MPS have called for changes in the law to allow both Sunday racing and betting shows to open in the evenings. The reforms were proposed in a report issued by the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee. However, it did not favour permitting betting shops to open on Sundays.
PUPILS and staff at St Ambrose College, Hale Burns, Cheshire, have raised almost £1,000 to aid the plight of the Kurds, following prayer vigils for peace in the Gulf. "Cakes for the Kurds" sales raised £457, and a staff car boot sale produced £550. The money was sent for distribution In Catholic charity CAFOD.
TWO Catholic girls' schools joined forces last week in St Alban's church, Finchley, for a performance of Mozart's Vespers to commemorate the bi-centenary of the composer's death. La Retraite School's scholarship choir and St Michael's School choir were joined by soloists Karen Woodhouse and Catherine Wyn-Rogers.
A NEW extension at St Gregory's School, Cheltenham, has been officially opened and blessed by Bishop Mervyn Alexander of Clifton and the Abbot of Douai. The new building, the construction of which began in 1989, provides six open-plan classrooms, two reading rooms, and an additional hall for PE.
MARYVALE Institute in northwest Birmingham is launching a Master of Education degree in association with Hull University. The institute, which began as a religious education centre in the Birmingham archdiocese, now services over 2,000 students a year, and launched the first distance learning degree in Catholic theology last year.
AN exhibition of church art goes on display at the Bar Convent Museum in Blossom Street, York, from next Saturday. The work of Renate Melinsky, a designer who trained at SI Martin's School of Art in London, concentrates on the design and interpretation of symbols in church art.
A ROCHDALE vicar plans to preach a year's sermons in one day this Saturday. The event, which will necessitate a non-stop eight-hour stint, is intended to raise money through sponsorship to bring a group of eight people from Romania to England in August. The Rev Alan Litton, vicar of St Clement's church, hopes to raise at least £2,000.