Bishop Holland of Salford has stated: "We are faced with a matter of principle and parents expect the separate identity of the schools to be preserved." He was commenting on one of the two rows in the LongridgeSalmesbury area, near Preston. Lancs., which have provoked intense local feeling.
Banner headlines have appeared in the local press. One Fullwood councillor. Mr. William Attwater, told the Preston Rural Education Executive that Bishop Holland was "religiously biased" in his letter defending the action of the Salford Diocesan Schools Commission in refusing to allow some 20 pupils from St. Cecilia's Secondary Modern School, Longridge, to continue to attend the Longridge County Secondary School on the same campus.
Meanwhile another ban in nearby Sal mesbury brought further headlines and local radio comment. Fr. William Tiernan, P.P. of St. Mary's, Salford (which is in the country hallowed by the activities in penal days of St. John Southwood), forbade the teachers of the tiny parish ,school there to form a parentteacher association. He demanded that the three teachers sign an undertaking "condemning the false principles of the association."
Parents are planning to send a deputation to see Bishop Holland.