Welcome to the British Genealogy Forum, Peter.
I'm sorry, but Fergie is no longer a member of BG. You can see that as he/she is tagged "guest" under his/her username, where yours is tagged Newcomer. Once someone actually leaves BG (as opposed to just disappearing), their data is removed from our database and we have no way to contact them for a New-message notification.

The threads remain on the forum as the information and help from our members can help more than one person.