From Domestic Extremist:
The UCKG (aka the Universal Chuggers from the Kingdom of Grabbers) are out in force again over Christmas, amassing more money than they know what to do with.
Reports of UCKG people collecting with their big red buckets are coming in from right across London: Brixton, Shoreditch, Stoke Newington, Dalston, Hackney, Kilburn, Finsbury Park, Holborn, Muswell Hill, Camden… In Angel they are apparently carpeting the pavements. A resident of Chingford reported eight(!) of them inside the Costco store there. They also love hanging around Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. And I hear they’ve been spotted in M&S in Birmingham too.
UCKG is on the record as believing in demonic possession, including the demonic possession of children. (Remember the UCKG’s involvement in the Climbie case? A UCKG pastor declared to the trial that he believed the child was ‘possessed’). So when the charity chuggers say they are ‘collecting for children’, interpret that as you will.
UCKG in the UK made a surplus of more than £5m in the financial year to February 2008 (the last accounts filed) and has built up income reserves of some £26m I understand. So it’s not as if UCKG actually needs this money for anything. The people who collect it are unpaid volunteers and the money just adds to the ever-growing UCKG money pile, destined I imagine to be spent on further real estate and media company acquisitions at some point in the future.
I now wish I’d posted about them when I saw UCKG collectors in Blackheath last week – muscling in on a children’s carol-singing session for Crisis outside the station (see picture). I’ve also seen them in Greenwich twice (outside the DLR station and outside Sainsburys) in recent weeks. In recent years UCKG bought the old Catford ABC cinema, opening it as a church in 2007, and are trying to do the same in Walthamstow. It’s also running an ad campaign inside local buses.
Of course, if you want to give cash to a religious organisation that’s already loaded, feel free. But if not, be warned, and keep your cash in your pocket.
In related news, Bromley Council has turned down a planning application by another church, KICC, to develop an old cinema in Crystal Palace into a place of worship. KICC had outbid Greenwich Picturehouse owner City Screen to the building in Church Road.