15 countries last year by Help the Aged, Most of the aid went to the Indian sub-continent.
Parishioners at the Sacred Heart Church, Caterham, Surrey, held a sponsored walk and a May Fayre last weekend to raise funds for a new parish centre. The centre, which will cost about £60,000, will be built to celebrate the parish's centenary.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants has produced a series of four booklets giving practical advice to charities on financial management, budgeting and accounts. They are available from the Publications Department. PO Box 433, Chartered Accountants' Hall. Moorgate Place, London, EC2.
Selby Choral Society will present Benjamin Britten's "St Nicholas" and "A Ceremony of Carols" in Selby Abbey, Yorkshire, on May 20 at 7.30 pm. Admission is LI (students and senior citizens 50p).
The media, food production, tourism and education will be some of the issues studied in an eightweek course on world development to be held at Fircroft College, Selly Oak, Birmingham, on evenings this month and nest. Details from Development Education Centre, Selly Oak Colleges, Bristol Road, Birmingham 29.
A weekend conference with slides and films on St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross will be held at Harborne Hall, Old Church Road, Birmingham 17, from May 12 to 14.
"Vatican Council II, Fifteen Years On" will be the theme of a talk by Fr E. Clarke at the Catholic Chaplaincy, Harrisons Road, Birmingham 15, on May 16 at 8 pm.
A holiday community retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius will be held at Inverallort Castle, in the Scottish Highlands,
from July 4 to Contact Fr Gerry Hughes, Si, Christian Life Movement, 120 West Heath Road, London ISMS.
A Symposium on Sexual Ethics is to be held on May 20 at Chelsea College, Manrcsa Road, London, SW3. It has been organised by the Victoria Institute, which promotes investigation of the relation between science and Christian Faith. Details from the Victoria Institute, 130 Wood Street, Cheapside, London, EC2.
The Christian Life Movement will hold a picnic at Wooton Warren, near Solihull, on May 21, Details from Brian Austin, 13 Amroth Mews, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
The Irish Tourist Board has some 40 films of Ireland in good condi(ion which have been superseded by more recent ones. They are offering
them tree to schools who may find them useful. Contact Mr Derek Mulrooney, Irish Tourist Board, Ireland House, 150 New Bond Street, London WI. (Telephone 0142 3201.)
At Grace Dieu Manor, Whawick, Leicestershire, 35 young people, four priests and two nuns met together recently for a programme of prayer and discussion called 'In Touch.'
The Human Rights Society, the anti-euthanasia organisation, is to broadcast an "Open Door" programme on BBC2 on Monday. Malcolm Muggeridge will give the commentary on the programme and the chairman of the Human Rights Society, Norman St John-Stevas,
will also appear. About 60 members of the Human Rights Society attended the annual general meeting of the society in Sheffield last weekend.
Baroness Philips, JP, and Mrs Rosa George, the author of popular prayer-books were the main speakers at the Catholic Women of the Year annual lunch at Quaglino's, London, SW1, on Tuesday, the proceeds will go to the Jinja Groups Trust which helps non-graduate young people doing voluntary work in developing countries.
* * * The Birmingham Catholic Teachers' Association will hold an open forum on "Small Schools heir Future?" at St Catherine of Sienna Primary School, Great Colmore Street, Edgbaston, Birmingham, on May I I at 4.45 p.m. Speakers will include Canon Peter Reilly, chairman of the Diocesan Schools Commission, and Miss Sheila Wright, former Birmingham Education Committee chairman. Details from Mr P. J. Williams (Telephone 021 444 1457).
Five goats from a South London farm visited Macaulay Primary School, Clapham, this week to help the children learn about the uses and problems of animals in developing countries. The event was organised by Christian Aid to launch a series of colour broadsheets called "Animals We Need".
Parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Thames Ditton, Surrey, have raised a record £400 for an appeal made by the helpers of the Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust. This year the trust has taken 1,200 children to Lourdes, and the parish's contribution has risen steadily from £85 in 1972 to £327. in 1977 before reaching this year's record total.
Harvey, Bishop in North London, and Mr Robert Kahn, national director of the Catholic Housing Aid Society. Details from Miss I. Windmuller, 390 Parrs Wood Road, Didsbury, Manchester.
"Freedom in Contemporary Society." is the theme of a series of Wednesday lunch-time dialogues at Southwark Anglican Cathedral in June. Sir Keith Joseph and Mr 'Tony Wedgwood Berm will be inter. viewed by the Dean of Westminster on "Freedom in Democracy" on June 14 and 21. The organisers hope to get two other prominent public figures to discuss issues of education and industrial relations.
John Shirley Quirk and Jose Luis Garcia will be the soloists at a concert in Southwark Anglican Cathedral on May 10 at 8 pm in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The programme by the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox, will include Mozart's Magic Flute Overture and Haydn's London Symphony. Tickets 1 to £5: telephone bookings 01-340 7010.
Mr Patrick O'Donovan will be among the speakers at a summer school on Social Work and the Local Church at 1 lawkestone Hall, Shropshire, from August 25 to 29, organised by the Guild of Catholic Professional Social Workers.
Other speakers include Bishop
A buffet dinner for ex-staff and managers of St Gregory's School, Woodfield Road, Ealing has been arranged for July 14 at 8 p.m. It will be laid on by the present staff. Any former staff members who want to go should contact the headmaster in writing as soon as possible.