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Library Index part one

Some Personal Profiles have been added over time for anyone happy for his/her story to be told.  Click here for those already added in the Personal Profiles section.

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Here we list various publications by Blaisdon Old Boys and the Blaisdon Association.  

Index                   Index Order changed - now latest publication first

                                           Summary order unchanged

49  Newish! Anecdotes Click here

48  Short History of Blaisdon Hall  Click here

47. Blaisdon Villagers Royal dedicated 2nd Book  covering 1962 - 2012 

46. Newent Golden Jubilee Booklet

45.  The State of Education by Mario Marco.  Click Here

44. A Pyrenean Journey by Tony Brady Click here

43.  A History of St. Vincent's, Carlisle Place, London

42.  Book by Blaisdon Villagers & 2012 Blaisdon Calendar Click here

41.  Blaisdon Hall Evocations Click here

40.  Tribute by Michael McKenna.  Click here

39.  Poem by Tony Brady.  Click here

38.  Blaisdon Memories,   By the Villagers with input from Old Boys  Click here

37.  Jim Meenaghan's Letter to The Catholic Times.  Click here

36.  Blaisdon Well, by Tony Brady. Click here

35.  The disgraced and Displaced, by Tony Brady.  Click here

34.  Blaisdon Prefecture by Tony Brady.  Click here 

33.  "Living in the Dairy" by Tony Brady.  Click here

32.  " The Matron", by Tony Brady.  Click here

31.  "SHARON" by Tony Brady.  Click here

30.  "Someone to Love Us".    By Terry O'Neill coming soon. Click here  

29  CHANGING TIMES CHANGING NEEDS  Click here

28.  At the year's End by Tony Brady.  Click here

27.  A Christmas Story by Tony Brady.  Click here

26.  Poem reflecting Prayer sent in by Tony Brady.  Click here

25.  "Reflections on the Cross by the lodge in Blaisdon", from Tony.  Click here 

24.  "UP TO THE HALL" by Mario Marco, Past President. Click Here    For a Review. Click Here

23.  "Intimations"  Poems 2002 - 2005.  By Mike O'Brien.  Click here

22.  A Tribute to the Anthonians - 2009.  By Michael McKenna.  Click here

21.  A History of The Crusade of Rescue by Tony Galcius.  Click here

20.  Solidarity in Sadness by Tony Brady.  Click here  

19.  Letter (2009) from New World Delegate to all Salesian Past Pupils

18.  Sing for the Soul's Salvation by Tony Brady.  Click here

17.  Never Again by Terry O'Neill.   Click here

16.  The day I met Don Bosco by Tony Brady.  Click here

15.  A different but interesting recollection by Tony Brady.  Click here 

14.  Lionel Wilkinson's Recollection.  Click here

13.  Travelling in Style.  by Tony Brady.  Click here

12.  A tribute to Father Dan Lucey SDB, by Tony Brady.  Click here

11. New anecdote "In the Pink", by Tony Brady.  Click here 

10. A tribute to a 92 year old Salesian, By Tony Brady.  Click here 

9.  Those Green Remembered Fields, By Tony Brady.  Click Here

8.  Rector Major's, Don Bosco's Successor, visit to Blaisdon by Tony Brady. Click here

7.  Banning Beggars:  an excellent item provided by Tony Brady.  Click here

6.  An excellent Expose on the game of Football:  by Patrick Morrissey, National President  Click here

5.  250,00 Reasons for a Tiny group to be Immensely proud: by Michael McKenna.  Click here 

4.  The Australian Enigma:  by Michael Hannigan.  Click here

3.   A short synopsis of Don Bosco's Life: by Tony Brady.  Click here

2.   Scenes from and Examined Life: by Tony Brady.  Click here

1.   A tribute to the Salesians of Great Britain (Recollections of Blaisdon Hall)  Click here

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No. 1

A Tribute to the Salesians of Great Britain, by Blaisdon Association.  A small reprint is on order.  Cost will be £10.00 incl. package and posting.  This will permit a small amount to be part of Blaisdon's contribution to the GB Federation Mission Project(s). 

  John Ward, 22 Church Close, Uxbridge, Middx. UB8 2XG  

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No. 2

Scenes from an Examined Life is an autobiographical Trilogy by Tony Brady.  He was in Salesian School, Blaisdon Hall from 1952-1955.  He then worked on the Salesian Stud Farm from 1955 - 1961.  Book 1 "Of What is Past" recalls aspects of life at St. Joseph's Home, Enfield, Middlesex from 1945 - 1952.  Book 2. "Blaisdon Made Me" describes his life in Salesian School and his experiences of farming and village life in Gloucestershire.  Book 3. "Nothing Matches but it's Home!" is about his life in London after two years in Belgium 1962 - 1963 where he works in nursing, hospice care, the Civil Service & Local Authority posts. 1964 - 1994.

As a precondition of publication the writing - in draft form - is currently being circulated in photo-copied format to people mentioned in it so as to preclude misrepresentation.  Scenes from an Examined Life has attracted praise and appreciation from its many readers.   Click here to read a single section of this work in progress.

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No 3 

A short synopsis of Don Bosco's life by Tony Brady Click here

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No. 4

THE AUSTRALIAN ENIGMA

A most interesting story of one of the St. Joseph's, Enfield, boys who was migrated to Australia. 

Click here

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No. 5 Michael McKenna

This is a small snippet of an article that was in Michael McKenna’s local paper, the West Briton 07.06.07.  He was rightly so proud of it, but a little reluctant in his thoughts that we might like to join him in his joy and pleasure. 

