ATHOLICS in the North Nottinghamshire pit village of New 011erton have won their fight to have a licensed social club-despite objections from local Methodists.
Magistrates at Worksop ruled in favour of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, approving the registration of their new f11,000 club due to open next month.
After the hearing the parish priest, Fr. James McGhie, said : "Our relationship with the Methodist Church is still good in spite of this. If the Methodists want to use the club for any function, I'm sure our committee would give them favourable consideration."
Three weeks ago the magistrates postponed their decision so that they could inspect the club.
'GREAT PROBLEM' At the earlier hearing the local Methodist minister, the Rev. Frank Longley, who is a teetotaller. gave evidence against the licensing of the club. He said : "Alcoholism is a great problem in our country today."
Mr. Longley, who helped to organise a 65-signature protest petition. said people living nearby feared the possibility of disorderly behaviour and inconvenience over the parking of cars.
The chairman of the bench, Mr. John Wilkinson, said the magistrates considered the club to be in first-class order, with all necessary facilities.
Play in tribute to Mgr. Nugent
APLAY drawing crowds at Liverpool Playhouse, "Black Spot on the Mersey," by Ray Dunbobbin, is a tribute to Mgr. James Nugent, who died in 1905 aged 83. He did great work in the slums of the city, particularly for children, after the Irish invasion following the potato famine of the "Hungry Forties."
LIVERPUDLIAN THEME Mgr. Nugent is commemorated by a statue in the garden near St. George's Hall, overlooking the road complex leading to the Mersey Tunnel, only a few yards from the theatre.'
The theme of the play is Liverpool itself, which even before the invasion was unable to cope with the expansion of industrialisation involving human suffering on a tremendous scale.