Page 9, 29th October 1965

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He built a chapel in his factory

AMAN who did more than most. to Christianise the particular part of society in which be lived died last week at the age of 64 in the Isle of Wight. He was Alan Turner, K.S.G., chairman of the board of

former cha

the Ernest Turner' Group, Spa Lane Mills, Derby, the first factory in Britain to have a Catholic chapel. Turner urner studied the Papal social encyclicals and did his best to implement them in his weaving factory. Before the National Health Service was set up, his workers had a free medical scheme. Profit-sharing, consultation of workers, savings and welfare scheme were a full part of the factory life.


An old friend, Fr. Joseph Christie, S.J., said of him this week: "He did everything he could to bring the Christian ethos into Spa Lane. The atmosphere was unique, responsibility was encouraged and the people there were made continually aware that work could be a vocation."

The Turner methods were not without their critics. Some considered Spa Lane too paternal, others too impractical.

Bob Walsh, secretary of the Catholic Social Guild, commented: "In some cases these criticisms were just an alibi. Alan Turner was a unique man and he certainly started a lot of people thinking. Perhaps it was this that was most important in the long run."

After Spa Lane Mills was sold a few years ago, the new owners ran the factory on different lines, and the chapel has since been removed.

Mother Bernadette Mother Bernadette Superior General of the 500 Sisters of thc Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary with headquarters at Woodford Bridge, Essex, died on Monday, aged 69.

Born in County Cork, she had always done adniimstrative work for the congregation and was its secretary for 13 years herons being elected General tuo years ago,

APPOINTMENTS cucton.-Assswill Priests: Rev. Jobe Quinn from St. Mary's, Swindon. to Christ the King, Amesbury: Rev. Patrick de Wolf from Christ the King, Ame.shury, to St. Mary's. Swindon.

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