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Friday, 29 June 2007 15:55

A very talented young musician

A very talented young musician

 

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Chertsey's talented young musician, Hamish Dustagheer, gave a remarkable organ recital on 29/6/2007 in memory of Fr Pat Kenna SDB and in aid of Salesian work in the Sudan.

You can read the story, with photographs taken by John Ward, on the Salesian Province web site, or a fuller version on the site of the Blaisdon Brotherhood.

[Note: Research is ongoing to find the articles that compliment this story]

Thursday, 14 June 2007 15:52

£250k for Cornwall Hospices

£250k for Cornwall Hospice

 

Blaisdon Past Pupil, Michael McKenna, has been celebrating a wonderful achievement. In the past 16 years, the group he founded has raised £250,000 for hospices in Cornwall.

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You can read the full story on the Blaisdon Web Site.

Monday, 28 May 2007 15:46

Don Bosco 2007

Don Bosco Cup 2007

 

We had an excellent day at Ewell yesterday (28th May 2007). The Rector of Battersea, Fr Des O'Riordan, started the day with Mass in the Social Club. Then four Salesian teams - Battersea Old Boys and School, Chertsey and Farnborough -

competed in a physically demanding football tournament over 4 hours. There was plenty of food and drink including a barbecue, and a good number of spectators.

Battersea Old Boys eventually beat Chertsey in the Final 2-0 to win the National Don Bosco Cup for the second year. The Battersea School team, managed by the School Chaplain Michael Georgiou, acquitted themselves very well, on and

off the field.

The only regret is that Bootle and Thornleigh were not able to enter teams. They are really missing out on a wonderful day. We ran a raffle to help cover expenses, and the officials kindly waived their fees, so there should not be too much of

a hit on the National Finances.

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Click here for more photographs by John Ward

Wednesday, 24 January 2007 14:38

Funeral of Fr O'Shea

Farewell to Fr Eddie

 

Today, 23rd January 2007, we were present at a packed Mass and for the burial of a dearly loved Teacher and Salesian Priest, Father Eddie O'Shea SDB. So many of his past pupils from Battersea and Blaisdon and other schools were able

to pay their last respects to this wonderful man. Father Provincial gave a moving and empathetic homily and described Father Eddie just as so many of us knew him. May he Rest in Peace.

 

Friday, 22 December 2006 14:34

World Post for British Past Pupil

World Post for British Past Pupil

 

Peter Hunter has been appointed as the new Councillor of the Presidency of the World Confederation of Salesian Past Pupils taking the place of Basilio Munoz. He is the first ever representative from Britain.

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Peter (left) with the Rector Major, Fr Pascual Chávez

Peter, who is now 38 years old, is a Shrigley Past Pupil and a member of the Council of our National Federation of Past Pupils. For many years he was the British representative on Eurogex (the European youth part of the Past Pupils

Confederation). In 2002 he embarked on a round the world trip, at his own expense, visiting Salesian works and promoting the Past Pupils. He met his wife at a Eurobosco conference, where she was a representative from Poland. His lively

participation in these events has been recognised in this appointment.

Many congratulations to Peter on this well-deserved honour.

Thursday, 30 November 2006 14:31

New Editor for Maroon and Gold

New Editor for Maroon and Gold

 

Maroon and Gold, the Newsletter of the Battersea Association, is looking for a new Editor. Tony Doran expects to give up the editorship over the next 12 months.

The job involves commissioning people to write, editing their copy, finding pictures, writing headlines and laying out pages. It's a fascinating and rewarding role. If you think you'd like to take over immediately or learn about how it works

before you become editor, please contact Nick Potter or Tony Doran.

