As we welcome in the new year, it’s time to turn the spotlight on Kensington Parochial Charities who have been helping out the local community in a number of small but very important ways for generations…

The Kensington Parochial Charities (KPC) are an agglomeration of a number of smaller, ancient charities that were set up to help residents of a local parish to provide fuel (usually wood) in winter months, food and general building work for churches. These centuries-old investments- now all bought together by St Mary Abbots  – are shared amongst local churches to provide to those in need in their respective parishes.

In 2016, the total combined sum was £4881.93, and here’s how the local churches spent their share:

St Barnabas provided bursaries for individuals going to the Focus festival in Summer 2016.

St Mary Abbots  helped a group of elderly parishioners to host an outing to the theatre and a lunch.

Holy Trinity Brompton used the grant towards food costs for their drop-in day shelter. The service caters to hundreds of vulnerable people by providing a full hot breakfast and access to a range of activities and services to help them.

St Mary the Boltons used the grant to the support an older impoverished couple. The husband has been the principal carer for his wife for several decades, and the grant will relieve the pressure on their finances, in the face of an ongoing need to maintain their property, which has fallen into considerable disrepair.

St John’s, Notting Hill aided the work of the Filipino Chaplaincy which serves the borough’s Filipino community, many of whom are in low paid employment.

St Clement and St James provided activities for the congregation, including the annual pilgrimage to St Albans Cathedral for those who would not otherwise be able to attend and a bowling trip for the young people. The remaining funds were donated to the North Paddington Food Bank.

Through the hard work of the parishes, the grants, a generous gift from the Kensington and Chelsea community many generations ago, continue to offer support to the community of today, bringing people together at funded events and providing financial assistance in times of need.

The breakdown of the £4881.93 across the churches is as follows:

Holy Trinity Share £1165.00
St Barnabas Share £499.29
St James Norland Share £527.03
St John’s Notting Hill Share £943.10
St Mary Abbots Share £1386.91
St Mary West Brompton Share £360.60