Our good wishes and congratulations to those who have let us know of their weddings during the year:
Anne Jolliffe (Mrs. Ventham)
Anne Manning (Mrs. Starbuck) Myrette Ash (Mrs. Parsons)
Carol Boyd (Mrs. Horn)
Susan Wynell-Sutherland (Mrs. Chable)
Josephine McFadden (Mrs. Tilley)
May God bless their married life!
We are happy to announce the births of:-
Helen Frances to Angela Browning (Knott)
Steven Anthony to June Ogilvie (McIlroy)
A daughter to Pamela Harrison (Jolliffe)
Alison Marie to Wendyanne Crawforth (Johnston)
Mathew Damien to Anna Browning, (Murray)
Andrew Murray to Avril Prior (Tickle)
Giselle to Moira Almack (McFadden)
Juliette to Deirdre Foster (Crick)
REQUIESCANT IN PACE
REVEREND MOTHER BUTLER-BOWDON
Many of the older past pupils remember with great affection Reverend Mother Butler-Bowdon, who died at Angmering on March 28th.
Teresa Butler-Bowdon came of an old Catholic recusant family. She was born at Pleasington Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. Her early life, spent in the company of five sisters and two brothers, was a happy one for them - if not for the series of governesses employed to teach them! From childhood they learned to think of others, especially the poor, and their mother obliged the girls to spend part of their leisure time making garments for the poor.
The children were often whisked away from their lessons by an indulgent father, who loved to take them for long rambles in the country. Consequently, when Teresa came to Boscombe to school, her studies had suffered from neglect. However, she excelled in French, having had the benefit of a French governess. One of the Nuns, a fellow pupil with her at Boscombe, tells of an "exchange" made between Teresa and herself. Teresa splendid at French, weak at Maths, her friend quick at Maths and hopeless at French, came to a mutual arrangement by which one did both French preps and the other both Maths.
Colonel Butler-Bowdon was a born comedian and entertainer and he often used his gift for the benefit of the Boarders. One day, there was a conjuring performance in which he made a cake and then produced it complete with the egg shells on top. It then disappeared and Teresa was sent to look for it. She returned to the delight of all her companions - with a real cake, similarly decorated, for the Boarders to enjoy.
When her schooldays were over, Teresa entered the Novitiate of the Religious of the Cross at St. Quentin. A fellow Novice tells of her generosity and devotedness anything to be done, and especially the more distasteful tasks she was there, naturally and spontaneously. Simplicity and straightforwardness were her outstanding characteristics and they endeared her to all, when she later became Mistress of Order and afterwards Headmistress at Boscombe.
She loved the little children and people recall that one scarcely ever saw her tall figure moving about the House without some tiny child clinging to her hand. Those who worked under her speak of her ease of manner with everyone and of her great generosity. It was dangerous to admire anything she had, for her immediate response would be, "Oh, you like it; then you may have it". She was equally at home, sorting socks in the linen room, as dealing with workmen or with education and other authorities.
Although a born leader, she was adaptable and always able to put herself on the level of those with whom she happened to be, while losing nothing of the respect which she commanded.
As Superior in several of our Convents, Reverend Mother Butler-Bowdon carried through plans with exceptional speed and foresight. People were always ready to do things for her!
We feel sure that she is now enjoying the reward of her long, devoted life spent in God's service, and for His little ones.
We ask the prayers of our readers for Sister Angela, who had worked so courageously with Reverend Mother Butler-Bowdon at Angmering and who died just a week before her.
Sister Angela, whose home was in Ireland, had the deep faith and love of God so characteristic of her country. Though not a past pupil of Boscombe, Sister Angela was in charge of the girls' refectory for many years and the children were as fond of her as she was of them. It was her joy and endeavour to manage some little treat or surprise for them. They, in their turn, would appeal to her whenever they wanted prayers for examinations or any other intention.
As Cook, Sister Angela worked untiringly and when her duties were ended, one could be sure of finding her in the Chapel. She was most faithful to prayer throughout her Religious life and we feel that her sudden death, although a shock to all who knew her, was what she would have wished for herself. She worked until the end and when God's call came, in serving others she was serving Him.
Many former pupils who visit or write ask for news of the Nuns and mistresses whom they knew. They will wish to congratulate MOTHER FRANCES BOULTON, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee of Religious Profession on May 3rd. We are pleased to publish a photograph of Mother Boulton, taken with Mrs. Lewis-Manning (Marjorie Lloyd) on the great day, in the grounds of our Convent at Waterlooville. Another member of the Oaklands Community is Mother Briggs, who is delighted that the extensions there have included a beautiful new Art Room.
