Balham & Tooting Community Association

Balham & Tooting Community Association have two events coming up in Wandsworth.

OV-BATCA posteWednesday 23 October 6-8pm at 222 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW. A joint event with One Voice, “What’s next for Palestine?” With activists from Israel and Palestine.  Contact BATCA to add your name to the guest list.

Thursday 28 November 7-10pm at 202 Upper Tooting Road London, SW17 7TG. The annual BATCA Community Celebration and Local Heroes Awards.

The aim of the awards is to honour ‘local heroes’: people who work tirelessly for the benefit of the community, whether as volunteers or in their jobs.”

Award nomination forms and (free) tickets for the event are available from BATCA.

What’s On: prayers for peace| funday | lunch | lectures | religious history

Seven invitations – two of them are for tomorrow.

Ismail SerageldinWednesday 29th May at 5.30pm: Lecture by Dr Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, Memory, Culture and Hope: Reinventing Relations between the West and the Muslims, followed by a reception. The Drama Studio, Institute of Education (Main Building), 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL. Download invitation here.  Please register at

Wednesday 29th May at 6.30pm: Kensington and Chelsea Forum of Faiths: Inter Faith Prayers following the murder in Woolwich at Al Manaar, Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, 244 Acklam Road W10 5YG.  Contact Revd James Mather.

Thursday 30th May at 12.30pm: South London Inter Faith Group Lunch at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Redlands Way, Roupell Park Estate, Brixton Hill, SW2 3LU. As usual, a vegetarian lunch will be served at 12.30pm. Contact SLIFG at

Muslims-Multiculturalism-SOAS-2013Saturday 1st June – Sunday 2nd June: SOAS, University of London, Conference, Muslims, Multiculturalism and Trust: New Directions.  To consider the potential offered by lived experience and creative visions of intercultural exchange to offer new ways of envisaging multicultural experience.  Speakers include Rehana Ahmed, Valerie Amiraux, Claire Chambers, Sohail Daulatzai, Rumy Hasan, Salah Hassan, Tony Laden, Alana Lentin, Nasar Meer, Tariq Modood, Anshuman Mondal, Peter Morey, Stephen Morton, Jorgen Nielsen, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Amina Yaqin.

Friday 7th June at 6.30pm:  The 2013 WPCT Lecture will be given by the German Ambassador, H.E. Georg Boomgarden, Valuing Europe beyond economics: what binds us together? at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU.  Contact Win Burton.

BATCASaturday 8th June 12-5pmBATCA Funday in Broadwater Road, Tooting, London SW17.  Anglican church and Muslim school combine to provide fantastic afternoon of fun “Celebrating Life Together”. Attractions appeal to all including inflatables, fairground rides, clowns, sideshows, animals to pet from Kingston City Farm, arts and crafts workshops, sports, stalls run by craftspeople and stalls run by local voluntary and community organisations. Multicultural food will be on sale throughout the day. The road space will be closed to traffic and filled with attractions and stalls.  Contact Kate Allan.

Friday 14th June 12-4pm: Exploring Religious History in Wandsworth, with the Open University.  Balham Baptist Church, 21 Ramsden Road, London SW12 8QX.  Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network and the OU’s Building on History team invite you to explore the religious history of the area and to discuss a prospective local religious history project. Contact Nadeene Morris.

BATCA celebration | Tooting | 27 November 7pm

Balham and Tooting Community Association‘s wonderful annual celebration is nearly here!  Award ceremonies, multifaith merriment, good food and a host of local celebrities await the gathered crowds at

Jasmin’s Banqueting Suite, 202 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW

on Tuesday 27th November at 7pm

More information from Kate Allan on 020 870 1550 and, who says

“It’s a social get together with food for those of all faiths and cultures to celebrate Eid, Diwali and Christmas. There’ll be entertainment reflecting each of the faiths.
The aim is to give everyone an opportunity to chat and mingle with those from other backgrounds.
There’s no charge and no tickets – just turn up (but if you could let me know you’re interested, that would be helpful).”

As a long-running and successful local event, it’s a good one to visit if you’re thinking of organising something similar in your borough.

BATCA peace ceremony at Tooting Broadway

Peace Ceremony on Monday 24th September 6-7pm at Tooting Broadway tube station.

BATCA Multi-Faith Peace Ceremony

6-7pm on Monday 24th September

Tooting Broadway Tube Station

Please join BATCA’s sixth Multi-Faith Peace Ceremony to be held from 6-7pm on Monday 24th September outside Tooting Broadway tube station.

This is an occasion that celebrates the richness of our community and its faith traditions. Leaders from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths have been invited to say brief prayers for peace. We have asked our Mayor and MP, and other local leaders, to come and say a few words.

Members of the public will be invited to light candles, creating a glow in the falling light, and if they wish, express their own thoughts or prayers for peace.

Please support this moving occasion, and forward the flyer widely.

For more information, please contact:

Revd Dr Andrew Davey

or Kate Allan   020 8870 1550