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Colven, Christopher George Rev
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Director's report April 1982

Reservation of Blessed Sacrament in Slipper Chapel - decision required from Shrine Council
Sacrament of the Sick
Masses Timetable
New Organs - requests for use by eminent organist and to make a commercial recording
Sub-committee report - (formed by Bishop Clark to consider financial matters) - number of decisions and policies need to be made by Shrine Council & Executive Committee
Publicity - a number of decisions made by the director for which he apologies, not having realise that he should have consulted with Shrine Council
Papal mass - Listed the 20 seats decided by the Exec Committee; Fr Colven has his own invitation; insure the statue and gold crown for £10,000
Conclusion - despite the gloomy financial situation; the shrine was built through faith and hope; Walsingham embraces all walks of life, and increasingly, denominations

Birch, Clive Rev SM LGSM

Director's Report, April 1981

  1. Spiritual and Ecumenical - Season, New Administrator for Anglican Shrine. Walsingham Carmel, Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, Ecumenical Altar
  2. Staff - Rev John Hawkes - now Bursar; Fr Philip Graystone SM - Walsingham Parish Priest; Catering
  3. Walsingham Stewards
  4. Calendar - Winter; 1981; Walsingham Walk, First East Anglian Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham (12 July 1981)
  5. Bureau Finances
  6. Railway Track
  7. Building for the Sick
  8. The Pope - possible visit
  9. Other Matters - Tea Shop, Land Drainage, The Organ, The Constitution, Chapel of Our Lady of Reconciliation, Development Fund.

Birch, Clive Rev SM LGSM

Director's report, October 1985

First report in post. Overview of situation, long time to address damaged relationships, re-sizing of executive committee helped, so too did reorganisation (Mr Warwick & Br Hawkes his deputies). Impressed by the staff and their willingness and generosity and sensitivity towards the pilgrims.
Economic Matters
Building Programme
Pilgrimages (Statistics at appendix II)
Repository provision
Walsingham Association - 7000 members and expanding - new constitution being drafted
Ecumenical Relations - Fr Colven, joint ventures successful
Conclusion - as Shrine develops so to does the village. Local people and businesses keen to work with us to develop a 10 to 15 year plan
Policy on commemorative plaques, etc.
Estimates for Income and Expenditure 1985/86
Building maintenance
Residential statistics 1985

Allen, Peter Rev SM BA MTh

Fr Birch to Bishop Clark: Lunch; Communion Ministers

Father Colin Gill (Master of the Guardians of the Anglican Shrine) invites Fr Birch, the Bishop and the new Administrator, [Rvd Colven] to dine with him at his home in Walsingham.
Asks the Bishop (or the Dean?) to commission a new Communion Minster, to offset the loss of others, he needs more than one.

Birch, Clive Rev SM LGSM

Fr Birch to Bishop Clark: National; Lunch

Apologises for not informing the Bishop of the date for the National Pilgrimage.
Cannot make the meal a "home fixture" as Revd Gill invited him. Suggest instead that the Bishop invites him, Revd Gill and Revd Colven to Poringland for a meal.
[Manuscript annotations about arrangements at a later date]

Birch, Clive Rev SM LGSM

Fr Birch to Bishop: reply to letter - Establishment of a national Shrine

  1. Chair of Executive committee
  2. stature transported by foot from King's Lynn; Rvd Colven to accompany him in Wembley
  3. 7th meeting decided on a tapestry
  4. answered
  5. Fire regulations affect hostels - Fir Officer Report expected
  6. Consecration - "low key" but with some publicity
    Might I [Fr Birch] have exceeded my responsibility? Asks for clarification as he is unaware of doing so, although Canon McBride says he has. Not repentant since given no limits to his brief.

Birch, Clive Rev SM LGSM

Minutes of Executive Meeting, October 1981

Financial Statement
Properties in the village - Friday Market Church, Essential maintenance, Aelred House
Architect's report - Financial, Completion,Contractual arrangements, Plinth design, Finishing, Consecration of the Chapel
Railway track
Panel of Interviewers
Agenda for Shrine Council
correction to 24 August 1981 minutes - drainage

Phillips, Murial Mrs

Shrine Director Report to Shrine Council

Slipper Chapel Development: Demolition, Selection of Main contractor, Appeal Committee, Appeal organisation, Launch, money raised so far (£200,000)
Bureau Finances - Since Jan 1990, Dow House Sale, Accommodation use
Ecumenism - New Anglican Shrine administrator, Altar, Anomaly of Two Shrines
Other Aspects - Sick, Holy Shroud
Shrine Council Constitution - Look at Guardians, Our Situation
1982 - Papal Visit?

Birch, Clive Rev SM LGSM