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Abbot Egan to Bishop: Arrangements for selling property in Strood; Going to Surrey for 3 weeks treatment

Mr Took is dealing with the sale and will try to ensure that a fair price is obtained for the Sisters. The property is well placed for developers to use as the town in expanding rapidly and houses are going up quickly. Any move to get them canonically established should wait until the financials are settled appropriately. Any risk in moving to Aldeburgh will soon work out as the Sisters are courageous and work hard. Any further letters should be sent to "Metcalf's Hydro, Richmond Hill, Surrey", as the Abbot is have 3 weeks treatment for his aches and pains.

Egan, Erkenwald Abbot OSB

Abbot Egan to Bishop: Information about the Oblates of St Benedict

Abbot Egan provides information in response to the Bishop's questions.
The Oblates of St Benedict are attached to his Abbey but are not religious in the strict sense of the work. They live and work within the community under a rule drawn up by the Abbot with Bishop Amigo's approval. He provides some history of the group and reports that Mgr Serafini of the Congregation of Religious in Rome supports their intent to become a proper religious group. Abbot Egan says that they a hard working and zealous and will be sorely missed by their Parish Priest. Indeed if he could find room for them in the Abbey then he would snap them up. They have no income except for that derived form the school which has 100 pupils (protestant children from Strood and Chatham). They are mortgaged to £2750 to Fooks & Arnold. Sr Scholastica is very well educated. He recommends them to the Bishop and suggests that a decision to let them go to Aldeburgh will not be regretted.
manuscript annotation: "Answered. Thanks for information."

Egan, Erkenwald Abbot OSB

Abbot Neve to Bishop: Establishing a foundation in Aldeburgh

(French manuscript) Abbot Neve has pleasure in telling the Bishop that the Prioress of the Bethany Monastery [Priory?] agrees to send a professed religious to Aldeburgh with a view to a foundation there. She will not be able to come before 8 December. The Prioress will send details to the Superior of the Oblates of Aldeburgh. The nun must contact Rome to obtain canonical direction for the new congregation - this will not happen until next Spring. After that they will come under the Bishops control. Finishes by saying he will be in England at the end of October and will try to meet the Bishop.
Manuscript annotation "Wrote [undecipherable]. Away till Nov. 10 home till 17th Nov. Oct. 28/26.".

Nève, Théodore Dom (1879-1963)

Bishop Brown to Bishop: Oblates of St Benedict

Bishop Brown confirms the Oblates of St Benedict are under a foundation of Abbot Egan. They will be in dire financial difficulty if they cannot sell their property (school, convent and grounds) according to Philip Fooks of Arnold Fooks & Co. Their problems arise from a new Secondary School opened by nuns at Chatham. Fr Nugent [PP?] thinks well of them.

Brown, William Francis Rev (1862-1951)

Fr Davidson to Bishop: Account of activities to get Oblates of St Benedict's to Aldeburgh

Has been to Strood to see the sisters at work - impressed by them. The finances depend on the Chatham nuns buying the place as a going concern. He believes they will be successful after the first year. He mentions a "University Pilgrimage" which he thinks won't come off. He encourages the Bishop to visit to show / demonstrate solidarity with him as parish priest.

Davidson, Charles Madgwick Rev DD BA

Fr Davidson to Bishop: Cardinal visiting; £100 mortgage to do house and grounds

The Cardinal, a patron of the nuns [Serafini?], is visiting Woodbridge and lunching at Aldeburgh. Can the Bishop attend for lunch on 24th? heard from Canon Tonks. Does not need funds raised from sale of land; considers the house is sufficient and needs a little work. Hence the request for a mortgage of £100 to enable him to address the house and grounds.
Manuscript annotation: "Answered. Sorry cannot come to lunch on 24th. You must do the honours for the Card. If you can do without more money then I shall be grateful. The money for sale of old [indecipherable] , Normanhurst land go towards purchase of Normanhurst; U.S. Maryland[?] goes towards old liabilities. Fr Long will be no good to you for a long time."

Davidson, Charles Madgwick Rev DD BA

Fr Davidson to Bishop: Oblates of St Benedict; possible house for them; asking Bishop's support

Encloses reception forms for two people under instruction for last six months.
Abbot Egan and others speak highly of the Oblates of St Benedict who could take on a house, Eaton Lodge, for a school. It has enough rooms, grounds and a separate street entrance. Two nuns visited and are pleased with the house. Fr Davidson can guarantee their rent for three years, He has asked them to write to the Bishop. Asks the Bishop to approve of the foundation which could be in place by the time the church opens.
Manuscript PS: "It is a fact that a man from Yorkshire is coming to see the house next week and is not the usual estate agent stunt."
Manuscript annotation: "Answered. Written to Bishop Brown and Abbot Egan. Let me have any other letters you may have about them. Feb. 2/25."

