Faiths stand­ing to­gether for peace

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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

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