Inter Faith Week 2013

The Faith in the Community Event at the Town Hall on 21st November 2013 has been judged a great success, with almost 100 people attending. There were 17 stalls from different faith groups and other organisations. The speeches by Chief Supt. Matt Bell and Cllr. Lib Peck were both very good, as were Saleha Jaffer speaking more briefly about the Health and Belief project and Elizabeth Maytom about the Foodbank. The Council's support was crucial and we are deeply grateful for the interest taken by Cllr Lorna Campbell.

Lambeth Country Show 2014 - the 40th year!

It ended early with a torrential deluge at 4.30pm on the Sunday, but by then 18 volunteers had looked after the Inter Faith Stall since 11am on Saturday, engaging with members of the public to enter the inter faith quiz, write a prayer for peace and communal harmony, or collect information on inter faith activity.



Families Matter

Families Matter

Tuesday 16th December 2014 6.00p.m. – 8.00pm

Karibu Education Centre 7 Gresham Road, SW9 7PH

FTiL member organisation FAST (Families Against Stress and Trauma) launched, for faith communities, its film on DVD entitled 'Families Matter' that was produced in July this year. The film tells the story of three families whose lives were ripped apart when a relative travelled to a conflict zone. It is intended as a resource to encourage families to reach out for help if they suspect a family member might be planning to travel to a conflict zone.

The film can be seen on Youtube

Free copies of the DVD are available from FTiL on request.

6.00pm Hot buffet available (vegetarian and fish)
6.30pm Launch of DVD
7.30pm Informal networking and filmed interviews
8.00pm close



Faith and Wellbeing

Tuesday 18th November, 6pm - 8pm

Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall, SW2 1RW



An event in Inter Faith Week to celebrate contributions that faith groups in Lambeth are making to wellbeing in all its aspects and to share ideas for becoming more effective


Chaired by Canon George Ansah

Welcome by Cllr Marcia Cameron

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Lucy Smith, Public Health Manager - Mental Wellbeing, Lambeth & Southwark

Some thoughts about what is wellbeing, where does it come from and what we can do to increase our wellbeing and that of the people around us.


Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Lambeth Police, Southwark & Lambeth Integrated Care, Dayspring Counselling & Psychotherapy, L’Arche, King’s College Hospital NHS FT Chaplaincy, Learning through Purposeful Change, SGI-UK Nichiren Buddhist Culture Centre, Street and School Pastors, Your New Town Hall, South London Inter Faith Group.

Remembrance 2014 in Lambeth


A variety of events took place to mark the Remembrance season, several of them focussing very strongly on Peace.

On Saturday 8th November from 5pm there was a Peace Walk from Roupell Park estate to Tulse Hill estate - in torrential rain! - and then a Peace Gathering of more than 50 people in the Jubilee Hall with welcome hot soup, peace messages, songs, candles and refreshments. All the result of an initiative by Revd Richard Dormandy, Vicar of Holy Trnity Tulse Hill.

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On Sunday 9th November from 10.30am the Annual Remembrance Service, organised by Roger Bowdery, took place at the War Memorial on Sreatham Common. Dr Smarajit Roy laid a poppy wreath on behalf of FTiL.

British Legion wreath

Then on Armistice Day, 11th November, South Bank Churches organised a peace event, led by Steve Chalke, in St George's RC Cathedral for year 6 and year 7 students from 19 schools. Starting at 10.30am, the event led into the 2-minute silence at 11am.

The importance of voting

FTiL organised hustings on 17th April with the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates for the London Assembly (to represent the Lambeth and Southwark constituency). About 30 people attended and the candidates answered 12 questions that had been submitted in advance and a few more from the meeting.

When FTiL's management committee reviewed the event there was praise for the harmonious approach that the four candidates adopted, even though there were clearly important policy differences among them.

One of the benefits from the meeting was a chance to clarify the voting system in London elections which have only existed in their present form since 2000 and are not yet familiar to many people. The importance of taking the trouble to vote is all the greater because the 25 places on the London Assemply are determined on a proportional basis. So any vote that you fail to cast is not only a loss to the party you would like to support but also increases the proportion of the total vote gained by other parties. This increases the risk of small parties with extreme policies gaining 5% of the total and thus getting one of the 25 seats.

The elections take place this Thursday, 3rd May.

May is Hospitality Month

Faiths Together in Lambeth is repeating an initiative that had some useful results last year. Grants of up to £100 are being offered to a small number of FTiL Member or Associate Organisations in order to enable them to hold a hospitality event (breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, ... ) that has a multi-faith participation.


  • Qualifying hospitality events must take place in the month of May 2012 or soon afterwards (so could include the Jubilee Weekend for example).
  • The FTiL Management Committee will want to be convinced that events receiving grants will bring together people of different faiths (preferably 3 or more faiths).
  • FTiL will need to receive a request by e-mail before an event can be considered for a grant.
  • Grants will be awarded to qualifying events on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to receiving applications for these grants. New Member Organisations will have as much chance as established ones. You can apply for membership from this website.

London Assembly Election Hustings

Only a week and a bit now before our Hustings for invited candidates (from the four parties that had the biggest numbers of votes in 2008) who are standing for Lambeth and Southwark constituency in this year's elections to the  London Assembly. On Tuesday 17th April we shall be at the Karibu Education Centre in Gresham Road - refreshments from 5.30pm for a prompt start at 6pm.

FTiL is very grateful to committee member Julie Tedeschi for signing up the four candidates.

Jonathan Bartley Green
Rob Blackie Liberal Democrat
Michael Mitchell Conservative
Val Shawcross Labour

The Hustings are an opportunity for any of you members of the voting public to come and hear a little of what these candidates have to say and ask them whatever questions you wish. You are invited to send questions in advance to FTiL but there will also be opportunities on the night. Questions could include issues about the Mayoral candidates from these same four parties.

Don't forget - the elections take place on Thursday 3rd May.

Faith Hate Crime

Hate crime is any incident based upon prejudice or hatred towards an individual because of their actual or perceived race, disability, sexual orientation or faith. You can report hate crime online by completing Lambeth council’s e-reporting form or by contacting the Lambeth Hate Crime Coordinatior on 0207 926 2796 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yvonne Okiyo is Lambeth Council's Co-ordinator of activity to combat hate crime, of which faith hate crime is one category. Yvonne visited the FTiL Managgement Committee on 6th December to enlist our help in raising awareness of this issue. It is believed that hate crimes are under-reported because people are nervous of the consequences of reporting. Third party reporting arrangements are an attempt to make reporting more accesible, and even to report where and when something happened, without giving any personal details, might provide useful intelligence.

There is a message from Yvonne about hate crime volunteers in the Advice and Information section of this website. Yvonne's contact details are there too, and I know she would be happy to help if she can with any enquiries you might want to make.