Thursday, 19 November 2015

From the Chertsey Cooperators, 16.11.2015

Hi all,
Just a quick update on Ken Greaney's condition, which is all good news today. I wasn't going to generate another email until he was out of intensive care, as there hadn't been much to report, just gradual daily improvements. However, due to lack of beds in the wards he's being kept in intensive care for the time being, but will be 'kicked-out' as soon as a bed is available.​
Today he's been at his best yet; all his tubes and wires have been removed, his speech and communication is strong, he's eating​ and drinking normally, has been out of bed sitting in a chair and the best news is that he now has a reasonable amount of movement in his left hand. ​ ​His arm has been getting gradually stronger, but following work with the physio today the hand is also starting to function.
There's still no conclusive news on the impact of the stroke, but the signs are currently all positive - he's still due for a CT Scan, but there's no indication as to when that will happen.I've advised him that if he dictates a message then I'd be happy to circulate it on his behalf, so if he remembers, that's his task for tomorrow - watch this space ... ... ...

Thanks again to everybody for all the support, love and prayers - both Ken and Barbara are overwhelmed with the response and apologise for not being able to get back to everyone who has text. They will catch-up with everyone in due course.
God bless everyone.


Friday, 6 November 2015

Don Bosco 200th Anniversary
Reunion in Counting House,Glasgow on Nov 1st 2015

Present : Joe Doogan, Greg Bell, John Bergin, Terry Devine, Sheena Devine, Felix Gilfedder, Roisin Gilfedder, Brendan Gill, Rosemary Gill, Jim Hughes, Frank Reilly, Phil McMahon, John Quinn, Joe Quinn, Tommy Walker.
Apologies for absence: 3 people had sent apologies to Joe Doogan.

The reunion took place as part of the Salesian celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Don Bosco's birth in the form of a meal and refreshments in the Counting House, St Vincent's Place,Glasgow.

A number of Shrigley Old Boys gathered along with 3 wives. 

While the occasion was highly informal and most enjoyable,two items of "business" were  raised.
1. Annual Don Bosco Day Mass
It was agreed that we should continue to meet around Don Bosco's day.With the Salesians no longer in Glasgow a number of options for the venue for Mass were discussed including:
St Benedict's Easterhouse with Mass being said by the parish priest (if agreeable).This would keep the ties with the Salesian sisters' community on that site
St Benedict's with Mass being said by Fr Billy Bergin (if available) who is a former Shrigley boy)
St John Bosco's parish,New Stevenson ( because of the association with the name of Don Bosco)
Fr Billy Bergin's parish in East Kilbride ( to have a link with  a former Shrigley boy)
St Andrew's Cathedral,Glasgow (ease of access and proximity to the Counting House if this was wanted)
Joe Doogan agreed to explore these options further.

2. Shrigley Reunion 2016
Joe Doogan alerted those present to the probabilty of a reunion at Shrigley to be organised by English Old Boys in October 2016.
Once details were confirmed it would be for individual Scots to make their own arrangements to attend if they so wished.

The reunion ended with a vote of thanks Joe Doogan for arranging this particular get-together.