Today we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. He was born in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, very close to Portsmouth Dockyard and the Royal Hospital (now demolished) As I was born just outside the City of Portsmouth I have always regarded Portsmouth as my home town and know the terraced house well.
GUILD OF THE SERVANTS OF THE SANCTUARY, ROMFORD
The local branch of GSS met yesterday evening for a Solemn Requiem Mass at the Hospital Chapel of St. Mary and St. Thomas of Canterbury. Father Hingley celebrated Mass and I preached.