Davidson, Charles Madgwick Rev DD BA

Fr Delaney to Bishop: Maintenance; Poor Mission application; House furnishing and decoration costs

Cannot form an estimate of income from the visitors during the season, therefore will ask Canon Ashmole for an application form for the Poor Mission fund soon. Costs of furnishing, repairing and decorating the presbytery were high; the nuns only advanced half his last quarter salary; getting the workmen our the house (fourteen of them) was an issue. No problem with putting the chapel on the garden in fact he might be able to get an additional strip of land as a gift. After his return from Paris, Fr Delaney hopes to do great things with building fund and maintenance fund. Would like to get building soon since it is difficult to accommodate the existing congregation without including visitors. Numbers are increasing 3 recantations in both Aldeburgh and Leiston; four ready for full baptism; three babies for baptism.

Delaney, Vincent Rev

Fr Delaney to congregation: Situation report; appeal for support

A draft notice. Note at top: “This is interesting was typed for the congregation to read.”

Aldeburgh. A presbytery has been purchased, and repairs executed, amounting in all to £900. The presbytery has been fitted up & furnished. A temporary Oratory has been fitted up & furnished. A site consisting of 6 plots of land has been purchased freehold.
A sum of £100 for the building of a Church at Aldeburgh has been found [annotation in a different hand: ”by Bp Keating!”].
A Catholic architect has been engaged, & I hope to begin the building of the Church early in 1921, to be completed & opened on the Feast of the S. Heart 1921.
A little over a year ago the Bishop wrote me concerning the approaching departure of the French Community, & whilst allowing me a little while to see what I could do to save the two missions of Aldeburgh & Leiston, which I had founded, told me that the Diocese could do nothing to help me.
In this time at Leiston a freehold site has been purchased. A Church has been erected & finished, Lighting installations have been paid for. Ornaments, Sacred vessels & Vestments have been secured. A motor cycle has been purchased by means of which I have been able to hold regular services at Leiston & visit my large district of 20 miles radius.
Anyone can read between the lines of this short review, & doubtless one will ask how has it all been done, because apart from all this there has been the up-keep of the two missions, & personal & household expenses.
Concerning the up-keep of the two missions, this has been a difficult matter for the last year but I am to be relieved of this in the future by the perfect organisation & running of an Altar Society in each Mission.
As regards other expenses, this will also be an easier mater in the future.
With all this bright & happy outlook, there is yet a stranglehold on the mission.
It may be asked I have said, how has all this good work been accomplished. Doubtless with much personal self-sacrifice, & at most times by allowing personal & household debt to stand & accumulate in order to keep the missions afloat, & supply all necessary for the continuance of the Divine Services. That is I say now a stranglehold & I am being pressed for payment, I have been requested to try & settle all by Dec 1st 1920 & in order to do this I shall need at least £100.
I present this little review to you & appeal to you to stretch out a helping hand to me. I do not come to you before my days work, but at the close, when though tired and weary, I feel happy & thank God, that He has given me the courage and strength to face the crisis, to work for Him, His Holy Church & for you all & that he has blessed & made that work prosper.
I intend to have a flag day on Sunday Nov 28th & I trust in Divine Providence & your generous Catholic hearts that you will enable me to surmount my difficulties on Dec 1st.
Praying God to bless you & yours.
I am
Yours devotedly etc.
V.D.

Delaney, Vincent Rev

Fr Mason to Bishop Cary-Elwes: Confessor; Mass at Dunwich

Servite Sisters of Beccles have asked him to be their Confessor-Extraordinary following Fr Vermuelen's departure. Permission to say mass at Dunwich (on St Felix, March 8) for himself or Fr Davidson. Bitter weather - much sickness and want.
manuscript annotation: "Yes to both, this letter is I fear too late, but can have any Mass [illegible], Sent faculty for confessor-extraordinary for Beccles nuns Mch 7/29"

St Leger Mason, Henry Patrick Rev (-1940)

News cuttings 1924-1927

Inside front cover: Instructions on how to use the gummed pages (moisten) and overlapping items
Flyleaf
6 blue feint ruled index pages – A-D; E-H; I-M; N-Q; E-V; W-Z
100 sides gummed pages with vertical ruling and waxed interleaving pages between each.
Material from 1924 to 1953, over 28 pages.

Contents:
Index page A-D: Manuscript:
“1924 Page 1 -2
1926 Page 3-4
1926 Page 4-5
1927 Page 6
Dunwich Page 7-10”
Index pages – rest – empty.

