March 2004

School Finally Sold
The School has now been sold for re-development under the guidelines of Grade II listing rules. The handover took place in early March. Further details will be within the public domain in the coming weeks, and more information may be available on our website once details emerge.

Mr Hosker
Steve Hosker, who was a teacher at Birkdas-hoskerle and a support tutor at BFEDS, got a job at Southport College last autumn working alongside hearing-impaired students. Unfortunately, Steve has had to give this up due to ill health. We wish him a speedy recovery, and hope that his health improves for the future.

Patter of Tiny Feet
Hayley O’Callaghan would like people to know she gave birth to a healthy 8lb 13oz baby girl, Rebekka Louise, on 2 June. Hayley says she can’t believe how the months have passed by already, and sbabyhe is very happy looking after Rebekka.

Carolyne Mullins [nee Atkinson] gave birth to a baby boy, Brandon Harry, on 24 February at 4.39am. Brandon was born at Bath Hospital, and weighed 7lb 7oz.

Congratulations to both parents!

Mr Furness
Former Principal John Furness had a fall injuring his hip in December. Fortunately, the hip wasn’t broken, but doctors discovered a crack, and this has been operated on by inserting pins to secure it.

Mr Furness was in Southport Hospital for a short time while he had surgery on his hip. However, he was home in time for Christmas.

Friends Reunited
Friends Reunited has a new look with some extra features added. There are many ex-pupils listed on that site already, and it is free to register if you wish to sign up. However, it costs £7.50 a year (or £5 if an existing member) to send unlimited emails, and use other parts of the service.

Hospital Patients
hospitalPhilip Fellows recently had a lengthy spell in hospital, but he is now recovering slowly at his home in Blackpool. We wish him a speedy recovery in the months ahead.

Neil Caven also has been in hospital for a knee operation after his accident at work, which happened 12 months ago. He is now home progressing well, and has been hopping around with a walking stick.

Reunion 2004
Tickets for the Reunion in May are now all sold out. We will not be offering any more tickets for sale mainly due to fire and safety reasons at the hotel.

Those of you who have ordered tickets since the limit was reached were contacted directly with this news. We apologise to those who haven’t been able to get tickets this time around – better luck next time!

To those that are attending, there will be two raffles, one involving your ticket, and one bought on the night. If any of you would like to donate a prize for the second raffle, please bring your gift on the night – it’ll be greatly received!

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