Robin Denniston, who has been appointed chairman of A. R. Mowbray and Co., the publishers, was a classical scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took a second in Greats and read medieval theology under Dr E. L. Mascall.
He did National Service as a paratroop officer and became unit education officer. He then joined Collins, the publishers, as a trainee in their Glasgow factory in 1950. He worked for nine years in Collins, becoming a senior editor and sponsoring Trevor Huddleston's "Naught for your Comfort."
He then became managing director of the Faith Press and in 1961 joined Hodder and Stoughton, becoming editorial director in 1966 and managing director in 1969. He was closely associated with Mr Leonard Cutts and later Mr Edward England in the Hodder religious book publishing programme.
In 1973 he was invited to join the board of Weidenfeld and Nicolson as deputy chairman a post he will continue to hold.
Mr. Denniston is a Church of England lay reader, on the staff of St Peter's, Bayswater, and also of a small group of parishes in the Worcester diocese. Ile is the author of "Partly Living" (Bles 1966) and editor of "Part Time Priests?" (Skeffington 1960).
He is a member of the General Synod Working Party inquiry into the proposed new People's Service Book. His brother-in-law is Archdeacon of Basingstoke.
Mr Denniston is married and has three teenage children. He is a very keen musician (his wife teaches . the violin at a large London primary school) and his other interests include farming, especially tree-growing, playing squash and "associating with his family." Three free seats in a car to Rome are being offered by a Hampshire Catenian. Mr William Howarth, president of the Catenian Association in Basingstoke, is planning to drive to the Eternal City in October — but he does not feel justified in taking a whole car to Italy for himself.
Mr Howarth says his vehicle is comfortable, and he is willing to pay almost all the travelling costs to Rome for anyone who would like to go with him. He thinks retired people might be especially interested in an October holiday — and they would have to cover only the fare for the Channel crossing, apart from hotel expenses in Rome.
Further details are available from Mr Howarth, who lives at Mole Inn, Monk Sherborne, Basingstoke. His telephone number is Basingstoke 850 033.
Democracy in Spain
Parties opposed to General Franco united this week to publish a joint manifesto calling among other things for a separation of Church and State.
The new Democratic Junta, which prepared the statement, includes representatives of the Christian Democrats, the Spanish Socialist Party, the Communist Party and workers commissions, the underground trade union movement. The manifesto calls for a return to democracy and appeals to the patriotism of the armed forces to prevent themselves being used as an instrument of political repression by the regime.
The General left hospital on Tuesday, where he had been treated for phlebitis and was described in a report in the Times as looking "wan and trembling."
Blackfriars, the Dominican Priory in Oxford, had its windows broken for the second time in 18 months this week as one of the three Oxford targets attacked by fire bombers Fr Fergus Kerr, the Prior, said the bomb was placed at the side of the building in a lane off St Giles, but no one was injured, though replacement of the windows is likely to cost up to £50. The windows had also been broken earlier in the year, but this was an isolated incident and he thought it could have been part of a student prank. "I would certainly think there was an Irish connection somewhere with the explosions,” said Fr Kerr. He thought the views on Northern Ireland expressed in Blackfriars Magazine, edited there by Fr Herbert McCab, would have been generally known. The Oxford explosions were at Ruskins College, visited by Bernadette Devlin and other Northern Ireland speakers, and in York Place, former meeting place of an Irish Club.
Fr Kerr has not thought extra police protection necessary and when asked about the future, he said: "I would not say we are worried."
Mr Noel Charles, administrator of the Catholic
Fund for Overseas Development, said this week that EEC beef sold to Russia might have been better used if given to developing countries. "Where there are food surpluses, it ought to be a primary consideration whether they could be used in some way for developing countries," he said. Catholic international charities have been pressing for this and would like to see the food used for work programmes and to help instruct housewives in nutrition.
It was reported last week that about a third of the EEC's beef surplus was sold below the world market price and more beef and pork are likely to be sold to Russia in the future.