Page 1 – 4 cuttings
a. manuscript date January 1924 – Best wishes to Fr Davidson from Cambridge to the missions at Leiston and Aldeburgh
b. manuscript date January 1924 – Fr Davidson to Aldeburgh-on-Sea and Leiston having been assistant priest for 5 years at Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge.
c. manuscript date January 1924 – Announcing arrival of Rev C M Davidson DD BA on Wednesday February 27.
d. manuscript date July 1924 – Contract for new church signed; Bishop to lay foundation stone on July 16.

Page 2 – one cutting in two parts
manuscript date October 1924 – description of the foundation ceremony with Bishop Cary-Elwes; £1,000 still needs of the £5,000 cost; List of celebrants including Mrs Parnell who provided part of her house as temporary chapel during the erection of the church.

Page 3 – 5 cuttings
a. manuscript date January 1925 – progress in building the church; tower now a landmark for fishermen
b. manuscript date April 1925 – Midnight Mass celebrated; on Jan 21 a children's play with orchestral support was performed “King Pepin's Bride”
c. (in three parts) manuscript date July 1925 – March 25 first part of church dedicated to Our Lady and St Peter by Bishop Cary-Elwes; description of construction; list of attendees; arrival on March 14 of the Oblates of St Benedict in Aldeburgh.

Page 4 – 5 cuttings
a. manuscript date October 1925 – Mrs Eyre donates more items; 8 July, garden fete; 9 August visitation by Bishop; reception and Compline at Convent
b. manuscript date January 1926 – Cardinal Bourne visit on 25 November; tour of Convent
c. manuscript date April 1926 – 28 December new presbytery (“Normanhurst”) occupied; St Joseph iron, 9 foot, statue, from Ursuline Convent, erected in church grounds. 21 February inauguration in Leiston of Guild of Blessed Sacrament.
d. manuscript date July 1926 – First anniversary Mass and statue of St Joseph blessed
e. undated – Aylesbury poorest mission in a diocese of poor missions. Fr Scott retires from there to Walton-on-the-Naze.

Page 5 – 5 cuttings
a. (2 parts) manuscript date December 1926 – Corpus Christi process; Commander & Mrs Webster invited 60 to a children's entertainment in the grounds of Kelsale Place; Leiston Army Hut redecorated
b. manuscript date April 1927 – Lantern lectures for the winter months - Fr Fabian Dox OP, Mr Wilfrid Child, Miss M Berkeley, Fr Duchemin.
c. manuscript date July 1927 – Leiston Army hut redecorated inside & out; 200 year-old curtains donated by Mrs Eyre were hung either side of the altar; Fr Vassall-Phillips retreat for Ladies at Convent
d. undated – statue of St Peter placed in niche over porch entrance

Page 6 – 4 cuttings
a. (4 parts) manuscript date October 1927 – Building fund fete in Kelsale [Place} on 27 July; as at 31 August debt now £30; August 14 pilgrimage to Dunwich and the ruins of the old Catholic Church of all Saints, Papal blessing given

Page 7 - 3 cuttings
a. manuscript “Woodbridge Chronicle”, undated – Over 1,000 Catholics assembled at Grey Friars ruins to honour Bishop St Felix and process to Dunwich.
b. undated – outline history and a description of procession
c. manuscript “Tablet” undated – Description of pilgrimage in honour of St Felix.

Page 8 – 2 cuttings
a. (two parts) many “Leiston Observer” - detailed description of the St Felix pilgrimage and homily by Fr Benedict, a Capuchin friar.

Page 9 – 2 cuttings
a. manuscript “Universe” – description of St Felix pilgrimage
b. description of St Felix pilgrimage – (300 attending); thanks to Mr Arnold of Dunwich for permission to use the Greyfriars field.

Page 10 – Telegram form
Stamped 13 August 1927 and timed 8.28am; Origination Rome at 7.32, 25 words:
“Father Davidson Catholic Presbytery Aldeburgh on Sea Sfk Holy Father grants faculty impart apostolic benediction formally pilgrimage Dunwich seventy anniversary coming saint Felix Card Gachparri”

Page 11 – 4 B&W photographs
1&2 same – crowd scene; banners and people clothed n white (middle left); ruins of Grey Friars on right skyline.
2 – Image of scout leading scout troop in front of group of women clothed in white robes and white lace veil. St Felix banner in left of picture
3 – scene of scouts and ladies in white lining a path(?); grass area in mid/left foreground

Page 12 – 1 cutting; 1 letter
a. “Universe Special Correspondent” Dunwich, Friday – history behind pilgrimage. Annual pilgrimage in August.
b. Letter dated 16 March 1928 (first page only, other side hidden by being glued to page) – re Holy Mass being said in Dunwich

Page 13 – 5 B&W photographs
a. Crowd scene in front of archway; priest with biretta and man in sash in centre with banners to rear and left.
b. Street scene; crowd to lower front and right, building wall to left. St Felix banner to fore of procession following
c. St Felix banner (“Saint Felix / First Bishop of Dunwich / Apostle of East Anglia”) and 5 men in cassocks stand beside hedge on road.
d. Priest addresses crowd in field
e. Priests, one standing one kneeling, wearing birettas in centre; crowd (some kneeling) in background

Page 14 – 1 manuscript page
Manuscript report headed “Dunwich Pilgrimage”. 2nd annual pilgrimage description.

