...at Coloma Convent Girls' School, Croydon, where it was a pleasure to present the 2019 Catholic Young Writer Award. The young writer's essay on the theme of "pilgrimage" will appear in the Jan/Feb issue of FAITH magazine.
The Award was launched some years ago by The Keys, the Catholic Writers' Guild, and is now run by the Catholic Union of Great Britain. Coloma School has some 1,000 pupils and a good setting on the outskirts of Croydon, where the frankly ugly town gives way to pleasant tree-lined roads. The girls look smart in their blue uniforms and there is a pleasant sense of of welcome and of a bustling, well-ordered and happy community. Arriving in time for Assembly had meant an early start: it was grand to be welcomed with freshly-brewed tea, and we hugely enjoyed our visit.