She corresponds with several Boscombe Past Pupils and has kindly passed on their letters to be used in this section of the Magazine. Her sister Mildred is still in hospital and suffering a great deal, but she bears her pain with admirable courage. Sister Patricia McLoughlin and Sister Catherine Morton have paid visits to Boscombe from Oaklands during the year and the latter came to help with the Grammar Schools' holiday girls during the summer holidays. The performance of "Barbarina" was the occasion of a visit from Reverend Mother Howe with a group of Nuns from Oaklands, while Reverend Mother McEvoy came from Springhill.
At Boscombe, Mother Welstead and Mother Sohle are always happy to see the Past Pupils of their day. W e offer sympathy to Mother Welstead on the death of her sister, who did so much to help our party when we went to stay at the Assumption Convent, Rome, during the jubilee Year. Among the many who keep in touch with Mother Sohle is Lorna Ascott (Shadwell), for whose father, recentlv dead, we ask prayers.
Sister Mary Agnes Loftus is teaching at Holy Cross, while Sister Ruth Mary Brown is responsible for History in our Senior School. And who is the one who remembers every face and usually every name, too Sister Mechtilde, ever ready to welcome the visitors with her cheery smile and friendly words. She certainly keeps the annals of Boscombe! Sister Marguerite Coward, who was at Springhill, is now teaching in Manchester.
Many ask news of the Nursery opened in January last in the Parish of St. Hugh of Lincoln. Look at the photograph taken recently and you will see a few of the happy little ones about whom our Nuns have endless amusing stories! Past Pupils among the mistresses are Patricia Mackenzie, who is Form Mistress of Form VI and whose excellent results of her pupils in the Oxford examinations pay tribute to her teaching.
Mrs. Walsh (Jean Hughes) has a very busy time, especially as Christmas draws near - We think she must dream of cakes and puddings by the time each Cookery class has completed its work.
Mrs. Conway (Margot Jones), enthusiastic as ever, interests the girls in their French. Clare Blanshard came to stay with her a few weeks ago and enjoyed revisiting all the old haunts. She had many interesting things to tell Reverend Mother about her work with B.B.C. I wonder how many of our girls realise that Mrs. Walsh and Mrs. Conway were the first two House Captains of the Xaverians and Ignatians respectively.
We now have four Houses, and this term House badges in the appropriate colour with the House initial are being worn for the first time. Mrs. Taylor (Ann Boys) is working with Mother Wallace in the Junior School and you will have read of all the activities which take place there. It was a source of very real regret to us all that Marjorie Wood had to resign from the teaching staff, on account of her mother's prolonged illness.
Both staff and girls appreciated her sterling qualities and the example which she quite unconsciously set by her generosity and initiative. We thank her on behalf of all and are happy to feel that she is able and anxious to keep in touch with all that goes on at the Convent. Miss C. Stafford is always interested to read of the girls whom she taught and remembers. Miss Winifred Kelly is still at Boscombe and each year undertakes the arrangements for the School Dance, sparing no trouble to ensure that everything possible is done to make the event a success.
The Dance is the occasion on which contacts are renewed. It is impossible to name when they came for a day to see Sister Ruth all who attend, but some made a special Mary. Miss Irene Dunnett calls in every point of coming to introduce their children, week, and we admire her vivacity which now in the junior School, to Reverend Mother McEvoy, who was present this year.
Among these are Mary McCabe(Nesbitt), Juliette de Souza (Moore), Josephine Aldridge (Pugh), Geraldine Nicholls (Mahy), Mrs. Browning (Rita da Sousa) always supports our School activities and we were pleased to see her judging the Fancy Dress this year. She gives news of Pauline, Paddy, Mary, Anne and Gay. Another faithful supporter is Mrs. Tucker (Dorothy Hobbs), who was good enough to come in spite of the difficulty she has in attending functions since she broke her leg.
Amid snow and ice Barbara Tanner (Browning) and Jacqueline Ide (Brewer), called early in January. Jacqueline told us of her mother's death the previous year. Barbara meets several Past Pupils in the Wimbledon area and keeps in touch with Rosemary Sleep (Dix-Lewis). Mary Morton (Hennessy) is still living in Wimbledon but was in Boscombe with the girls during the summer. We were sorry to hear that she had to go into hospital soon after her return and trust that her health will be better this winter. Marigold Barker writes faithfully once or twice a year and came to see the Nuns during the summer.