Wednesday, 15 November 2006 14:29

Mamma Margaret Declared Venerable

Venerable Mamma Margaret

 

(ANS – Vatican City: 15 November 2006) - Today, 15 November, in the Chapel of the Salesian community in the Vatican, during a short but intense moment of prayer, the Cardinal Prefect José A. Saraiva Martins read the Decree which

recognises the heroicity of the life and the virtues of Mamma Margaret, as well as her reputation for holiness. Those present were the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Pascual Chávez, the Postulator General, Fr Enrico dal Covolo, the

Prefect of the Apostolic Vatican Library, Fr Raffaele Farina, the Director General of the Vatican Press, Fr Elio Torrigiani, and the confreres of the community.

After the reading His Eminence the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, came to offer his greetings and his blessing. On 23 October the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, at the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI, promulgated

the Decree. At the end of the short ceremony the Rector Major said: "This is a memorable day for the Salesian Family which sees Mamma Margaret take a further step towards the altars. It is an event the whole Salesian world has been

waiting for and for which it has been preparing with many initiatives in honour of the mamma of Don Bosco. We entrust ourselves to her so that she may intercede for the whole Salesian Family and for the Congregation as it prepares to

celebrate the 26th General Chapter in 2008".

Among the many initiatives worth mentioning is the " Mamma Margaret Association" – with the special support of the Rector Major – which brings together the parents of Salesians inviting them to pray and to provide encouragement for the

vocations of their own sons.

Wednesday, 15 November 2006 14:29

Mamma Margaret Declared Venerable

Venerable Mamma Margaret

 

(ANS – Vatican City: 15 November 2006) - Today, 15 November, in the Chapel of the Salesian community in the Vatican, during a short but intense moment of prayer, the Cardinal Prefect José A. Saraiva Martins read the Decree which

recognises the heroicity of the life and the virtues of Mamma Margaret, as well as her reputation for holiness. Those present were the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Pascual Chávez, the Postulator General, Fr Enrico dal Covolo, the

Prefect of the Apostolic Vatican Library, Fr Raffaele Farina, the Director General of the Vatican Press, Fr Elio Torrigiani, and the confreres of the community.

After the reading His Eminence the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, came to offer his greetings and his blessing. On 23 October the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, at the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI, promulgated

the Decree. At the end of the short ceremony the Rector Major said: "This is a memorable day for the Salesian Family which sees Mamma Margaret take a further step towards the altars. It is an event the whole Salesian world has been

waiting for and for which it has been preparing with many initiatives in honour of the mamma of Don Bosco. We entrust ourselves to her so that she may intercede for the whole Salesian Family and for the Congregation as it prepares to

celebrate the 26th General Chapter in 2008".

Among the many initiatives worth mentioning is the " Mamma Margaret Association" – with the special support of the Rector Major – which brings together the parents of Salesians inviting them to pray and to provide encouragement for the

vocations of their own sons.

Saturday, 07 October 2006 15:25

Peggy Clenshaw RIP

Peggy Clenshaw RIP

 

It was with great sadness that I learned that John Clenshaw's wife, Peggy, passed away on 4th October 2006 after a battle with cancer for some time.

Peggy was so involved in much of the work that John did as President of the Farnborough Past Pupils' Association.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Peggy and for John and his family at this sad and difficult time.

John Ward

Update 7th October 2006

Funeral details

The funeral will be held on Wednesday 18th October, 12 noon, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Frimley. (The church is almost opposite Frimley Hospital.)

Burial at Ship Lane Cemetery, with reception afterwards at the Frimley Park hotel.

Please continue to remember them in your prayers.

Sunday, 27 August 2006 15:20

Blaisdon: Reunion August 2006

Blaisdon: Reunion August 2006

 

Once again we were blessed with glorious weather for our annual reunion in the Blaisdon Village Hall. Out of 78 people expected 68 turned up. This year we were treated to an excellent sit down buffet meal with everything served at the

table. A raffle resulted in over £200 being raised for the Blaisdon Association funds. The meal was prepared and served by those wonderful friends of Blaisdon who treated us so royally at St Peter's in Gloucester for our 70th celebration of

the opening of Blaisdon Salesian School at Blaisdon Hall.

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To read the full account and see more photographs go to the Blaisdon Brotherhood web site.

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