The death took place at Farnborough on Tueeday, in her 74th year, of Mrs. Mary Jane Rance. one of the oldest and best-known members of the Salesian parish, who had for many years been a most generous benefactor to the Church and, in particular, to the parish elementary school, which owed much of its development to her interest and gifts.
The funeral took place at Farnborough on Saturday after Solemn Requiem Mass at the Salesian Church. The Rev, A. J. Sutherland, GC. (Rector), officiated at the Mass and at the subsequent interment.
Tribute to Late Oratory Choralist "Catholic church musicians will learn with deep regret of the death of Percy James Bradford," writes Mr. Henry Washington, Musical Director of Brampton Oratory. " Though not himself a Catholic he devoted his rare gifts to the service of the Church during most of his lifetime, as composer, organist and choralist. A severe illness checked his career as organist ahd choirmaster in which capacity he spent some thirty years at Our Lady of Victories, Kensington, and Holy Trinity, Brook Green.
" On his recovery he went to Brompton Oratory where hogave sixteen years of distinguished service as alto singer until the recent illness which led to his death at the age of 71."
C.O.M. Sodality World Day in the East End Due to conditions imposed by the present emergency, the C.O.M. May Rally at Westminster was postponed, and it was therefore left to the initiative of individual Sodalities to celebrate "Sodality World Day "' in a fitting manner. The Rev. Directors of the Sodalities in the neighbouring parishes of St. Mary's (Moorfields), St Monica's (Hoxton), and St. Anne's (Underwood Road) decided to hold a joint celebration, and Rev. Mother, Convent of Mercy, Crispin Street,
offered use of the Convent for the occasion.
Leading Seaman Thomas I. Can (22), whose wife lives in Preston, an old boy of St. Walburgh's School, has been awarded the D.S.M. for great skill, endurance and devotion to duty.
On Saturday, May 6, at St. Martin's School of Art, J. Lewis May, F5q. (author of Cardinal Newman, The Oxford Movement. etc.), read a paper before the Soaiety on " Newman as an Educationist." The chairman was the Dean of St. Paul's. President of the Society.
A pupil of the Becket School, West Bridgford, Notts, the Augustinians of the Assumption Secondary School for Boys, 12-years-old Norman Nelson, of Nottingham, won the open challenge gold medal foi violin playing as well as two firsts at the Mansfield Musical Festival, Notts. " We shall hear more of him in days to come," said the Adjudicator,. Dr F. H. Wood.
Fr. J. C Heeuan, D.D., figured on a platform at East Ham Girls' Grammot' School on Thursday, with the Anglican Rector of Little Ilford and the Superjntendent of East Ham Methodist Mission, for a discussion on " Religion in the Schools." There was a large attendance for this interesting meeting and the utmost cordiality prevailed. The three speakers were humorously referred to as " The Three Musketeers." The meeting was arranged by the East Ham Local Council for Educational Advance, of which Dr. Heenan is secretary.