Page 15 – 1 cutting
Caption: “Dunwich: Father Thomson, of Woodbridge, performing the ceremony of Blessing of the Sea when the Catholic pilgrimage in honour of St. Felix was revived on Sunday (Photo by Waddell, Leiston.)”

Page 16 – 3 cuttings
a. [Dated after 1945/6] - 16th Catholic pilgrimage at Dunwich, cancelled during war years. Fr WT Jolly, Secretary of the Guild of St Felix and St Edmund, conducted the service with the sermon given by Canon Davidson
b. Article describing the pilgrimage and the history of St Felix; Names of celebrants.
c. undated – mention of the local legend of the bells of Dunwich's 50 churches.

Page 17 – 2 cuttings
a. Image of procession; caption outlines Dunwich being swept in to sea
b. Short description of the pilgrimage and mention of the Guild of SS Felix and Edmund.

Page 18 – 2 B&W photographs; 1 cutting
a. Procession along road
b. Procession being lead by 4 young men in cleric robes first carry crucifix. St Felix banner visible being carried along behind them.
c. advertisement for pilgrimage – half visible – meet[?] Dunwich High Street 3.30pm / Cliff: Sermon and Benediction / [?] Chapel 4pm …

Page 19 – 2 B&W photographs
a. Original photograph as used in clipping on page 17. Procession lead by crucifix and banner, winding along cliff side.
b. Crowd scene, ruins in background, several men/youths (3 clearly in (a) above) in robes surrounding robed priest in foreground (Fr Davidson?) holding an aspergillum

Page 20 – 2 cuttings
a. No reference to RC Churches or parish – glued in wrong side up?
b. manuscript date 1947 (1946?) - remarking that a handful of German prisoners were in the pilgrimage congregation and musing on how many nationalities might have attended if it had been organised in the war years.

Page 21 – 3 cuttings
a. (2 parts) manuscript C.H. 1947 (Catholic Herald?) - some history of St Felix; description of the pilgrims; a few picked out; observation of German POWs present; mention of Fr Jolly and the Guild of St Felix and St Edmund.
b. manuscript Leiston Obs[erver] 1947 - 17th annual pilgrimage description. Guild formed in 1930, Fr Jolly, its secretary appealed for membership.

Page 22 – 2 cuttings
a. manuscript Leiston Observer Aug, 13 1949 - 19th pilgrimage. Dr J C Heenan's sermon reflected on the stolid Dutchmen suffering occupation much like now when this country is occupied by those for whom Christianity has no meaning and the existence of Paganism in English villages.
b. manuscript EADT 4. 9. 50 (East Anglia Daily Times) - 20th pilgrimage. “Jelly-fish Catholics now wanted to-day”. The address by Fr McKay OFM, recounted some history, referred to paganism being back, and one half of the country not baptised. Now is not the time for weak Catholics.

Page 23 – 1 cutting
a. Advertisement for 22nd annual Pilgrimage to Dunwich. Sunday August 10 [1952]. Rev Gabriel Reidy OFM preacher.

Page 24 – 2 cuttings
a. manuscript 1952 Aug 10 Mercury – Image showing servers, crucifix carrier and St Felix banner entering ruins of Dunwich Priory. 1,500 attended. Sermon by Fr Reidy and benediction by Fr Hulme.
b. manuscript “Leiston Observer” - description of pilgrims and sermon from Fr Reidy

Page 25 – 2 cuttings; 1 leaflet
a. (2 parts) – letter dated 8 December 1952 by Fr Jolly printed in paper refuting the comments by an earlier correspondent, Mr Felmingham.
b. Leaflet – A Mission from Passion Sunday (March 22) to Palm Sunday (Marsh 29) given by Fr Clifford Howell SJ. Provides details of the Mission and Holy Week in Leiston and Aldeburgh.

Page 26 – 2 cuttings
a. Headings: “Mass again in Friary Ruins” / “First time in Centuries” / “Dunwich Pilgrimage Desire Fulfilled” - Fr Davidson gave the address: Pope allows for Mass to be said on special occasions – the pilgrimage. Recalled the St Felix story and Dunwich (declined after the great storm of 1 January 18361 [sic]). People from many parts of East Anglia. American Servicemen in attendance.
b. “Mass in Dunwich again” / “Catholics Annual Pilgrimage” - similar contents to (a).

