the poor, having spent 5 years as a missionary in Bangladesh, been founding chairman of Emmaus Glasgow and spending ten years as chaplain to Barlinnie Prison. We gave £300 for one of his charities. In April Chris, Mike and I met at the Caledonian Hotel to send out the Newsletter. Mike and I had our usual prowl around the Fort and are pleased to report it is thriving under the management of the Highland Club. The monks’ cemetery is also looking well cared for.
7. Treasurer’s Report: Mark stated that the cash balance of our accounts on 31st August 2019 stood at £4,060, a drop of £111 from 2018, and noted that Chris had not cashed his cheque of £100 for the newsletter postage. A big vote of thanks was given to Mark for all his hard work in keeping the FAOB’s accounts.
8. Elections: Re-elected: Fr. Benedict president, Owen Halloran VP, Ralph Giulianotti Chairman, Mike Turnbull Sec., Mark Dunn treasurer, Colin Bryce webmaster. Committee: Chris Stephenson, Laurence Hogarth, Brian Caulfield, Colin Peteranna and Vinnie Igoe. Ralph Giulianotti stated he would continue as chairman for another 2 years which would bring his tenure in the chair to 25 years and would also be the 80th year of the FAOBA..
9. RIP: Mike Cipolato (Cipo) captain rugger 1959, Philip Mooney (Paddy) captain rugger 1953, Fr. Antony Hain (junior housemaster), Fr. Dominic Milroy (headmaster, Ampleforth) and Fr. Aelred Grugan (housemaster and headmaster) of whom Roddy Igoe gave a good account of his life. Our chaplain will remember them in his prayers and masses.
10. AOCB: Laurence Hogarth intimated that he is willing to organise a trip to Ampleforth in September should there be demand. Vinnie Igoe is going to approach the head of development of the Highland Club as a possible speaker.
11. Date of next AGM and Dinner: Saturday 3rd October 2020 at the Holiday Inn, West Nile Street, Glasgow.