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By then, he had had many approaches from people in the country interested in his project, and he set out the programme (for them and others) with a typically trenchant summary of what needed doing:43 20 FOUNDING FATHERS (i) Find out whether the various interested groups can be combined into one and so avoid competition, (ii) Find a possible site. (iii) Work out a draft constitution. (iv) Attack the raising of the necessary interest and funds. (v) Concurrently work out plans for building by stages, (vi) Gather the nucleus of a staff.
One was the sub-division of the huge diocese of Southern Rhodesia. He had long cherished the idea of creating two dioceses in the country, one centred in Salisbury, and the other in Bulawayo. But not only was Southern Rhodesia growing in terms of population; its orientation was changing. The Church in the British territories in central Africa was part of the Province of South Africa; so its archiepiscopal centre (Cape Town) was 1,500 miles away. Huggins's quest for a Federation of the territories in central Africa meant that eyes were turning north, and it seemed natural that the Church should follow.
38 During the seven years in India, as well as acquiring a family, Fred Snell had learned and experienced much. He had become a teacher, and not always in the easiest of environments. He had been what would be called (in a school) a 'housemaster' - running the hostel for the Christian students. He and Margaret had been exposed to some of the most exciting political movements in the Empire, and had responded with some sympathy to the Indian demand for home rule. And at a more personal level, Fred had become a devotee of Toe H, had nurtured his love of climbing, and had learnt to ride a horse.