ANUMBER of old-established Catholic firms near Westminster Cathedral are facing the problem of finding new accommodation following the sale of land last year by the Westminster Archdiocese to Chelwood Properties Ltd., in association with the Church Commissioners.
The land will be incorporated into the general development scheme for the south side of Victoria Street.
A spokesman for the Church Commissioners declined to state the figure involved.
Although the development scheme has received general planning approval a date for completion has • yet to be announced.
So far as the cathedral is concerned, the new development will bring a visual improvement. There will be a piazza-style open space enabling it to be seen from Victoria Street.
AWAY FROM CATHEDRAL The shops and offices neasikby will not be higher than 46 feet and towers which will be built on top of them will be sited well away from the Cathedral.
It is understood that the deal made provision for the future of the C.T.S. bookshop, whereas the other firms such as Bows and Bartlett, the church furnishers. the Catholic Association, the House of Credo and Burns Oates (Publishers) have received no special consideration.
Petition to let Jews leave Iraq
THE Board of Deputies of British Jews has launched a national petition to help secure the immediate departure of Jews from Iraq. Petition forms are available from the Board at Woburn House, Upper Woburn Place, London, W.C.1.
Appealing to the SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations to use his influence to persuade the Government of Iraq to permit Jews of Iraq to leave, the petition says: "We also urge him to use his good offices with the Governments of the United Arab Republic and of Syria to allow the Jews in those territories to leave."
New unit to help alcoholics
A UNIT to cater for the erx. spiritual needs of the alcoholic, and people with drinking problems, is being set up in the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese by the clergy at St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle.
It is a unit of Calex, the idea which began in America, which is not a substitute for Alcoholics Anonymous but is meant to expand the axiom of that organisation : "To seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understand Him." There will be a monthly public Mass, with all members preserving their anonymity.