C. 1 LTEFED birds LIR! back th.7 in fashion, and this week t;shaw Seminary. Durham. thought it was as good a time as any to put its collection of 500 birds up for sale.
The collection, which dates back to the middle of the last century and includes some rare specimens, attracted the interest of natural history musenms at Sotheby's salerooms.
The Ushaw birds realised about £1,750. Altogether the 100 lots on offer fetched £2,268.
As well as its birds Ushaw sold a big collection of sea shells, which realised about £450.
Mr. Alfred Smith. the college's procurator, who i in charge of the disposal of the college's collection of antiques, .birds and other items. said the college had little need for its birds now that the importance of natural history in the philosophy courses had declined.
Another factor influencing the sale was the shortage of accommodation. Ushaw's museum is to become a chapel for the college's 350 students.
As a parting comment Mr. Smith said: "We've got a couple of Egyptian mummies corning up for sale. Well, actually Fro told they're really mummy cases."
Six girls to work for deprived
SIxgirls from Loreto College, Manchestei*, are to work for a year in backward areas of Africa, British Columbia and Europe. They form "Operation Overseas"; a school leavers' lay missionady scheme introduced last year in Catholic grammar schools in Manchester and Salford.
The 'lollies Convent. West Didshury, and De La Salle College. Pendleton. are also involved. and it is expected that the scheme will spread to many other secondary schools.
Jennifer and Patricia Boyd are going to teach in British Columbia. Susan Keisall will teach in Tanzania, and Sandra O'Donoghue and Shirley Seahorn will do social work among the poor and underprivileged in Italy and France. Susan Waddington will probably go to Africa. Bishop Holland of Salford will receive them at Cathedral House tomorrow to wish them God-speed.
Charity service of thanksgiving
ASERVICE for all denominations is to be held in Liverpool Cathedral on Sunday as a thanksgiving for the work of the hundreds of charities. voluntary organisations and clubs which make up the United Voluntary Organisations.
Merseyside was the first area in the country to establish a UVO and since its first distribution in 1955 has given aid to local charities totalling £197-000.
Sunday's service will be conducted by Mgr. D. McDonnell. Vicar-General of the Archdiocese. assisted by the Rev. 0. A. Catherall. president of the Free Church Federal Council. The Anglican Bishop of Warrington. the Rt. Rev. L. A. Brown. will be the preacher. and the congregation will include M.P.s, civic heads and councillors froni the area.
THREE lunchtime recitals (choir and organ) are being given in St. Paul's Cathedral next weekon Monday. Wednesday and Friday from 1.15 to 1.5.5 p.m.in aid of the Church Music Trust. The trust was formed last year to save the choirs of St. Paul's, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral from dissolution because of rising costs.
PRAYERS will be said for spastics in church services all over Greater London on Sunday -the start of the first-ever Greater London Spastics Week. The aim is to alert the public to the needs of Greater London's 15.000 spastics and to raise desperately needed funds to proide help and facilities for them.
ONE HUNDRED pupils and teachers from Si. Mary's School, Woodford Green, Essex, raised £450 for Shelter by a tenmile walk from their school and through Epping Forest on Ascension Day. The children, aged seven to 11, were sponsored by parents, relatives and friends at the rate of a minimum of 6d. a mile. They had a picnic lunch at High Beech before returning.
A 48-PAGE booklet, "Hymns and Prayers in Animal Welfare," has been published by the Society of United Prayer for Animals, 49 Lynette Avenue, London, S.W.4. It includes prayer contained in earlier editions, with additional prayers, blessings and hymns.
THE KNIGHTS of St. Columba at Clacton, Essex, are appealing for Green Shield trading stamps to enable them to acquire a minibus to convey elderly and disabled people to Mass and social clubs. They require 1,500 full books of the stamps.
DR. CONRAD SWAN, at one time Assistant Professor of History at the Assumption University, Windsor, Ontario, and a member of the College of Arms since 1962, has been promoted from Rouge Dragon Pursuivant to York Herald. Ile was the first Canadian to become a member of the College.
A TARGET of 500,000 halfpennies to provide amenities for St. Joseph's School, Highweek, Newton Abbot, has been passed by more than 167,000, and the £1,390 collected has been used for a swimming pool and an altar in the assembly hall, which can be screened off when not in use. The target has now been raised to I million halfpennies.
