Waterworks need site THE only independent Catholic school in Wednesbury, Staffs, St Mary's Convent, is to close next July because the South Staffordshire Waterworks Co. Ltd. is to build a new reservoir at the rear of the building. The school is run by the Sisters of Charity of St. Paul and was founded over 34 years ago
The 111 children, 46 of whom arc non-Catholic, will be placed in local junior and secondary schools, although some of the delicate pupils might experience some difficulty. The parish priest, Fr. J. F. Bromfield, said that one child in particular, a spastic, would have to attend a special school.
"The convent does not come under my management," he went on, "but the explanation given to me for the closure is that the waterworks company feels compelled to make use of the land for a new reservoir which will cater for the new housing schemes being undertaken.
"The company feels that being on top of a hill this site is most suitable, and unfortunately another one cannot be found. I understand the land is to be purchased compulsorily."
Ordained by their 'Head'
Two old boys of the Becket School. Nottingham. were ordained on December 20 by their former Headmaster, Bishop Beak of Salford, at St. Barnabas' Cathedral, Nottingham. The ordinands, Robert Henshaw and Benedict Sketchley, both of Nottingham, are Augustinians of the Assumption