sticky church will be on Saturday 5th of May come and join us for crafts, stories and singing.
Saturday 21st April at 10.00 – Christian Aid Coffee Morning
From Syria to Sherborne
Saturday 28 April 2018, 6.30 - 9pm
Sherborne Area Refugee Support would like to invite you to our awareness-raising and cultural event, which is being held at the Gryphon School.
‘From Syria to Sherborne’ aims to highlight the plight of those fleeing their homes, but also to inform and enthuse local people both about Syrian culture and about how we can come together as a community to make a difference. From donating blankets and clothing for those stranded in refugee camps, to befriending Syrians being resettled in Sherborne, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Speakers will include:
Ghias Al-Jundi: Ghias was a journalist in Syria but was threatened by the regime because of his writing and involvement in human rights activism. He was tortured during five years as a political prisoner and fled to the UK in 1998. He himself has recently rescued refugees in Greece. Ghias has over twenty years’ experience working on the Middle East and North Africa for national and international organisations specialising in human rights and freedom of expression, and is currently working as a human rights advocate in London
Nada Menzalji: Nada is a Syrian poet and author. She studied at the University of Latakia, her hometown, but in 1998 left Syria to live in exile in London, where she works as journalist. She taught Arabic language for many years at SOAS university. Her poetry collections in Arabic are “Withered Petals for Dinner” and “Thefts of a Nameless Poet”. Nada has published many articles and poems in prominent Arab papers, and has performed her work internationally.
Frankie Dickens: Four years ago Frankie Dickens was training for the Olympics. As an ambitious sailor she wanted to win the gold medal, but this changed when she volunteered at ‘The Jungle’, the refugee camp in Calais. Today she is studying European Law at the University of Maastricht. She gave a TEDx talk in Venlo, Holland about the people who have inspired her so much.
Steph Farr: Steph is the co-ordinator of Dorset County Council’s Syrian Resettlement Programme and she will be explaining how the county is part of a national government programme to bring 20,000 refugees from Syria to the UK by 2020.
We will also be showing a short film, Aamir, which was nominated for International Best Short Film at the BAFTAs, and tells the story of 13 year old Aamir, who fled his home and has been separated from his family only to be stranded alone in one of Europe's unofficial refugee camps.
Syrian-inspired food will be on offer during the interval.
The event is free but donations will be welcomed.
Places are strictly limited, and we will be preparing food for attendees, so please let us know if you are coming, together with the name of anyone coming with you, by Monday 16 April, and we will reserve you a place.
As the event may be over-subscribed, and as we are preparing food, we would be very grateful if you could let us know if you have to cancel.
From Syria to Sherborne takes place at 6.30pm on Saturday 28 April at the Gryphon School, Bristol Road, Sherborne, DT9 4EQ.
We hope to see you there.
The team at Sherborne Area Refugee Support
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The Mental Health Art groups spring fair raised £245.
thank you to all who were able to support it
Good News We are delighted to hear that the Revd Duncan
Goldie will be welcomed to the Sherborne and Shaftesbury Pastorate
in an Induction Service on Saturday April 21st at 3 pm. He will then be
leading Morning Worship at Cheap Street on April 22nd and on May
6th (Holy Communion). If you want to contact him, Christine has his
email address and telephone number.