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INTER-FAITH WEEK WALK THROUGH THE WEST MIDLANDS – November 2010


NTER-FAITH WEEK WALK THROUGH THE WEST MIDLANDS – ALL WELCOME



An Inter-Faith Week Pilgrimage, walking from Lichfield to Worcester via the centre of Birmingham in the week leading up to Inter-Faith Week (November 15-19) will visit Mosques, Gurdwaras and Temples, Churches and Cathedrals on its way. (See attached programme.)

The walkers will include students from two local colleges, Walsall and Wolverhampton, who will be welcomed on Wednesday November 17th at the Annual Conference of the Association of Colleges and interviewed by Kirsty Walk in front of senior managers from England’s 400 colleges. A presentation of a Metalwork Sculpture representing harmony between people of all faiths and none made by students from Wolverhampton’s engineering Department will be made at the conference.

The walkers will include representatives from the various faith and belief groups who contribute to the All Faiths and None (AFAN) project which is sponsoring the walk – Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh – and the Humanists – all of whom contribute to the project’s website  and its educational work with young people. It should be a colourful occasion.

Local members of Inter-Faith organisations or Faith/Belief communities are welcome to join the walk for any part of its itinerary, which can be consulted on the attached programme.


DAY 1 - MONDAY 15 – LICHFIELD - WALSALL
12.0 Arrive at Lichfield. Walk to Walsall via Wall and Roman Road.
Overnight Walsall/Birmingham


DAY 2 - TUESDAY 16 -  WALSALL/WOLVERHAMPTON
Morning - Preparation visits to colleges by Alan and Amaranatho.
(Timings to be confirmed.)
Afternoon – Alan and Amaranatho to ICC for AoC fbfe seminar at 2.45. Alan/Ama to test walk Wednesday route.


DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY 17th  - WALSALL/WOLVERHAMPTON – BIRMINGHAM
Arrivals – 9.30 am
Wolverhampton students arrive by coach at Handsworth Mosque/Islamic Centre, 23, Booth St (off Soho Rd). Walsall Students – arrive at same time. Both groups continue to Birmingham Cathedral on Colmore Row by walk and tram to arrive by 10.20am, for a brief welcome.

Main Event – 11.0am
Walk to the ICC (International Convention Centre), where the AoC Conference is being held, to arrive by 11.0am sharp. The 3 students selected to be interviewed by Kirsty Walk on the main stage will have a briefing, then a five minute interview (basically one question to each student) on the main stage (11.50).  There will then be a presentation at 1.15 to the AoC Chief Exec, of the metal sculpture symbolizing harmony between the Faiths made by Wolverhampton students, over lunch for all the participants.

Continuation – 1.30pm
The group will walk to Handsworth Gurdwara, 18-20, Soho Road for a visit, then continue to Ladywood, to the Buddhist Temple/Pagoda on Osler St, to arrive for a short visit, followed by return to Walsall/Wolverhampton.


DAY 4 - THURSDAY 18th – DUDLEY – GLASSHAMPTON
Walk via Monarch’s/Wulstan Way, via possible visit to Dudley College to Stourport and Glasshampton.

DAY 5 - FRIDAY 20 – GLASSHAMPTON – WORCESTER
Follow Wulstan Way to Worcester, arriving at 11.30am, for Friday service at Cathedral (tbc).
Visit to Worcester College of Technology (tbc). Return to London on 14.52 train.