Page 9, 2nd February 1940

2nd February 1940
Page 9
Page 9, 2nd February 1940 — CATHOLIC ACTION ACTS IN BRADFORD Offered to Help Evacuation, but Not Given Authority

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People: G. Wilson, L. Scully
Locations: Bradford, Sheffield


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CATHOLIC ACTION ACTS IN BRADFORD Offered to Help Evacuation, but Not Given Authority

That the Bradford and District Council of Catholic Action, months before the outbreak of war, " saw something of the potential dangers and difficulties in the Government Evacuation Scheme and Council in Bradford last week.

" Through the help of our City Council members," reported hon. secretary Mr L. Scully, " contact was made with the evacuating authority, and an attempt was made to meet the difficulties before they arose.

Could Have Helped

" Perhaps had further authority been granted to the Council the more or less general chaos into which Catholic evacuated children were eventually plunged might have been avoided

"However this authority was never forthcoming, and the multifarious receiving authorities proceeded when evacuation became a necessity, to place Catholic schools in places where facilities for religious practice and instruction were non-existent.'

Discussing the work of the Council as a whole, the secretary said that its activities and plans had suffered as a result of the war. When certain economy measures in Bradford educational expenditure aimed at severely pruning grants to scholarship winners threatened to hit local Catholic secondary schools the Council was able to bring a great amount of pressure to bear, the co-operation of City Council members being again extremely valuable.

Malnutrition In Bradford

Other activities of the Council, which has eighteen Catholic organisations in affiliation, each with delegates, included co-operation with the Bradford Christian Council on social questions in an inquiry into malnutrition in Bradford and district; help given to Sheffield in the foundation of a Catholic Action Council there; and the help towards the formation of guilds for Catholic nurses, Civil Servants, etc.

Mr G. Wilson, who presided, was reelected chairman of the Council and Mr L. Scully was elected hon. secretarytreasurer.

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