Faiths join forces to spread their mes­sage with sin­gle

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MES­SAGES of co­op­er­a­tion and tol­er­ance were pro­moted as mem­bers of the Armed Forces One Voice Ini­tia­tive cel­e­brated the release of their new multi-faith mu­sic sin­gle.

A spe­cial event was held at the Anoopam Mis­sion Tem­ple in Den­ham for the release of ‘ Una Voce – A Path to Peace’.

In Au­gust, ser­vice­men and women from the Hindu, Sikh, Bud­dhist, Jewish, Chris­tian, Mus­lim and Hu­man­ist faiths came to­gether to record the song.

The One Voice Ini­tia­tive was com­mended by guest speak­ers in­clud­ing Sa­he­bji, Guru of The In­ter­na­tional Anoopam Mis­sion, who Skyped from In­dia to con­grat­u­late those in­volved in the project.

The Lord Popat praised the ini­tia­tive and stressed the im­por­tance of faith in­te­gra­tion in Bri­tish so­ci­ety.

And, in what or­gan­is­ers called a pow­er­ful and emo­tional speech, the One Voice Am­bas­sador and Lon­don 7/7 bomb­ings sur­vivor Thelma Sto­ber talked about her ex­pe­ri­ence and per­sonal faith and pledged to sup­port the project.

A short clip of the One Voice doc­u­men­tary United By Faith was shown by pro­ducer Chris Mann – ex BBC Songs of Praise pro­ducer.

Fol­low­ing the release of the sin­gle at noon, all hard copies sold out within 10 min­utes.

Eng­land’s Eco­nomic Heart­land (EEH), a part­ner­ship be­tween Bucks, Northamp­ton­shire and Ox­ford­shire, will grow with the ad­di­tion of Cam­bridgeshire, Mil­ton Keynes, Lu­ton, Bed­ford and Cen­tral Bed­ford­shire.

EEH aims to boost pros­per­ity through co­or­di­nat­ing in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vice de­liv­ery.

It has al­ready set out its trans­port propo­si­tion to gov­ern­ment to demon­strate how work­ing to­gether on trans­port and in­fra­struc­ture projects could bring ac­cel­er­ated eco­nomic growth.

One year ago, the for­ma­tion of the part­ner­ship was cel­e­brated on the win­ner’s podium at Sil­ver­stone race­track and found­ing part­ners re­turned this year to wel­come the new coun­ties.

Its strate­gic trans­port fo­rum, which will also in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from four lo­cal en­ter­prise part­ner­ships, will meet for the first time on Fe­bru­ary 12 to pro­vide to de­velop and de­liver a trans­port strat­egy for the area.

Martin

Tett,

leader

of Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil said: “No author­ity is an is­land in trans­port terms. The re­al­ity is that travel re­quire­ments go way be­yond any in­di­vid­ual coun­cil bound­aries so join­ing up al­lows us to think big­ger and plan big to de­liver the trans­port so­lu­tions that are needed in the fu­ture.

“Be­ing part of an ex­panded or­gan­i­sa­tion, which now not only in­cludes Ox­ford­shire and Northamp­ton­shire but also Mil­ton Keynes and Cen­tral Bed­ford­shire, is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment.

“It should en­sure that the trans­port needs of our res­i­dents and busi­nesses from Mar­low in the south to Buck­ing­ham in the north can ben­e­fit from the plan­ning of new trans­port and in­fra­struc­ture.”

Cre­at­ing an ef­fi­cient trans­port net­work is seen as the cor­ner­stone of boost­ing eco­nomic growth in the EEH area. The econ­omy is worth £87bn but has the po­ten­tial to grow an­other 20 per cent.

Al­ready home to more than 173,000 busi­nesses, in­vest­ment in EEH is said to gen­er­ate a 40% higher re­turn than any­where else out­side of Lon­don.

Con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in Eng­land’s Eco­nomic Heart­land is needed to help close the pro­duc­tiv­ity gap with the UK’s global com­peti­tors and to en­sure the area re­mains eco­nom­i­cally com­pet­i­tive.

A ‘selfie’ taken by One Voice Group mem­bers at the Anoopam Mis­sion Tem­ple

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