Page 27 – 1 cutting (another may be hidden by a page pasted over the top of it)
a. Catholic Fireside – September 11 1953 – History of Dunwich with photograph of Dunwich beach.

Page 28 – 1 cutting (2 parts)
a. The Universe 11 September 1953 - “East Anglia remembers its lost city” - 23rd pilgrimage to Dunwich. Fr W Jolly officiated a Mass for hundreds of pilgrims. Outlined the storm of 1 January 1386 [sic] as being the beginning of the end for Dunwich.

Empty pages to page 100 (end)

Davidson, Charles Madgwick Rev DD BA

News cuttings 1924-1950

Contents:
Inside front cover
Glued to page - 4 side commemorative leaflet – front page “Laying of Foundation Stone of the Church of Our Lady and St. Peter by the Rt. Rev. Dudley Charles Cary-Elwes Bishop of Northampton. Aldeburgh-on-sea. Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; July 16 1924. Image from South. Side 2 blank. Side 3 – menu for cold luncheon, Brudenell Hotel. Side 4 – not accessible.

Page 1 – 2 cuttings
a. “Aldeburgh Church / Bishop performs ceremony for first time since elevation” - First church that the Bishop (Cary-Elwes) has opened as bishop. List of attendees. Architect, Mr Young had died. Fr Davidson thanked Ursuline nuns who, before returning to France, had made the parish possible. Round tower with 14th century Gothic design.
b. Saturday March 28 1925 – Detailed description of opening ceremony and attendees.

Page 2 – 2 cuttings, 1 card, 1 B&W photograph
a. Image of church at an intermediate point in building; image of Bishop processing from presbytery to church.
b. “Church of Our Lady and St Peter, Aldeburgh” - description of the state of completion including the plan to reverse seating once completed.
c. Invitation RSVP card from Rev C M Davidson to attend luncheon at Brudenell Hotel on the opening of the Church.

Page 3 – 2 cuttings
a. interior of Our Lady and St Peter, Aldeburgh
b. exterior of Church

Page 4 – 1 leaflet, 3 sepia photographs
a. leaflet – Holy week 1925 details at Aldeburgh and Leiston
b. image of street from raised position
c. image towards church outline (tower visible) from raised position
d. image of tower surrounded by scaffolding.

Page 5 – 3 postcards
a. exterior view of Our Lady and St. Peter towards tower and entrance porch from South-West
b. exterior view of Our Lady and St. Peter towards tower and entrance porch from North-East
c. interior view of church (same as on page 3)

Page 6 – 1 cutting, 1 leaflet, 1 sepia photograph
a. “Corpus Christi Celebration”
b. Lantern Lecture on Dante by E Bullough in Convent Hall (Eaton House) on evening of Tuesday June 30 – towards building fund.
c. image of church and tower from East

Page 7 – 2 sepia photographs, 1 leaflet
a. Image of tower surrounded by scaffolding – from East
b. Image of partial arch way for nave – no tower, with scaffolding – from West.
c. Leaflet for Holy Week 1926

Page 8 – 1 leaflet
a. Fund raising leaflet for church building fund.

Page 9 – 1 letter
a. November 1925 – Fund raising appeal for church building fund targetting 150 existing benefactors for an additional £3 each.

Page 10 – 1 leaflet, 1 booklet
a. Leaflet for a Retreat for Ladies by Fr Fabian Dix OP at the Convent of Our Lady of Peace, Aldeburgh, 29 March to 3 April.
b. 4 page/8 side, (104mm x 165mm) printed booklet describing the Oblates of St Benedict at Aldeburgh.

Page 11 – 1 extract
a. 2 pages extracted from “The Dominican Annals” - “A festa by the Sea” describes the difference between a year before and now in being able to go to Mass in a new Church in Aldeburgh.

Pg 12 – Programme, 2 sepia photographs
a. 4 side/2 page – side 1: Programme Concert Recital Wednesday 11 August at Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh. side 2 – Part 1 to interval, side 3 part 2 to end, side 4 inaccessible.
b. & c. image of statue of St Joseph holding the Christ child (in the garden of the Church in Aldeburgh).

Page 13 – 1 cutting
a. manuscript July 1924 - “Cornerstone ceremony performed at Aldeburgh” - description of the ceremony to bless the foundation stone and a list of the principle celebrants.

