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Sunday, 13 November 2011 11:05

Battersea Remembrance Mass

Battersea Remembrance Mass

 

 

battersea111113aOn Sunday 13th November 2011 the Battersea Old Boys Association held their annual Remembrance Mass and Commemoration. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Martin Coyle SDB, the Salesian Provincial, in the old school chapel on

the Surrey Lane site. After Mass, the congregation moved to the Old Boys Memorial set in the Ambulacrum, to pay their respects.

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In addition to the Old Boys there was a representative group of pupils from the new Saint John Bosco College, wearing their new uniforms. Nick Potter, Battersea President, presented a cheque to Mr Uttley, head of SJBC, which will

support a pilgrimage to Turin for pupils from the College.

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You can download a fuller collection of photographs (2.3MB) prepared by John Ward.

Sunday, 13 November 2011 11:05

Battersea Remembrance Mass

Battersea Remembrance Mass

 

 

battersea111113aOn Sunday 13th November 2011 the Battersea Old Boys Association held their annual Remembrance Mass and Commemoration. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Martin Coyle SDB, the Salesian Provincial, in the old school chapel on

the Surrey Lane site. After Mass, the congregation moved to the Old Boys Memorial set in the Ambulacrum, to pay their respects.

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In addition to the Old Boys there was a representative group of pupils from the new Saint John Bosco College, wearing their new uniforms. Nick Potter, Battersea President, presented a cheque to Mr Uttley, head of SJBC, which will

support a pilgrimage to Turin for pupils from the College.

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You can download a fuller collection of photographs (2.3MB) prepared by John Ward.

LSSO Reunion

 

Tony O'Halloran has sent news about a Reunion of former members of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. Through the encouragement of Fr Tom Carroll and others, many Battersea pupils had the experience of playing in this

top class youth orchestra and some went on to become professional musicians. Tony O'Halloran, who taught in Battersea for many years and provided the first violins with secure support in the school orchestra, would like to pass on

the following details.

ALL FORMER LSSO PLAYERS ARE INVITED TO CONTACT, BY 16th SEPTEMBER,

LSSOAlums@cym.org.uk

for an invitation to a (Free) REUNION AND DRINKS RECEPTION

on Tuesday 27th September 2011

from 6-7.15pm at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Barbican)

The LSSO 60th BIRTHDAY CONCERT

is at 7.30 in the Barbican Hall, Seats £7 - £23

£3 reduction, phone bookings only (020 7368 8891), quoting LSSO/cym 27041

Tony says that he has the impression that the closure date (16th September) is fairly flexible and may be extended by a few days. If you are seeing this for the first time after the 16th, it's worth trying the email address:

LSSOAlumns@cym.org.uk

 

Saturday, 13 August 2011 11:29

Visit of World President of Past Pupils

Visit of World President

 

On Friday 12th August 2011 the World President of the Salesian Past Pupils, Francesco Muceo, had a meal in the open air with members of the National Council, Battersea Past Pupils and their wives.

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The event was organised by Patrick Morrissey, former National president, at the playing fields in Ewell West, the home ground of the Battersea Old Salesians Football Club. The hot lunch, which included 'vino locale' from Surrey, was

prepared in the Club House of the Old Salesians Social Club, by Mr Morrissey's wife, Diane, assisted by the other ladies.

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(Left to Right: John Ward, Francesco Muceo, Patrick Morrissey and Pat Howes)

You can download a PDF file (2.9MB) with a fuller report by John Ward and many photographs.

Monday, 11 April 2011 11:26

Farnborough AGM 2011

Farnborough AGM and Lunch

 

On Sunday 10th April the Annual General Meeting and Lunch of the Old Salesians Association Farnborough took place at the College.

The day began with Mass in the College Chapel, followed by the AGM chaired by Greg Sudell in the College library. Topics included the five-a-side and 11-a-side football teams, the National Mission Project (supporting Chaplains in our

Salesian Schools) and the Association's web site.

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After a splendid lunch John Milner provided a video presentation of events which he had recorded in the past, including reports to earlier AGMs by Sean Devereux, tragically murdered in Somalia while working for the United Nations.

The day ended with afternoon tea again prepared by 'the ladies'.

You can download a PDF file (2MB) with a fuller report by John Ward and many photographs.

Sunday, 20 March 2011 10:18

Football Success

BEST DAY EVER FOR BATTERSEA OLD SALESIANS FC

 

On Saturday, 19th March 2011, the Battersea OSFC 1st XI won the AFA Surrey/Kent Senior Cup Final.

Also the 3rd XI won the AFA Junior Cup Final - the most successful day in the Club's history.

The 1st XI are also in the AFA Senior Cup Final to be played on April 9th against Old Carthusians (who won the FA Cup in 1881, as well as the FA Amateur Cup in 1894 and 1897) at Winchmore Hill FC.

The 3rd XI are in the Final of the Old Boys Cup, next Saturday, 26 March 2011.

National Council sends it heartiest congratulations to the Battersea Old Boys Football Club, and best wishes for your future endeavours.

Click here to download a PDF version of the above, suitable for a notice board.

Late Update

Fresh from their victory in the AFA Junior Cup Final on 19th March, the Battersea Old Salesians 3rd XI won the Old Boys Minor Cup Final on Saturday 26th March. They defeated a physically bigger and stronger Old Wilsonians team 5-4

on penalties, after drawing 1-1 after extra time.

Still more good news

Continuing Battersea Old Salesians FC's most successful ever season, on Saturday April 9th 2011 the 1st XI defeated Old Carthusians 3-2 to win the Amateur Football Alliance Senior Cup.

