Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Barber Biber Appeal

This appeal was launched upon His Grace's blog on Tuesday, when readers began emailing and tweeting His Grace wanting somehow to assist Mr Aaron Biber, the 89-year-old barber in Haringey whose shop was ransacked and looted by a gang of mindless thugs. Mr Biber was not insured: the looters not only took his haircutting equipment, but even the kettle he used to make tea. After 41 years of cutting hair in the community, he is facing ruin.

His Grace is delighted to inform his readers and communicants that we have certainly raised enough to buy Mr Biber a new kettle. In fact, the kettle could be gold-plated, for you have stepped up magnificently and contributed (as at 1.00pm) the princely sum of £2,142. Some have donated a pound or two; others £100 (and one £500). The amount is of no matter (Lk 21:1-4): the important thing is that we are helping someone in need (Mt 25: 31-40).

His Grace has received a number of critical emails pointing out that there are others who are far more affected and far worse off. To those who have written such, His Grace says you are welcome to begin your own appeals or, like Fr Simon Morris, physically present yourselves and do something other than criticise and sneer. The appeal for Barber Biber remains open (at His Grace's Collection Plate, top right beneath the Twitter feed), and when the flow of money ceases, it will be handed to Mr Biber on behalf of the readers and communicants of this blog in the hope that his few remaining years may be spent serving his community in the humble and faithful way he has done so since 1970.


Blogger David Baker said...

Good for you!
There should, no doubt, be other causes also that rightly make us upset and prompt us to action, but the photos which you published earlier in the week and re-publish here moved me to tears.
Thanks for taking action!

11 August 2011 at 09:30  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Archbishop Cranmer

This gentleman may be unaware that the Police could be held financially responsible, regardless of private insurance, for damages and losses sustained as a result of a riot. I'm not a legal expert so it is worth checking this, but I believe a claim has to be lodged with them within 14 days of said riot. You will be much better than me to advise on this.

Wouldn't it be wonderul if he was able to completely recover all his losses, rebuild his life and have this generous gift too?

11 August 2011 at 10:21  
Blogger Daddy said...

No shortage of need in Tottenham howsoever people want to help. Mr Biber also has had a website set up for him - by the sounds of it there may be a working party to help sort out his shop. Please visit my blog for a first-hand account from Tottenham last night and keep supporting our neighbours. Thank you, YG, for playing your part.

11 August 2011 at 11:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance of getting the amount raised so far to him now rather than waiting until money stops coming in?

11 August 2011 at 11:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your website is a thinly veiled attack on your ex-wife and full of self pity. Why would anyone want to follow it?

11 August 2011 at 11:09  
Blogger The Worker said...

Wonderful scriptural references reminding us that God expects us to reach out to those in need and those suffering and that faith without works of charity is hollow.

11 August 2011 at 11:32  
Blogger The Gray Monk said...

Your Grace, those who argue that there are those in greater need than Mr Biber miss the point of real charity. They also lack any form of "charity" in themselves.

Perhaps they should examine the original meaning of the word ...

11 August 2011 at 11:32  
Blogger The Minister for Public Enlightenment said...

The Riot Damages Act of 1886 lets riot victims, insured and uninsured, claim for their loss from the police, which realistically means the government. A claim under the Act must be made in writing and received by the local police authority within 14 days of the alleged incident.

Even the insured need to take note. Insurers usually expect people to mitigate their loss and will in all probability reject or cut claims if people can't show they made a claim on the State within 14 days.

11 August 2011 at 11:53  
Anonymous berserker-nkl said...

Speed is of the essence in claims but some TV interviews with poor Asian shopkeepers who seem to have borne the brunt of the disturbances, said: (the shopkeepers) that they were not insured for Contents!

Is this not somewhat remiss?

11 August 2011 at 12:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a stupid argument there is always someone worse off somewhere else in the world! so you give to the one that you feel right about now otherwise no one would get anything while we runabout endlessly looking for the ultimate deserving ??

11 August 2011 at 12:54  
Anonymous Stuart said...

Good job. This is what it's all really about.

11 August 2011 at 13:24  
Anonymous Anne said...

Yes, you are quite right. Hopefully people will start coming together more as community and taking the responsibility we all have to help each other, without always expecting the Government to do things. As individuals and as Christians we have a duty and obligation to help each other and reach out to our own communities. God bless you Archbishop Cranmer, I thoroughly enjoy your blog.

11 August 2011 at 13:52  
Anonymous Greg Tingey said...

Well done.
You are actually useful for somewthing, sometimes.
What happened?

As for the rest of you.
Do grow up.

11 August 2011 at 13:56  
Anonymous BIG SKY FAIRY said...

@Greg Tingey

oh yes there is!

11 August 2011 at 14:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"do something other than criticise and sneer."

SPOT ON , YG ! I dips me lid to you , Sir !

Marcus Foxall

11 August 2011 at 14:40  
Anonymous j said...

To anyone who says His Grace should have done something else, or something more, than offer this kind helping hand to Mr Biber, may I refer them to the Chinese saying: if each person just sweeps the road outside his house, the whole street will be kept clean.

11 August 2011 at 14:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife and I sent Mr. B a small present,and he phoned us.Manners maketh man

11 August 2011 at 15:15  
Blogger OldSlaughter said...

Bless you for your work Your Grace.

It is so often when we see the worst in our country we get to see the best.

On the rioting discussion. The police are only responsible once the charge someone with rioting. They rarely do.

11 August 2011 at 15:25  
Blogger The Minister for Public Enlightenment said...

The recent widespread civil disturbances are unlikely to be expressly declared a “Riot” irrespective of media coverage and its terminology. Crawford & Company has categorised the unrest as a “major incident”, saying the bulk of claims are of high value, ranging from £100,000 to a staggering £10 million plus.

However, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that the cost of damage caused during recent riots will be settled under Riot Act police compensation schemes.

The ABI has also welcomed the Prime Minister’s agreement to extend the period in which claims can be made under the schemes from 14 to 42 days.

11 August 2011 at 15:47  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Speaking as someone who has run a small business , i would check that he isnt needing some money sooner to get going .

11 August 2011 at 17:44  
Blogger Pam said...

Can't see the 'other people have suffered' argument holds water here, simply because there are many other initiatives to help people, so you can take your pick, or indeed set up your own.

I'm sure, for example, that it must be possible to find churches, mosques or temples who are involved in support in riot hit areas who could use donations.

Can't see why the fact there are lots of people in need should be used as some kind of criticism of helping one particular person that we particularly feel called to help.

I've donated here, and I will be donating elsewhere too.

11 August 2011 at 18:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"... the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that the cost of damage caused during recent riots will be settled under Riot Act police compensation schemes."

Yeah, I bet they have. Very altruistic of them.

11 August 2011 at 18:25  

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