The snow, ice and freezing temperatures were melted away by that amazing African cuisine and the warmth of friendship, music and cooperation that filled Concordia Hall in St Leonards on Sunday 19th December for the long-awaited African New Year Celebration.
An inter group project of Hastings and District Interfaith Forum in conjunction with Hastings Intercultural Organisation, the Friends of St. Leonards Gardens and Respond Academy Funded by Sussex Community Foundation
People from many faith groups in Hastings and Bexhill packed St Mary in the Castle last Sunday, braving the foul weather to take ‘A Leap of Faith’ – affirming that we can all live together in mutual respect and friendship. It turned into a joyful expression of many faiths in music and dance, and a feeling that something quite special had happened.
The Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Maureen Charlesworth, and MP Michael Foster both gave their enthusiastic backing to the event, which was organized by the Hastings & District Interfaith Forum. After an introduction by Steve Manwaring, Habibah Anwar-Bhatti, also of Hastings Voluntary Action, shared how her brainchild had been formed over the last two years with the purpose of allowing the voice of faith groups large and small to be heard by local government and agencies.