Office workers, tourists and lunchtime strollers found a new diversion in the City of London last Wednesday. Hundreds stopped to watch a live performance of "The Grain Drain"— a game sponsored by Christian Aid and designed to promote interest in the plight of the world's poor.
The event was one of many organised throughout the country to raise funds for Christian Aid Week. The lifesize version of the game was compered by BBC journalist interviewer John Timpson (second right).
The participants included Labour MP Dr Jeremy Bray (left) Tory MP Mr Peter Bottomley (Third left), Dame Diana Reader Harris, Chairman of Christian Aid's Board and the Rev Dr Kenneth Slack, the agency's director right and Dr Brian Wren Mot pictured) who designed the game.
Dr George Egan, who opened the Liverpool Psychiatric Day Hospital 22 years ago. had the Papal Knighthood of St Gregory bestowed on him recently by Mgr Charles Glass, parish priest of Si Pius X. Widnes. Cheshire.
The Volunteer Missionary Movement, which celebrates its tenth birthday this year, is holding its 27th preparation at London Colney Herts. from August 1 to 31 at which will be the 500th VMM to go overseas.
There is a spring social and dance in aid of the parish children's holiday fund in the Amigo Hall of St George's Cathedral London. SEA. on Sunday. Tickets II.
The Golden Jubilee of the Salesian Missionary College, Shrigley Park, Cheshire, was marked by a visit of the society's Superior General, Fr Egidie Vigano on his way back from Knock earlier this month.
"From Mental Hospitals — To What?" is the theme of the fourth international conference of the Richmond Fellowship for Mental Welfare and Rehabilitation in London from July 2 to 4.
A great gathering of God's People to show their unity in Christ is promised for the National Pentecost Sunday Celebration in Trafalgar Square, London, on June 3 from 3 to 5 pm. Speakers are David Watson. Michael Simpson. Si and the Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford.
The festival celebrating the opening of the new "Octagon" chaplaincy for Bristol Polytechnic this month included a Mass followed by a showing of the film "A Man for all Seasons". about St Thomas More.
The Bank Holiday Monday. May 28, will be a special day for handicapped children from all over the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton when they go to St Joseph's Hall, Creyfriars Lane, Sterrington, the home of Bishop Cormac MurphyO'Connor for tea on the lawn. pony rides and Mass, when some will bc confirmed.
A film called "Feeling Special", about pre-natal care to prevent child death and handicap. made by the Spastics Society will have its premier at the British Academy of Film and Television Art. Piccadilly, London, WI on June 6.
The World Scout Organisation has invited the United Kingdom to host the 27th World Scout Conference this year, originally planned for Iran. Up to 600 prominent world leaders of the Scout Movement are expected to attend as representatives of more than 13 million Scouts fforn over 100 national Scout organisations. The conference will be held from July 15 to 20 at the Metropole Hotel at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
"Bussing" has meant ecumenical co-operation for Anglicans and Catholics in Yeovil, Somerset, who share a coach to bring them to church each Sunday — either to the Holy Ghost Catholic Church or the Anglican Parish Church of St John.
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St Joseph's C'ornprehensive School, Port Talbot, are double visitors, after winning the Youth Seven-a-side Rugby against 13 local teams and the Ivor Tuck Soccer trophy against 120 schools from all over Wales, making them Schooll-my (under 19) Champion Team of Wales.
Bishop Cormac Murphy O'Connor of Arundel and Brighton, recently confirmed over 100 people from the Deanery of Guildford at Arundel Cathedral. Also officiating at the ceremony were Fr John IVIcSheehy, Rural Dean of Guildford and parish priest of Godalming, and Fr Charles Borelli parish priest of Haalemere.
Ampleforth's team. Christopher Wortley and William Bruce-Jones, came second in The Observer Mace Debating Competition. they spoke on the motion: " fhis House would elect the House of Commons by a system of proportional representation". The judges included Lord Hailsham and Lord Elwyn Jones.
St Wilfred's Association is holding a ball on July 7 to mark the 25th anniversary of St Wilfred's Comprehensive School, Crawley, Surrey and reunite past pupils. Tickets £4: information tel Crawley 24673.
There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the centenary of the arrival of the first Catholic missionaries in Africa in Westminster Cathedral next Wednesday. Forty White Fathers who have served in Africa will concelebrate the Mass. The principal celebrant will be Cardinal Hume.
A series of Monday evening talks — Faith of Our Fathers: Is it the Faith of Our Children?" — takes place throughout June and on the first Monday of July at St Theresa's Church, Stansted, Essex. The talks will be given by Fr John Timmins add Sr Agnes Roche.
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The nuns of the Carmelite Monastery of Dolgellau, Gwynedd, the first Carmel founded in Wales since the Reformation, celebrated their 50th anniversary last Sunday with a special Mass said by Bishop Langton Fox of Menevia.
Dr Gordon Fallows, Anglican Bishop u Sheffield, 65, has announced his retirement because of serious illness. Ile has been Clerk of the Closet to the Queen since 1975.
Abbot Jerome Hodkinson of Belmont Abbey, Hereford, wore a 300-year-old chasuble once belonging to St John Kemble when he said a special Mass to celebrate the martyr's anniversary in the Abbey last Sunday. The saint was executed at Hereford, and boys of the Abbey school made a pilgrimage to his grave near Monmouth on My 5,