The Revd. Albert Kingsley Lloyd

From an Orwell Bulletin of 2004

The following article appeared in the March 2004 edition of the Orwell Bulletin, and was headed


Photo:Revd. Kingsley Lloyd

Revd. Kingsley Lloyd

'School drop-out who worked wonders with the finances of the Methodist Church over his morning coffee.' This was the headline to The Times obituary for 'our' Kingsley who so many of us here knew and loved as a wise and generous friend with a lovely sense of humour and a keen interest in his fellow men and women. He had lived at the old White Hart in the High Street since his retirement in 1969 and we knew him as a prime mover in Orwell Horticultural Society, a parish councillor, someone who shared many village events and was always there to advise or to enjoy a debate on a topical issue. As The Times said, 'he had the gift of being able to relate to people of all ages, with an astonishing memory for names' right up to his last days. Susan Rumbold, in her contribution for the Methodist Church [see separate article] describes so well his character and his relationship with Orwell folk.

no formal training in finance

What many of us did not know, because Kingsley was a very modest man, was that, as secretary for the Methodist Church's Connexional Funds from 1952 to 1969, he laid the foundations for the successful management of the Church's invested funds and adequate financial provision for retired ministers. After thirty years as a Methodist minister in North London and neighbouring home counties, but with no formal training in finance, he achieved this through his own good common sense and well-chosen professional advice.

Covenant finally signed the day before his one hundredth birthday

Kingsley held many important posts in the Methodist Church, including the presidency of the Methodist Conference in 1964. He strongly advocated church unity and was delighted when the Anglican/Methodist Covenant was finally signed the day before his one hundredth birthday. It was therefore very appropriate that friends of both denominations, and none, packed St Andrew's Church on February 3rd for Kingsley's funeral service, conducted by the Superintendent of the Cambridge Methodist Circuit with readings and prayers lead by our rector, our Methodist Minister, and Kingsley's friend of seventy years, Revd. Rudolf Weckerling from Berlin. As the service ended, the young musicians of 'Impromptu' played one of Kingsley's favourite hymns – Bunyan's 'He who would valiant be' – a final and very moving farewell to a wonderful man."

Photo:Kingsley Lloyd in 1973

Kingsley Lloyd in 1973

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