This section of the Magazine does not claim to give an exhaustive account of the activities of the Association. Members have received detailed and up-to-date news through The Concroxier, which is published four times a year. We offer here a supplement to this information and extracts from letters received by the nuns during the year.
It is not possible to name all who send cards each Christmas, but it is a great pleasure to maintain contact with so many past pupils in this way and we know that they realise how wholeheartedly the Community reciprocate the good wishes which they send. Visits from any of you will always be welcomed and you have no need to fear that there will be no-one who remembers you!
Letters received during this year included a veritable budget, full of news, from Ronaleen Lee (Los Angeles, California). Ronaleen writes: "I am still dashing about in the estate agency business and am enjoying it immensely. There is never a dull moment; it certainly is a busy life. I meet a fantastic number of English people here. Many are business men sent by their firms; others are working here for a time in the film industry. It is most interesting . . . . I received all the Concrozian news from Genevieve Basto (Bond).
"Our recent visit of Pope Paul VI was magnificent beyond words! An unbelievable, wondrous day. One of the major television networks here devoted its entire television day to coverage of the visit. They came on the air at 4 a.m. (with our time difference from New York City, it was 7 a.m. there) to show the Pope's arrival.
The television cameras then followed him the entire day without interruption, until his departure from Kennedy Airport, New York, at 11 p.m. New York time. The T.V. network here is, of course, 'commercial', but not one interruption for commercials was taken during the sixteen hours of continuous telecasting. "
Patricia Ryan, who was about to leave Australia and make her way back to England by way of U.S.A., sent wishes to the Convent for the Feast of the Cross. We look forward to a visit from Paddy when she is once more on this side of the ocean. Judy Ventham, now at a Teachers' Training College in Wollongong, Sydney, is very happy in Australia and has no regrets about emigrating.
Margaret Parker, - when she wrote from Cherleville, Queensland, was preparing for the University entrance examinations. She gave news of her younger sisters, Teresa and Elizabeth. Margaret related an interesting experience. "A Mass from our chapel was put over on the A.B.C. (radio). I accompanied the singing with the organ. So I can now say with truth that I have cut a record and have been on the national radio."
From the English postbag comes a letter from Mrs. Meade (Lucy Riddle) telling us that her sister, Mrs. Miller, has gone to live with Betty in California since Peggy's death last year. Angela Malfatti (Rickard) called with her husband and has also written several times. During her holiday abroad last summer, she renewed contact with Marie Antoinette Gilles. Monica Hyland (Hughes) seems to be established in England for the present. She still keeps m touch with Margaret Collins. Margaret and Eileen, with the latter's two little girls, came to visit the Crib. Monica now has a son, Philip Julian.
Wendyanne Crawforth (Johnston) has moved to Irvine, Scotland, as her husband has been posted there. Sarah Jane is now at school. She and Alison were delighted at the arrival of their baby brother, David. A school friend of Wendyanne's, Mary Baker (Gilbert) sent a long letter from Utah, U.S.A., describing her visit to Italy for the Ordination of her brother Peter at St. Peter's, Rome. "The trip to and from Rome was a long and tedious one, but coming home I had the experience of sing my homeland of England.
I also saw Ireland and Greenland, which were under bright sunshine. I arrived from Rome via Paris, New York and San Francisco, and by that time I had been flying a good 16 hours, not to mention the connections and shuffling between flights." Mary sent some beautiful pictures of U.S.A. and these have appeared on classroom walls during the year. Mary's sister Louise is living in San Francisco while Anne with her family reside in Florida
Molly Dedman (Orpin) gave an interesting account of her membership of a choir and the performances they have given. Molly mentioned her meeting with Father John Smalley at Oxford, and recalled days when Father Smalley gave them Religious Instruction - and Latin, incidentally - when she was in Form VI. Molly has also kept in touch with Father Desmond Ford who is the Head of St. Ignatius College, Rhodesia. He was at Boscombe in September and came to give us a talk on his work The slides shown were particularly good and it was most interesting to hear of the attempts to run a multi-racial school.
Judy Boran ( Jones) called with her mother and later sent a photograph of he wedding. She was living in Aldershot when she wrote last. Frances Greenstock was considering taking a post in the Bahamas. We have not heard her final decision. France and Margaret do not come to Bournemouth so often now as their grandmother died during the year.
Marie Tarrant (Browne) was pleased that her eldest son had just passed his 11-plus, and her little daughter Margaret made her First Holy Communion. Frances Lewis (Vick) gave news of Helen and Richard, who is now at St. George's, Weybridge. Frances mentioned, "I see Mrs. Channell (Miss Griffiths) fairly frequently as she teaches at Helen's School, Merrow Grange. She tells me that she keeps in touch with Miss O'Donnell. Mentioning these names really is going back more years than I care to remember." Frances sent special love to Sister Mechtilde. who always gives past pupils such a welcome when she opens the door, and who seems to remember all their names and connections.
Josephine Daly met Mother Helen at the Vocations Exhibition. She is kept very busy with her welfare work and has given us some information which others may be pleased to have. "You may think it worth while mentioning in the next issue that the Crusade of Rescue has a system of Cadet Child Care Officers for girls leaving school who are interested in becoming C.C.O's but are unable to get into a University to take the Social Science Diploma.
The girls come for a year or two, but this does not bind them in any way to work for the Crusade of Rescue later - in fact, they would be unable to employ them all - but it gives them a little experience and an idea of the work and saves them from dissipating their energies elsewhere. "