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Monday, 28 November 2005 11:49

Reception at the Cabinet Office

Reception at the Cabinet Office

 

Sir Gus O'Donnell, our newest (if not our only) Salesian Knight of the Realm, held a reception for family and friends in the Cabinet Office in Whitehall on Friday 25 November. Guests included academic and sporting colleagues from his wide

range of interests and many of the Old Salesians FC Veterans team for whom he plays most Sundays.

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In his informal review of how he came to be standing on a desk overlooking Horse Guards Parade, Sir Gus was kind enough to commend to all his guests this year's Salesian Past Pupil National Appeal to combat child malaria. The Appeal

poster was even displayed on the Cabinet Office door. There might be one or two people with money or influence who see it!

The guests were then treated to a rousing rendition of the Salesian School song (definitely a first!)

[Editor's note: You can download a copy of the Salesian School song in PDF format (25Kb). If a top 'E' is a little cruel for a morning rendition try the Lower Version in A.]

Monday, 28 November 2005 11:26

Benefactors' Mass

Benefactors' Mass - 27th November 2005

 

For the third year running now, Blaisdon Past Pupils, who were also Past Pupils of the Crusade of Rescue Homes were invited to this annual Mass for the Benefactors of the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster) held on Sunday 27

November 2005.

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The Crusade of Rescue, jointly with the Salesians, purchased Blaisdon Hall as a place to further the development of young Boys in their care. For Years it was the Crusade of Rescue that provided the great majority of the young people

placed into the care of the Salesians at Blaisdon Hall.

The Mass was in the magnificent Immaculate Conception Church in the Jesuit Farm Street Parish Church where Bishop Bernard Longley was the main Celebrant. The Bishop praised the work of Benefactors current and past. It is creditable

that some of the Blaisdon Past Pupils are now themselves Benefactors.

A selection of photos includes a group of Blaisdon Salesian Past Pupils. The Mass sheet picture has the very appropriate slogan "Where's the JUSTICE"

 

Saturday, 12 November 2005 11:21

Memorial Mass for Fr Pat Kenna RIP

Memorial Mass for Fr Pat Kenna

 

 

On Saturday, 12th November, at 2pm there was a Mass in memory of Fr Pat Kenna RIP in Westminster Cathedral arranged by the Pelliccia family. The Mass took place in the Lady Chapel.

The celebrant was Fr Michael O'Boy, one of the College of Chaplains at the Cathedral, Prefect of the Sacristy and responsible for Cathedral Liturgy and Liaison with Ministers of the Eucharist.

John Ward was among those present and his granddaughter, Paige, took this photograph as Fr O'Boy was leaving the Chapel.

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Monday, 29 August 2005 12:06

Blaisdon Reunion: August, 2005

Blaisdon Reunion

 

Today, 28 August 2005, we held a magnificent and appropriate 70th Anniversary reunion at St Peter's Church and Church Hall, in Gloucester. At the Mass a most moving homily was preached by Father John Gilheney SDB, one time Head of

the Blaisdon school.

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Thanks to the super human efforts of Charles Springett, Blaisdon President, a very large number sat down to a wonderful meal. This group included many Past Pupils, including Alastair Bourne all the way from New Zealand, Blaisdon

Salesians, Blaisdon Care Staff, Enfield Old Boys and former Crusade of Rescue ladies from the Feltham Home, and we were privileged to have Jim Richards, Director of the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster) and his wife and another

Lady to represent what was previously "The Crusade of Rescue" and many wives and children of Blaisdon Past Pupils.

Our heartfelt thanks to the St Peter's family for giving us such a great welcome and use of their beautiful church and other amenities.

Let the following pictures tell their own story.

Wednesday, 20 July 2005 10:49

Funeral of Fr James Conway SDB

Funeral of Fr James Conway

 

Fr Conway died on 9th July 2005 at the age of 84 after a long Salesian career. The funeral took place at Farnborough on 19th July. John Ward writes:
"We had the privilege of saying goodbye today to a wonderful Salesian, Father James Conway SDB, at his funeral in Farnborough. Among the congregation were many past pupils, sad to see such a lovely person go to his well-earned reward. A moving tribute to Father James was given by Fr John Dickson SDB, Father James' long time Rector when he was at Chertsey, before moving to Farnborough to benefit from the care of the staff in his last few years. May He Rest in Peace."

