AN inter-faith body, the Coventry Churches Housing Association, was launched this month to provide moderately priced homes for some of the 6,000 on the council's waiting list.
Participants include the Anglican Bishop of Coventry, Dr. Cuthbert Bardsley; the Catholic rural dean, Canon Raymond Walsh; and the Mayor, Ald. T. H. Whi teman.
Mrs. Hildegarde Atherton, a Catholic member of the committee, said the first step would be to buy and convert houses into low-rent flats. Loans were being sought, and free aelvice was being given, by architeds, accountants, and solicitors, A builder had volunteered to work on conversions at cost price.
HOUSING AID.—Bishop Dwyer of Leeds was told at the first annual meeting last week of the Leeds Catholic Housing Aid Society that at least 25 families had been helped to find better accommodation during the past 12 months. The report said Leeds had an abundance of houses for sale at prices just beyond the average wage-earner's means. The society was exploring ways of finding suitable rented accommodation.
FIRST BOOK.—Mr. F. C. Price, history master at Xaverian College, Manchester, who is well known for his radio talks on history and as a contributor to the CATHOLIC HERALD. had his first hook published this week It is Book Five in the Mitre Histories for Catholic schools. end covers the modern era, from the eighteenth century to the present day.
PORTABLE ALTAR. — A portable, face-the-people altar, with an altar stone consecrated at Ushaw College, has been installed in St. Mary s Cathedral, Newcastle. Canon Thomas Murray, the Cathedral Administrator, said it would be used for many Sunday and evening Masses, it would probably not be used for early morning Mass.
GOZA) RELIEF--The Friends of Malta, G.C. have sent another cheque for £200 to the president of the Gozo Relief Fund, making a total of £500 which the Society has contributed for victims of last August's. floods SISTERS TO GO.—Sisters of Charity who have provided the teaching staff at Werdour School, Wiltshire. for over 70 years are to be withdrawn from the parish in July. Fr. John Paine, S.J., parish priest, told parents and church members be hoped another Order of nuns would succeed the Sisters. If not, the school would continue with a staff of lay teachers.
£160,000 SCHOOL.—The E160.000 Robert Sutton Catholic School at Stapenhill. Burton-on-Trent, was officially opened last week by Bishop Cleary. Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham. It is a two form entry mixed school to accommodate 300 pupils for a five-year course.