Churches join with council to help town

Canon Michael Webber
Canon Michael Webber

A new partnership between faith leaders and local councils aims to work together for the common good and community in Daventry.

Churches Together and representatives from Daventry District Council and Daventry Town Council will meet next month to discus ways in which they can work corroboratively to listen better to local concerns.

Chairman of Churches Together, Canon Michael Webber, said: “People often don’t realise how much clergy and people in the church are involved with community matters and with peoples’ lives and I am hoping that this meeting gives an opportunity to do some listening and sharing of ideas.

“I think it will also be a useful way for the district council and town council to work together more closely as both groups are very much concerned with the well being of Daventry.”

Canon Webber said that based on previous experience in his role as Royal Dean of Wellingborough, in which he brought together faith leaders and the council, the initiative can be very productive.

Leader of the council at DDC, Cllr Chris Millar, said: “I think it’s very useful to have community groups to share issues and thoughts, particularly with the changes going on in Daventry at the moment.

“I think it’s a good idea and I am very happy to attend the meeting and support an initiative like this.”

At a meeting of the town council on Monday evening, Canon Webber presented his idea to councillors and asked for their involvement.

Daventry Mayor, Mark Wesley, said he thought the council should ‘grasp the idea’ and see what the organisations could do together. Several other councillors echoed his sentiment.

The town council agreed to send six representatives to the meeting with DDC and Churches Together at DDC offices on November 27.