It is my turn, as the local Anglican minister in Kings Langley, to offer a few words for the month of May, on the Home page of our Churches Together website.
Our village community can be rightly proud of the many very active, voluntary groups and bodies meeting the needs of local people and people further afield. The Evergreen Club, Christian Aid, the WI, Transition in Kings, Good Neighbours, to name only a few of the organisations at the heart of our community life. However, I would like to draw your attention to a newer group which was formed four years ago and it is the Kings Langley Information Forum (KLIF). This was an initiative of the then manager of Garrad House, and since its formation, it has continued to develop and attract attention.
KLIF is a Kings Langley based community forum where local groups and organisations come together to exchange information and identify new ways of supporting the elderly of the village. There is a core group which meets monthly in Friars Mead to exchange information, network and plan events and initiatives that hopefully will support and improve the lives of elderly people.
In the summer of 2013, a Providers’ Fayre was held at the Community Centre and attended by approximately 60 people. The event was opened by our MP Mike Penning and around the hall of the Community Centre were stalls with a variety of organisations providing support for older people. It was an opportunity for people to become aware and better informed as to the many support services there are for the older members of our community.
In May 2014 another event was organised this time focusing on the financial entitlements for the over 60s. There was a presentation from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, and on this occasion the attendance number was approximately 70.
We have now just held our third community event in March of this year, with presentations from various statutory bodies on how people can keep themselves safe in their homes. We were delighted that once again Mike Penning supported the event as did Bob Maclean, a local parish councillor and soon to become Mayor of Dacorum.
KLIF is in its infancy as a local community group but we are encouraged by the first steps we have taken to make our contribution to the wellbeing of some of the residents of our village. For more information about KLIF and for a copy of the KLIF Directory we have produced, please contact our secretary Ann Martin at email@example.com
The Revd Canon David Lawson
Team Rector at All Saints’ Church
Christian Aid Prayers:
The Sourced campaign
Please pray for campaigners in the UK calling on their local authorities to ask potential suppliers whether they have improperly avoided tax in the UK or other countries. Pray that this will send a signal to companies that dodging tax isn’t acceptable, and lead to our sisters and brothers around the world receiving better public services. Ask God to make the hearts and minds of decision makers open to hear the needs of poor communities, and be moved to act.
Read the April 2016 Campaign Update from our Christian Aid Committee.
The Kings Langley Christian Aid Annual Report for 2015 is ready for download.