About 40 people gathered at Timperley Congregational Church on the afternoon of Sunday November 22nd, during Interfaith Week, to witness the planting of a tree in recognition of the life and work of Rev Brian Jackson, one of the founding members of Altrincham Interfaith Group, who passed away last year. AIG Chairman Gordon Levy welcomed everyone and spoke about Rev Brian and showed us the plaque that had been made to fasten onto the exterior church wall. Then Iftikhar Awan of the Altrincham Moslem Association spoke warmly about his association with Rev Brian and also about many aspects of his life and work. The tree, an acer with leaves of orange and gold, was then planted in the ground by Rev Brian’s two daughters, Sue Henstock and Karen Tully after which everyone was invited into the church for drinks and a delicious selection of cakes, for which we thank Rev David Gould and members of the congregation. Finally, Louis Rapaport, a long-standing Jewish member of Altrincham Interfaith Group, spoke about Rev Brian, the establishment of Friendship Circles and the importance of Interfaith Week in Britain today. We are most grateful to Timperley Congregational Church for allowing us to remember Rev Brian in this way and also for their generous hospitality.
Carolyn Jones (Hon Sec., AIG)