By IRIS CONLAY
I FELT ashamed of myself. When I went to the 25th birthday party last week of the Interval Club-that happy-family, homefrom-home for theatrical folk in Dean Street, London-I was welcomed with the warmth accorded to one long lost.
And the reason? I had once written a story for my paper about their club. Didn't I
No, I had entirely forgotten. What had occasioned the story? The club's 10th birthday ... Fifteen years ago, and it is still remembered.
But after a very Mort time in the club's tightly-packed little dining room, where Archbishops and actors are equally at home. I realised that the whole reason for the Interval's immense success lies in just such touches of gen.as whereby the humblest little newspaper reporter is not forgotten after 15 years. Whereby to get a welcome members do not have to puff themselves out to appear vastly successful.
In the Interval Club there really exists a Christian feeling. The criterian by which a member is judged is neither success, nor money, but I should guess it is by the spirit of a good trouper.
Mgr. Myers, the newly-appointed Co-adjutor to the Cardinal, who is the club's patron, stressed this at the party. He said that he felt sure that what had kept the Interval Club going through those difficult years of the war. when so many far more important and much richer clubs had disappeared, was the members' readiness to help each other.
Patricia Hayes also had something to say about the special Interval spirit. She thought it was so splendid that there was no need ever to pretend about yourself in the club. All this " keeping up of appearances," whioh is so tiring when you are not doing so brilliantly. was quite unnecessary
there. The club catered for the majority in the theatre world, and the majority are the not-sosuccessful.
And lest. from what has been said about all the lesser people, it be assumed that the club has no greater members it is only necessary to have seen the talent that packed a mock pantomime entitled " A Fig for Cinderella " which followed the festivities of lunch.
NEW HOME WANTED
The Interval plans a professional theatre group producing first-class professional plays. It is threatened with the loss of its premises in Dean Street. It could do well with something like the Royalty Theatre
for its developing activities. Although the Royalty theatre is available. it asks £60,000 for the freehold.
But I shouldn't be a bit surprised if that wonderful secretary of the club. Miss Molly Balvaird Hewett,
doesn't find the money. Meet her just once. and you'll know why the Interval Club succeeds.
Bishop opens new home for mothers
Hill View, a Georgian mansion not far from Bristol, was opened last week as a home for mothers and babies by Mgr. Rudderham, Bishop of Clifton.
It was severely damaged by tire during the war but was bought by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in 1949. T hey have converted it into a comfortable and well equipped establishment with accommodation for 22 mothers and babies.
The Irish Ambassador, Mr. Boland, and Mr. de Valera will attend the St. Patrick's Day Mass celebrated by Mgr. Cowderoy. Bishop of Southwark. in Southwark Pro-Cathedral.
Members of the Metropolitan Catholic Teachers' Association attended the second of a series of lectures on religious training for children being given by Fr. Hugh McKay, 0.F.M., at the Convent of Notre Dame. Southwark. The next lecture will be on March 15 at 6 p.m.
Canon Cyril Restieaux, administrator of Nottingham Cathedral, has started a second series of talks for non-Catholics in the Cathedral. After the first course 22 converts were received.