Revelations from the Vicar of Baghdad
GOLD HILL Baptist Church in Chalfont St Peter welcomed the ‘Vicar of Baghdad' for a special event.
Otherwise known as Reverend Doctor Canon Andrew White, he told an audience of more than 300 people his personal story of being involved with reconciliation work in the Middle East.
He trained as an anaesthetist and was ordained in the Church of England but at the age of 33 was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Despite this, he was the vicar of St George's Church in Baghdad until he was forced to depart in November 2014 for security reasons, but has continued to be involved from the UK and other Middle Eastern locations in relief and reconciliation work.
He has received numerous awards for his work and was involved in the solution of the Bethlehem siege in 2002.
He is also a prolific author, with all funds from his books contributing to charity the The Foundation forReliefandReconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME).
Joyce Gledhill, who organised the event, said: “The audience had an evening of laughter, revelation and inspiration. If you get chance to hear Andrew at another venue, don't miss out.”
Visit www.goldhill.org for more information and to hear the interview. BUCKS County Council has announced a freeze on non-essential spending to ensure it can meet the rising cost of looking after the most vulnerable people across the county.
The council is taking decisive action to address a possible budget shortfall of almost £6million by March, mainly due to increasing demand for social care for adults and children.
Leader of Bucks County Council Martin Tett said: “On Monday, my cabinet and I agreed, in public, to a freeze on all non-essential spending until the end of the financial year to stop what could become a very challenging situation for us and the public.
“The main catalyst for our potential overspend is the significant increase in demand on services for vulnerable adults and children. There is little we can do about this because we have to give priority to safeguarding our old and our young.
“However, we can control other parts of council spending. Spending will be frozen on non-essential, non-committed items until the end of March.
“By non-essential, we mean activities that we are not required to do by law. There will of course be exceptions because we have to keep the business going.
“I'm sorry to have to do this but if we don't act, we could find we have no money left in reserves in a year or so.
“As soon as you see the prospect of getting into debt, you tighten your belt.”
The ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ Andrew White spoke at Gold Hill Baptist Church