Invites are open for a reunion of former pupils and students who’ve attended the Catholic schools in Reading.

Previous events have been organised for Blessed Hugh Faringdon Secondary School, with this year’s reunion opened to more schools.

The reunion 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 particularly open to attendees of the following schools:

Blessed Hugh Faringdon, Fawley Road, Southcote

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 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 particularly 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 as they will know each other.”

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

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

Attendance is by ticket only, which cost £15, with any donations over that going to St Anne’s school.

Those who want to attend can call Mr Scicluna via landline 0118 947 3560, mobile 07778340444 or email

You can also call fellow organiser Ron Tyler at 07845162249.

Blessed Hugh Faringdon, English Martyrs’ and St Anne’s are all voluntary aided state schools, with St Joseph’s being a private school.

The reunion comes as Blessed Hugh Faringdon celebrates its 65th anniversary since opening this year.

Mr Scicluna said: “We hope to make it a jolly affair!”

Explaining why the event has been opened up to other schools as well as Hugh Faringdon, 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.”