MORE DRESSING-STATIONS THIS YEAR
the hop-picking season will soon be in full swing again,
Worcestershire has in the past been overshadowed by the greater fame of
Kent. Yet in the valley of the Teme 10,000 hop-pickers arc assembled every year.
The valley of the Teme is a land of scattered hamlets—the village is unknown in this part of the country—and there is no Catholic church, and not even a Mass centre.
400 Catholics Of the ten thousand hop-pickers about four hundred are Catholics, from the Black Country towns. Nothing was done for them up till last year, when a Mass centre was established.
Moreover, two nursing Sisters of Charity of St. Paul, assisted by three laywomen and two students of the Catholic Workers' College, Oxford, established a creche for the children of the pickers and two first-aid stations.
The children were fed at a nominal fee and the two nuns and one lay-assistant treated 1,500 cases of minor accidents, etc.
Hard Conditions This material help is very necessary. The pickers live under hard conditions in barns and cowsheds, lacking even the ordinary decencies of life. This year, it is hoped to extend the work and to establish four, instead of two, dressingstations.
It is hoped that sufficient support will be forthcoming to make this hopfields mission an established annual work and to lead to the establishment of a permanent mission.