A celebration of Inter Faith Week in Cheltenham

Published on 14th November 2013


Thursday 21 November, 7.30 – 9.30pm at the University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, (Room TC007), The Park, Cheltenham

Cheltenham Inter Faith, Cheltenham Borough Council and the University of Gloucestershire are working together to host an event to celebrate and raise awareness of Cheltenham’s different faith communities.    

‘Water of Life’ is taking place on Thursday 21 November from 7.30 to 9.30pm at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus and all are welcome.  

The event is part of the national Inter Faith Week, which is a national annual event now in its fifth year and which is taking place from 17 - 23 November 2013.  The aim is for faith and non faith communities to come together to celebrate, learn more about each other and have fun, in order to strengthen good inter faith relations and increase understanding between people of religious and non religious beliefs.  

The Mayor, Councillor Wendy Flynn will open the event and everyone will have the opportunity to decorate a wave to contribute to a river to celebrate the spiritual significance of water.  Members of each faith will share a poem, story, reading or prayer. There will also be a multi cultural buffet and people attending are asked to bring a dish to share.

Peter Slocombe, chair of Cheltenham Inter Faith, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know people from the faith communities in our area and so help to promote multi-faith understanding and community harmony. We do hope people will come and join us.”

Tanya Stacey, strategy and engagement assistant from Cheltenham Borough Council, added: “It will be lovely to see different faiths coming together to share in the celebration of water, which is something that is significant to everyone, no matter what their faith”.  
Anyone is welcome to attend this free event. For more details, please contact Tanya Stacey on 01242 775205 or Jo Parkin, Chaplain for the University of Gloucestershire, on 01242 724593.

For press enquiries, contact: Laura Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154 or email: laura.carter@www.cheltenham.gov.uk