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Past Pupils

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The Past Pupils of Don Bosco are the largest group in the Salesian Family. Worldwide there is an estimate 3,000,000 past pupils in 53 National Federations and 920 Local Federations. In Great Britain there is an estimated 25,000 former pupils. The Past Pupils are an integral part of the Salesian family who share the vision that young people can change the world.

Sunday, 02 July 2006 15:08

Jim Richards ordained Deacon

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Jim Richards ordained Deacon


Jim Richards, Director of the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster), formerly The Crusade of Rescue, was ordained a Deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Westminster in his Parish church at Heston on Saturday 1st July 2006. A number of

ex Crusade of Rescue boys who are now Past Pupils of the Salesians at Blaisdon, were humbled and honoured to be invited to this wonderful event.


There are many fine photographs of the event in the News/Gallery section of the Blaisdon Brotherhood web site.

The first National 'Old Boys' Football Tournament


Salesian schools in England have a long history of inter-school competition in many sports, and particularly football and athletics. Competing against other Salesian schools always generated a special feeling of anticipation and excitement

for both students and teachers. But there had never been a national competition between Past Pupils of Salesian schools. That is until Sunday May 29th 2006, when the first National Football Tournament was held at Salesian College

(Battersea) sports ground in Ewell, Surrey. And to add to the enjoyment, Don Bosco gave us a perfect summer's day, and there was plenty of food and drink for players and spectators provided by volunteers from the host club, Old

Salesians FC (Battersea).

The day started with Mass in the packed social club bar, with the Battersea rector, Fr Dan O'Riordan presiding. Then the football began with a League competition between 11-a-side teams of past (and some current) pupils from Battersea,

Chertsey and Farnborough each playing each other over 40 minutes. The football was of a very high quality, as was to be expected from representative teams from 'Old Salesian' clubs who each have 3 or more teams competing in senior

Amateur Leagues. And the football was played competitively and in a good spirit with few interventions required from the teams of officials controlling the games.

Battersea played their way in the Final by beating Chertsey and Farnborough in their first two games, and Chertsey achieved their place in the Final by beating Farnborough.

The Cup Final maintained the quality of earlier games with Battersea just having the edge over Chertsey and they eventually deserved to be winners by 2-0 of the first 'National Don Bosco Cup'.

The presentation of the Cup and medals to the winners, and to the 'best player' in each team and the overall 'Player of the Tournament', were carried out by Patrick Morrissey, National President and Richard Blake, National Treasurer. Then

the players could relax and enjoy some much-needed refreshment and socialising with fellow Salesians in the club house.

Everyone agreed it had been a very enjoyable day and that this should be an annual event. The next National Don Bosco Cup Tournament would be held in April 2007 (including the two Associations, Bootle and Thornleigh, who had unable

to attend this time). And consideration is being given to a parallel 'Veterans' or 'over-35 age group' tournament which will enable a wider range of players to participate.

The English Past Pupils now issue a challenge to their European Past Pupil colleagues to take part in a European Cup tournament to coincide with either Eurogex (Portugal) or Eurobosco (Spain) in 2007. What better way to get young

Salesian Past Pupils across Europe together in healthy competition and friendship?

Patrick Morrissey


Monday, 29 May 2006 15:02

Bootle: Jamie Carragher visits Savio High

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Bootle: Jamie Carragher visits Savio High


The famous Liverpool FC and England Footballer is a past pupil of Savio High School, Bootle. The day before he left for Germany to take part in the World Cup he went back to the school for the premier of a film in which he stars along with a

current Savio High pupil.

The story was reported in the Liverpool Echo and picked up by the Liverpool Supporters club.

Monday, 29 May 2006 14:40

National Don Bosco Cup: Ewell: 28/5/06

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National Don Bosco Cup: Ewell 28/05/06


Opening Rounds

10 am Mass Fr Des O'Riordan Rector of Battersea  
      Referee Assistants
11am Battersea 2 Chertsey 0 C Philips P Kosciolek/J Doe
12pm Farnborough 0 Battersea 2 S O'Sullivan C Philips/J Doe
1pm Chertsey 5 Farnborough 0 J Doe S O'Sullivan/P Kosciolek


League Table

  Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
Battersea 2 2 0 0 4 1 6
Chertsey 2 1 0 1 5 2 3
Farnborough 2 0 0 2 0 7 0


2.45pm Cup Final

    Referee  Assistants 
 Battersea 2 Chertsey 0  P Kosciolek  S O'Sullivan/C Philips 


Battersea win the First National Don Bosco Cup!


Full Report from Pat Morrissey

Battersea: Golden Jubilee of Fr George Dangerfield


John Ward sent this report on 27th May 2006:

"I am just back from attending the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Ordination of a Battersea Past Pupil, Father George Dangerfield. At the last Battersea AGM Father invited all who were present to come his Golden Jubilee Mass.

"This was held in the beautiful St James', Spanish Place, in London. It was a magnificent and inspiring sung High Mass, in Latin, with a wonderful organ and choir. Father George Dangerfield, dressed in Gold vestments, preached an inspiring

Sermon, which endorsed, so firmly, all that I was taught by the Salesians at Blaisdon."



Sunday, 14 May 2006 13:10

Battersea: Maroon and Gold Issue 3

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Battersea: Maroon and Gold Issue 3


The latest edition of the Newsletter of the Battersea Old Salesians is now available. The front cover is shown below and there are 16 packed pages in all!


Please contact Nick Potter, OSA Chairman, if you wish to read the newsletter and Tony Doran, the editor, if you wish to write for it.

Thursday, 18 May 2006 13:07

Battersea: Funeral of David Bastable RIP

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Battersea: Funeral of David Bastable RIP



John Ward sent the following on 18th May 2006:

Today we were privileged to be part of the Salesians' salute to David Bastable at his burial Mass in the Battersea Salesian Parish Church and after at his interment in the Salesian grave at Morden.

The Salesians gave Dave a wonderful send off and Fr. Sean Murray gave an effusive commentary on what David had done for the Blaisdon and later Battersea Salesian Houses, during his homily. Of course the Salesians had done much for

David, a Blaisdon Past Pupil, as they became his only family and provided Dave the only home he had during these times, for which Blaisdon Past Pupils are very grateful.

There were fourteen Salesian Priests concelebrating at the Mass for David and many of these were at the graveside for the committal.

May David Rest in Peace!


A few photos of the event, from a shaky hand, can be found on the Blaisdon Website:


Friday, 14 April 2006 13:04

Blaisdon: Easter 2006

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Blaisdon: Easter 2006


The Easter mini-reunion was a great success. The picture below shows Fr Sean Murray leading prayers at the Salesian grave.

For a fuller account and more pictures, see the Blaisdon Brotherhood website.



Saturday, 01 April 2006 13:01

Second Generator Arrives in Liberia

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Second Generator Arrives


The second generator, purchase from Lister in UK by the Past Pupils, has arrived at the Salesian Polytechnic in Liberia. The first of the two generators was purchased in Lebanon and is already installed.

As there is no mains electricity in Monrovia, the presence of a reliable independent power source, with backup, is essential to the smooth running of the Polytechnic.

Blaisdon Brotherhood




On 30th March 2006, John Ward, Blaisdon past pupil and Vice President of the National Past Pupils Federation, launched a new web site 'Blaisdon Brotherhood'.

I am sure that he will welcome your comments and most of all your contributions of news, events, photographs and other material. Contact him via his email address on the Contacts page.

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