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Wilson, Peter John Rev MA FCA
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Appeal Committee

1980: Confirmation that the Appeal Committee has been established for the Shrine Council on 24 July 1980
1982: Completed work? Bishop thanks Appeal Committee for raising £465,000.

Birch, Clive Rev SM LGSM

Archbishop's Office to Bishop Clark: Amount due for Westminster Metropolitan Tribunal cases

Confirming that the fee due for the year ending 31 December 1978 is £3227-30. Since the withdrawal of Brentwood from the arrangement, these losses are spread over the remaining dioceses. Westminster now has to bear £33,656-17.
manuscript annotation: "Original sent to Peter Wilson for payment 30.8.79"

Archbishop's Office

Bishop Clark to Fr Birch: Conversation follow-up

Following their conversation today, Mgr McBride will be getting in touch. Three points:

  1. The Executive's decision regarding the Blessed Sacrament is "ad experimentum" for this season. They will re-think if needed.
  2. Walsingham Statue Honour Guard - see Mgr Stark's letter - decision remains with the Executive.
  3. Will discuss audit with Fr Wilson

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Fr Birch: Executive membership; Policy; Walsingham Appeal

For clarity: the Bishop is not a member of the Executive; he thought he'd made that clear from the beginning. Mgr McBride as Vicar General acts in the Bishop's name and that of Fr Peter Wilson. All efforts are to raise funds and channel them into the basic building and basic equipment for the Chapel of Reconciliation. There is no money to finance any other project e.g. the railway track and the organ - we are in a "poverty trap" to some extent.
This should not undermine morale - lesser items come later, if we can't pay for them and consequently lose them, so be it. It is not too late to send an appeal reminder to parish priests.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Fr Richmond: All Saints

Not keen on paying for the church, or even renting it. The original proposition was affordable if taken steadily. If the Church Commissioner's remain steadfast then we may think of an extension to St Henry's.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Fr Wilson: All Saints

Page 1: Letter - inclined to let All Saints drop
Page 2: transcript of letter from Fr Richmond of 12 June 1978

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Fr Wilson: Blakeney house improvement; loan

Bishop say Fr Gerry Langley must have a housekeeper - but the house is very cold with no central heating. Bishop has said that Fr Langley is appointed to Blakeney until he can no longer manage. Real issue is Diocesan attitude to the house; without central heating it will be hard of Fr Langley and in due course make it difficult to attract another priest. Possibly £2,000 investment required - parish might fund this if they thought there is an intention to keep a resident priest at Blakeney? Asks Fr Wilson to think about it and get back soon.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Fr Wilson: "Mileham"

Two matters:
If Warwick's request is in order, I imagine you will forward it.
What of Luker? Some decision will be needed.
Manuscript notation: "Ring Kelleher" [Witham Weld & Co.]

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Fr Wilson: Walsingham

This badly needs attention,. Gerry [Moorcraft] would laugh cynically! A visit to Walsingham is indicated - Michael Ward (solicitor) assures him that all is in order. Roland is an admirable Pilgrimage Director but hopeless with staff. Campbell Steward speaks accurately. Maybe John Drury could be introduced to this difficult area.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Fr Wilson: Walsingham - the Project; financial management

Bishop Charles and Bishop Derek have offered support for "THE PROJECT". Cardinal Basil thinks there will be no difficulty in raising £150,000. Appeal being run by Fr Birch; financial responsibility to be the Diocese'. Helpful for Fr John Drury to help Fr Wilson? There is no treasurer worthy of the name. Charitable trust set up by Michael Ward. Bishop leaving it to Fr Wilson to address the how, when and what.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Fr Wilson: Walsingham funding

Discussing tenders from Fisher's and from Rogers. Clive [Fr Birch] running into the red - overdrafts were normal for Roland [Fr Connelly] although not so high; Fr Wilson to advise. John Hawkes' plan welcomed. Point about letting a church hall out to Later Day Saints on a regular basis.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Sr Kathleen: Overdraft; Funding projects

Fr Wilson did not have funds for an interest free loan. Bishop happy with a short term overdraft. Need to be sure that before they are started, projects have sufficient funds and a budget. Fr Birch will soon be with you.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

(Bishop) Notes on a telephone conversation with Fr Peter Wilson

Notes of a telephone conversation about Hugh Byron's Building Project.
Wilson very concerned that things must be done properly using an architect and master builder. Should not be a "botch job". Fr Byron has to be persuaded to not object to paying proper fees for work done. NB planning permission might be required. Wilson quite critical and unimpressed with Fr Byron's projected house alterations. Yes, do school. Wilson suggests Fr Drury see Fr Byron and discuss the proposals. Need a known, architect e.f. Julian Limitani. Also Wilson considers getting an 85% grant to improve St MAr's school building is "just not on".

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop responds to suggestion for a Diocesan Old People's Home

Responding to Julie C Bell, the Bishop acknowledges that the diocese must commit to its mission to care for the elderly, accessing whatever material help there is. He has directed Fr Peter Wilson to set up a Diocesan Commission to liaise with Social Services and address care of the elderly. He is impressed by the happiness of those in sheltered housing, but wonders whether the specific provision of a Diocesan Home would be appropriate given resources, etc. He thanks her for reminding him of "our overall commitments". The CWL have a house in Ipswich (St Anne's House, Burrington Street) which would be worth investigating.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop to Fr Byrin: Proposed renovations and alterations: Wisbech

Have spoken with Fr Wilson. You should direct your attention solely to your 66 year old school. Things have to be done properly through commissioned architects whose fees are paid and builders engaged. John Drury has been asked to discuss the proposal with you. Do not do flatlets. Not "clipping your wings" but must be certain of direction and why.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

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