Fr. Shutt

Fr. Francis Shutt, a quiet scholarly man, who had spent many years on the teaching staff of St. Bede's College, became the new Parish Priest. He was faced with the unenviable task of paying off the debt of the new church and school. In 1962 the debt stood at £34,200. The old chapel was transformed into the Parish Hall in February 1962. Weekly "bingo" was introduced. The planned-giving system started. A youth club was opened. However, by Whitsun the Parish Hall was taken over for classes as the newly built school was unable to accommodate the ever increasing number of pupils. By September 1964 three classes were based in the "house" as the ground floor section of Shawbrook Lodge was affectionately called. On March 22nd Fr. Shutt died.