The evening marked the launch of our new Mission Project aimed at raising £1000 for the Peace and Reconciliation work being carried out in Bosnia and which is led by the Revd. Clive Fowle who was at one time the Methodist Minister at Radford Road Church. Clive was unable to be with us but Judith Halliday, a co-worker of Clive’s, gave an introduction of the Touch of Hope work being undertaken in Prijedor in conjunction with the Nansen Dialogue Centre. Their aim is to encourage the local community (Muslims and Christians) to talk together and explore ways of healing the hurt and bitterness that has developed following the atrocities of recent times in the Bosnia area. A priority is to train local people to be Facilitators and to run workshop activities in their local area. This has already happened in areas of Croatia and Serbia were Clive initially worked. Everyone was deeply moved by the work being undertaken.
After a piping hot fish and chip supper we all settled down to watch the second half of The Last Night of the Proms.
We joined with open-air concerts in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and enjoyed the traditional sea shanties and Proms songs. We delighted at the bizarre outfits and antics of the promenaders as they waved Union Flags and a wide selection of others, wore outlandish clothing and entered into the spirit of the evening with gusto.
The prommers (and several of our Radford Roaders), bopped to the Hornpipe; cheered at the appearance of Nina Stemme, who, dressed in a helmet and shield, performed ‘Rule, Britannia!’ We sang the traditional Prom songs, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, and stood for the National Anthem.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed what has now become a tradition in the Radford Road calendar and we were all amazed to learn that £250 had been raised that evening for our Mission Project.
We are a quarter of the way to our Mission Project target!