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Past Pupils

Past Pupils (126)

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, 16 October 2005 12:14

Cowley Reunion: October 2005

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Cowley Reunion - 16th October 2005

 

John Ward writes:

I am just back from the Cowley AGM. It was a most enjoyable day at the Four Pillars Hotel at Sandford on Thames. Mass was celebrated at the Cowley Salesian Parish Church by Father Peter Quinn SDB with Father Joe Merriman SDB

concelebrating.

Among the special guests were the former Doctor to the Cowley School and his wife, also a Doctor.

The Doctor's parting joke after lunch was his mimicking a visiting Italian Priest who asked to speak to the boarding boys after night prayers. He asked a rhetorical question of the boys and went on to answer the question with his Italian

accent "It is to shave your souls". This brought a great laugh from those at the luncheon.

Monday, 29 August 2005 12:06

Blaisdon Reunion: August, 2005

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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

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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

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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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Maroon and Gold

 

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.

Saturday, 11 June 2005 10:35

Honour for Battersea Past Pupil, June 2005

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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

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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

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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!

 

Sunday, 29 August 2004 10:00

Blaisdon Reunion: August, 2004

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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

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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!

 

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