6:30 PM18:30

Governor Training

WHERE: Community Space, Keynsham Library

WHO should attend: Governors with an interest in RE, collective worship, ‘British values’ and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in Primary or Secondary schools

WHEN: Tuesday 24th January 2017, 6.30 – 9.00 pm

APPLY: online via the Hub http://thehub.bathnes.gov.uk/Home if you subscribe to Governor Services or by e-mail governor_services@bathnes.gov.uk

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9:30 PM21:30

RE visits & visitor grants for primary schools

WHO can apply: LA Primary schools.

WHEN: apply by 31st December 2016 by email to Dave Francis, The Associate Adviser for RE, at: dfmayfly@icloud.com.

Grants are to be spent before 3rd March 2017 on costs of making visits to places of interest for religious education, or on costs of representatives of religions and beliefs who visit your school. Schools receiving the grant are expected to produce a short report on the visits (with a couple of photos if possible) for the SACRE website: 

SACRE grant: £175 for up to ten LA schools.

Payment on receipt of report.

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9:00 AM09:00

RE Conference for South Glos and Bristol

The very popular South Glos and Bristol RE conference this year is on the 29th January 2016 again at Engineers’ House  (excellent food) and this year we have the key note speaker Lat Blaylock (RE Royalty!) who many of you will know is excellent.

The conference is open to teachers from Bath & North East Somerset. For details of how to apply, please contact Katy Staples <Katy.Staples@bristoldiocese.org>

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9:30 PM21:30

My Sweet Lord: The Hare Krishna Movement Turns Fifty

One Day Conference

23rd April 2016


Bath Spa University

Keynote speaker: Professor Kim Knott (University of Lancaster) 'ISKCON@50: Achievements and Challenges in the British Context'

This is an opportunity to mark the Hare Krishna movement's half century with a mix of academic papers combining retrospective on the last fifty years with reflections on future directions, a panel discussion debating what happens when a New Religious Movement isn't so new anymore and a mix of activities such as a demonstration arti, classical dance, and chanting of the Mahamantra. There will be a chance to hear from devotees as well as academics, and also enjoy some wonderful food.

Guests include His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami, one of ISKCON's international leaders.

 Waged: £15

Unwaged: £10

For enquiries, contact: Catherine Robinson (c.robinson@bathspa.ac.uk).

Book your ticket through www.bathspalive.com by using this link:  https://www.bathspalive.com/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=94AB15CD-29EB-41CC-9A63-C424C2F567E7&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=BBD14FFB-C855-49A3-95B9-7DF229C6EB55 



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6:00 PM18:00

9th Annual Diwali Festival

Article from Bath Echo.

Organised by the Bath Hindu Community, up to two-hundred people are expected to join in the festivities.

Originating from India, Diwali is now celebrated all across the world for both its religious and cultural significance.

Also known as the ‘festival of lights’, it is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in the autumn.

The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

Attending the event will be Cllr Sarah Bevan, Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Human Rights Spokesperson and former chairman of the local authority.

She said: “As Human Rights Advocate, I’m always appreciative of inclusive celebrations such as this, which do so much to promote understanding of, and interest in, faiths and cultures among people of different faiths or no faith. 

“The festival of Diwali has increasingly become mainstream in recent years, and more and more non-Hindus appreciate and celebrate the occasion.

“Over the past ten years national leaders such as the Prime Minister have attended Diwali celebrations at some of the UK’s most prominent Hindu temples, such as the Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden, and popular Hare Krishna temple in Watford, using the occasion to commend the Hindu community’s positive contribution to British life. 

“Over the next two weeks, more than 100,000 people will attend Diwali lights switch on events across the UK in places like Leicester and Birmingham.” 

The festival is commonly observed by illuminating hundreds of candles in homes, temples and public places. 

In ancient times, Diwali was first observed by the residents of Ayodhya (north east India) to celebrate the return of King Rama, an incarnation of Krishna, after 14 years in exile.

In another era, this was also the day when Lord Krishna performed His Damodara childhood pastime of breaking the pots of yogurt and letting Himself be bound by Mother Yashoda. 

Peasedown St John councillor Karen Walker will also be attending.

She added: “Here in Bath and north east Somerset the festivities this year will be bigger than ever and will include a three-course authentic Indian Dinner, fireworks and entertainment. 

“Diwali, just like Christmas, really is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and traditions to come together for a special family occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone to attend, they’d be made most welcome.”

Bath’s Ninth Annual Diwali Festival Party is organised by the Bath Hindu Community CiC (Community Interest Company) and will be held at Beechen Cliff School on Saturday 7th November from 6pm.

For details and to reserve a ticket email bathhinducommunity@gmail.com.

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