Annual Shared Meal on 11th February 2017

Altrincham Interfaith Group Shared Meal Success

Once again, Altrincham Interfaith Group showed that it is possible for people of many faiths to get together, share food and have a really great time. On Saturday 11th February, around 150 people enjoyed the Annual Shared Meal at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys. The evening was led by Gordon Levy, Chair of Altrincham Interfaith Group, with guest speaker the Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Trafford, Councillor Judith Lloyd, who was accompanied by the Mayoress, Ms Noelle Ryder. Representing Trafford Police was Inspector Faz Naman and his partner Ann Cooper-Poole. The Mayor addressed the group, saying that the best way to break down barriers was by listening and talking to each other, and that the work of Altrincham Interfaith Group needed to be replicated across Trafford. Interfaith teaches us that we are all brothers and sisters, we are all linked together, and she thanked the group for all that they do, which hopefully will stop anything like what is happening in the USA from occurring here. People shared Kosher food prepared by the Jewish community, curries from the Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association, vegetarian dishes prepared by Hindus, a delicious selection of samosas from the Ahmadiyya community, topped off by a vast selection of fantastic desserts prepared by the Christian and Unitarian churches in the area – a truly grand spread! In this time of division and hate across the world, it was very uplifting to see so many people participating in such a united and happy event.

Carolyn Jones

(Hon. Sec., Altrincham Interfaith Group)