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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.

Wednesday, 03 December 2003 16:23

National Council at Battersea 03

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National Council Meeting at Battersea


Patrick Morrissey, National President, was delighted to be able to welcome the School Captain and Vice-Captain to the meeting. This was made possible by Nicholas Potter, Battersea President, who arranged for these two young people to join our meeting, something he has been encouraging for some time now.



Tuesday, 02 December 2003 16:00

Cowley Reunion 2003

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Cowley Reunion 2003


This year the Reunion took place at a changed venue, which allowed for the Mass to be said at the Salesian Cowley Parish Church of Mary Help of Christians, with the meeting and Lunch at the excellent Four Pillars Hotel at Ashton on Thames, just a few minutes' drive away with excellent free parking. All those who attended felt that was an excellent change: so much more convenient and at Cowley, of course!


Monday, 01 December 2003 15:20

Shrigley Reunion 2003

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Shrigley Reunion 2003


For an account, and plenty of photographs from the Shrigley Reunion, please click the link below and then 'Gallery' from the left hand menu. 




Thursday, 21 August 2003 16:14

Watching Cricket for Charity!

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Watching Cricket for Charity!


18 First Class Grounds in 18 Days
Doug Robertson, retired Vice Principal of St Richards College Bexhill, plans to set a record by visiting the 18 first class English cricket grounds in 18 consecutive days!
In setting this record he aims to combine the two loves of his life - cricket and education - by gaining sponsorship for the tour to raise funds for needy Indian children through Project Sarah.
To date he has received great support from the cricket clubs, individuals, churches and businesses around the country including a free car from a local car showroom, free passes to the cricket grounds, offers of accommodation around the country and publicity from the media.
Doug, a past pupil of Farnborough and Shrigley, began his tour on 21st August. He is pictured below at the Salesian Provincial House, Stockport, where he stayed overnight on route from Old Trafford to Derby. With Doug (right) is his fellow parishioner, co-driver and 'minder', Kevin.



Sunday, 24 August 2003 16:04

Blaisdon Reunion: August 24, 2003

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Blaisdon AGM and Reunion


The 2003 Blaisdon Past Pupils was a most memorable and enjoyable event. The Village Hall was filled to capacity and some were eating outside in the glorious weather. One Past Pupil, Alastair Bourne, came all the way from New Zealand and we were delighted to have him with us.
The event was unique because we were privileged also to have with us Jim Richards, Director of the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster), formerly The Crusade of Rescue, and his wife. We again had some Past Pupils from St Joseph's, Enfield, who did not move on the Blaisdon. As if that wasn't special enough we also had some lady Past Pupils from St Anthony's and St Vincent's, Feltham, also Crusade of Rescue Homes at the time of St Joseph's.
It seems the Blaisdon Family is growing ever wider and all the better for it! The ladies from Feltham have invited us as their guests to their Reunion on 13 June 2004 at St Vincent's, 73 Carlisle Place, off Victoria Street in London.



Thanks to the generous donations of a few Blaisdon Past Pupils and the generous purchase of Raffle tickets at the Easter and Summer Reunions, we are delighted to say that we have made our £500.00 contribution to the GB Federation Water project for the Salesian Polytechnic in Liberia. Our thanks to all who contributed.

Shrigley Past Pupils - Class of 75


Michael Cox organised a get together of some of the Past Pupils who left Shrigley about 1975.
Following the sad death of Phillip Marshall (Winnie) he decided it would be nice to catch up with a few old friends from Shrigley. He set up a Yahoo web site called "Shrigley Class of 75ish" to help this and he has collected the details of about 25 old boys who left circa 73 to 77.
The get together took place over the first weekend of August 2003, and a great time was had by all!



Left to Right we have Steve Watson (AKA Winker, now resident in Australia), Pete Tohill (AKA - PJ), Chris Dargue (AKA - CD), Michael Cox(AKA - Mick or Coxy) , Martin Donachy (AKA - Big Mart), Keiran Ruttledge (AKA - KR), Tony Reilly (AKA - Joe), Gerry Lyng (AKA - GL), and last but not least Jon Kempsey (AKA - JK, now resident in Baha, California)

Friday, 11 July 2003 15:46

Fr Sean Murray - a Septuagenarian!

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Fr Sean Murray - a Septuagenarian!


A number of Past Pupils from Blaisdon, Bootle, Shrigley and Thornleigh joined the Bootle Community in celebrating Father Sean's 70th birthday, yesterday, at St James' Salesian House in Bootle.
It was most appropriate that so many Past Pupils took time out and made the effort to be with Father Sean, our National Delegate to the Past Pupils' Federation (GB), on his 70th Birthday. Father Gerry O'Shaughnessy, the Rector, made a short speech welcoming his visitors and gave a set of Community gifts to Father Sean. We were all treated to a real feast for this important day for a Salesian dedicated to the Past Pupils Mission.
Father Sean was emotionally touched by the whole occasion and thanked all, but especially Charlie Springett, Blaisdon President, for all the work he had put in to ensure that Father Sean's big day was appropriately celebrated."


Tuesday, 11 February 2003 14:39

Dinner Chez Pat Morrissey

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Dinner Chez Pat Morrissey


This was a special dinner hosted by National President, Patrick Morrissey and his wife Diane, at their home in Surrey to honour the first visit to UK by the new World Delegate to Salesian Past Pupils, Father Jeronimo Monteiro.
Pat kindly invited key members of the Salesian Football Club to join this dinner and meet up with Father Jeronimo (usually shouted with a punch in the air!). Photographer still not learning his skills. Or was it Pat's beverages this time?


Monday, 10 February 2003 14:34

Funeral of Bishop Harvey

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Funeral of Bishop Harvey


These are photos of the wonderful Funeral Mass for the late Bishop Harvey, OBE (RIP) which took place at Westminster Cathedral on 10 February 2003 and celebrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, concelebrated together with over 30 Bishops and more than three hundred Priests. We were privileged to have our New World Delegate, Father Jeronimo Monteiro SDB, who was visiting the UK Federation of Salesian Past Pupils, among the large group of Concelebrating Priests.
A number of Blaisdon Old Boys who were former pupils at the Crusade of Rescue Home, St Joseph's, Enfield, were privileged also to be invited by the Crusade of Rescue to attend the service as their guests. One of our number, Norman Taylor, was further privileged to be a part of the Offertory Procession. We were delighted to be able to pay our respects to a wonderful man who had done so much, as Administrator of the Crusade of Rescue, for children like ourselves. this was made possible by the kind invitation of the Crusade of Rescue. The photos outside the Cathedral include some of the Crusade of Rescue workers.


Sunday, 09 February 2003 14:26

National Council at Battersea 2003

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National Council Meeting at Battersea


The National Council met at Battersea on 9th February 2003. We were privileged to have the Company of our New World Delegate, Father Jeronimo Monteiro SDB.
Father Jeronimo gave a short PowerPoint Presentation to the meeting. This covered the recent Documents issued by the Rector Major and his Council on matters referring to the Past Pupils and their clear and important position as a real part of the Salesian Family.
The day began with Mass in the Salesian Community Chapel in Orbel Street and after the meeting there was a chance to chat over a glass of ale... which seems to have been affecting the photographer!

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