Faiths standing together for peace
At least 129 people were killed and 352 injured, many critically, in the separate attacks in the city, for which Islamic State terrorists have claimed responsibility.
Chiltern District Council, South Bucks District Council and Bucks County Council (BCC) all observed a minute’s silence at 11am on Monday.
Chairman of BCC Bill Chapple OBE said: “Like millions of other people around the world I was both shocked and saddened by the events of Friday evening in Paris – our thoughts are with the families of those who lost loved ones and those who were injured.
“As an act of respect and remembrance to those who lost their lives in the Paris attacks, our employees observed the Europe-wide one minute’s silence at 11am on Monday.
“The council has also joined other local authorities and all Whitehall government departments in lowering their Union Flags to halfmast.”
Leader of South Bucks District Council Councillor Ralph Bagge said: “I was in a meeting at the Council Offices on Monday DIFFERENT faith groups in Chesham have united in the wake of Friday’s massacre in Paris and have vowed that it will not diminish the community’s friendship and respect for each other.
At least 129 people were killed and 352 injured, many critically, in the separate terror strikes in Paris on Friday evening, which are said to have been carried out by Islamic State terrorists.
A recently formed group in Chesham called MultiFaith, One Vision, which was set up specifically to build bridges of friendship and understanding between the faith communities in Chesham and to speak as one voice when occasion demands, has called Friday’s attacks ‘senseless’.
The group believes there is a ‘desperate need’ for faith communities to present a positive response to the hate-filled propaganda of some extremists.
The group has released a statement saying: “As a morning and at 11am I stood alongside the Chief Executive in silent contemplation.
“I would like to send my deepest sympathies to the people of France after the truly horrific events on Friday. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and all those affected during this very difficult time.”
Leader of Chiltern District Council Councillor Isobel Darby said: “It was group representing different faith groups in and around Chesham, we want to express our heartfelt compassion for those killed, injured and bereaved in Friday’s attacks in Paris.
“We stand together – as local Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Christians – in profound grief at this senseless massacre and a continuing desire for peace and justice. This will not diminish our friendship and respect for each other here in Chesham.”
On Sunday, the Union flag flying from St Mary’s Church, in Church Street, Chesham, was lowered to half-mast in respect and solidarity. It remained at half-mast until Tuesday.
Multi-Faith, One Vision was launched in June following the initiative of former Chesham mayor Councillor Mohammed Fayyaz.
The group is made-up of representativesofChesham Mosque Committee, Churches Together for Chesham, the South Bucks Jewish Community and the fitting to join the nation in remembering those who lost their lives and were injured in the shocking terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been affected and we live in hope of a world where there is greater tolerance and respect for one another.”
Chesham Town Council was unable to officially observe the minute’s Chesham District branch of Soka Gakkai International.
Chairman of Chesham silence, but it has given its sincere condolences to all those affected by the tragedy.
Chesham Town Council’s Clerk Bill Richards said: “The council takes its lead from advice given by Department of Communities and Local Government in respect to official two minute silences to be implemented by local councils.
“Obviously, with terrible events
the only Action Partnership Martin Parkes is also part of the new group as a representative of the town. happening over the weekend, we did not get this official notification.
“However the sincere condolences from both officers and councillors at Chesham Town Council go out to the people of Paris affected by this tragedy and our thoughts particularly at this time are with our twin town of Houilles, as it is located on the outskirts of Paris.”
The flag was lowered to half mast at St
Mary’s Church, Chesham