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Losing 0-2 at half time, the Salesians staged a remarkable turnaround in the second half by scoring three times in a 10 minute spell midway through the half.

A large crowd were at Winchmore Hill FC to support both sides on this showpiece occasion and later the Salesian team and supporters returned to their Social Club at Ewell to celebrate their victory.

Old Salesians had won this most prized trophy in Amateur Football three times before - in 1968, 1985 and 1990. Old Carthusians (Past Pupils of Charterhouse School) were one of the first winners of the FA Cup in 1881, and the first FA Amateur Cup Winners in 1894. The father of the captain of the current Old Carthusians 1st XI is an Old Salesian (Paul Nash), and he had scored 3 goals for the Salesian 1st XI in the 1968 Cup Final.

Don Bosco would have been proud of all his boys.

Monday, 13 September 2010 11:15

Don Bosco Cup 2010

Don Bosco Cup 5th Year at Ewell

Sunday 12 September 2010

 

Dear Readers,

What a great Salesian Family Day!

Don Bosco once again provided the perfect weather for the Salesian footballers and their families and friends at the beautiful Ewell Playing fields.

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The Social Club Committee had worked hard to transform the bar into a church for the opening morning Mass. And Fr Des O'Riordan, Rector at Farnborough, demonstrated his continuing support for the Old Boys by celebrating Mass

and giving his personal endorsement to the current Past Pupil National Appeal in support of Chaplaincy projects in each of our Schools. At the end of Mass he was applauded by the packed congregation.

A pleasant surprise - Battersea Old Boy - Fr Ed O'Connell, back in England from his parish in Peru, arrived at the ground to meet up with everyone.

The football tournament with Battersea and Chertsey Old Boys and School teams participating was even more competitive than previous years, with Chertsey School delivering the shock result of the League section with a thoroughly

deserved 3-1 victory over Battersea Old Boys. However the Old Boys proved stronger in a high quality Final play-off and took the Don Bosco Cup for the 5th successive year with a convincing 2-0 victory.

All games were played (and refereed) in a true Salesian Spirit without a single yellow or red card. The biggest shout of the day was for Battersea School's opening goal in their last game against Chertsey Old Boys. The Battersea

school team had battled skilfully against older opponents in all their games, and were a credit to the School on and off the field.

Michael Georgiou, the Battersea Chaplain, in presenting the Cup and trophies to the winning team and Match Officials, said that the day illustrated the benefits of the Salesian Family and he congratulated the teams and Battersea Old

Salesians for hosting the event. He also referred to the work of Chaplains in Salesian Schools and confirmed that the Salesian Past Pupil Chaplaincy Appeal funds would enable many of the team representing the Battersea School to

attend a 3 day Retreat at Savio House.

The teams and supporters then retired to the Social Club where the ladies had prepared a fantastic buffet for all and the day continued long into the afternoon with children playing and enjoying the September sunshine.

Thank you to everyone who made the day such a success.

Yours in Don Bosco,

Patrick Morrissey, National President, GB Salesian Past Pupils Federation

A PDF version of this article, with further photographs can be downloaded from this link.

Golden Jubilee of Fr Henri (Rik) Alen SDB

 

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John Ward went to Hechtel, Belgium, to witness the celebration on 25th April 2010 for the Golden Jublilee of Fr Henri Alen's ordination to the priesthood. He was the guest of Alex and Martine Dockers.

The photograph above shows Fr Henri Alen (centre) with John Ward and Alex Dockers

Fr Alen is a former World Delegate for the Salesian Past Pupils. John Ward met him many times during his time as National President, at Eurobosco and World Congresses, and invited him to England at the end of his term of office.

Read John's account, illustrated with many photographs. The file is 2.4MB.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010 10:07

Letter from World Delegate

Letter from World Delegate

 

Fr José Pastor Ramírez, the World Delegate for Salesian Past Pupils has written a letter in which he draws attention to the centennial of the Association which held its first international Alumni Congress in the year 1911. He says:

It is a great opportunity to revive it (the Association), and to strengthen it so that each member renews his belonging and commitment to it. It is a wonderful occasion to initiate an evaluation at World, National, and especially local

levels. Without any doubt the renovation of statutes will constitute a move that will promote the rejuvenating of our group.

You can read the full letter on the Blaisdon Brotherhood website. 

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 10:04

Knighthood for Bootle Past Pupil

Knighthood for Merseyside-born school head Paul Grant

 

A MERSEYSIDE-BORN teacher has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his outstanding contribution to education.

As the oldest of seven, headteacher Paul Grant, a dad-of-three from Aintree, attributes his success to his strong family background and upbringing and is a believer in discipline.

The 52-year-old was knighted five weeks after his school, the Robert Clack school, in Dagenham, London, received an award for excellence in challenging circumstances.

Coming from a large Everton-supporting family, football fan Mr Grant thought his brothers and sisters were behind an elaborate hoax to convince him that he had received a 'knighthood'.

At a young age, he remembers thinking: "If I put my head down I could be a teacher." His brother, Brendan Grant, told the ECHO: "Our inspiration is from our mum and dad. They weren't afraid of discipline, and Paul is an inspiration

to us all."

Previously the head of humanities at the school, Mr Grant beat a field of deputy and existing headteachers to the job.

Mr Grant say he fondly remembers his days as a pupil at Salesian College, in Bootle, now known as Savio Salesian College, and some of the teaching staff including Tony Brookman, Mike Dickinson and Paul Smith who, he says

"instilled massive belief into me."

But Mr Grant, who admits to being a "massive fan of Merseyside" believes that Liverpool is where he got all his values from.

He said: "I've never forgotten where I'm from."

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