Reading Today

Reunion planned for Catholic pupils


A REUNION is planned for people who attended Catholic schools in Reading, including Blessed Hugh Faringdon, English Martyrs, and St Joseph’s College.

It will take place at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Washington Road, Caversham from 6.30pm to midnight on Saturday, June 10.

The invite is open to attendees of these schools: Blessed Hugh Faringdon, Fawley Road,


English Martyrs’ Primary School, Dee

Road, Tilehurst

St Anne’s Catholic Primary School St Joseph’s College (formerly St Joseph’s Convent School), Upper Redlands Road, Reading

Presentati­on College (renamed The Elvian School, now closed), Southcote Lane, Southcote

St James Catholic Primary School (now closed)

The event is being organised by Gabriele Scicluna, 72 and from Caversham, who himself attended St Anne’s and Blessed Hugh Faringdon.

Mr Scicluna said: “There’s interest already, it’s going to be a unique reunion. Some will be travelling a far distance, two people are coming from Australia and one will be coming from Canada.

“We’re looking for anyone who would have went to these schools from 1939 anywhere up to the closing of 1975.

“If people want to come from after those years, they are welcome, but that’s our target.

“We are not going to turn people away, but the more people from before 1975 the better.”

A buffet will be provided, with the event being ticketed so the organisers know in advance how many will attend.

Mr Scicluna said: “The buffet will cost a pretty penny so we are charging, we can’t just have people turning up in case they have allergies.

“We hope to make it a jolly affair.”

Mr Scicluna said: “It’s not just one school this time because numbers are falling, our numbers are diminishin­g because of the ages I want to attract, so I wanted to attract former pupils from other schools to this reunion.”

■ Tickets cost £15, with any donations over that going to St Anne’s school. To book, call Mr Scicluna on: 0118 947 3560, or email gabrielesc­ Alternativ­ely, call fellow organiser Ron Tyler on 07845 162249.

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