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THE Bene Merenti medal has
bccn presented to Mr. G. C. Wilkins, retiring organist and choir master of St. Joseph's Church, Weymouth. He has served the church for 42 years29 of them at St. Joseph's, and before that at St. Austin and Gregory Church in Margate.
CARDINAL HEENAN will preside at a public meeting at 6.30 p.m. on April 27 in Westminster Cathedral Hall organised by the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom. The speakers will he Bishop Ellis of Nottingham and the Very Rev. Vincent Kearns, Assistant General M.S.F.S.
THE Sons of Divine Providence are offering active elderly people an organised fortnight's holiday at Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, from May 12 to 26. The cost will be II 1 6s., which includes accommodation with full board at guest houses, as well as coach travel from Hampton Wick, Middlesex, or Streatham, London, S.W.I 6.
It is hoped that the holidays will help younger people who find it difficult to take a holiday because they are needed to look after their elderly relatives. The Sons of Divine Providence are at Westminster House, 25 Lower Teddington Road, Kingston-onThames, Surrey.
MR. RAYMOND ELLIOTT, of Cheadle Hulme. Cheshire, has been elected chairman of the Manchester Newman Circle in succession to Mr. John Carroll, who is taking up an appointment in Reading. During the transition period Mr. Elliott will continue to act as treasurer.
T I E appeal for Miss Susie Younger's dairy farm project in South Korea has now reached towards the target of £35,000 set for the end of this year.
MR. W. J. MOULTON, who
retired at the end of last term as headmaster of St. Aloysius, Roby, Liverpool, has been presented with the papal award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for his services to education in Huyton. The presentation was made by Dean John W, Maxwell. L'‘11. GEORGE RAFFERTY, A parish priest at Blackheath, Birmingham. for the last six years, has become priest at St. Mary's, Leek (Staffordshire), in succession to Fr. G. Clavin, who has just retired.
THE great West Window of York Minster, erected by Archbishop Melton in 1388 at a cost of 100 marks (about £65), which was taken down for safekeeping during the last war, has now been re-leaded and cleaned ready for re-erection. It shows St. Peter with the Keys and St. Paul with a sword, and is popularly known as "The Heart of Yorkshire."
R. RONALD EMMERSON has been nominated as Lord Mayor of Rath. He has been prominently associated with the Catenian Association and the Knights of St. Columba, both in Bath and Bristol, for many years. He is a past president and secretary of the Bristol Circle of the Catcnians and played a big part in establishing a Circle in Bath.
`R. RICHARD DANGERFIELD, founder and organiser of the Annunciation Catholic Boys' Choir of Burnt Oak, Middlesex, has been appointed by Cardinal Heenan to be diocesan organiser for Pueri Canpores, the international organisation for fostering the formation of boys' choirs, AMOTION backed by 12 local teachers' associations will ask the National Association of Schoolmasters, at its Easter conference in Torquay, to declare its opposition to raising the school-leaving age in 1970, in the belief that proper provision will not have been made by that time.
AYOUTH leadership course organised by the Federation of Catholic Boys' Clubs will he held on Easter Sunday and Monday at Gormanston College. Co. Meath.
THE following scholarships have been won by pupils of the John Fisher School, Purley, Surrey: G. Brittain, open major scholarship to Wadham College, Oxford, in Classics (placed first in his group); M. Brown, open scholarship to Christ's College, Cambridge, in History; P. Chid• gey, exhibition to Keble College, Oxford, in Classics; P. McErlain, admitted as pensioner to Downing College, Cambridge, to read Mathematics; R. Colombo, admitted as pensioner to Downing College, Cambridge, to read Natural Sciences; B. Mitchell, naval scholarship to Dartmouth College. MR. BERNARD BL1GH, a
parishioner of St. Edmund's, Whitton, Middlesex, is to be the next Mayor of Richmond-onThames, which comprises the old boroughs of Twickenham, Richmond and Barnes, Aged 41, he is an old boy of the Cardinal Vaughan School and a barrister. He has two brothers, Mr. Thomas Bligh, a bank manager and governor of the Cardinal Vaughan School, and Fr. John Bligh, S.J., a professor at Heythrop College, A NEW CHURCH of the
English Martyrs has been blessed and opened at Dideot, Berks. to replace a wooden structure used by the Army during the 1914-18 War. The new church will seat between 450 and 500, and cost £50,000.
ST. EDWARD'S Church, Sutton Park, Guildford, Surrey, has been left £1,00(1 in the will of Mr. Albert Faller of Worplesdon Hill. Woking, Surrey, and the Diocesan Development Fund for Schools in the Southwark Diocese received £4,0(X). MR. SEAN HAMILTON, head' master of Hamilton High School, Bandon, Co. Cork, has been unanimously elected president of the Federation of Catholic Lay Secondary Schools of Ireland, the organisation which he himself founded in 1952.
A BP VEST of £2,000 to start
a Mass centre at Carbis Bay, Cornws 1, was made by Miss M. E. Lander, who died there :n October aged 91. A further request was that until the centre or church is set up, the income should be used towards the cost of transporting Catholics of Carbis Bay and district, and other outlying parts of St. Ives, to and from St. Ives Catholic Church on Sundays • nd Holy Days.
THE Christus Rex Society will hold its 1967 Congress in Tullamore, Co. Westmeath, Eire, from March 27-31. The theme is
"Industrial Relations" a n d among the speakers will be Dr. P. J. Hillery, Minister of Labour; Mr. B. W. Walker, Bridgeport Brass Ltd., Lisburn, N. Ireland; Mr. I. E. Kenny, Irish Management Institute; Mr. C. J. McCarthy, secretary of the Vocational Teachers' Association; Mr. G. F. Daly, Labour Law and Labour Relations Department, International Labour Organisation. Geneva: Rev. Dr. Matthew O'Donnell, Professor of Ethics in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth: and the Rev. Professor James Kavanagh, Head of the Social Science Department, University College, Dublin.
The congress will be held in the Assembly Hall, Christian Brothels' School, Tullamore. The secretary is Rev. Laurence Bannon, C.C.. Tullamore.
AN exhibition on the theme of "Set-vice Overseas" will be held at Convocation Hall, Church House, Westminster, from March 30 to April 1, during the sessions of the Third Model General Assembly of the United Nations organised by the United Nations Students Association.
AWHITE MARBLE memorial has recently been erected in Tambunan, Borneo. in memory of a Manchester missionary priest who spent 38 years working among the native population. He was Fr. Martin Connolly, who was born in St. Wilfrid's parish, Hulme.
After leaving St. Wilfrid's school he joined St. Joseph's Foreign Missionaries and first went to Borneo in 1926 at the age of 23. During the war he was interned for almost four years by the Japanese, After the War he erected one of the finest churches in Borneo and also built a school for the native children.
He died on July 4, 1965, while on leave in this country. He was awarded the M.B.E. in the New Year's Honours List in 1962.
COUNCILLOR Leslie Hill,
president of the Southwark Central Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, is to be nominated by members of the council for election as Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton at the annual general meeting on May 25. He is at present chairman of the Education Committee.
AGRANT of £1,500 towards
the cost of repairing and cleaning the stone facade of the Holy Child Convent in Cavendish Square, London, on which is Epstein's statue of the Virgin and Child, has been made by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government on the recommendation of the Historic Buildings Council.
MRS. EILEEN LACY, who was branch secretary of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Catholic Women's League for 25 years up to 1966 and missed only three meetings, was presented with the Bene Merenre Medal last week. The presentation was made at St. John's Hall, Wigan, by Fr. John Gore, deputising for Archbishop Beck.