Page 8, 28th March 1980

28th March 1980
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Dropping a line for freedom

ESPERANZA, the Liverpool based-group that sends messages of hope to prisoners of conscience in South America and Russia, has received good news from a former prisoner it had helped. An Argentinian now in England wrote: "Last year when I was suffering in an Argentina prison, you and people like you sent me Christmas cards, although I did not see them till I was released and came to England (It still amazes me that they were not

destroyed by the prison authorities.)

Although I did not see them, they contributed to my being released after three years of imprisonment without trial. This Christmas I will he reunited with my wife and my two boys, Pedro and Francisco, for the first Christmas in several years." Volunteers interested in sending messages of hope should write to Miss Celia' Stephenson, 11 CilengarifT Street, Liverpool 13.

BRITAIN'S Role in the Underdevelopment of the Third World, Past, Present and Future, is the theme of the annual Third World First conference, in Oxford. 18-20 April, The main speaker will bc Mrs Judith Hart, MP. There will also be bookstall, films and exhibitions. Basic conference fee £7. Booking forms 232 Cowley Rd, Oxford, 0X4 11.1H.

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La Retraite High School Choir sang a Passion and Laster music at Clifton Cathedral last Tuesday. The conductor was Anne Hughes, The music was provided by the school choir, and the organ was played by Diana Hughes.

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The world's oldest working editor is giving away Bibles for his ninetyfourth birthday on April 18. Dr 1. Wilkinson Riddle, of Hove is editor in chief of the weekly Christian Herald. and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

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A Spring lair in the Abbey Hall, Tewksbury for the Malvern and Cotswold branch of SPUC was "a tremendous success" last week, raising £316 for the headquarters and for regional funds. The Duke and Duchess of Kent dined with the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Bruno Heim last week,

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"Gladstone, Disraeli and the Empire" is an Easter vacation course by the History Department of St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill. The residential course is designed for sixth formers and their teachers who specialise in 19th century British history. Lecturers will include David Heldhouse of Nuffield College, Oxford, and the course will take place at Strawberry Hill from March 31 to April 3.

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The Catholic deanery in Thanct is

making plans for a Children's Pilgrimage to Canterbury in honour ol St Augustine, on his feast day. May 23. The pilgrimage is a part of the deanery's celebrations of the 1,500th anniversary of the birth of St Benedict.

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Tower Hamlets Arts Committee is launching a scheme to help local people brighten up the borough. Ideas and advice about how to turn an old crumbling wall into something colourful and bright, or make an odd corner into a community vegetable garden should he sent to the Arts Office. 4th Floor. Cheviot House, Commercial Road, London El. A cheque for 13,000 was recently presented to Mother Cecilia Claire of the Nuareth Sisters by the Portsmouth Diocese branch of the Catholic Women's League. The presentation wiLs made by Mr Merville Pidgeon, president of the branch. The money will go towards the sisters' project fur the elderly in Southampton.

* * * The National Association for the Childless will be holding its AGM and Annual Conference in Birmingham, on May 17. Topics include a lecture on treatment for infertility and sensitivity to the needs of the client, and a discussion on test tube babies and overseas adoption. Information and booking forms, NAC. 318 Summer Lane. Birmingham, BI9 31(1.

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The Old Members Association of the St Christophers Catholic Cycling Club are celebrating their thirtieth Anniversary with a buffet supper at the 'Ship and Compass' London EC3 on Saturday, March 29.

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Over 40 young people from the diocese of Arundel and Brighton took part in a youth weekend in Bramley, Surry, recently. The theme was "growing In faith". The parish priest of Sts Joseph and Teresa, Wells, Canon Francis Rynn will celebrate his ordination Golden Jubilee on March 30. To mark the occasion Bishop Alexander will concelebrate and preach at Mass at Sts Joseph and Teresa Church at 6.30. Parishoners have collected over £1,000 for a presentation to Canon Rynn after the service.

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A National Life Youth Conference is to be held at St Bendict's Comprehensive School, Colchester from April 11 to 13. Speakers will include Prof. Jack Scurisbrick, Prof. Ian Donald, Tom Bowles, barrister and Melanie Heth of the Life Nurses Group. Application forms from Philomena Dwyer. Essex House, Pt The Esplanade, Frinton, Essex, Hinton 4734.

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A member of St Margaret's Church, Twickenham. will be the next Mayor of Richmond. Mrs Norah Ford Millar will take office in May and the priest of St Margaret's, Fr Desmond Swann will be her chaplain.

* * * In the annual report, Cecil Houses have expressed concern about the large workload for staff in their "Caring Houses" for the elderly and destitute. Lack of funds has prevented them from employing more and planned building and expansion projects are having to be held back.

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