Page 14 – 2 postcards, 2 photographs
a. Postcard of Statue of St Joseph in church garden
b. Postcard of interior of church, Aldeburgh
c. photo of altar (at Leiston?)
d. photo of Lady Altar at Aldeburgh

Page 15 – 2 B&W photographs
a. & b. Procession (Corpus Christi?) dated June 10 1928

Page 16 – 6 B&W photographs – all processions, possibly the same one

Page 17 – 4 B&W photographs, 1 post card
a. - c. Processional images
d. Nativity scene
e. Post card - Design for RC Church, Aldeburgh

Page 18 – 1 programme, 1 leaflet
a. Programme – a Unique Entertainment by The Eight Boy Priory Pierrots (from Leicester) in Leiston Picture House, Thursday July 28. Proceeds to Aldeburgh Church Building Fund. Inside part 1 & part 2 describe the entertainment.

Page 19 – 1 prospectus, 1 booklet (part)
a. Prospectus for the Convent High School of Our Lady of Peace, Aldeburgh. Day School Prospectus page 2, Page 3 conditions, fees, extras, page 4 inaccessible. Insert – Application form.
b. Outposts of the Faith – Aldeburgh (Sacred Heart), Leiston (Holy Souls) – only outer pages (pages 3 to 10 missing). Page 2 – letter from Presbytery Aldeburgh dated August 1921 – French community leaving; Bishop cannot help the Mission; setting out what has been done so far. Page 11 image of Altar of The Holy Souls in Army Hut, Leiston; final page – order of services for the week at Leiston and Aldeburgh.

Page 20 – 1 leaflet, 1 cutting
a. Leaflet providing programme for Holy Week 1940
b. manuscript May 1940 – “Parochial news” - evacuees make up numbers at both Leiston and Aldeburgh where the tower is fitted out as a chapel to allow two masses to be said at one time. Tea and biscuits provided for those coming to Mass having fasted after great distances.

Page 21 – 1 photograph, 1 postcard
a. photograph of Aldeburgh church with tower, from road to South-West
b. postcard from similar position to (a) but later after hedge has grown to height of gate posts.

Page 22 – 1 photograph – inside Aldeburgh Church angled from left towards Altar

Page 23 – 1 photograph – inside Aldeburgh Church facing directly towards Altar

Page 24 – 2 postcards
a. View towards West altar (windows in upper part of wall)
b. similar view to (a) but later – windows plastered over and reredos in place.

Page 25 – 1 cutting
a. East Anglian Daily Times (two dates in pencil – Oct 6 1940, Oct 8 1940) top image shows crater near to church (hit St Joseph statue?); lower image shows house demolished by a direct hit (Lee Rd. [probably 2 doors down from number 2]).

Page 26 – 2 cuttings, 1 card
a. manuscript date February 1941 – damage to church repaired after bomb explosion
b. manuscript “Leiston Observer 15.3.1941” - Fr Davidson returned to start the branch of the Guild of St Felix and St Edmund.
c. card – headed “Guild of St Felix and St Edmund” “Leiston and Aldeburgh Branch” - First meeting March 7 1941, Leiston.

Page 27 – 1 leaflet – Holy Week 1941 – programme of services/activities at Aldeburgh and Leiston

Page 28 – cutting
a. cutting from The East Anglian Magazine, Page 7 & 8 – Describing the start of the new branch of the Guild of St Felix and St Edmund; parish library; arrangements for sale of Guild magazine in the parish; appeal for books for library to be sent to Mr Banks-Warner, Hon. Secretary, at her bookshop St Michael's bookshop, Leiston.

Page 29 – 2 cuttings
a. manuscript East Anglian Daily Times, 4-4-41- [Society] Wedding at RC Church of Capt. Jervis and Miss Marriott – Fr Jolly officiated – description of bride, groom and main participants – list of guests.

Page 30 – 3 cuttings
a. manuscript “Leiston Observer 10-4-41” - Guild of St Felix and St Edmund. Manuscript amendment replacing “Father” with “Mr” - address by Mr W O Jolly, JP of Kesgrave. Branch meeting held at St Michael Cafe, Leiston – Pope's 5 Peace points were read out and discussed.
b. manuscript May 1941 – 2nd meeting of the Guild – refers to meeting described in (a).
c. wedding with image of the couple – married by Capt. Swift, padre in the Army at Aldeburgh RC Church.

Page 31 – 5 cuttings
a. monthly meeting of the Guild
b. & c. (2 parts) manuscript July 1941 – expanded description of (a).
d. manuscript 1941 – Guild meeting – a social evening at St Michael's cafe [played pin the moustache on notorious European character]
e. manuscript Aug 1941 – covers (d)

Page 32 – 3 cuttings
a. manuscript September 1941 – Fr Jolly writing on the subject of a peripatetic Guild priest. Suggest existing parish priests are better placed – why not support them instead of the suggested guild priest. Editorial comment that war time evacuees were not envisaged by the Guild – invites priests and Guild members to comment.
b. manuscript 27.8.41 – wedding report at All Souls, Leiston. Postmistress marrying. Image of the couple.
c. manuscript Oct 1941 – metal tabernacle replaces wooden one, so Blessed Sacrament can be retained at Leiston church.

