New floorboards, a new bed, roast lamb and a toss-up between sticky treacle sponge and apple pie and cream...
That’s the bulletin from St Mary’s College, Oscott, the Pope’s last stop before he flies home from Birmingham International Airport.
“We had no option about the new floor,” says Monsignor Marc Crisp, rector of Oscott, the historic seminary in Sutton Coldfield where would-be priests study for the Catholic priesthood.
College staff checking the Episcopium, the bedroom reserved for travelling prelates, discovered joists supporting its floor were unsound. While there was no danger of a papal plunge through to the floor below, the necessary work was completed.
The Holy Father will use the Episcopium for his after-lunch siesta at Oscott.
And the new bed?
A pre-visit Vatican team were concerned about the height of the Episcopium’s bed, pointing out that, at 83, His Holiness might need a leg-up to negotiate it. Now a new, lower, bed awaits the VIP.
The Holy Father was asked what he would like for lunch.
Back came the answer that Benedict would enjoy typically Birmingham food.
Roast lamb is on the menu but the pudding course is still under discussion, the front-runners being sticky treacle sponge and apple pie and cream.