Catholic Herald Reporter
IN the first five months of its existence, Anton WallichClifford's Simon Community has spread its "Mission to the Misfit" throughout the British Isles and there are now 29 regional and area groups. Preparations for a mass rally in Trafalgar Square on Palm Sunday, March 22, are now well advanced.
International interest has been aroused, and the movement has contacts in France, Italy. Korea and Ceylon. Offers of student help arc arriving from the United States, following a Catholic. Worker article on the Simon Community.
The Trafalgar Square "Passport to Living" rally is aimed at drawing national attention to the plight of the 90,000 social inadequaies who fill the prisons. hospitals, hostels and doss houses. Under the chairmanship of Richard Prince, the London Regional Group of the Companions of Simon is arranging for supporters to come to the rally from all over the country.
NEW GROUPS Two new groups were established last weekend at public meetings in Canterbury and Folkestone by Anion Wallich-Clifford and Colin Calder, who are touring Kent on the last stages of the south-east "leg". Local organisers are Mrs. D. King, 75 Pilgrims Way, Canterbury, and Mrs. M. Rogers, 37 Shornecliffe Crescent, Folkestone.
Further meetings have been arranged for Whitstable (February 17), Guildford (February 19), Dartford (February 21, in the Co-op Hall, Westgate Road at S p.m.), Hastings and St. Leonards (February 23, in the Concordia Hall, Church Road, St. Leonardson-Sea), and Beckenham (February 25. in the Small Room, Old Council Chambers, at 8 p.m.).
IN THE NORTH Tunbridge Wells Tertiaries are holding 'a coffee morning in St. Augustine's Hall from 10.30 to 12 noon on Friday, February 28.
In March, Anton WallichClifford will start a northern tour of talks. The programme is as follows:
Tuesday, March 3: 7.30 pen. in Room 18b, Y.M.C.A., 86 Snow Hill, Birmingham: Wednesday, March 4: 7.30 p.m. in Room I, Y.M.C.A., Mount Pleasant, Liverpool 3; Thursday, March 5; 7.30 p.m. in the Y.M.C.A., 56 Peter Street. Manchester 2; Friday. March 6: 7 p.m. in the Y.M.C.A., 49 Bargate, Sheffield I; and Saturday, March 7: 7.30 p.m. in the Central Y.M.C.A., Leeds.