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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, 22 September 2002 17:47

Cowley Reunion 2002

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Cowley Reunion 2002

This year the Cowley Reunion took place on 22nd September at the Randolph Hotel in Oxford. The Mass was held in the Blackfriars Church just around the corner. Father Tom Donaghy from Samara in Russia was present at this most successful and enjoyable Reunion and was able to thank the Cowley Association for the Financial support given to him.

Tuesday, 17 September 2002 17:43

Blaisdon Reunion

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Blaisdon Reunion 2002

Once again another Great and Wonderful gathering and Reunion was held at BLAISDON over the August Bank Holiday. Mass to celebrate the life of Bro. Joe Carter SDB (RIP), so fondly remembered by the Blaisdon Community and friends, with over 80 attending and enjoying the day. It was truly rewarding to see so many Old Boys, their families and friends together again. Not all who attended are in the picture. Thanks to all who helped to make it another day to remember. The picture below was taken outside St Michael's Church, the burial ground of many from the Blaisdon Salesian Family.


Sunday, 01 September 2002 17:40

Shrigley Reunion

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Shrigley Reunion

This year's reunion took place at Savio House over the weekend 31st August to 1st September. It was highly successful in terms of the number attending - 76. The 'Shrigley Atmosphere' was powerfully in evidence as the ex students renewed old friendships and created new ones. It was good to see the members from the United States, led by the indefatigable Hugh Walton and his wife, Beverley. They were presented with a plaque to honour their tremendous commitment to the Shrigley Past Pupils.
An important outcome the reunion was the decision to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Salesian Missionary College at Shrigley. This will occur in 2004. It is proposed to centre the event at Shrigley Hall, but a lot of support will be needed. Contact Joe Lomax for further details.
Below is a small selection of the many photographs taken during the course of the weekend.

Still there on the Sunday, just before lunch
Still there on the Sunday, just before lunch


On leave from the Philippines - Fr Felix 1947-52

Saturday, 20 July 2002 17:37

Golden Jubilarians at Battersea

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Golden Jubilarians at Battersea

On Saturday 20th July 2002 there were Celebrations at Battersea for two of this year's Golden Jubilarians, Fr Jim Pilling and Fr Patrick McGrath. Fr Jim served as Provincial Secretary before re-qualifying as a Psychiatric Social Worker and working at the Salesian School in Blaisdon. Fr Pat taught at Blaisdon and Cowley and then moved to Battersea where he was Head of History; more recently he has been ministering in the Sacred Heart Parish.
At the Mass in the Sacred Heart Church Fr Albert Carette (who has five extra years of ordination under his hat) delighted the congregation with his amusing homily. Later the celebration moved to the School Hall for speeches, the cutting of cakes, and energetic entertainment. The pictures below were kindly supplied by John Ward.


Sunday, 19 May 2002 16:29

National Council Meeting at Battersea

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National Council Meeting at Battersea 19 May 2002

The day began with Mass in the Community Chapel, concelebrated by Fr Sean, National Delegate, and Fr Des, Rector, Fr Peter, former National Delegate and Fr Jim Pilling.

After the business meeting (for which there is no photographic evidence!), the Council members made their way to lunch at The Castle Pub in Battersea High Street.


Wednesday, 01 May 2002 16:14

Visit of Antonio Pires, World President

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Visit of World President

Antonio Pires, World President, who was on a visit to an exhibition in Birmingham. UK, took the opportunity to meet up with John Ward, Vice President of the GB Federation. During this short meeting Antonio was able to visit the Salesians in Battersea, London, before taking his flight home to Portugal from Heathrow airport.
John Ward, Vice President, presented a copy of the GB Federation PowerPoint Presentation and other material recently developed by the National Council, all of which is aimed and attracting more young members to the Local Associations and the Federation. A few pictures of Antonio with John Ward and a few of the Salesians at Battersea are included below.


Ruby Anniversary Celebrations


On 7th April 2002 Fr Sean Murray SDB and Fr Aidan Murray SDB celebrated the 40th anniversary of their ordinations to the priesthood. The Abbot of Prinknash concelebrated at the Mass.




Photos courtesy of John Ward and David Burke


Below is a copy of a framed prose, written by Hilary Jayne, a good friend of Father Sean and Blaisdon.


We've 40 years of Sean to thank since 1962
Forty years of kindness, his wise or witty word
In Farnborough or Chertsey
And Blaisdon in between

Remember summers camping at the Hall -
Sean's host and shopping skills? His rugby undeterred
By Sale or Bath or Harlequins
Since 1962

Kingsholm knows Sean's deafening bawl
And surely you've heard
Mitchelstown to Sloop, his shout
Or maybe at Blaisdon in between

But should he sing you hear an angel call
Sweet as Ballyragger's blackbird
Until the Emerald Isle sent Sean to us
Just before 1962

He sheds his light upon our way so we walk tall
By love and laughter stirred
To follow upwards on our path. (Meanwhile he's off -
Rome, Turin, Jerusalem and Ireland in between)

More than a model Salesian. Sean's friend and priest to all -
Lost or lonely, happy or sad, confident or unheard
For 40 years since 1962
In Farnborough, Battersea, Bollington too
In Blaisdon and a thousand hearts between.

Monday, 17 September 2001 15:39

Bootle Reunion

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Bootle Reunion

The Bootle Past Pupils Association met for their Annual Football event and Reunion in September 2001.




Sunday, 17 February 2002 14:01

National Council at Thornleigh

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National Council at Thornleigh

John Ward has sent these photographs taken with his digital camera. The National Council met at Thornleigh on Sunday 17th February 2002. Lunch was at the home of Joe Lomax.






Sunday, 25 November 2001 13:58

Thornleigh Former Pupils 12, Old Boltonians 0

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Thornleigh Former Pupils 12 - Old Boltonians 0



Thornleigh rugby players from years gone by, gathered at Bolton RUFC on Sunday 25th November, to replay encounters with the old enemy Old Boltonians. A few late cry offs due to injuries from the previous day or the dreaded flu/cold bug did not dampen the hearts as Thornleigh took to the field with Tony Mugan and Barry Henderson bringing the average age of the team downwards. Thornleigh took an early lead when Rick Owen(former pupil and now staff member) made a telling break which was finished by match day captain Paul Fernside. The conversion drifted narrowly wide, and early indications suggested that the enthusiastic crowd should be in for a high scoring game, this could not have been further from the truth as neither team looked like scoring before the half time whistle due to some very ferocious tackling from both sides.
An injury to Shaun Casey, meant a reshuffle for Thornleigh and Old Boltonians responded well after the break, for a ten minute spell they camped inside the Thornleigh twenty two, only to be met by a barrage of gold and black shirts, with every Thornleigh player tackling at his best. Thornleigh eventually broke from this strangle hold and good interplay from the forwards led to Dominic Holden scoring the final and match winning try in the corner. Barry Henderson added the extra points. It was left to the Thornleigh pack to kill off the game and this they did with ease, to mark a welcome victory over the only two remaining schools in Bolton still playing rugby of either code on a regular basis.
Whilst the result was enjoyed by all the Thornleigh players the real thrill was meeting players on the park and friends off the pitch in the bar, some who had not seen each other for many a year. The day was a success for the new Thornleigh Former Pupils Association and if our bodies recover in time perhaps we can play again in about twelve months’ time!

Paul Fernside

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