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? to Fr Purcell: Board of Trustees asking for a response to their letter of 15 December 1909

The writer is direct by the Board of Trustees to ask for a reply to their letter of 15 December 1909. Fr Purcell is asked what arrangements he has made regarding the properties from which he receives rent. The writer call to Fr Purcell's notice that if the properties are not kept in good repair then "Mr Pauling, the great benefactor of your mission may cease to take further interest in the work at St Ives".
[The letter ends at this point - it is an unsigned draft]

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"A Time for Building" - a report from Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sawston

Prelimimary (1 page): Introduces Sawston as a rural parish covering a large area. Total mass attendance at 4 church centres is 360. The booklet "A Time for Building" was taken by 110 parishioners. Parishioners met 4 times prior to a general fifth meeting. 40 people attended the smaller groups, 29 of whom were at the final meeting. A lay reader chaired the small groups and the Chairman of the Parish Advisory Committee chaired the final meeting - the parish priest was present for this. Each group submitted its own report.

Report 1 (3 pages): Sawston Group - 4 sessions described; Findings: approve of discussion groups; how to contact those who had not attended this group; each group must have clear purpose, be open and ready to adapt.

Report 2 (2 pages): Great Shelford Group - overall impression of "A Time for Building" is that it is a difficult read, not a positive basis for discussion, had little mention of Christ in His Church. Summary of discussion follow. Final paragraph says "We did not finish discussing the rest of the report but the general feeling ... was that if we were all better Christians the report would not have been necessary". Interesting that there was a call for greater understanding of the Bible - should be Bible study groups.

Report 3 (3 pages): Little Shelford Group - 10 points followed by ".. the Laity could do more in the administration of the Parish .." but this was qualified by the need to take care to chose the right workers otherwise harm may emerge. A page of minority comments is followed by a half page addition which identifies Ecuminism as generally a good thing, but depored a decline in the recognition of authority, and the failure to stress authority and discipline was a serious omission in "A Time for Building".

Report 4 (8 pages): Haslingfield and Harston Group - Could not obtain "The Church in the Year 2000" which was mentioned several times in "A Time for Building". The latter was "difficult to follow because it contained too many long and diffuse sentences, much jargon and a number of deliberate ambiguities. It was generally badly written and contained an apparent political bias". They looked at the membership of the committee which produced the booklet and consider that the absence of lay members from the shop floor or professions instead of the preponderence of social workers was reflected in the content and harmed the booklet. This group then examined in detail each section of the booklet: Preface & Introduction / The Church in England and Wales since Vatican II / Human and Material Sources / Mission of the Church / Development of the Right Attitudes / Formation, Structure and Worship / The Christian Mission in Different Life Situations / Mission for Caring Concern / Conclusions. This is followed by 3 pages of comments on the report.

Sawston Parish Advisory Committee

Air Ministry to Canon Marshall: Sawston Hall Chapel; RAF will not use the Chapel & it will revert to original use when (Hall) not needed

Re Sawston Hall, Cambridge. Thanks him for kind response to Dept's request. Asks him to assure Bishop Chapel will be allowed to revert to its proper function when security considerations permit, meantime RAF will put it to no other use.

Air Ministry

Alan & Monica Wildsmith to Mrs Judith Allen: Concerns re consultation with laity

"This letter is prompted by a deeply felt concern for our Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes, Sawston. " The endless consultation shows no evidence that their views are taken into account; Reports from "Called to Serve" attached. Concern over "The Laity Consultation" issued by the Cambridge Deanery - three issues are expanded upon in the letter: a) Priestless Parishes, b) Activation of the Laity, c) Parish/Deanery/Diocesan relationships. Also, "Requests for Articles" to be written by parishioners - what are the ground rules for such articles? Without clarity on how they will be judged and what activity might be triggered by them - this request may be innocent - but given the above they are concerned.

Wildsmith, Alan

Annual Expenditure - March Mission

Balance sheet giving annual income vs expenditure. Two columns with headline items & financial amounts against each. Income: Rent, Offerings, Altar Society; Expenditure includes: rates, mortgage interest, Housekeeper salary & insurance, fuels, wine & candles, housekeeping

Clare, Wallace George Rev FRSA, FIGRS (1895-1963)

Austin Treamer AA, Provincial to Fr Reeman: Brother Anselm Amps' potential ordination in his parish church

Austin Treamer, AA, Provincial reminds Fr Reeman that they met outside Westminster Cathedral and asks if Brother Anselm Amps, due to finish his Theology studies, may be ordained in March, his old parish church. Superior General has granted his ordination. Treamer is writing in advance of contacting the Bishop to gain the parish priest's approval.

Treamer, Austin Rev (1905-1998)

Bishop Blackburne to Bishop Clark: All Saints project

Share the sadness that these negotiations have fallen through, but can understand why. Can Bishop Clark comment on whether he'd have taken a different view if things had been different? The transfer of St Mary's in Thetford is going ahead satisfactorily on the basis of a lease.
manuscript ps: hoped Bishop Clark had a happy time at Ely Cathedral for the ecumenical service.

Blackburne, Hugh Rev (1912-1995)

Bishop Cary-Elwes to Cmdr Eyre Huddleston: Enclosed Letter of Introduction; Address for English College in Rome

Fears letter will not reach him in time as he only recieved his that day. Enclosing letter of introduction to Rector of English College who will get audience with the Holy Father or a presence at his Mass. Call at English College as soon as possible in order as the Rector is the usual agent for these matters. Gives English College address.

Cary-Elwes, Dudley Charles Rev (1868-1932)

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