Wednesday, 25 April 2018


A memory which would appeal to many of us from the latest SOB to make contact with Bernard; unfortunately he cannot make this September but he obviously remembers some of us. He wrote to Bernard: as follows:

Hello Bernard,
We do not know each other, but I have picked up your details from the Shrigley Association Website.
I attended Shrigley from 1965 to 1970, and find exploring your site brings back treasured memories for me.

I recognise the names of a number of fellow students, within the Association website/blogs, including those from my years: John Bergin, Manus Dunlop, Tony Quinn and Joe Doogan, as well as a few from the year up from mine, Terry Devine and Michael Gormley. 

I would be interested in joining the Association - and having access to news updates, etc - and it would indeed be wonderful to make contact at a future reunion.

I attach a photograph (in which some of the above, and myself, feature). I would also love to access links to any photographs relating to 1965-60, that people may have.

More House Cup Winners 1969

Kindest regards
Bernard Turczynski 

He is happy..would be contacted at:
Bernard Turczynski

Thursday, 19 April 2018


Some inter personal e-mails have passed between our Organiser, Bernard O’Neill and some members concerned with how the bookings were going and, indeed, whether the reunion was to go ahead at all.
The Association has no funds and Bernard, as others have found in the past, is in a dilemma between reserving rooms etc at Shrigley and Savio house in the hope that sufficient numbers will attend and being hit with penalty payments if too few actually turn up.
The last count was less than ten confirmations

The following message from Bernard shows the problem:
"A deposit was requested for all bookings, if not full payment received, and the balance to be paid by the July date. This was not a deadline for bookings.
As stated previously, without funds, cannot pay deposits and/or other expenses, and at the last meeting kindly requested bookings as soon as possible. In the letter that went out with the booking form, I also requested bookings asap.
Hope this helps clarify. Bernard"
One further point is that, although this September marks the 60th (Oh, good grief), anniversary of the 1958 intake, as always every, barely, surviving SOB is warmly invited.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Fr. Peter Dooley SDB was the last Rector of Shrigley.

Fr Peter Dooley SDB,  RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of 
 Fr Peter Dooley SDB

who died last night, Thursday 12th April 2018

at the nursing home of the Little Sisters of the Poor,
where he had recently been admitted.

Please also remember his community at St Joseph's
and all of his Salesian brothers in your prayers.

May he rest in peace

Funeral details to follow. 

Friday, 30 March 2018

A message from our President:

Dear past pupils and friends of don Bosco.

The feast of Easter is approaching and I would  like to share with you a great joy and hope in my heart which comes from a secret of coming days.
Easter feast may show us a great example of sacrifice of Jesus for all humanity, for all our sins. He died to save us and our souls for eternity.
I invite you during next days to stop and contemplate the mystery of salvation.
May don Bosco will be example for us as well. He also gave his whole life to serve people and to save them, especially young and needy. Deeply inspired by Jesus, he was able to live difficult life with a great joy and love.
I wish you all to be able to see a sense of all things and situations hapening in your everyday life, whether positive or negative...
May the salesian joy we have received will be reply to anything what will come.
I pray for all past pupils and friends of don Bosco in the world.
Michal Hort

And from Bernard: Don't forget to book in for our Reunion in September

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Shrigley Old Boys
Reunion 2018
     Following on from the previous successful Reunions we invite you to book for the
Shrigley Old Boys Reunion 2018 on 07 – 09 September later this year……..

