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Animal Interfaith Alliance AGM – keynote speech and refreshments open to all.




Sunday 12th July 2015

AIA Logo Green

3.00pm            Interfaith Celebration for Animals All Welcome

Keynote speech – Animal Welfare in the Pope’s New Encyclical on the Environment by Dr Deborah Jones (Vice President of AIA and Vice Chair of Catholic Concern for Animals)

4.15pm            Tea and Snacks – All Welcome

5.00pm            1st AGM opens – AIA Members Only

5.00pm            Introduction from the Chair, Rev. Feargus O’Connor

5.15pm            Secretary and Treasurer’s Report, Barbara Gardner

5.25pm            Approval of the Annual Report & Accounts

5.30pm            Close of AGM

Please advise whether you will be attending the AGM by contacting Barbara Gardner at Barbgard.aia@gmail.com.

Address: Golders Green Unitarian Church, 31 Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London, NW11 8BS. Accessible via the Northern Line – the nearest tube station is Golders Green.


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Indian Vegetarian Society Christmas Lunch – report.

The Indian Vegetarian Society held its 34th annual vegetarian Christmas Lunch on Sunday 14th December.

The Mayor's husband, the Mayor, Leader of Croydon Council Tony Newman, and Croydon MP Steve Reed.

The Mayor’s husband, the Mayor, Leader of Croydon Council Tony Newman, and Croydon MP Steve Reed.

Nitin Mehta the founder of the society said that the aim of organizing the lunch was the same as when it begun 34 years ago. It is to celebrate Christmas as a national festival and to promote friendship between communities living in Croydon. The Indian community is proud to be British. The Mayor of Croydon Councillor Manju Shaul-Hammed, MP for Croydon north Steve Reed and leader of Croydon council Tony Newman who is a vegetarian were amongst the guests. Around 130 people enjoyed an traditional Gujarati Vegan meal. The Mayor praised the Indian community for playing a positive role in society. MP Steve Reed said that the contribution of the Indian Hindu community was great in all walks of life. Members of Purley United Reformed Church, Croydon ecology centre, Croydon vegetarians and Surrey vegetarians and vegans were present.

Guests enjoyed a lunch of parathas, udad dal, peas and cauliflower curry, biryani and bhajias all Vegan followed by vegan cakes and tea. Nitin said that idea of a Christmas lunch was spreading as a similar event was being held at the same time at Crawley Hindu temple and the Jain Centre in Colindale. Kamlalbhai Rao from Gujarat Samachar was present too. The delicious food was prepared by the ladies and popular chef Rajubhai Shah. Long term friendships are formed by sharing food together and our English friends are introduced to many varieties of Indian vegetarian food.

By Nitin Mehta.