Group marks global tragedies with vigil

Peo­ple ‘show­ing sol­i­dar­ity’ with those suf­fer­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

A NEW sol­i­dar­ity group has been launched in Hayes to bring to­gether police and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity af­ter ter­ror at­tacks and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

More than 100 peo­ple joined in the first Hayes in Sol­i­dar­ity can­dlelit vigil, held on Tues­day Au­gust 30 in front of Botwell Catholic Church.

The vigil was not in­spired by any par­tic­u­lar dis­as­ter, the or­gan­is­ers said, but was an in­clu­sive way for the peo­ple of Hayes to show sol­i­dar­ity with peo­ple who are suf­fer­ing around the world.

The idea came from talks be­tween Fa­ther Paul Smyth, the par­ish priest at Botwell, Ijaz Khan, the cen­tre man­ager of the Hayes Mus­lim Cen­tre, Reverand An­drew Pot­tage of Hayes Methodist Church and In­spec­tor Andy Lewis and PC Emma Read from the Hayes police team.

Chair­man of the Hayes Town Part­ner­ship, David Brough, at­tended the event. He said: “It was a fine evening and it was St Bene­dict’s is London’s lead­ing in­de­pen­dent Catholic co-ed­u­ca­tional school. Our Mis­sion of

is at the core of the holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion that is pro­vided through­out the School from Nurs­ery to Sixth Form. St Bene­dict’s is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing all chil­dren to de­velop their full po­ten­tial and has a dis­tin­guished aca­demic record. In Au­gust 2015, The Tele­graph in­cluded St Bene­dict’s among its list of ‘ten best value pri­vate schools in the UK’, the only London school to be in­cluded. The school wel­comes chil­dren of other Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tions and other faiths. The Ju­nior School and Nurs­ery pro­vide a sup­port­ive, friendly and vi­brant co-ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment. Shar­ing ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties with the Se­nior School and par­tic­i­pat­ing in cross-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties helps ease the tran­si­tion at 11+ to the Se­nior School. In the Se­nior School pupils are en­cour­aged to think and ex­press them­selves creatively, to work in­de­pen­dently, to take pride in all their achieve­ments and to en­joy the re­wards that schol­ar­ship brings. In the Sixth Form stu­dents are en­cour­aged to take on lead­er­ship roles and all con­trib­ute to a va­ri­ety of projects, which raise funds for com­mu­ni­ties across the world. The school is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble fa­cil­i­ties for teach­ing and learn­ing. The lat­est de­vel­op­ment, the Sixth Form Cen­tre and Art & De­sign build­ing, was opened in Jan­uary 2016. St Bene­dict’s is renowned for its sport­ing tra­di­tion and has a na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for rugby. Whilst pro­mot­ing the high­est sport­ing as­pi­ra­tions, the school is com­mit­ted to sport for all. A wide range of co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties is of­fered in­clud­ing mu­sic, drama and op­por­tu­ni­ties for Chris­tian ser­vice. The Ju­nior School runs a pro­gramme of af­ter-school hob­bies, while in the Se­nior School there are over eighty dif­fer­ent clubs and so­ci­eties. St Bene­dict’s School is unique. We are an ex­tended fam­ily in which pupils can thrive and we are proud of our co­he­sive com­mu­nity. Come and visit and see what we have to of­fer. You can be sure of a warm Bene­dic­tine wel­come.

Ad­ver­tise­ment Fea­ture mov­ing to see peo­ple from all the dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties in Hayes stand­ing to­gether in si­lence with their can­dles gen­tly flick­er­ing in the breeze as the sun set over the town.”

Also there on the evening were coun­cil­lors Janet Gard­ner and Pho­day Jar­jussey, rep­re­sent­ing Hilling­don Coun­cil, and the chair­man of the Hayes Town Busi­ness Fo­rum, Ajaib Puar.

Vig­ils will now be held on the church grounds at 8pm on the evening af­ter any tragedy.

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