NEW SENIOR SCHOOL AT ERDINGTON NEARLY COMPLETE The work on the new Catholic Senior School at Erdington, Birmingham, is now almost complete.
The original tender was for 115,357, but additional items not provided for in it, to cost £1,526, were considered hs the City Council recently and agreed to, subject to the approval of the Whitehall authorities concerned.
Grant up to 75 per cent, on this item is also allowed.
The total cost of the new school will not now be far short of £17,000.
CANON RING ENTERTAINS FIVE HUNDRED CHILDREN
On Thursday, January 11, 500 children of the Commercial Road parish who have not been evacuated or who have returned from evacuation areas, were entertained to a New Year's party by their rector, Mgr. Canon Ring.
In a short address Canon Ring said that he was extremely grateful to the L.C.C. for all they have done for the evacuated children; some of them had been taken to Brighton for safety. but there is no place safe in these dangerous times.
I he perils of the air raids were very serious, but the perils to the mind and upbringing and religious ltvea of the children would be much greater Sf they were detached from their own schools. their Own priests and teachers.
At the conclusion of his speech the children pledged themselves in no uncertain manner that they would never be induced to attend non-Catholic schools.
CHILDREN " BILLETED" AT UGBROOKE PARK
Children of St. Michael's Cpn vent, North Finchley, London, who have been evacuated and are now resident at Ugbrooke Park, near Exeter, the Devon mansion of Lord Clifford of Chudleigh, have lately been in the news on account of their palatial " billets."
The house, which stands in a park of over 600 acres, has its own private chapel.
Lord Clifford of Chridleigh, who is 81. is an authority on radiology and a noted scientiet; hc is the ninth baron, the first being the celebrated Caroline convert and Cabal Minister, who befriended Dryden.
There is a tradition that Dryden wrote part of The Hind and the Panther at Ugbrooke„ which still boasts a "Dryden'a Grove."
A new Catholic elementary schoni for Bridgwater was inaugurated last week at premises adjoining St. Joseph's Church in Chapel Street
The school has been started through the efforts of the Rev. Michael C. Byrne, the parish priest, and the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary who recently came to Bridgwater from West Africa and founded a convent at East Croft. Durieigh Road.
To provide the school, two houses belonging to the church were reconstructed at a cost of about 1200. There are seven class-rooms, with accommodation for about 150 children, together with playgrounds for boys and girls.
The desks were given by the Bishop of Clifton. The Missionary Sisters will form the staff.