Page 33 – Headed 1942 – 4 cuttings
a. manuscript Jan 1942 – birth of daughters; thanks for statue of Our Lady of Walsingham given to Leiston
b. Catholic Herald, Jan 30 1942 by Mrs Warner, Leiston – letter stating sorrow to hear of Catholic bookshops closing; hers barely pays its way; Catholic patronage practically nil – more non-Catholics buy the books.
c. March 6 (1942) – Guild meeting
d. Feb 1942 – Mass attendance in Leiston is 10.

Page 44 – 5 cuttings
a. manuscript Leiston Observer 16.5.42 – advertisement for “The Sword of the Spirit” meeting on 5 June for Top House
b. advertisement for “The Sword of the Spirit” meeting on 5 June – changed venue – Moot Hall
c manuscript Leiston Observer – article “Christian Co-operation at Aldeburgh” - meeting for Christian co-operation held at Moot Hall
d. manuscript Catholic Herald – short article about Paganism and falling under Nazi aggression.
e. short report on Moot Hall meeting; Leiston church received new status of Sacred Heart and pictures of the Prodigal Son.

Page 45 – 9 cuttings, 2 photographs
a. Advertisement for Jumble Sale and White Elephant stall on June 24
b. Report on successful Jumble Sale - £32 towards Mission debt.
c. Longer report on Jumble sale; Aldeburgh debt now £899 and Leiston debt is £60
d. Leiston Observer July '42 – Letter to editor - “The Sword of the Spirit” meeting.
e. Oct 1942 – visitation by the Bishop; Discussion group from “The Sword of the Spirit” meeting.
f. Advertisement for Christmas Gift Fair on 9 December for Catholic Church Debt.
g. Report on Christmas Fair - £40 for debt.
h. Jan 1943 – longer report on Christmas Fair – debt now £895
i. & k. 2 b&w photographs of Leiston Altar
l. article - “Air Raid Victims Funeral” - 4 victims

Page 46 – 2 photographs
a. Leiston Altar – showing full width of the Hut.
b. Aldeburgh Altar and reredos.

Page 47 – Headed “1943” - 1 page
a. The East Anglian Guild Magazine - “4. Aldeburgh and Leiston” - First page of an historical article with line sketch of Church of Our Lady and Saint Peter, Aldeburgh

Page 48 – 4 cuttings
a. continuation of article from page 47.
b. manuscript Feb 1943 - “Worst raid of the war at Aldeburgh before Christmas; Requiem Mass for Mary Walsh, husband seriously injured but recovering.
c. manuscript Catholic Herald 6.2.43 – letter to editor asking for an improved Stations of the Cross.
d. article – on February 10 meeting of Guild of St Felix and St Andrew had a talk by Canon Davidson on “Catholic Action”.

Page 49 – 1 leaflet, 2 cuttings
a. leaflet – 3 day mission by Fr Terence Stoneham OFM – programme
b. & c. Wedding picture of couple and description of event.

Page 50 – 1 cutting, leaflet
a. July 1943 – news from the parish
b. front page and 2 inside pages – Christmas fare December 1 (proceeds divided between Prisoners of War Fund and Church debt.); inside two pages listing stalls and side-shows.

Page 51 – 5 cuttings
a. advertisement for Christmas Fair on 1 December
b. report on Christmas fair
c. Christmas message – headline
d. Fr Jolly Christmas message
e. July 1943 – parish news

Page 52 Headed 1944 – 2 cuttings, 1 photograph
a. article with picture on “Mass has been said here after 400 years” at Leiston Abbey
b. Parish news re 25 August mass for American servicemen at Abbey
c. photograph of Mass being celebrated in ruined Abbey; American sergeant in uniform in foreground

Page 53 – 2 leaflets, 1 cutting, 1 photograph
a. Christmas message / card from Fr William Jolly to commemorate Christmas in England 1944
b. leaflet for USAAF to send on Mother's Day (13 May 1945)
c. Cutting – photograph of Corpus Christi parade lead by US servicemen with priest's canopy supported by 4 US servicemen
d. photograph of Corpus Christi parade with US servicemen preceding the canopy

Page 54 – 5 cuttings
a. advertisement for Christmas Services at Leiston and Aldeburgh
b. advertisement for Whist Drive on January 30th
c. short note on proceeds of whist drive amounting to £9 2s. 0d.
d. advertisement for a Jumble Sale December 4th
e. parish report – jumble sale and whist drive; return to normal peace-time numbers about 170 after variations since 1939, viz: summer visitors, evacuees (in & out) civil population evacuation, Army (British), labourers (Irish), Army (Polish), USAAF, 2nd lot of evacuees, Prisoners (Italian), and RAF (mostly Irish).

