St Leonards Concordia Hall filled with excited young people from Nepal to Zimbabwe to India to Libya to Congo to Bexhill and Hastings - we had a great time entertaining each other and building friendships across difference. Local singing star Ian Edwards not only entertained us very professionally, but also headed the judges for the Talent Competition and managed the PA system for all the competitors!
Saturday September 24th in the Durbar Hall of Hastings Museum and Art Gallery from 2:30 to 5:30pm
2:35pm Catherine Harvey, Museum Education Officer, religious art in the collection
2:55pm Buddhist Religious Art: Thankas and Statues – Lam-ma, Bexhill Buddhists
3:15pm Barbara Powell-Jones – Practising the Presence of God
An exploration of the Christian faith through one person's art
4:00pm Forum Business – members (and guests if they wish)
CRUTCHES TO SIERRA LEONE - raffle helps cover transport costs
I just wanted to write and say thank you to Hastings and District Interfaith Forum and Partners for your support of The Peace Project and Operation Rise, it is very much appreciated. We are now well on our way to getting the Hastings crutches to Sierra Leone, which the raffle money (£148) is going towards, they have been fully cleaned and are ready to be packed and shipped, and I have attached a photo.
It was a pleasure to work with you all and I'm sure the Global Village Fete will be a great success next summer.
Please pass on my best wishes to everyone in the Forum and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Very best wishes, Sarah West (Operation Rise) www.thepeaceproject.com
Young talent to Global Fashion Show, all was as bright as the sunshine as 400 celebrated our second annual Garden Full of Delights in the delightful St Leonards Gardens.The innovation and sheer variety of the 40 plus costumes from many cultures exemplified the fun day in the park which gathered the diverse people of St Leonards in a real family atmosphere – grandparents, children and grandchildren.
Jamie the magician wandered through the crowd making balloons into works of art, In2Play gathered the little ones on two vast blue canvases, Janet enticed budding artists to compete with their original posters and local cafés and restaurants fed us with their cakes, scones, Armenian savouries and Indian curries.
MP, Amber Rudd extended her busy schedule to be with us and Councillor Chris Dowling and his wife came for the day as Chair of East Sussex County, while Mayor Kim Forward opened the event with Jeremy Birch our Hastings Council Chair. Beth and Jerrie won first and second prize in the Talent completion, with Behind Closed Doors, a local band, making 3rd prize.