AS reported briefly last week, Archbishop Grimshaw of Birmingham has joined the Anglican Bishop of Lichfield and the Free Church authorities in signing the University College of North Staffordshire's appeal for a permanent chapel for the college.
The University College opened in 1950 as an all-residential University-the first in this country since the Reformationand is situated in its own grounds at Keele. about three miles from Newcastle-under-. Lyme.
Because of its distance from Newcastle and other centres, religious services have had to he held in the college, and Mass has been said there since the earliest students came into residence.
Hitherto the only chapel accommodation has been a Nissen hut used by all Communions.
The new chapel building is designed to provide ample accommodation for all with the minimum of interference with any one group by another. Behind the main altar there will be a screen which can shut off a further space for 60 people, which will normally be self-contained and beyond which is a further self-contained little sanctuary which is the Catholic chapel, which can be screened off when the common floor space is needed by nonCatholics.
There will also be a large room with direct access to the Catholic chapel: this will serve as a sacristy, as a room for the chaplain. Fr. John F. R. Tolkien. to sec students, and as somewhere to house the Catholic library gradually being built up.
The total cost of the whole building is £60,000. and, as Catholics will share in the use of the whole building as well as having the exclusive use of their own chapel and chaplain's room, it is hoped that Catholics in general will support the appeal.