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Sunday, 29 August 2004 10:00

Blaisdon Reunion: August, 2004

Blaisdon Reunion


 Once again, thanks to the enormous work of our President, Charles Springett, we had a wonderful Reunion on Sunday 29th August 2004.
We started with Mass celebrated by Fr Sean Murray SDB at St Michael's Church, the one on the hill. As has become a welcome practice, we then remembered the lives of many members of the Salesian Family resting in the graveyard at St Michael's and sang with ever greater gusto the traditional "Salve Regina" (Hail Holy Queen), which has a great emotional impact on many of us.
We were honoured again with the presence of Jim Richards, Director of the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster) and his wife. We also had the pleasure of hosting again a number of the Blaisdon Village residents, including the Chairman of the Parish Council, who made a short intervention to say how the village would want to see these Reunions continue, and his wife, who make us so welcome and provide the Village Hall for our Reunion buffet.
We held a raffle for this year's GB Federation project to raise our £1,000 share of the cost of providing electric generators for the Salesian Polytechnic in Liberia. Members bought tickets so furiously that we ran out of tickets and had to ask people if they would like to donate back some of those purchased to sell more. This was also generously responded to. It is believed we raised £200 - £300 from the raffle. Barney Grace, our ever available Altar Server, having bought raffle tickets, also promised to send a cheque to "Smile 2004", the project Bank Account, for £500. This generous gesture received a rapturous applause.
As is usual, when all the formalities are over there seems to be a reluctance to leave and many stay and chat to former friends and make new ones at these well supported events. A sure sign that Charlie's efforts were appreciated.
We did not forget that there was a most important celebration taking place at Shrigley, for their 75th anniversary, and we raised our glasses and voices to show our solidarity with another great event taking place at the same time a few hundred miles away.
A few photographs of the Blaisdon event are below give just a taste of what you missed if you did not come.


Wednesday, 14 April 2004 09:32

Blaisdon Reunion: April, 2004

Blaisdon Reunion


Yet another excellent mini Reunion was held at Easter 2004 in the Blaisdon Village Hall. This started with Father Aidan Murray SDB, Parish Priest at Newent, celebrating Mass for the Villagers and Past Pupils and their friends. The village Hall was packed for this wonderful celebration.

As is now customary, Past Pupils from St Josephs Enfield were in attendance. A few new ones were especially welcomed. One was Edward (Ted) P Dalton MBE and his lovely wife Virpi, who is from Finland. Ted had not sung the Salve Regina since he left Enfield as a boy. Nevertheless he was virtually word and music perfect when we sang this at the Salesian grave at St Michael's Church. Ted can be seen in the photos with young Paige Yates, John Ward's granddaughter.

One important person who was missing was our great Salesian Delegate, Father Sean Murray SDB. However we raised a glass to Father Sean in his absence, enjoying a well-deserved break in Malta with the elderly Salesians. Here's to the Annual Reunion in August!


Salesian schoolchildren in Africa need electricity




Fr Jim McGarry SDB presents £11,000 'cheque' to Sister Laurene – March 2004

Thanks to the generosity of the Salesian Past Pupils of Great Britain, we collected over £11,000 for our 2003 Appeal, against a target of £4000. The money will be used to install three 1000-gallon tanks with electric pump, associated building works and improved security at the Don Bosco Polytechnic in Monrovia, Liberia. We will provide regular updates on the installation.
Encouraged by this success, our 2004 National Past Pupil Mission project is to replace at least one of the 4 electricity generators lost to looting in the recent fighting. Without these, the Polytechnic is operating a very restricted syllabus, and mainstream courses in electronics, surveying and computer studies cannot be offered to students.
We are committed to raising £12,000 in 2004. If you could give £10 or £20, we will transform the study and work prospects of thousands of Salesian students for years to come. Please send your donation to:

'SMILE 2004'

c/o Richard Blake

National Treasurer : Salesian Past Pupils Federation
Glade House
40 Winkfield Road
Windsor, Berks. England SL4 4AF
Yours sincerely
Patrick Morrissey : National President

Sunday, 22 February 2004 16:45

National Council at Bootle 2004

National Council at Bootle


We had a very useful National Council meeting at Bootle on Sunday 22nd February 2004. Having been successful with our 2003 project to provide funds of £5,000 for a water tank to collect clean water for the Salesian Polytechnic in Monrovia, Liberia, we decided to be a little more ambitious for our 2004 mission project.
We have decided to try to raise enough money (£12,000 approx) to provide a generator for the Salesian Liberian Polytechnic, to replace the one looted during the recent troubles.
The picture shows the Council enjoying a meal with the Bootle Community, who were updated on our 2004 project by National President, Patrick Morrissey, in his thank you speech.



Friday, 20 February 2004 16:37

Peter Tohill - Memorial Service

Peter Tohill - Memorial Service


On Thursday 19th February, at St Matthews Church, High Street, Yiewsley (Near Uxbridge), there was a Memorial Service for Pete Tohill, a Shrigley past pupil, who died on 29th January aged 44.
John Ward writes:

"I have just attended a lovely Memorial Service for the late Peter John Tohill (RIP) (AKA PJ) at which a fellow Salesian, Mike Cox, gave an informative and amusing talk on the 'Shrigley years', as part of the presentation of the short, but full, life circle of PJ."



Saturday, 13 December 2003 16:31

Crusade of Rescue - Benefactors' Mass 2003

Crusade of Rescue - Benefactor's Mass


Once again, a few Salesian Past Pupils from Blaisdon, together with some from St Joseph's, Enfield and St Anthony's Feltham were invited guests at this year's Benefactors' Mass which took place at the Holy Apostles Church in Pimlico. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop George Stack. Bishop Stack made a special welcome to Crusade of Rescue Past Pupils both male (St Joseph's/Blaisdon) and female (St Anthony's) and mentioned those present by name.


Wednesday, 03 December 2003 16:23

National Council at Battersea 03

National Council Meeting at Battersea


Patrick Morrissey, National President, was delighted to be able to welcome the School Captain and Vice-Captain to the meeting. This was made possible by Nicholas Potter, Battersea President, who arranged for these two young people to join our meeting, something he has been encouraging for some time now.



Tuesday, 02 December 2003 16:00

Cowley Reunion 2003

Cowley Reunion 2003


This year the Reunion took place at a changed venue, which allowed for the Mass to be said at the Salesian Cowley Parish Church of Mary Help of Christians, with the meeting and Lunch at the excellent Four Pillars Hotel at Ashton on Thames, just a few minutes' drive away with excellent free parking. All those who attended felt that was an excellent change: so much more convenient and at Cowley, of course!


Monday, 01 December 2003 15:20

Shrigley Reunion 2003

Shrigley Reunion 2003


For an account, and plenty of photographs from the Shrigley Reunion, please click the link below and then 'Gallery' from the left hand menu.


Thursday, 21 August 2003 16:14

Watching Cricket for Charity!

Watching Cricket for Charity!


18 First Class Grounds in 18 Days
Doug Robertson, retired Vice Principal of St Richards College Bexhill, plans to set a record by visiting the 18 first class English cricket grounds in 18 consecutive days!
In setting this record he aims to combine the two loves of his life - cricket and education - by gaining sponsorship for the tour to raise funds for needy Indian children through Project Sarah.
To date he has received great support from the cricket clubs, individuals, churches and businesses around the country including a free car from a local car showroom, free passes to the cricket grounds, offers of accommodation around the country and publicity from the media.
Doug, a past pupil of Farnborough and Shrigley, began his tour on 21st August. He is pictured below at the Salesian Provincial House, Stockport, where he stayed overnight on route from Old Trafford to Derby. With Doug (right) is his fellow parishioner, co-driver and 'minder', Kevin.



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