Black Mental Health conference 9 October

HOBVHealing Our Broken Village: how much do we know about Black Mental Health and what are we going to do about it?

Conference on Thursday 9 October 3.30-8pm at New Testament Assembly, 7 Beechcroft Rd, nr Tooting Bec tube, SW17 7BU.  Download the flyer.

A warm welcome to everyone across London who cares about

  • why there’s a disproportionately high number of black Londoners in mental health services
  • how local churches, mosques and temples can work with the NHS to co-produce better & earlier services which people trust

Speakers from local religious communities, London School of Economics, SW London Mental Health Trust, Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group – with workshops, interactive sessions and a shared supper to finish.

hobv5This is the sixth annual conference organised by Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network on Black Mental Health in partnership with clinicians and policy makers – and is always a lively occasion!

Participation is free, but register in advance here.

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Peace Ceremony at Tooting Broadway 26 September

BATCA peace ceremonyJoin Balham & Tooting Community Association on Thursday 26th September 6-7pm for prayers for peace outside Tooting Broadway tube station.

Passers-by light candles and local religious & civic leaders, including Sadiq Khan MP, lead prayers and meditations on the subject of peace.  It is always a popular event and everyone is welcome.

For more information, contact Kate Allan and download the flyer here.

AGMs ahoy!

It’s the time of year for celebrations and AGMs.  Five invitations have dropped into the LBFN inbox.

ftil logoFaiths Together in Lambeth holds its meeting on Tuesday 11th June at 6pm – more details from the Chair, Alan Gadd.

batca logoBATCA – Balham & Tooting Community Association holds its AGM this week on Tuesday 21st May at 7pm.  Details from the Secretary, Narween Barwany.

The Greenwich Peninsula Chaplaincy‘s 10th Anniversary falls on Wednesday 5th June and celebrations will include welcoming the Mayor of Greenwich.  Contact the Co-ordinating Chaplain, Revd Malcolm Torry for more details.

hfof_logo_no_strapNot a meeting, but Hounslow Friends of Faith are planning a Walk of Peace and Friendship on Sunday 30th June.  Contact the Secretary for details.

Westminster Cathedral Inter Faith Group has circulated an invitation for Thursday 13th June at 4.30pm at the Cathedral’s hall.  Cardinal Tauran, the Pope’s senior advisor on interreligious dialogue, and representatives from different religions will offer prayers for peace in their different traditions.  More details from John Woodhouse.

Let LBFN know if you have an AGM or event planned and you’d welcome visitors from other boroughs.

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 Allanraallan@aol.com, 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   ap.davey@btinternet.com

or Kate Allan   allanraallan@aol.com   020 8870 1550