The Aaron Biber Appeal
Readers and Communicants will recall the Barber Biber Appeal which His Grace instigated following the Tottenham riots. A number of comunicants have since enquired, but His Grace wanted to leave some considerable time between delivering the cash (personally, with reconstituted ashes, as he promised) and reporting on it, if only not to publicise the fact that Mr Biber's barber shop might be the repository of a significant amount of cash.
His Grace is delighted to report that Mr Biber received £2,400 from His Grace's readers and communicants, and was deeply touched. He sends his sincere thanks and deepest appreciation. His broken door and shattered window have been replaced, and Mr Biber even has a new kettle. So appreciative was Mr Biber of this divine gift that he gave His Grace an impromtpu Hebrew lesson (Mr Biber is a synagogue member) and sought to impress upon His Grace that he was named after Aaron, the brother of Moses.
While His Grace was talking, an old lady arrived and asked if the visit would be a long one. A little nonplussed, His Grace offered to leave, but Mr Biber told me she was 94 and was ushered in to sit in his barber's chair. His Grace assumed that this barber had diversified into women's hair styling, but Mr Biber then took out an ancient Philips appliance and (His Grace kids you not) proceeded to give the old lady a shave. She explained how she had recently lost her son and comes for the company. She paid him some 20 or 30p - His Grace didn't count precisely. And therein lies Aaron Biber's community service: he is not a busy barber, but he a very busy social hub, and a blessing to those who call in.
This was Mr Biber opening the package His Grace delivered:
And this was the look of sheer delight upon his little face when he saw it was a hefty wad of cash:
His Grace is delighted that Mayor Boris paid Mr Biber a visit (as His Grace had urged). Mr Biber's shop proudly displayed an autographed picture of the Mayor. And now Mr Biber can add a picture of His Grace to the gallery. Blessings upon all who contributed, and His Grace thanks you for your generosity. Mr Biber now finds himself the trustee of a very considerable community fund. May the Lord guide him in the dispensation thereof.