The Foundation has actively furthered its connection with the local community by inviting Markfield village residents to our site for a tour and a cup of tea. This gave local people an opportunity to understand our history and current work, as well as, ask any burning questions they have about Islam. This was followed up by an interfaith meeting in September which saw key faith and community leaders join with Foundation staff members to discuss topics ranging from community issues to the wider shared values our faiths encourage. Ron Grantham, a community leader, brought members of the Mayflower group, including those of various religious beliefs and of no faith, which demonstrated the unity we have along with all of our differences. This has deepened understanding between ourselves and set a positive example for our diverse society.
We have also shared in organising vigils in remembrance of the victims of atrocities around the world in recent times, such as the Paris, Tunisia and Syria atrocities. Angela and Clive Berry teamed up with us on 1st December to arrange a candlelit vigil at Markfield Community Centre after the Foundation’s article on our response to the Paris attacks was picked up by the Leicester Mercury and The Hinckley Times. Church leader, Joy Langford, spoke alongside Foundation staff with a unified condemnation of violence and intolerance in all its forms and a call for peace and better understanding. The tragically murdered local teenager, Kayleigh Haywood, was also remembered and mourned on the evening.