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2008 (Spring) News and Messages - 1.

26 Queensland Road,
Boscombe,
Bournemouth,
Dorset. BH5 2AB

`Phone 01202 421615

May 2008

E - Mail brooksfm@talk2l.com


Dear Friends,



Beginning this newsletter in April, we in the British Isles are a bit confused about which season it is! Many parts of the country celebrated Easter with snow, snowballs and snowmen; two weeks later, on 6th April, even Bournemouth had snowl Whatever the weather the glory and warmth of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ shone through and warmed us with its message of re-birth and hope. May all the love and blessings of Eastertide envelop you and your dear ones always.

Already we are thinking about, and preparing for, the ANNUAL REUNION ; as always it is the 1st SUNDAY IN JULY, WHICH,THIS YEAR, IS ON 6th.

THE VENUE IS THE HALL OF ST. THOMAS GARNET'S SCHOOL, PARKWOOD ROAD. IT WAS FORMERLY ST. JOSEPH'S, OUR JUNIOR SCHOOL, OPPOSITE THE MAIN CONVENT BUILDING. Committee members are there and the Hall is open between 2pm. & 2.30.
As soon as the kettle has boiled tea & coffee are available. Most people have left by 5. 30 - 6p.m.

We appreciate those of you who attend faithfully and there is always room for more! Newcomers will find it is a very informal occasion, open to all former pupils and members of staff. The success of the afternoon, depends on you; we all enjoy meeting up with old friends and there is plenty of opportunity to chat. The only formal part of the afternoon is when I have a few announcements to make. Why not arrange to get together with friends and use the Reunion as a meeting place.

I may have contact addresses, if you or your friends are, or have been, members of the Association. We very much enjoy seeing new faces, please try to support us and make our efforts worthwhile. Last year there were 50 of us, 15 fewer than the previous year. If you would like any changes made to the Reunion please let us know, we are always open to suggestions.

We realise that the date is often difficult for those of you with school age children and grandchildren but the 1st Sunday in July is always set aside for us by the School, for which we are most grateful to the Head Teacher, JULIE- ANNE CUTLER ( MATTHEWS). JEAN WALSH (HUGHES), our President hopes to be able to come if she is well enough and if her daughter ANGIE is able to bring her.

We consider our OLD BOYS as important as our OLD GIRLS, they too are very welcome to attend, some always do. None of this would be possible without the dedication of the Committee Members. I thank them on your behalf.

We hope that you will find something of interest in the Newsletter, remember YOU are the suppliers of the contents. Please let me have anything for inclusion in the Christmas edition by 31st, October. Addresses above. It is a busy time of the year, both for me and for the school, where it is printed. We are very grateful to ROSANNA FOX ( BREDDA), who prints the newsletter and to JULIE - ANNE CUTLER, who permits her to do so.

I print the names of former pupils and members of staff in capital letters, for extra clarity. Where applicable the maiden name is placed afterwards, within brackets.

THE ASSOCIATION

The Boscombe Convent Past Pupils' Association is still in a healthy position and members seem to be happy with the situation. We send out 200 + Newsletters, twice a year, some of these are complimentary ones. However our only social occasion The Annual Reunion needs all the support you can give us. The newsletters are appreciated, of course the contents are dependent on your provision of news items; even a paragraph brings interest, and names of former pupils are always eagerly noted in the search for former school friends or memories.

PLEASE WOULD YOU BE CONSISTENT WITH THE USE OF YOUR NAME. It is very confusing for the Treasurer and Membership Secretary when subscriptions, or the `Visitors Book' at the Reunion, are signed sometimes with your married name, sometimes the name by which you were known at school. In the Attendance Book provision is made for both. I receive lists of members who are paid up or in arrears & sometimes a name is entered twice because the committee member concerned does not know it is the same person.

Fortunately, after all these years, I usually recognize the mistake and do not send out both a receipt and a reminder, or indeed remove you from the mailing list !! We always put the maiden name within brackets and it is entered that way on the Membership Database, from which address labels are printed.

The Committee Members carry on year after year, to the best of their ability, we do not have an A.G.M. with Election of Officers, our aim is to keep you in touch with each other and the spirit of our Convent alive in out hearts and minds. Our incentive is your continued support and appreciation. If anyone feels that they could help as a Committee Member, or has ideas which you would like to see implemented, please get in touch, addresses etc. are on the front page.

