Submitted by Name: Tony Crossley From: Littlewick Green Berkshire E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hello. I am prompted to post this having received a request from a former Cowley pupil, via Pat Morrisey, for news of another ex-Cowley pupil. It pointed me to this site , of which I was unaware. I am the Hon Sec of CSOBA - the Cowley Salesian Old Boys Aasociation, resurrected by Richard Blake (RIP),some 22 years ago. We meet annually as an association, usually early October in Oxford. Typically we have some 25 attendees with a further 25 or so apologies foe absence. I have noted 4/5 ex.Cowley posts and would be happy for them to get in touch with me so that I can send copies of the minutes of our recent meeting, and hopefully encourage participation in the future. We have members attending going back to the late forties and forward to some who were at Cowley at the time of closure. I am not sure who controls the posts on this site, but am happy for my email address to be made 'public' to enable contact to be made. Tony Crossley Cowley 1953/61
Added: November 15, 2014
Submitted by Name: Chris Rogers From: Salesian College Cowley E-mail: Contact
Comments: Thanks to Mike Ellwood for the namecheck. I too was at Cowley from 1961-68 and saw Paul Humphrey' post which spurred me on to make contact. Having found Mike on Friends Reunited, I found Paul on LinkedIn and I'm pleased to say we three are in email contact and looking to organise a meeting. Of course there are many more of our contemporaries of whom I know nothing. What happened to Andrew Painter, Peter Exley, Paul Badcock, Bernard Duddy, Brian Quarterman, Tony Carmody,Jimmy Foster,Waclaw Slezak, Tony Solomon, Tony Cronin, Adam Heller, Steve Carter, et al? Any indication? You can find me on Gmail where my handle is 'chrisrtv'.
Added: October 19, 2014
Submitted by Name: Christopher Mitchell From: Switzerland E-mail: Contact
Comments: My time at Cowley (1946-1948 ) were interesting .I remember Canon Byrne , Fr.Bleach, Killer Jennings ,Br. "Bogey" Hogan , Br John Collins,Jakey Boylan, and was pleased to see an old classmate, Wolfe (Lupi) on your site. I now live in Switzerland,and I still visit London 4 to 5 times a year. Two yearsago , I looked up the old School, on arriving ,it looked much smaller than I remembered (as always , with such visits to the past), The Chapel was a private residence, and what was left of the buildings ,a hostel.
Added: September 26, 2014
Submitted by Name: Mike (Michael) Ellwood From: Abingdon, Oxfordshire E-mail: Contact
I was at the Salesian College Cowley,Oxford from September 1961 to July 1968.
I was alerted to this website by Chris Rogers (via Friends Reunited). We were both contemporaries of Paul Humphreys, who posted here in Jan. 2013 (I think). I would be very happy to hear from Paul, and anyone else from that era.
I can be contacted at: mwe [at] fastmail.co.uk
(remove blanks and replace [at] with the usual).
Best wishes, Mike Ellwood
Added: September 19, 2014
Submitted by Name: Robert Nee From: Utah, USA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Wanted to correct a mistake in my last post. I am living in the States but was formally from Hamilton Scotland. Would love to hear from some of you guys, (Shrigley 67-72)
Added: September 9, 2014
Submitted by Name: Robert Nee From: Shrigley E-mail: Contact
Comments: Have just found this site and have seen a few posts from former class mates. (Shrigley 67-72). I do remember some knuckles to the head. Would love to hear from you guys.
Added: September 1, 2014
Submitted by Name: Clive Midgley From: Skipton North Yorks E-mail: Contact
Comments: I was a boarder at Thornleigh from 1950 to 1954.After the initial shock of leaving home I settled down fairly well.Didn't do very well in education, but was given an enduring faith. Left after 4 Gamma to do my GCEs at a local technical college. Worked in machine tool engineering.
I loved Fr McGovern and played the flute in the orchestra. Happy days!
Added: August 14, 2014
Submitted by Name: Jeremy Taylor From: Oxford (Currently Abu Dhabi) E-mail: Contact
Comments: Dear Fellow Guests,
I was at Cowley up until 1958 and my last form was 4B (i think). I would love to hear from anyone who was at the school around that time.
It's so good that people are able to get in touch through initiatives like this, although many of us maybe a bit too old to bother?
Although it was so many years ago, some things i remember as if yesterday. Fr Crummey (English), Fr (Killer) Jennings (Boxing), Bro Broder(Science), Fr McTague (Latin), Fr Power (French), Fr (Dizzey) Doyle (Head Master), Fr Dr Archer (Head of 6th form) Fr Maguire (?) (Music). (Excuse spellings).
Added: July 31, 2014
Submitted by Name: Stephen Dearlove From: Peterborough E-mail: Contact
Comments: At Cowley 1951 - 1960 with Richard Blake and David Purdham mentioned here among others, would be pleased to hear from anyone at the school during that time. Known as Dil.
Admin reply: Dear Stephen, Many thanks for your message in our National Guestbok. Trust some of you former friends will make contatct. Best wishes, John