We are arranging a special Anniversary evening meal at Savio on Sat 8 Sept
Details of the Presentations and Meeting Agenda will be advised when confirmed later in the year.
Instead of a last minute whip round to buy drinks for the concert etc we are suggesting a £5 contribution towards a ‘Drinks fund’ as in previous years.
 Please indicate if you are including this on the Booking Form
If booking at Shrigley direct for accommodation, ENSURE THAT YOU ADVISE THAT YOU ARE ATTENDING THE SHRIGLEY OLD BOYS REUNION 2018 and indicate on the booking form.
We will be using the bank account of the National Council of Salesian Past Pupils again. Grateful thanks to Pat Howe for arranging.  All cheques MUST be made payable to National Council of Salesian Past pupils (SOB)  and sent with the booking form to Bernard O’Neill, 60 Farley Copse, Binfield. Bracknell RG42 1PF. Direct bank transfers may be made to the same account at HSBC sort code 40-47-37; account no 61199331 BUT amount paid in must be advised on Booking form quoting ref:surname/sob18. A deposit of at least £50 per booking must accompany the booking form. Balance BEFORE 18 July 2018
Please advise if you are able to participate in the concert, see on booking form.
Michael McManus will be in touch with you to arrange.
Reunion organised by
Bernard O’Neill: (  Bookings, Sponsorship & Finance
Michael McManus: (; Concert organiser & MC
Gerry Wright: (; Director of Music for Church services.
   Patrick O’Neill: (; Special guests and Presentations
Joe Lomax:  (; Marketing and Cemetery events
Keith Dransfield:( Website & Archives

Friday 7 September
Arrive Shrigley/Savio
Buffet at Savio 7pm 
Saturday 8 September
1100hrs.. Mass at Savio
Visit to Bollington cemetery ...Several Salesians are buried here including
Fr Bernard Parkes who died April 2014.
1330hrs.. Lunch at Shrigley Hotel
1500hrs.. Meeting & Presentations.. Shrigley Hotel
1630hrs ..Visit to  Shrigley Cemetery
 1800hrs...Dinner at Savio
2000hrs ..Concert at Savio
Sunday 9 September
1000hrs (TBC) ..Mass at Savio
 1200hrs ..Lunch at Savio


The Booking Form Below can also be downloaded as a Word Document or a PDF from the Website:
and Facebook : ""
A closed Group, so sign in to your own FB account, copy the above link, then ask to join.
If all that is as clear as mud then find a tame 12 year old and humbly ask for help

Booking Form SOB 2018
Name.....................................................................................Years at Shrigley.........................................
Postal Code………………………………………………….Tel No/Mobile……………………………………………………………….

No persons
inc breakfast

Friday 07 Sept


Sat 09 Sept


Special Diet


Friday buffet


Shrigley lunch


Savio supper


Savio lunch



Drinks Fund



Direct Bank Payment
Date paid


·         Please cross out which is not relevant on the booking form
·         Costs of Sat Afternoon suite coffees/teas included in  the cost of Shrigley lunch
·         Please indicate if *Special Diet required  …..…………………………………………………………..
·         There are  11 single beds rooms and  19 twin rooms available at Savio, strictly first come basis.
·         We have reserved 20 rooms at Shrigley Hotel on a special B/B room rate £110 per night (twin); £90 (single) PLEASE BOOK DIRECT WITH THE SHRIGLEY HOTEL TEL : 01625575757  REF Shrigley old boys reunion 2018
·         All  hotel costs are for your account which must be paid before leaving, less deposit paid to them.
·         A deposit of £50 per booking not inc Shrigley Hotel, must be paid with Booking Form.
·         We are using a the National Council of Salesian Past Pupils Bank account bank account so please make cheques/payments to them and direct debits must inc  your surname and SOB 18 as reference:  HSBC Bank S/C 40-47-37; A/C No 61199331
·         All bookings forms to be sent to Bernard O’Neill; Email address: or post to Bernard O’Neill 60 Farley Copse Binfield, Bracknell RG42 1PF...ASAP to assist with organising and confirmations.
·         All Costs are inclusive of VAT charges

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Easterhouse Gathering Marking Don Bosco's Feastday 2018

From Joe and Patricia Doogan: Report of the Scots' gathering to celebrate Don Bosco's Feastday:

Once again we had a large gathering of the Salesian family here in Scotland for the feast of St. John Bosco.
On Sunday 4th.February the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Cooperators and the Shrigley Old Boys met in the parish of St. John Bosco in Easterhouse, Glasgow.

                After meeting up with old friends we had our Mass concelebrated by Fr.Hugh Preston SDB and Fr.Charles Garick SDB, both coming up from England bringing the one and only Bro. Donald McDonald SDB. A Scottish Old Boys' reunion wouldn't be the same without him.