MEMBERS of the Public Schools Commission. announced recently bs the Secretary for Bilucation. include Rev. Mother Angela Mary Reidy. Prioress of the Ursuline Convent. Wimbledon. The chairman is Prof. D. V. Donnison and the vice-chairman Lord Annan,
THE RESULY of the annual combined Catholic school sports at Corby. Northants, was in doubt until the final event. Then it was announced that St. Brendan's had won with 365 points, followed by Our Lady's (363) and St. Patrick's (256) St. Brendan's won the athletics events and the senior football and netball. and were awarded the Canon Brennan Trophy.
A HIGH MASS of '11 hanksgiving was celebrated in the Church of Christ the King, Bitterne. Southampton. last week to mark the 50th anniversary of the ordination of the Very Rev. Provost E. Scantlebury, parish priest of St. Anne's. Brockenhurst He was presented with a testimonial. signatories of which included his seven former assistant priests.
THE trustees of St. Mary's Convent, Ascot, Berks, have placed a £108,000 contract with a building firm for extensions and alterations. These will include the construction of a new gymnasium and link block. conversion of the existing gym into a library and geography room, the formation of a new loggia, and alterations and extensions to other facilities. MR. W. J. JAMES, history master at De La Salle College, Pendleton, Salford, was presented with the Pro ECclesitt et Pont/flee medal by Bishop Graser of Shrewsbury at a celebration dinner to mark his retirement after 37 years. Mr. James is the author of two textbooks. one of which is a standard text for GCE courses. Among those at the dinner were 350 old boys and staff, school governors, Bro. Columba, former headmaster; Bro. Augustine, principal of Hopwood Hall Training College; Bro. Wilfrid. Provincial of the Order: and Ald. G. Joplin, chairman f Salford Education Commit tee SIX-HUNDRED Catholic s. Anglicans, Methodists and Baptists took part in a united walk and procession at HatierSley, North Derbyshire, last week.
ST. HELEN'S SCHOOL, Brentwood, has won the district interprimary school sports for the second year in succession, gaining the De Rougemont Shield. Recently the school, run by the Sisters of Mercy, received the Brentwood Town F.C. Trophy for winning the-Brentwood Large Primary Schools football competition last season.
AN EXHIBITION of documents and souvenir,. of Gen. Sikorski. commander-in-chief of the Polish forces and Prime Minister of the Polish Government in exile during World War II. who was killed in an R.A.F. plane crash 25 years ago, was opened at the Polish Institute and Sikorski MUSelltn in London on Friday' by Mr. Harold Macmillan. Among the exhibits is the scarlet and %shite PolishAir Force banner, made by the women of Vilno under Russian occupation, and smuggled out. It bears a picture of the Virgin Mary and the slogan "Love demands Sacrifice".
AN EXHIBITION of work by handicapped children in the Westminster area, at the Convent of the Holy Child Jesus in Cavendish Square, London, W.1, from July 20 to 22, will be opened by Dr. Mary Wilson, of the Inner London Education Authority Inspectorate. It is sponsored by the Catholic Handicapped Children's Fellowship.
BISHOP GRANT of Northampton celebrated Mass on Sunday in the Slipper Chapel at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham during the Union of Catholic Mothers' pilgrimage. Bishop Casey, Auxiliary of Westminster, preached at an afternoon service. Abbot Passmore of Downside will preach at the National Pilgrimage to the shrine on August 18.
ENTRANCE fees for an exhibition of the works of Uzo Egonu, the Nigerian artist and sculptor, at Upper Grosvenor Galleries, 19 Upper Grosvenor Street, London. W.1, from July 17 to Aug. 1, will be given to the All Hallows Biafra Refugee Fund. Lord Soper, the fund's sponsor, will open the exhibition.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS will be the name of the new Catholic church at Ham Common, near Richmond, Surrey, which has been converted from a former Anglican primary school. Papal Medal frbr
DAVIS, a founder member of the SoCiety of St. Gregory (the society for fostering church music and liturgy) was presented with the Ben e Merenti Papal Medal on Sunday in recognition of his many years' service to the Church, particularly in the field of church music.
The presentation was made at St. Mary's, Falmouthwhere Mr. Davis was organist and choirmaster from 1950 to 1967-and where he had his first organ lessons in 1905-by Canon Adrian Chapple, representing Bishop Restieaux of Plymouth.
His first regular appointment as organist was at St. Francis de Sales Church in Stockwell, London, in 1909. Later he was organist or choirmaster (often both) at St. Gregory's, Earlsfield; St. Vincent dc Paul, Clapham Common; St. Mary's, East Battersea, and Our Lady of Pity and St. Simon Stock. Putney.
'End of colour bar' at Oxford
MKS. ANN DU M METT,
community liaison officer for the Oxford Committee for Racial Integration, said last week they were now satisfied that the Cowley Road hairdressers alleged to have been operating a colour bar were no longer doing so.