Just Seventeen

Ash Wednesday, the start of the penitential season and a period of self-denial hardly seems the most appropriate time to be thinking about buying a car. But by falling on the 1st March this year, Ash Wednesday coincides with the launch of the ‘17’ registration plate...

The Little Red Book

I was stocking up on stationery a couple of weeks ago when I was side-tracked by a display of familiar little red books. No, not the Little Red Book (or, to give its full title, Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong) which has somewhat surprisingly managed to get a name...

Bias to the Poor (Part 3)

Christians have been involved with credit unions since they first reached these shores. North Birmingham had strong links with Catholic, Baptist, Methodist and Anglican churches through hosting collection points and providing volunteers. But in many ways it fell into...

Bias to the Poor (part 2)

The Social Security Act 1986 introduced the Social Fund; whereas before, under the old ‘single payments’ system individuals in need had been able to apply for grants for furniture and a vast array of other items, these were now replaced by Budgeting...

Bias to the Poor (part 1)

It came as something of a surprise to me when I realised late last year that I had managed to clock up twenty-five years as a member of a credit union. Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun? My first credit union was the impressively named Birmingham City Council...

Some Thoughts on our First AGM – 22nd January 2016

Readers of this blog will realise that I tend to write on an ad hoc basis on various subjects as the fancy takes me. Unfortunately there’s nothing quite like having to write something to order to bring on a massive case of writers’ block so when I was asked to...