A new, two-part documentary that charts the evolution of state care for children whose parents could no longer cope. The early picture is bleak, Dickensian and heartbreaking – it took the death of Dennis O’Neill at the hands of his foster parents in 1945 to shock the government into action. Dennis’s brother, Terry, gives a horrifying first-hand account of the crime. "Some One To Love Us"
Added: October 28, 2013
Submitted by Name: Gerry Bain From: Shrigley park E-mail: Contact
Comments: Love to hear from any one who remembers wrapped knuckles !
Admin reply: Dear Gerry,
Thank you for your message in our National Federation Website. I wish you well in your search. Best wishes,
Added: October 2, 2013
Submitted by Name: Gerry Bain From: Shirley E-mail: Contact
Comments: Love to hear from any Shrigley boys out there ,
Admin reply: Dear Gerry,
Many thanks for your message in our National Federation Website. I hope you get some contacts from Shrigley Old Boys shortly. Best wishes, John
Added: September 18, 2013
Submitted by Name: John Ward From: Uxbridge E-mail: Contact
Comments: Dear Readers,
Our former National President, Patrick Morrissey, and his family have received the dreadful news that one on his grandchildren, Flynn, died in a car accident today. May I ask for your thoughts and kind prayers for the deceased, and for the families that must be in a true shock at this very sad time?
Flynn, aged 11, a much-loved grandchild and one of Dominic's sons, died in a motor accident near Manchester this morning . A Porsche hit his mother's car head-on on their way to school. She and another son in the car were taken to hospital and we await news on them, but they are not thought to have serious injuries.
Added: September 17, 2013
Submitted by Name: Jeremy Taylor From: Oxford E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi, i can't remember whether i've already posted on this! Old age creeping on? Anyway i was there until 1958 but remember certain parts as if it were yesterday, such were the characters.
I'm actually still working, currently in Abu Dhabi.
Love to hear from anyone who remembers me or anyone else for that matter.
Admin reply: Dear Jeremy,
Thanks for your message in our National Website Guestbook. When you say you were here. Which School were you at?
Trust you get some responses.
Best wishes, John Ward
Added: September 10, 2013
Submitted by Name: Jim Tague From: Lanarkshire E-mail: Contact
Comments: Many happy memories of my time at Shrigley (1967-72). To anyone out there who are contemporaries, I hope life has been good to you. I can remember most of the names and only sad that we may not meet up in the future. As an aside, who can remember a certain lay brother (I will withhold his name out of respect) who was infamous for his trademark knuckle rap to the crown of the head? I can still recall one occasion when my knees buckled and my head hurt for days afterwards. Classy!
Admin reply: Dear Jim Taque,
Thanks for your message in our National Website Guestbook.
I hope you get some responses from your former School mates.
Added: August 2, 2013
Submitted by Name: John Ward
Comments: Dear Norman Taylor,
Thank you for calling me today to give me an upadte on your Chemotherapy of yesterday.
I am sorry that you had a rather bad time with this latest Chemo.
However the good news is that you are now free for the next two weeks without Chemo.
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that you soon get a clearnace thst the Chemo has done the job.
Added: March 19, 2013
Submitted by Name: stephen broadbent From: bolton, originally E-mail: Contact
Comments: thornleigh in bolton. there, * * * by gordon dimmer, head of art, and fr. carroll, beaten up by an australian priest when i tried to tell
NOTE, copying this to greater manchester police. dc mather, di walker, i guess you dont publish it, have something to hide
raised my concerns with t williams, head of safeguarding for salesians, while he has been less than happy to provide any info, has been very quick to attack me, victim of child abuse. wonder what HE has to hide, or what HE is seeking to cover up
now contacted official salesians site, sdb.org, pointed out how rubbish salesians in england are, what rubbish their safeguarding procedures are, how unwilling they are to address legitimate complaints
if you too were * * * at thornleigh by gordon dimmer, father carroll, or beaten up by some australian * * * priest, fr tony something, please contact dc mather, astley bridge police station, bolton, or di walker, greater manchester police, 0161-8565655
Added: March 16, 2013
Submitted by Name: Phillip Bary Glancy From: Newton Heath E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi I am looking to contact Gerld F Glancy.
Admin reply: Dear Philip
Thanks for youtr message in our National Federation Guestbook Do you have any idea at which Salesian School your friend attended?
John. Web Guestbook Manager
Added: March 9, 2013
Submitted by Name: Kieran Bizzell From: Dublin, Ireland E-mail: Contact
Comments: Continuation of post: In 1955, our local primary school was built and dedicated to St. John Bosco and around the same time our Parish church was built next to the school site. It was dedicated in its turn to the Salesian Nuns as 'Our Lady, Mary Help of Christians'.Bill died in 1990, aged 72 and his funeral rites were performed there.I think it was particularly apt that he was commended to his final resting place under the auspices of the same Saint and Order that launched him successfully into manhood. Bravo! My father died suddenly and left me with much curiousity about his London schooling years. If anyone has any information I'd appreciate it. Regards Kieran Bizzell
Admin reply: Dear Kieran,
Your story about you Dad is very interesting. I appeal to our Readers to see if they can help you fill in any more details.