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I think my father, William Bizzell, attended the college in the 1920’s. He was born in Ireland, in 1917. In 1989, shortly before he died, he visited me in London where I was living then. Bill was not given to reminiscence but he told me that he attended ‘the Salesians’ in Battersea where ‘they knocked sense into me’ even though academically, he confessed to being a bit of a ‘woodener’, Irish for ‘not that smart at the books.’ He was proud of the association however, I remember, and also that he served Mass as an altar boy at Brompton Oratory.
Bill thrived in England, due in no small part to his natural wit and also the opportunities the great city afforded him. He returned to Ireland after the War, married and settled in 1950 in the house that is now my home. He wasn’t a great ‘Catholic’ as he admitted and was not a regular mass-goer but I think his bedrock faith surfaced when he would finish a story with ‘we all need a sheet anchor in this life, the Man above’. See next post!

Admin reply: Dear Kieran,

Many thanks for your message in our National Website Guestbook. I trust you will obtain some news that you are seeking. Best wishes,

John Ward


Added: January 25, 2013
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peter adamus,
can you help me. i was at shrigley and left in 1954 long before you ever thought of schooling. i would like to hear from anyone from that era.
gerald


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i was a boy at pott shigley up to 1954. has anyone any info on the college at this time and books that are available. also anyone there at the same time who whould like to contact me. plse email me
gerald.f glancy

Admin reply: Dear Gerald,

Thanks for your message in our National Website Guestbook.
I hope you ill soon get a reaction from some of your former buddies. Best wishes,

John Ward, National Vce President


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John - Hello!

I tried to 'phone you last pm and x 2 this am. I got news that George Austin died on 1st of January 2013 and the funeral was private. The notice in The Forest Review specifies strict privacy. I will be submitting a Tribute to The Guestbook once it's up and running again and will write to Beryl. I informed RA & LC.

Other news it that Sheila Evans of Blaisdon House (The Old Rectory) is awarded an MBE for her work on fundraising for the Gloucestershire Hospice.

I thought the message currently coming up on THe Guestbook might be useful to you. Best Regards. TB

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Admin reply: Dear Tony,

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Only today I discovered this Salesian website, so I simply wanted to add my name here and say a fond Hello and send best wishes from Oxford UK to all Salesians for 2013, and especially to any old boys of Cowley who may be reading this. After A-Levels I worked at Oxford University's Department for Organic Chemistry for about two years, then moved to the University's Delegacy of Local Examinations for about 30 years ending up as its Subject Officer for GCSE Religious Studies. Now I'm on the eve of my retirement, presently age 64, I've started to revisit my youth hence obeying the maxim that old men are twice boys! Sadly, Salesian College Cowley closed in 1970 but I often wonder what became of our large statue, located in the centre of our school quad, of Dominic Savio. Anyone know? Best wishes to all - Paul.

Admin reply: Dear Paul,

Thanks for your message in our National Website Guestbook. Thanks also for your brief history. I trust that you will receive some contacts. We recently sadly said our good byes to Richard Blake (RIP), who did so much to resurrect the Cowley Association. Best wishes,

John


Added: January 3, 2013
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I went to Shrigley between 1970/72.

Great experience and has lived with me throughout my life.

If anybody vaguely remembers me please say hello !

Admin reply: Dear Maurice,

Thank you for your message in our National Website Guesbook.

I hope you get some responses. And thank you for your compliments to the Salesians who taught you.
Best wishes, John


Added: January 2, 2013
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To all the lads from 1971 - 76. I would love to hear from anyone who was at Shrigley when I was there also. Please feel free to contact me at pblaisdon@gmail.ccm Hope I have posted this correctly.

Admin reply: Dear Peter,

Many thanks for your message in our National Website Guestbook. I trust you will get some from Shrigley, responding to your message.

I was interested in your reference to 'pblaisdon'. Were you also at Blaisdon?

Best wishes,

John


Added: December 30, 2012
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Dear Readers,

On behalf of Peter Hunter, National President of the GB Fedration of Salesian Past Pupils, and all on the National Council, I send you best Christmas wishes and wish you all a very good new year.

John Ward, National Vice President.


Added: December 26, 2012
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29 November 2012 Father John Gilheny SDB RIP We now have the funeral details for Farther John which are as follows:
Reception of the body into Mary Help of Christians Church on Thursday 6th December 2012 at 5 pm
Funeral Mass at same Church on 7th December 2012 at 1130 am
Burial at Ship Lane Cemetery on 7th December 2012 at 1 pm 
Refreshments after funeral in the Parish Chuch Hall after the burial
Church is in Queen Road, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 6JR 
Cemetery is in Ship Lane, GU14 8BG  
Reception is in Queen Road, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 6JR 
MAY HE REST IN PEACE


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Hello John

Admin reply: Dear Alastair,

Hi. Did you intend some message in your Guestbook entry.

Best wishes,

John


Added: November 23, 2012
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