 You know how the last three lines of the Salesian School Song, goes:

 “And may thy sons hereafter

  And may thy sons hereafter

  Bring Honour to thy name” 

The following article is a true reflection of this sentiment, being put into fine practice by a Blaisdon Old Boy, Michael Mc Kenna and his compatriots:

 250,000 reasons for tiny group to be mighty proud

  

The sign says it all; pictured, left to right, are; current chairman Christine Morris, first chairman

Michael MckKenna, treasurer John Cottrell, David Glover, Jane Frapwell, secretary, and committee members Nina Austin and David and Molly McCarthy.

By Jeff Reines

A small group of volunteers are planning a huge party after raising a massive £250,000.

They started as a well-meaning but inexperienced group of do-gooders meeting in the front room of founding chairman Michael McKenna, hoping to help out a charity for vulnerable neighbours.

But now the proud members of the Falmouth Support Group of Cornwall Care are calling on everyone who has helped out over the past 16 years to join them in celebrating their remarkable achievement.

One founder member, Jane Frapwell, said; “The whole idea of the celebration is not a fund raising event but just to get together as many as possible of the people who have helped us over the years from the Falmouth area.

 Click here to see the whole article which is in the Library section of this website

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No 6  An excellent expose on the game of football:

 by National President, Patrick Morrissey, a Battersea Past Pupil

Click here

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No 7  Charity Challenged

From Tony Brady

Click Here

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No. 8  Rector Major's visit to Blaisdon 

Click here

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No. 9  Those Green Remembered Fields

Click here

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No. 10  A tribute to Brother Alan Garman SDB

Click here

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No 11.  In the Pink by Tony Brady

Click here

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No 12  A Tribute to Father Dan Lucey SDB by Tony Brady

Click here

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No. 13  Travelling in Style.  by Tony Brady.  Click here

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No 14  Lionel Wilkinson's Recollection.  Click here

This is a copy of Lionel's story that was not ready at the time we printed our Book 

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15.  A different but interesting recollection by Tony Brady.  Click here 

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16.  The Day I met Don Bosco by Tony Brady.  Click here

 

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17.  Never Again by Terry O'Neill .  Click here

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18.  SING - FOR THE SOUL'S SALVATION by Tony Brady  Click here


 

I remember when David Metcalfe, Brother Tom and myself were invited to Flaxley Abbey by the Lady to dismantle a massive kitchen of all its built in wooden cupboards etc. and retrieve the wood for the Carpenters Shop at Blaisdon.  It was beautiful English Pine.  Brother Tom and David and I couldn't wait to get it back to our Carpenters Shop .  John Ward

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19.  Letter (2009) from New World Delegate to all Salesian Past Pupils.  Click here

A fine letter from our new World Delegate to all Salesian Past Pupils

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20.  Solidarity in Sadness by Tony Brady

A poignant and heartfelt evocation by Tony, our Blaisdon Treasurer and our most prolific correspondent, of his reactions to this inevitable consequence for the members of our Blaisdon Brotherhood.  So valuable that I have it, and it will remain, in our News & Gallery section and in our Library section.  Click here

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21.  A History of The Crusade of Rescue by Tony Galcius.  Click here

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22.  A Tribute to the Anthonians - 2009.  By Michael McKenna.  Click here

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23.  Intimations  Poems 2002 - 2005 by Mike O'Brien.  Click here

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24.  UP TO THE HALL by Mario Marco, Past President.  Click Here 

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25.  Reflections on the Cross by the Lodge in Blaisdon, by Tony Brady  Click here

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26.  Poem reflecting prayer, offered by Tony Brady.  Click here

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27.  A Christmas Story (1957) by Tony Brady.  Click here

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28.  Our President, Tony Brady, also our most prolific contributor, (for which I thank you Tony) has prepared some interesting thoughts on the closing of one and opening of a New year.  Needless to say Tony leans on his love of poetry to establish the parrallel he is making.  Click here to read his thoughts.

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29.   A book from the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster) charting the 150 years of Child Care in the Westminster Diocese.  A fascinating story at last recorded in all if successes and difficulties.  Click Here

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30.  "Someone to Love Us".  By Terry O'Neill coming soon. Click here  

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31.  "SHARON" by Tony Brady.  Click here

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.32.  "The Matron" by Tony Brady.  Click here

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33.  "Living in the Dairy" by Tony Brady.  Click here

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34.  Blaisdon Prefecture by Tony Brady.  Click here

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35.  The disgraced and Displaced, by Tony Brady.  Click here

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36.  Blaisdon Well, by Tony Brady. Click here

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37.  Jim Meenaghan's Letter to The Catholic Times.  Click here

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38 Blaisdon Memories,   By the Villagers with input from Old Boys  Click here

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39 Blaisdon Poem by Tony Brady.  Click here

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40  Tribute by Michael McKenna.  Click here

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41 Blaisdon Hall Evocations Click here 

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42.  Book by Blaisdon Villagers & 2012 Blaisdon Calendar Click here

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43  A History of St. Vincent's, Carlisle Place, London

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44. A Pyrenean Journey  Click here

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45 Newent Golden Jubilee Booklet

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47. Blaisdon Villagers Royal dedicated 2nd Book  covering 1962 - 2012 

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48  Short History of Blaisdon Hall  Click here

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49  Newish! Anecdotes Click here

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Awaiting permission for other Past Pupil publications - any reasonable topic.  Ever the optimist

 

John Ward - Website Manager