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CHERTSEY 28th to 29th NOVEMBER 2008.
For the second time in 2008 members of the Shrigley Association met for a Southern Gathering in line with the new plan agreed at the September Annual Reunion to hold three Committee meetings a year in different parts of the UK.
This time, on 28th and 29th November, we held it in Chertsey. On the Friday evening we were made very welcome by Father Peter Brealey and his community prior to going to a local Italian restaurant for a lovely meal reminiscing and updating on where we were all up to in our lives.
On the Saturday morning we started in earnest with our Committee meeting, held in the Parish Savio Centre, during which we conducted a lot of business under the direction of our acting Chairman, Mike Kilduff, who was standing in for Peter Roebuck in his absence “down under”!
Fr. Joe Brown SDB & Paul Barnes
Eric Baggaley, Ken Greaney & Tony Calway
An excellent lunch followed in the Salesian House where we were joined by the community.
The afternoon was devoted to inputs from various speakers starting with Father Joe Brown and Brother Donald MacDonald telling us about the Salesian work in Liberia. Both of them were pioneers of the work out there and they were able to update us on the progress being made involving more and more of the local people. They gave a great insight into the work and life of Sean Devreaux who was killed out there whilst on United Nations work.
Tony Calway, Ken Greaney, Jane Murphy & Keith Dransfield
Br. Donald MacDonald SDB
The next session was a short talk by Dave Murphy about the work that he does year after year in Lourdes. In the peak weeks for English Pilgrims David is the “Le Chef” in charge of the Grotto area. His talk was particularly pertinent given it is the 150th Anniversary Year of the apparitions.
Mike Kilduff then spoke of his experiences of working as a young teacher in Africa. He said that Shrigley, being a Missionary College, had inspired him to want to travel and this gave him his opportunity. He was given quite a lot of responsibility, often in charge of the boarders in the school which at times was quite challenging given the different moralities in the community at that time.
David Murphy & Paul Barnes
Eric Baggaley, Br. Donald, David Murphy, Paul Barnes, Tony Calway & Ken Greaney
Ken Greaney & Jane Murphy
Following the afternoon session we had Mass in the small chapel at the Salesian House with Father Joe our celebrant. The evening concluded with a meal at the local Indian restaurant before we all went our respective ways. It had been a very good Gathering attended by 12 members and two wives. Not everyone could stay for every session but in true Shrigley Association style individuals were able to attend what they wanted to do and had time to do.
Paul Barnes, Southern Coordinator
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29 NOVEMBER 2008
PRESENT: Mike Kilduff (Acting Chairman); David Murphy (Treasurer); Eric Baggaley (Mins. Sec./IT Co-Ord.); Bernard O'Neill (Events Co-Ord.); Paul Barnes (Southern Rep.); Bro. Donald MacDonald SDB; Fr. Joe Brown SDB; Keith Dransfield (Web Org.); Tony Calway; Patrick O'Neill.
(At meal/event only) Jane Murphy, Ken Greaney.
APOLOGIES: Peter Roebuck; Ted Carless; John King; Gerry Wright; Joe Lomax; Frank Mc Greal; Douglas Robertson; Michael Dewane; Kevin Burgess; Bob Burgess; John Crowshaw.
The Chairman opened the meeting with thanks to the Gathering organizer, Paul Barnes and the Salesians at Chertsey for this weekend's arrangements. Thanks were also expressed to the Committee, especially Bernard O'Neill, for the successful 2008 AGM and Reunion, and to Keith and Eric for the constantly up-dated website.
MINUTES OF THE 13TH AGM ( For information only)
CHAIRMAN'S COMMUNICATION: Deferred until item 13.
ACTION: Mike Kilduff to brief Peter Roebuck so that he can discuss with NC the wording of its Mission Statement and the precise nature of SA relationships with the NC.
ACTION: David to write and circulate a financial protocol.
ACTION: David to send BOVA £300 now and to contact John Bergin about the feasibility of raising a further £300 at the January Committee Meeting and Gathering in Glasgow. (£600 would be our sponsorship of one young person.)
FORMAT OF GATHERINGS (P.BARNES): Paper was presented. Discussion followed about the degree of formality needed, some amendments were suggested and this paper was considered probably more useful for Committee use only.
ACTION: Eric to send Paul the amendments suggested.
ANNUAL REUNION 2009 (B. O'NEILL): Discussion of possible visit by the Rector Major: any invitation in this regard would only be extended after the detailed planning of the AGM/Reunion had been made and such an invitation considered appropriate. The September dates already agreed for 2009 could not be changed, mainly because there was no flexibility at Savio House. Following on the success of the "Reminiscences" at the 2008 Reunion, it was proposed that a session "My Story After Shrigley" (invited speakers plus general participation) could be organized.
ACTION: Feedback of ideas by the Committee to Bernard and Mike to aid programme planning.
AOB: Eric requested help to supply "names to faces" for the Reunion photographs on the website. Also requested is a list of the women who have attended these Reunions (1996-2008).
THE MEETING CLOSED AT 12.55.
Eric Baggaley (Mins. Sec./IT Co-Ord) 06/12/2008
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