Page 9, 24th January 1958

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T.H.' Reporter T HEY will tap elbows and knees, will the

teen-agers of London's Camden Town; they will shriekingly accept the skiMe singer's invitation to " lissen to ma hart ", and they'll " dig it " as he croaks his " P-e-a-nerts ".

Their parents will gracefully do a waltz, and lose some breath in fox-trotting to an old tuna of their courtship days.

That is what will happen after the Church blesses Belgium's magnificent £43,000 gesture on Sunday: the gift of the new Van Zuyt Centre to the Catholics of Camden Town.

Camden Town is a kaleidoscopic area of teeming Cockney workingclass, of lonely Irish lads drifting from a pub to a depressing lodging-house bedroom, of the angry young men behind Regent's Park who don't know what they're angry ' about, of the men and women of small busy shops whose names are Irish, and whose proverbial Irish loyalty is staunch in their backing of the strenuous efforts their five Belgian priests have put into a venture that is for their good.

HIS DREAM

The late Fr. Van Zuyt, C.I.C.M.. for 27 years in charge at Camden Town, had dreamt this dream of a parish centre. His successors made it come true; it is called after him, and it stands in stark outward simplicity opposite their church in Arlington Road.

The money for a building that has everything that modern needs demand for comfort, leisure and enjoyment, came for the most part from the Scheut Fathers' headquarters in Belgium.

The Archbishop of Westminster will mark the appreciation of London Catholics, who are the gainers thereby, by personally attending Sunday evening's celebrations. He will bless the centre. give an address; and will welcome the Order's Superior General, who is coming for the occasion. After evening Mass, there will be the first parish party in the centre.

A STAGE

After that starts a programme of activities that will not only comprise coffee-bar jive with its fascinating apparent parody of deaf and dumb language so dear to skate devotees, and the olde-tyme exercises of white-gloved papa done to strict Boston Two-step rules, but the more strenuous among the youngsters will vault and leap in the great gymnastics basement. climb their bars, box their rounds, yell at each score won at basket-hall.

The assembly-room on the floor immediately abovt.. has a large stage, rather big for a smallish

London 'Keys'

Mr. F. A. 'Don, editor of the "Tobacco Trades Journal." has been elected chairman of the " Keys," the Fleet Street branch of the Guild of St. Francis de Sales, in succession to MI-. Michael Higgins, chairman for the past three years. Mr. Anthony Rippon, assistant editor of " Progress," was elected vice-chairman, Mr. Luke Hussey, secretary, Mr. Frank Sullivan, tditor of " Research Review," treasurer, and, as committee members, Mr. Frank Davey, of the "News Chronicle." Mr. Harold Jaffa, of the " Daily Express," and Mr. Bernard Cockshutt.

TRAVELLING MISSIONS

Northampton.-Mass will be said on Sunday at Van der Heiden's Old Rectory. Dalham, Suffolk, at 9 a.m., and at the Village Ilall, Hyde Heath. Bucks, at 9.30 a.m The Mission will next week visit Woolpit and Gislingham.

Southwark.-The Mission will visit Bethersden in the parish of Ashford. Headcorn in the parish of Maidstone and New Church in the parish of Hythe. Masses on Sunday at the Police House, Bethersden, at 8.30 a.m.; the Village Institute, Headcorn, at 10.15 a.m., and "The Old Rectory," New Church, at 6.30 p.m.

Nottingham.-Mass on Sunday at Claypode at 8.30 a.m.; at Ruskington at II a.m.; and at Woodbeck at 8 p.m. During the week Fr. Nicholson will visit Clayworth area.

WeehnInster.-Mass will be said on Sunday at the Village Hall, Breachwood Green, at 8.30 am., .m. and at the Village Hall, Ashwell, at 10 a.m.

Shrewsbury.-Mass will be said on Sunday in Pontesbury at 10 a.m. Next week the mission will visa Webscott.

Brentwood.-Mass will be said on Sunday at Wivenhoe Centre; Wivenhoc, at 8.45 a.m. and at the Village Hall, Great Bentley, at MI5 a.m.; at the British Legion Club. Domed, at 8.45 a.m. and at the British Legion Club. Ardleigh, at 10.15 a.m. Next week the mission will visit Danbury. Rettendon, Pilgrims Hatch, and Stapleford Abbots.

Menevhe-From January 23 to 26, Fr. Aloysius, 0.F.M.Cap., will visit Halkyn and Cilcain; Fr. Cuthbert, 0.F.M.Cap., will visit Clawdnewydd' and Clocaenog. Catechism at Llanarmon and flenllan on Sunday p.m.

Menevia.-From January 24 to 26, I r. Conroy. C.SS.R.. will visit Conway district: Fr. Doyle, C.SS.R., Brymbo and Ffrith; Fr. Maram, C.SS.R., Saundersfoot.

room that seats 240, but as time goes on and the need becomes apparent, the room can be enlarged. A reception room and canteen welcome the visitor at the main entrance. The floor above contains additioral rooms, one of them, with its blackboards, destined for catechism class; another, with a large window overlooking the house-tops of Camden Town will be a club, where it is hoped that Irish workers will find the arm-chairs more comfortable to lie in than the beds in the boarding-houses on which they sprawl away their dreary evenings.

All will be catered for at the Van Zuyt Centre, front seven to 70. and every one of the parish organisations will meet in it. In the flats on the top floor there is accommodation not only for the caretaker, but also for visiting priests when the presbytery is unable to cope with them.




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