THE letter came to the Bishop of Birmingham,
the Rt Revd David Urquhart, from 11-year-old Hakeem Mir. Would the
Bishop come to breakfast on the last day of term, when they would
be serving hot cross buns? The breakfast club at St Clement's C of
E Academy was fun, he said, because it "enables us to chat with our
friends, read magazines, and have a healthy and tasty
It was also good, Hakeem said, "because it enables working
parents to get to work on time without worrying".
Despite the obvious adult input into the letter, the Bishop said
that he was delighted to receive the invitation. "I was so glad I
could squeeze one more visit in before the end of Lent, and spend
some time visiting the club and meeting young people in
"It was a lovely letter, and I am not surprised to learn that
Hakeem won a Shining Star award for writing."
The Bishop went on to praise services such as breakfast clubs,
which ensured that "the spiritual, emotional, and phys-ical needs
of the children are met, as well as focusing on academic
achievement". Needless to say, at the breakfast - which was a great
success - the Bishop was able to thank Hakeem in person.