Page 55 – 2 cuttings
a. (2 parts) – manuscript date Oct 1946 “Universe” - description of Catholic community in need of additional clerical/religious resource, especially after the nuns had left and were not coming back.

Page 55 – 1 leaflet
a. flyer for Guild of Felix & St Edmund Guild Week-end in Aldeburgh, 24-27 Sept 24. Programme of events with general subject being “Catholic Action in East Anglia”.

Page 56 – 1 cutting
a. manuscript “Universe Oct 8 1945” - “Mission to East Anglia” - an article on Catholicism in East Anglia and the work of the Guild of St Felix and St Edmund.

Page 57 – 1 leaflet, 3 cuttings
a. manuscript dated 1949 – leaflet – Programme for a Mission by Fr James Leitrim from 27 March to 3 April [1949]
b. article on Garden fetes
c. 1949 – advertisement for Catholic Missionary Society (Motor Chapel) - Fr J Heenan
d. 1950 – Catholic Leiston – Leiston RC Church garden fete.

Page 58 – 1 ticket
a. ticket for Garden Fete at Barkwith House, Leiston on 6 Sept [1950]

Page 59 - 61 – empty

Page 62 – inside back page – 1 postcard, 1 map
a. Chapel, Ursuline Convent, Aldeburgh-on-Sea, Suffolk
b. cartoon map of East Anglia showing the locations of RC churches – cut from Guild Magazine (reverse has some of the objectives and an abbreviated list of officers)

Davidson, Charles Madgwick Rev DD BA

Sr Francis of Assisi to Bishop: Lengthy complaint against Fr Flanagan

Mother Superior, Sr Francis of Assisi details a long set of issues with Fr Flanagan's behaviour towards her and the convent. She describes violent and abusive actions before herself, the sisters and the laity. Despite being ill herself she say she has kept her calm and tried to manage the convent and situation despite the actions of Fr Flanagan. He tried to subvert two nuns who had to be reprimanded and sent away for a while. He has written anonymous letters about her. The remaining nuns do not want to go to services or confession with him. Can the Bishop help?

Convent of Our Lady, Aldeburgh

Sr Mary to Canon Tonks: Crockerhill - "Sacred Heart, Home of Rest" proposal; Seminary proposal

Rev Mother has written 3 pages: 1 - Proposal (2 sides) ; 2 - Estimate of Costs; 3 - Advertisement for "Sacred Heart, Home of Rest"
Page 1: 3 elderly ladies at 3 guineas a week. She would provide a good managing sister, a first-class cook, and a lay sister. Compares £80 rent (Hose and small garden) with what she currently pays for the convent £110 (26 rooms, 2 acres of land, a tennis court, a cottage and a Summer house.). Cost of furnishing - £60 (Diocese lend it and she pays £5 per month back) . Do it for a year's trial.
Page 2: costings leading to £2 profit
Page 3: draft Advertisement to attract 3 elderly ladies to a warm house, etc.
Alternatively, Fr Davidson wants to run it as a Seminary for foreign boys.

Convent of Our Lady, Aldeburgh

Sr Scholastica to Abbot Egan: Summary of events relating to Oblates of St Benedict's move

Sr Scholastica advising the Abbot of progress. The Chatham Sisters may but the property provided the price is right. Fr Davidson has visited and anxious because 1. another buyer exists for the house in Aldeburgh and the Estate Agent has only given him 2 weeks to decide; 2. He may only be able to obtain the rent for the first year. The Estate Agent offered reduced rent if necessary. Asks the Abbot to write to the Bishop soon; she will also write soon.

Scholastica, Sr

Sr Scholastica to Bishop: Oblates of St Benedict's - description, objectives and situation

Letter is about having a foundation at Aldeburgh with the Bishop's permission. Outlines the group's legality, number (5) and current position. The school performance; conversions of pupils / parents / family; finances (may have £350 in hand once deal done with Chatham nuns). Describes Fr Davidson's efforts to bring them to Aldeburgh. Mr Fooks has their interest at heart. Acknowledged that Mother General (Sisters of Mary congregation in Namur) may work to influence the Bishop against their work - this failed with regard to Bishop Amigo. Requests an audience with the Bishop to discuss these matters. Provides copies of the Prospectus, Last Prize Distribution and a 1922 photograph of the pupils [not available]. Suggests that their Aldeburgh Boarding School will be separate from the Day School.

Scholastica, Sr

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