AMESSAGE of greeting and blessing went to the South London parish of St. Anselm, Tooting Bec, last week from the successor of St. Anselm himself.
From the Abbey of Our Lady of Bee in Normandy the Abbot sent his good wishes to Fr. Le Warne on his silver jubilee and to the parish which celebrated the event by producing a pageant of plays, tableaux and commentary on the history of the Church in England, with special reference to Tooting Bee.
Ten months ago three priests, Fr. Desmond and Fr. Kenny, both assistant priests at St. Anselm's, and Fr. Byrne, parish priest at Vauxhall, got together to plan the pageant.
Last week 300 parishioners gave five performances in the convent grounds to large numbers of Catholics and non-Catholics. The Mayor and Mayoress attended with Capt. Adams, M.P.
Mr. William Cope. who portrayed St. Anselm, was awarded a cup by the Wandsworth Council of Arts for being one of the best amateur actors in the borough for the year.
Scenes from the life of St. Anselm were followed by a tableau showing the visit of St. Anselm, Abbot of Bee, to the little priory of Totyngbek in 1079. (Picture on page 4.)