Message from Commander Chishty, Metropolitan Police
7th Day Anniversary of Westminster Bridge Attack ‘A Bridge for all Communities’
There has been an overwhelming desire by people from all different faiths and backgrounds wanting to pay their respect to those who lost their lives, suffered injury and to show that #WeStandTogether against all forms of extremism and hate.
The attack took place on one of our most well-known bridges, Westminster Bridge and many people feel it is fitting to come together on a ‘bridge’ across our cities and towns symbolising that we have a ‘Bridge for all Communities’.
The proposal is simply for an assembly of people who want to come together at the same time that the attack took place last week and be able to
observe one minute silence
have the opportunity for private reflection
offer prayers and good wishes
show that #WeStandTogether
As a show of unity we felt it would be lovely if people were able to carry a single flower during the event which can be laid down as a sign that we will never forget those who lost their lives.
These 7 day anniversary events will be taking place across the country, including London, Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester, Leicester, Leeds and Sheffield.
The event in London will take place on Westminster Bridge and people will be asked to meet outside the Park Plaza Hotel on the South Side of Westminster Bridge at 1415hrs on Wednesday 29 March 2017.
Join Londoners of all faiths and beliefs today to form a human circle of solidarity around Mosque during Friday prayers. The group will gather at 11.45am, in time to circle the mosque just before Friday prayers, which are scheduled for 12.10pm.
Friday 3rd February – London Stands As One #LondonIsOne #LondonUnited #WeStandTogether #LondonIsOpen
Safety and Security for Places of Worship in London: supporting each other across religious traditions.
Pilot course starting this year: one evening per week over 6 weeks at New Scotland Yard.
The training is for small to medium sized places of worship, with an encouraging message to build confidence and to kick-start some action.
We will learn across faith boundaries, developing diverse networks of support. Our emphasis is on bottom-up ways of working, building on the good work already taking place.
Connecting with our public agency colleagues, we will link churches with temples, synagogues with gurdwaras and Islamic centres: we will not only upskill ourselves, but will understand each other’s different safety concerns and become better able to support each other.
People in places of worship – safeguarding, lone workers, secure spaces, staff, volunteers (with Metropolitan Police)
Emergencies – terror attack, flood, pandemic & recovery plans (with Ecclesiastical Insurance, Metropolitan Police & London Resilience)
Hate Crime – on the street, on public transport, online abuse (with British Transport Police, Tell Mama & Community Security Trust)
Safety in buildings – worship/teaching, events & visitors, statutory requirements, checks, fire prevention, exits, drilling procedures (with Ecclesiastical Insurance, Community Security Trust & Metropolitan Police)
Supportive links – Borough Councils, Metropolitan Police, City Hall, London Transport Police, London Fire Brigade, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Tell Mama, Community Security Trust, London Resilience, NHS, Public Health
Checklists – who does what, legal obligations, communications, governance and media matters
The pilot course will be open to suggestions and changes along the way and the learning will be captured. We hope the course will be both robust and popular, and rolled out to other areas of the country.
To register your place of worship on the waiting list for training, or if your organisation is interested in contributing to this initiative, please get in touch.
Our next meeting will be hosted by Ecclesiastical Insurance at 24 Monument St, EC3R 8AJ, on Tuesday 25 October, taking forward our conversations on supporting each other locally on the safety and security of our people and buildings.
The meeting will start with a light lunch and continue through the afternoon. Those who attended our meeting at New Scotland Yard on this topic are asked to save the date.
You are warmly invited toLBFN’s Winter Meeting on Wednesday, 9 December from 3:15pm to 5:15pm, at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4PW, followed by seasonal refreshments and lights to mark Advent, Chanukah, Bodhi Day & Human Rights Day until 6.30pm.
As COP21 in Paris draws to a close, we welcome Green Doctors: home visits, saving fuel, keeping warm, training for our communities – with Rebekah Phillips, Groundwork.
Following on from our October event at New Scotland Yard, an update on Safety & Security and on our training plans.
We welcome brilliant young artist Toby Melville-Brown to hear about Faith in London: art for the city.
LBFN chaired “Women & Faith” at WOW – Women of the World Festival last year. Ideas for 11-13 March 2016?
There will be time to share news and reflections at the end of the year and an update from the European Network for Religion & Belief.
Visitors are very welcome at the meeting and/or the reception. If you haven’t already been in touch, please register on Eventbrite or contact LBFN if you plan to join us.