               The music was sung angelically by the children from St. Vincent De Paul in East Kilbride led by Maria Novani. They certainly created the spirit of Don Bosco, the highlight being  psalm 34  ' Taste and see  '
                After the Mass the Shrigley Old Boys held a brief meeting to organise our social calender for the year,with four dates to be found (including our trip to Shrigley in September )

Old Boys present; Greg Bell, John Bergin, John Clark, Michael Crossan, Terry Devine, Joe Doogan, Brendan Gill, Vincent Gill, Felix Gilfedder, Jim Hughes, John Meehan, Bill McEleny, John Moran, Michael Pratter, Joe Quinn, Lindsay Reid.
Apologies; Tony Quinn, Louis Skehal, Vincent Mochan, MIchael Brady;, ohn McArthur,  Fr, Bill Bergin. 

            During the elaborate buffet we were able to mingle with old friends in the Sisters and the Cooperators and, of course, regale each other with our exploits while at Shrigley..  Roll on next year. 

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Shrigley Old Boy, Bernard O'Neill, is in Turin for the 36th Salesian Family Spirituality Days, and when he arrived at Turin Airport on Thursday, he discovered all he had to say was "Don Bosco, Salesiano" for his taxi driver to get him just where he needed to be!

Hundreds of participants from all over the world are attending the event in Valdocco, which runs from 18 to 21 January, and aims to explore the Rector Major's Strenna for 2018: 'Sir, give me this water: Cultivating the art of listening and accompanying".

The event was opened by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime SDB, and the Archbishop of Turin, Mons. Cesare Nosiglia will preside at the solemn Mass.

Bernard said: "After registering and checking into my room at the Ospiteria dell'Arsenale della Pace, I just wandered around the Basilica and buildings of Piedmont, and then attended mass in the church of Francis de Sales next to the original Chapel of the oratory. I am so privileged to be here, walking literally in Don Bosco's footsteps."

Day 2
Wow... Did not need to count any sheep.. I was asleep before my head hit the pillow... 
After prayer and meditation the morning talk was by sister Paula Casals FMA 
St Teresa said that you learn to pray by praying... Learn to share by sharing and learn to listen by listening 
Listening is not just from ears but with your eyes, body and manner. 
There is a translation of Sister Paula's paper in the Congress publication of all the talks. 

After lunch l really started to walk in both Don bBsco and  my mother’s footsteps on a tour of Valdocco. My mother was here in the 1980s on a Salesian pilgrimage. 
It was brilliant and am obtaining a CD of the tour for the website. 

The afternoon session was a paper presentation from Fr Juan Crespo on discernment and decision making in the process of accompaniment 
There was a group discussion on preparing advice for a Salesian Mentor for Article 4 no 5 of the Strenna. Here l met Sister Kay FMA from Glasgow. 

After a penitential service in the basilica.... Time for bed again

Day 3

No bread at breakfast... 
Today's 1st presentation on the art of Salesian encounter, accompaniment and discernment by Fr Michel Vojtas.
See the papers on the website p39. 
This was a thought provoking presentation and these are my comments from the talk. 
Based on the history, the background and creation of the preventive system of education. 
This is one of the pillars of the Salesian congregation, very much applying in today's world. The principles are timeless - all part of the Salesian way. 
We all need a mentor, Don Bosco had Don Coloso. 
When we reach the summit/goal of our achievement or journey, that is not the end. We must set out on a new journey to reach another summit/goal. 
That goal is not a straight line, it will have lots of bends so as to re-adjust on the way. 
Mentors must be generalist and not a subject specialist! 

The afternoon session was an emotional one in which youth across the world provided their experiences of salesian input into their lives and the effect it had on them. There were also 10 youths on stage, see pic, who also stated their commitment to an involvement in a Salesian life after experience of being mentored. 
This is obviously the way forward of implementing the Strensa. 

The evening session was a group discussion by some 60/70 cooperators from across the world on how we can create openings for the inclusion of youth into the Association. I will draft my report on this later from my note and post separately.  
The Congress announced the launch of a new salesian website on the occasion of this the 150th anniversary of the Basilica.  

The day was concluded with a celebration concert in the basilica.