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Pound-for-pound giving

20 March 2015


From Canon Christopher Hall
Sir, - The Dean of Westminster, the Very Revd John Hall, is happy to "sneak in his new tower", as you describe his £19-million project (News, 6 March). Archbishop Michael Ramsey led the C of E delegation to the Anglican Congress in Toronto in 1963. The Dean may recall that the Congress appealed to the rich Anglican provinces to give to the less well-off a pound for every pound they spent on themselves.

The next Lent, C of E parishes engaged in the "No Small Change" studies. The following year, Derby Cathedral appealed for funds to build its retro-choir. In response to my reminder of the Toronto Appeal, the Provost claimed that "the richness of heart that builds cathedrals also gives to the poor."

May one hope that my namesake will include £1 for £1 in his appeal for the further £8 million he needs, and so prove the late Provost Beddoes right?

Christopher Hall
The Knowle
Banbury OX15 0TB

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