Newent & Blaisdon Parishes
Ferrini House, The Wood, Northwood, Middx
A history I am trying to create about a group of Blaisdon Old Boys who left Blaisdon Hall on a coach on 01 Dec 1948, with Father William Daly SDB, to start their adult life of employment after their education at Blaisdon Hall, in a safe and secure Salesian environment.
Sadly, it lasted just short of 12 months and we enjoyed just one Midnight Mass at Ferrini House. Then Father Daly and his friends and the Northwood branch of the SVP (Society of St. Vincent de Paul) became busy trying to find lodgings for all the boys in the surrounding areas. John Ward shared a room with Arthur Walters, as Lodgers in Manor Way, Ruislip.
A vital part of Blaisdon Hall's history.
At the Reunion in Blaisdon on 24 August 2008, some one we had not seen or spoken to since we left either Blaisdon Hall or Ferrini House, Carlo Doyle, came along with a battered photo of the only group to move to Ferrini House. Not only that but he has been able to supply most of the names. This caused much excitement to those of use who were at the Reunion and many of us are in this photo. See below:
Names L to R:
Back Row: John Connolly, John Ward, Carlo Doyle, Len Carter, Eddie Clancy, The Brother of Mrs. Hadley-Smith (visiting), David Metcalfe, Harry Carter, Peter Paris, Tony Warren, John Dodd and Paul Studd (RIP).
Front Row: Roger Hill, Paddy Carr, Willy Carter (Len's Brother), Mr. Hadley-Smith*, Fr. Owen Dudley SJ (Author of Detective Novels and our Confessor), Mrs. Hadley-Smith (Matron)*, John McGowan, Freddy Walker, Paul Scholes and Arthur Waters.
* Mr. and Mrs. Hadley-Smith lived at the Lodge to Ferrini House. Mr. Hadley-Smith was a Manager at the Post Office in Oaklands Gate, Northwood working on the telephone lines side.
I would be most grateful for the unknown name that is missing to complete this, which is yet another vital element of the Blaisdon History. We are most grateful to Carlo Doyle for providing the photo and at the names that we currently are able to publish.
Where are they all now?
We are extremely lucky that Len Carter has such an amazing memory for both events and names, as he has been instrumental in providing much of the detail in this record.
A view, below, of the rear of Ferrini House from the Sunken Garden: