Fonds GLG - Guild of Our Lady of Grace / Meryemana

Madonna of Ipswich, Lady Lane, Ipswich

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Guild of Our Lady of Grace / Meryemana


  • 1946 to September 2016 (Creation)

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2 archive boxes (GLG-01 / GLG-02)

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20 June 1919, born at Rosyth, Fife. He studied at Blairs College, Aberdeen, then Scots College, Rome, in 1939 awarded a Bachelor of Philosophy. Ordained in December 1943. 1 February 1944, a curate to St John’s Cathedral, Norwich, before going to High Wycombe. 1951 Parish priest at Sacred Heart, Southwold for seven years and built a new church at Halesworth. 1958, priest-in-charge at St Peter’s RC Church, Gorleston - parish hall built and in 1964 the church was consecrated on the 25th anniversary of its opening. 1967, Dean of Ipswich and was responsible for opening St Mark’s Primary School and completing St Alban’s Secondary School. 1976, Canon McBride became administrator when St John’s was made a cathedral and became Vicar General. October 1980 he became Parish priest in Dereham for 2 years before going to St Mary Magdalane Parish in Ipswich. Before retirement he spent 12 years at St Joseph’s, Sheringham.
24 April 2011: died

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1930: born
1978: Founding member of The Guild of Our Lady of Ipswich
2020: Died

Dr Maire Heley was born in St Albans on 22 July 1930 and attended a local convent school and grammar in London before winning a place at the Royal Free Hospital to study medicine. She won a national prize for surgery but always wanted to be a family doctor and after working at a hospital in Windsor she came to Ipswich as a GP. She had been a member British Medical Association for 66 years and a long-time parishioner at St Pancras, Ipswich.
She was instrumental in forging links with Nettuno in Italy which venerates a statue taken there by English sailors after it was rescued from the destruction of the English shrine. Maire supported, and was a representative at, many ecumenical functions in Ipswich. In her seventies she studied for the Maryvale Diploma in Evangelisation and Ministry and obtained a distinction. She also attended the East Anglia Diocesan adult learning courses that Bishop Michael Evans began.

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Jean Johnson, Ipswich

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Established in 1977
Guild Officers
1978: Alice Salisbury, Chairman; Jean Johnson, Secretary
1981: Mr T Cooke, Chairman; Jean Johnson, Secretary
1984: Mr T Cooke, Chairman; Stella Sanderson, Secretary
1986: Mr T Cooke, Chairman; Mrs J Willis, Secretary
1988: Miss Myra Newell, Secretary

1992: Chairman - Dr Heley; Secretary - Miss Myra Newell; Treasurer - Canon R Christian; Publicity Officer - Miss Judy Fell


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