Update 25 July 2018
Very many thanks for everyone who helped out on the day and to all those who turned up to make the Walk a great success, almost despite the heat. If you have 2 minutes, we’d really like your feedback to 10 questions here: SurveyMonkey feedback. This is much appreciated. Hopefully we’ll see you next year!
Update 21 July 2018
Today’s the day! Please join us during our walk, in Gillingham High Street, the Turkish Community Centre in Chatham, the Chatham Memorial Synagogue, or the War Memorial outside Rochester Cathedral. Get to know your fellow neighbours and learn how fundamentally similar they are to you, despite their different beliefs or culture. Walk in Peace.
Update 13 July 2018
Just to confirm the starting point in Gillingham will be outside the Tai Won Mein restaurant, ME7 1BJ.
Update 6 July 2018
We are pleased to announce that a Tai Chi dance group will join the list of entertainers at Rochester. They will perform their Oriental art at the War Memorial together with the Bulgarian ‘Kitka’ dance group and Maria Louisa. Also, Cllr Vince Maple has gladly said that he will say a few words in Rochester.
Update 10 June 2018
We are all delighted that the Deputy Mayor of Medway, Cllr Habib Tejan, will be joining us on the Walk and starting out from Gillingham High Street. I hope that many of you will also be able to undertake the walk and visit the stop-overs at the Naval Memorial, the Turkish Community Centre and Chatham Memorial Synagogue, before we arrive in Rochester.
Update 29 May 2018
We are putting the finishing touches to our programme and now have most of the speakers in place. Given the interest shown, the start has now been changed so that the event will now begin in Gillingham High Street at 10:15.
Below is the latest (as at 6 July 2018) edition of the programme. Light refreshements will be available in Rochester.
|10:15||Gillingham – Opening speeches (outside Tai Won Mein restaurant, ME7 1BJ)|
|10:20 – 10:40||Introduction and speeches by Cllr Wendy Purdy, Maualana Didar Hasan, members of Youth Police Advice Group and Father Dobromir|
|10:40||Walk begins towards Chatham via the Great Lines Heritage Park|
|11:05||Arrive at Naval War Memorial, Great Lines Heritage Park|
|11:12||Songs by Ingrid van Dooren and friend|
|11:25||Walk to Chatham|
|12:00 – 12:25||Enter Turkish Community Centre|
|12:25||Walk to Chatham Memorial Synagogue|
|12:40 – 13:00||Enter Synagogue – Service for Peace|
|13:00||Walk to Rochester|
|Rochester – Closing Speeches|
|13:30||Walk arrives at Rochester War Memorial – ME1 1JY|
|13:35||Welcome and prayer by Canon Mathew Rushton followed by laying a wreath at the memorial|
|13:38 – 13:54||Speeches by Rt Hon Sir Hugh Robertson KCMG DL, Deputy Mayor Cllr Habib Tejan, Kelly Tolhurst MP, Cllr Naushabah Khan and Cllr Vince Maple|
|13:54 – 14:35||Dances by the Bulgarian Kitka Dance Group, a Tai Chi dance group and Lebanese Dance by Maria Louisa|
|14:35||Closing remarks – Faran Forghani|
|14:35||Invitation to view artwork by pupils of St Mary’s CoE Primary School in Crypt and participate in creative art workshop by Tina Lawlor Mottram|
Update 26 April 2018
Plans are progressing towards the event on 21 July and we are beginning to finalise some of the details such as the speakers. Here’s the event programme at the moment. Keep an eye open for more details in the near future. One quetion: have you put the date in your diary?!
Update 20 March 2018
We are currently organising this year’s Walk for Peace between Gillingham, Chatham and Rochester to encourage people to meet others in the local Medway communuty. This year we will be starting at Gillingham High Street at 10:30, then walking to Chatham and arriving there at 12:00 before finally arriving at the War Memorial outside Rochester Cathedral at 13:30. We hope to have light refreshments and entertainment so make a note in your diary!
As more details are confirmed I shall be uploading them here so keep looking out for updates.