THEY spent such a lot on the repairs to their church, generously
helped by English Heritage, that the PCC of St John's, Kensal
Green, in west London, agreed that they should
also re-commit themselves to its local community, and invest in a
newly founded credit union.
The Vicar of St John's, the Revd David Ackerman (left in
photo), seen here during the blessing of a newly replaced
stone cross, said that they would "invest £10,000 in January at the
beginning of our anniversary year, as well as looking at how the
church's facilities can better serve the local area".
This came after the Archbishop of Canterbury urged churches to
work with credit unions to compete with pay-day lenders, and, if
possible, put them out of business.
Fr Ackerman thought that the £10,000 from their fabric fund,
invested in the west-London-based YourCU, would be a fitting
gesture to celebrate the church's 170th anniversary. It was vital
"to enable more people to access local, ethical, and reasonably
priced financial services, and we are proud to be putting our money
where out mouth is".
The irony, though, he has told me since, is that the church has
also gained, in that the one-per-cent interest it receives from the
credit union "is more than we have been getting from Barclays".