By Austin Lyons pLANNING permission has been given to the
Sons of Divine Providence to go ahead with their scheme to build a Sunrise Village for aged and infirm people at Up Holland, near Wigan, in Lancashire.
AMPLEFORTH OPENS NEW CHURCH
Catholic Herald Correspondent
Designed in attractive simplicity to blend perfectly into the steep hillside from which the ledge on which it was built was cut, St. Aidan's Church at Oswaldkirk., Hemsley, North Yorkshire, was last Sunday blessed and opened by the Abbot of Ampleforth, Dorn Basil Hume.
The church is almost square in shape but the height reduces from the sanctuary which faces on to the main street of the village, to the entrance at the rear. No pillars protrude and the whole congregation has an uninterrupted view of the altar and can take full part in liturgical ceremonies, Local stone facing assists the blend into the hillside which overlooks the broad sweep of the plain southwards to York. St. Aidan's is the first venture away from the traditional of any church tinder the charge of Ampleferth Abbey, one of whose old boys, Mr. F,wan Blackledge of Liverpool, is one of the architects. The college boys have another close connection with the building of the church as they made the benches in their spare time under the dire,ction of the staff. On Sunday last parishioners had breakfast together after Solemn High Mass. The church will be consecrated by Bishop Brunner on Sunday, January 19.
Mgr. Canon William H. Hunting, treasurer and secretary of the Northampton Catholic Diocesan Finance Board, has been appointed a Domestic Prelate by Pope Paul.
Sir Keith Joseph. Minister of Housing and Local Government gave the green light to the Order a few days before Christmas.
"All the community are overjoyed; this is the best Christmas present we could have had," Fr. Joseph Tirello, priest in charge of the Up Holland Novitiate said this week, Sunrise Village is to he built on a site near to the new novitiate which is also being built.
The go-ahead from the Housing Minister follows a local enquiry held at Up Holland a few weeks ago following public objection from a number of local residents.
The Minister said he had agreed with his inspector's views. The inspector had noted that the proposal was intended to serve both old people caring for themselves and those who were sick or infirm, and that this required a specialised centre which need not of necessity he closely associated with the Town Centre.
The proposal would be suitable to the area and would not be detrimental to the Green Belt area between Skelmersdaie New Town and Wigan.
The Minister considered that the proposed location was a sound one, but regretted that, in the interests of a better layout, a properly integrated scheme for the envisa e d "Sunrise Village", which included this proposal was not submitted at the outset instead of piecemeal applications.
With regard to three suggested alternative sites, it was considered that the two suggested by the local planning authority — bearing in mind the probable height of the buildings involved—would be too close to the houses on the fringe of the existing community, and that the third site would be too far away from the seminary for efficient administration.
Planning permission was therefore granted subject to a condition relating to the design and external appearance of the buildings and the landscaping of the site.
The scheme, which already has the support of the Up Holland District Council and the Lancashire County Council will cost about £250,000. It will comprise a number of multi-storey flatlets, an infirmary, a home for communal care and a social centre which will contain a cinema, a library, a recreation room, etc.