Group marks global tragedies with vigil
People ‘showing solidarity’ with those suffering
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.
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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.