THE Derby textile mill of Ernest Turner Ltd., the only factory in Britain which has a Catholic Chapel within its walls, has been taken over by Mr. Sidney Day, a London electric cable and textile manufacturer it was disclosed this week.
Announcing the take-over Mr. Alan Turner, managing director of Ernest Turner Ltd., who will retain a scat on the board, explained that the chapel and unique social welfare services of the factory would continue to operate in future. Each year employees take part in a factory feast, when an altar is erected among the looms. They also elect representatives to a Factory Council which helps to run the works.
In recognition of "his public action as a Catholic employer in promoting the Church's social teaching" Mr. Turner was in 1956 created a Knight of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Pius XII.
REDS CLOSE BARN CHURCH
AN old barn which was converted into a Catholic church by 4,500 hours of volunteer labour by Catholic and Protestant workers has been closed by the Communist regime in East Germany, it was learned in Berlin.
The new church, which was to have been blessed this month, is in Kollwitz, near Magdeburg. It was sealed by the regime on grounds that a Catholic church is not necessary there. The parish consists of 800 Catholics coming from 10 nearby villages.
Prior to the renovation of the barn, Sunday Mass was offered in the local Protestant church.