We have 2 committee meetings a year, held in the evening, in the Southbourne, Bournemouth area; in October and March. I am able to contact members by e-mail or `phone, when I need to discuss things with them.

EILEEN HUGHES is doing very well as Hon. Treasurer, she has taken courses to assist in her task but feels that she cannot continue on a long term basis, so if anyone feels that they could see their way to taking over from her in the foreseeable future please let us know.

SUBSCRIPTIONS are still held at 4.00 a year; once again I purchased enough 2nd Class stamps to cover 1/2 U.K. postings of the newsletter, the increase was 3p. this time! Our expenditure is mainly the printing and postage of newsletters and the Reunion expenses

IT WOULD BE A GREAT HELP IF SUBSCRIPTIONS AND HAMPER CONTRIBUTIONS COULD BE PAID BY 31st OCTOBER INSTEAD OF THE END OF THE YEAR. IN THAT WAY WE CAN KNOW HOW MUCH WE HAVE IN HAND. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION.

THE WEBSITE continues to bring contacts from former pupils all around the world. GLENN EDGELEY - LONG, the creator of the excellent website, www.rc-churches.net keeps updating the site. He has added a`Search' which helps to find the whereabouts of the name being sought. Once you reach the site look for the heading, `Convent of the Cross', once there you will find many headings for your choice.

Many old School Magazines are on the site, full of so much interest and nostalgia. GLENN keeps it updated with Reunion photos and newsletters. On the website there is also a wealth of information about Parishes in the Diocese, all with photos. A new addition is about Churches in The New Forest, it is in a story format and features lovely photos of areas of the Forest.

We are very grateful to GLENN for all his hard work and continued interest.

REMEMBER, IT IS YOUR ASSOCIATION, PLEASE HELP US TO KEEP IT GOING.

REMEMBER THE REUNION !

As you have read in the letter, on page 1, the reunion this year is on 6th July. We know what a busy time of the year it is. If you can spare an hour or two you will find it a pleasant place to be on a Sunday afternoon. For those who have not been able to attend before it is an informal occasion, people ai welcome to come and go as they please, enjoy tea and a chat.

We usually have some photos on view an you are welcome to bring your own, make sure your name & address are on the back, in case they get left behind ! Why not get in touch with old friends and make us a venue for a`meet up'.

PLEASE SIGN TH VISITORS BOOK, it is the only record we have of attendances and also enables us to check for ar change of address. As you do so this year you will be given a LUCKY TICKET; WE WILL DRAW THE WINNING TICKET AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENTS, BETWEEN 4 & 4.30p.m.

The venue is very nostalgic, our former Junior Department, with the main Convent building over the road. There is a little parking inside the gates of St Thomas Garnet's School and some on the roads in the area.

We try to ensure the disabled members have access to the on site parking and I will reserve a space, if I know in advance. We are so fortunate to have the use the School Hall. This year permission has been granted for Past Pupils to park in the Chiropractic College Clinic car park, situated on Parkwood Road, opposite Harvey Road.

The Committee Members appreciate a break in their duties during the afternoon so that they are able to mingle with their friends. The `girls in the kitchen, in particular, appreciate short breaks. We are hoping that our President JEAN WALSH (HUGHES) will be able to come from Devon, it will depend on her health and that of her daughter ANGIE, who takes such good care of her mother. JEAN who is a former pupil and member of staff, is now 91 and is learning to live with a prosthetic lec, following amputation last year.

JEAN has kept the Association going all through the years, particular since the closure of the Convent in 1980. It was only due to loss of sight and hearing that Jean reluctantly gave up being Treasurer and Secretary.

We received a message from JEAN in April.

" Many thanks for all the good wishes and prayers that you have sent to me, during the past year. It ha been so nice to hear from you and to know how you are too. I am getting on well - but, of course, a rolle walker or zimmer frame are my constant companions ! I long to manage with just a stick but, alas, I am told that my age is against me.

Hoping to see you all again soon.
JEAN WALSH."

Between newsletters I am able to pass on relevant information to those for whom I have an e-mail address, if ou would like to be included please let me have yours and make sure it is updated or changed. When I send them I hide your addresses to protect your privacy, only the name and address of an agreed committee member is displayed.

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