Fund with no overheads
A "REGULATION" All Sorts this week, but very, very cheerful, for the Nevett Fund has topped the £2,000.
One hesitant reader wrote to enquire for she has found that many charitable organisations have to spend much of their subscriptions in overheads. The Nevett Fund has no overheads_ Secretarial work is done in a flat by voluntary helpers who pay the heavy postage out of their pockets that the Indian children may have every bean.
Our only expense to date was the cost of printing a leaflet; we could not go on writing out the story in long-hand day after day. About one hundred and sixty outcast Indian children are now at school thanks to the generosity of readers of this paper in the past eight months. Many British sponsors are now in touch with their proteges.
The Nevett Fund address is 1 Albert Road, Bournemouth and if all those who talk about Catholic Action actually gave something we might have to think of overbeads.
The Thomas More Trust is more mysterious but goes ahead very nicely and when last 1 heard was very near to £5.000. This since March 19. Contributors will be hearing from us in mid-September and by then, please God, all who have had a letter will have answered the appeal. Two thousand letters went out so the response has been encouraging.
It will be my great honour to come up to London next Tuesday to preach at High Mass in St. Anselm's, Kingsway for the Thomas More Society on its patronal feast. I gather that Mgr.
Tomlinson will sing the Mass and that the choir from St. Thomas More's Church. Chelsea will participate. Some forty or fifty Catholic. judges, barristers and lawyers are expected to assist.
On the other side of the Atlantic a group of scholars at Yale University are well on their way to publishing the authoritative edition of More's work."l-his project sponsored by the Yale Unversity Library and the Yale department of English will run to fourteen
volumes. Four or five scholars have been given University grants for a year to assist in this great work.
Leadership After eighteen months abser it will he a joy to go to Mount Pleasant, Liverpool for the Leadership course which starts on August 28. It lusts four days. Expect a Westgate flavour with Dr. Joan Brothers and Fr. Vincent Whelan there.
Other lecturers will be Sister Catherine S.N.D., Dr. Cyril Smith of Manchester University, Mr. Bryant of the Downside Settlement and Michael Foley of the Y.C.W. Come if you can.
I wonder how many readers of this paragraph will recall the R.A.F. Leadership Course at Mount Pleasant in 1947. Where are they all now, Jimmy Bruce, Corporal Wilby, Paddy Shannon, Leslie Veale, W./Commander Connerton and F.O. Greene, etc. etc.?
This new summer course is on Youth Work: drop a line to the Course Secretary, Mount Pleasant Training College, Liverpool.
Next year. make a point of going to Bindon Abbey near Lulworth on the Sunday after the feast of the Sacred Heart. This year, the procession of the Blessed Sacrament in the grounds of the old Abbey was quite the most moving that I have seen for years.
We set out from the small eighteenth century chapel built by the Welds. Benediction was given at an altar erected on the site where the Abbey High Altar used to be, After this, we walked in procession all round the extensive moat.
So friendly was the ceremony that various birds and animals joined in. One cheerful duck, whose in-laws had recently been eaten by the foxes, put in a few quacks to help us with the longer hymns. Tourists relaxing in the grounds and lovers holding hands in the by-ways found themselves swept up into the Pange Lingua (second verse). There we all were with the Lord in the midst of us and an Air Marshal coping with the canopy.
An old boy returning to his Alma Mater was pleased that the headmaster remembered him. "Of course I remember you well", said the headmaster, "let me see; was it you or your brother who was killed in the war?"