I am just back from visiting Richard in the Thames Valley Hospice. He had been back in Hospital but now transferred to the Hospice.
I only spent about 6 minutes there, as Richard cannot speak with a large Oxygen mask on. He cannot breath for himself now, and is not taking food. fear he is nearing his end.
Please pray earnestly for Richard and his family at the most stressful time.
Many thanks and God Bless,
Added: October 28, 2012
Submitted by Name: peter adamus From: manchester E-mail: Contact
Comments: I have been reading posts by some of the lads from my Shrigley years and it would be great to swap memories etc with them. I wuold like the password to reply to them please. My years were 71-77. Many thanks. Peter Adamus
Admin reply: Dear Peter,
Thnk you for your message in our Guestbook. You do not need a Password, you simply create your replies by adding a new message in the Guestbook addressing, by name, whoever it is you would like to reach. This might have the effect to get something running.
Comments: Dear Friends, I have received the following news from Patrick Morrissey, our former National President.
"Hi John, Despite experiencing no symptoms and still refereeing (!), the Royal Marsden Hospital say that blood and bone marrow test results indicate that I must start chemotherapy immediately. So I start a 6 month programme on Friday 14th September. I don't know how that will affect me at this stage. The hospital says that everybody reacts differently".
Patrick is clearly taking a pragmatic view of his condition. However I ask that we all keep Patrick, Diane and the family in our thoughts and kind prayers that this course of treatment will be effective and not a debilitating experience, for someone who has done so much for our National Council, and Africa, during his many years as our National President.
Added: September 9, 2012
Submitted by Name: Paul Brewer From: Witney, Oxfordshire E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi all. I was a pupil at Cowley from 1956 to 1962, when I left and later went on to BRNC Dartmouth as a Supplementary List pilot Cadet, Midshipman and Sub-Lieutenant.
I'm on here to let anyone from that era know that Geoff Baron, who went through school with me, and was later to be my best man, has sadly died, in Corsica. He died on June 29th, but I've only just found out. I'm sure there are many past pupils from Cowley who remember Geoff with affection.
Geoff was a great man, who went on to join the RAF as a pilot while I was doing my own flying training with the Royal Navy. He married a French girl, Marie-Jo, and moved to France as a Captain flying a Canadair out of Nice. Sadly I lost touch with him then.
Admin reply: Dear Paul,
Many thnaks for your message in our Guestbook, with the sad news. I hope you recieve some responses to your appeal Best wishes, John Ward, National Vice President,
Added: September 3, 2012
Submitted by Name: Paul Norton From: Australia E-mail: Contact
Comments: It was great to catch up with Bernie Kiernan again after so many years and would like anyone else from our form to contact me to say what they have been doing over the last 45 years or so
I noticed my brother David posted a note recently so I hope he gets some contacts as well
Admin reply: Dear Paul,
Great to have your feedback. I trust others will also make contact with you soon.
Added: August 14, 2012
Submitted by Name: Edward Lewis From: Lincolnshire E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi Old salesians. I was at Cowley from 1943 - 1945, then at Battersea until my dad's business forced a move to St. Josephs at Lewisham, in 1950. I was proud to use a "Kango Hammer" in helping the rebuilding of the chapel (by the side gate) under the guidance of Bro Hubert (did he have a relative in the RAF?) and the woodcraft teacher. I cannot remember the name of the latter but he was a lay teacher and responsible largely for my later career. Me? a successful career in engineering coupled with the honour of serving as a JP until retirement, naw aged 77. Kind regards to all.
Admin reply: Dear Edward,
Thanks for your message in our National Website Guestbook.
I think the name of the person who taught you woodwork might have been Brother Charles Hunt SDB, or Br. Tom Caulfied SDB, or even Br. McAvoy SDB. All of these great men have now gone to their home with the Good Lord.
I am a Blaisdon Old Boy, not Battersea, but being on National Council I have met many great friends from the Battersea Association, which has regular meetings. So if you check the Reunions section of this website you will see what is planned for the Battersea Assoiation, as for the others. You should try to make it to these meetings as the easiest way to make contact with your school freinds.