Church spreads the word of good finance

PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 June 2011 | UPDATED: 09:15 01 June 2011

(click on image for larger view) Jim Hanmer, offering money management course,  East Brent church.

(click on image for larger view) Jim Hanmer, offering money management course, East Brent church.


IF YOU'RE the resident of one village in Somerset and in need of some financial advice, there's a new place you can turn to - the church.

Two churchgoers from East Brent have started offering free sessions to help people with personal finance problems out of St Mary’s Church.

Having undergone specialist training from Christians Against Poverty (CAP), Nick Bashford and Jim Hanmer are now looking to spread the word of good finance, starting with their first course on June 14.

Mr Hanmer, from Slade Lane, Lympsham, said: “With households feeling the squeeze on their disposable income, we’ve all got to get a bit more savvy about our money to get through these tough times.

“If you know how to save and budget effectively, it can have a hugely positive impact on the whole family.”

Mr Hanmer says the courses, which are expected to be around two hours long, can be especially helpful for newly-retired people, students and families saving for a wedding, and people attending will be challenged to live without a credit card.

He added: “We hope that we can help people, quietly and confidentially, take control rather than relying on guess work so they can plan for the future and weather the storm.

“Details on income will be confidential, people don’t have to tell us that, but we charge people to say what they’re spending and certain things.

“People get themselves into debt living the model way of life, using their credit cards to buy the latest stuff, and this really is about allowing people the opportunity to refresh their finances.”

The first course at St Mary’s, in Church Road, starts at 7.30pm on June 14.

To find out more about CAP or book your place, visit or phone 01934 750076.

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