Click here to read the homily. (PDF file 39K)

A few photos of the sad but uplifting events of the ceremony today follow. Click on the picture to see more.

Wednesday, 20 July 2005 10:49

Funeral of Fr James Conway SDB

Funeral of Fr James Conway

 

Fr Conway died on 9th July 2005 at the age of 84 after a long Salesian career. The funeral took place at Farnborough on 19th July. John Ward writes:
"We had the privilege of saying goodbye today to a wonderful Salesian, Father James Conway SDB, at his funeral in Farnborough. Among the congregation were many past pupils, sad to see such a lovely person go to his well-earned reward. A moving tribute to Father James was given by Fr John Dickson SDB, Father James' long time Rector when he was at Chertsey, before moving to Farnborough to benefit from the care of the staff in his last few years. May He Rest in Peace."

Click here to read the homily. (PDF file 39K)

A few photos of the sad but uplifting events of the ceremony today follow. Click on the picture to see more.

Thursday, 30 June 2005 10:42

Battersea Newsletter has a New Look

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In case you haven't already seen a copy - the Battersea Old Salesians Newsletter now has a new look. Its new editor and designer is Anthony Doran, a Battersea Past Pupil who is a distinguished journalist and now lists 'newsletter editor' among his many other achievements.

Here are the front pages of the last two issues. Click on the thumbnails for a larger version:

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To obtain a printed copy of the full magazine, please contact Nick Potter, president of the Battersea Association.

Honours for Battersea Past Pupil

 

It has been a very special week for Augustine ('Gus') O'Donnell, who was a pupil at Salesian College Battersea in the late sixties, and is now a Governor at the College. He also plays football for the Battersea Old Salesians Football club!
On Saturday 11th June he was made Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Then, on 15th June he was made Cabinet Secretary, and head of the UK Civil Service.

There have been many features about Sir Gus in the National Newspapers, but there is an interesting profile, with photographs, on the web site of Warwick University:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/warwickmagazine05/odonnell/

You can read more about the Order of the Bath on

http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page495.asp

and more about the appointment as Cabinet Secretary on

http://www.number10.gov.uk/output/Page7658.asp

[Note: Above links now longer work]

 

Monday, 04 April 2005 10:20

Blaisdon Reunion: April, 2005

Blaisdon Easter Reunion

 

A small but excellent gathering of Past Pupils met at Blaisdon on 3rd April 2005, the Sunday after Easter for the now traditional Easter mini-Reunion. Some, as usual, made a weekend of the visit. This started at the Salesian graves in the churchyard at St Michael's with prayers for the deceased members of the Blaisdon Salesian Family. As this coincided with the death of the late Pope John Paul II (RIP) Fr Sean was able to hand out our copies of a set of prayers with the picture of the late Pope on the front, and some of these were recited at the Salesian grave.
Thereafter Fr Aidan Murray celebrated Mass, with Father Sean concelebrating, in the Blaisdon Village Hall, joined by the Blaisdon parishioners and some from Newent, which is the joint Salesian Parish. Photo below. We all remembered the late Holy Father in our Mass.
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A short convivial time was spent together with some refreshments provided by our stalwart President, Charles. A few photos are below. One of these is the recently refurbished bench to which new names are added - not just of those who have left us but also of some of us still living. A brass plate is made and screwed to the bench for those prepared to make a gift to the Association of £10.
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Charles is working his heart out to make the next, our main Reunion, something special as the 70th anniversary of the opening of Blaisdon. We look forward to a great and large gathering for this 70th celebration.

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Wednesday, 15 September 2004 10:12

Funeral of Fr Paul Golding SDB

Funeral of Paul Golding SDB

 

It was a real privilege for a group of eight Blaisdon Past Pupils to be able to attend the funeral today (14/9/2004) of Father Paul Golding SDB at the Mary Help of Christians' Church at Farnborough.
Most of these eight were those who were under Father Paul's care on the Stud Farm and some had recently been able to visit Father Paul at Nazareth House, shortly before he died.
Fr Sean was able to relate to us how touched Father Paul was that these boys, from 60 years ago, had come to visit him.
Fr Paul died on 5th September 2004, shortly after his 84th birthday.
May He Rest in Peace!

 

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