Watford Celebration 2018

Celebrating Watford's Rich Diversity

'One Town Together'

On Bank Holiday Monday

7th May  

11am till 4pm

Multi Cultural Community Centre, St Michael and All Angels' Church and Littlebury Hall

Durban Road, Watford WD18 7DS

All welcome!






'Special Achievement Award'


Sacred Space:

Sacred Space at Watford Celebration 2017.

In the vestry of St Michael and All Angels' Church.

The Sacred Space is a quiet room where people of different faiths and none can come together to discuss a topic of interest together or demonstrate something of their faith and worship

* The DISCUSSION SESSION was from 1.00 to 2.30pm. Yogesh Joshi and Mohamed Rafiuddin facilitated the discussion on the chosen topic of:


Participants introduced their faith's perspective on this topic for three minutes, and the facilitators then opened up the discussion for all.

Those who spoke were from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Church of England (Christians Across Watford), ISKCon (Hare Krishnas), Islam, Unification Movement and Watford Area Humanist.

* The DEMONSTRATION SESSION was from 2.30 to 3.00pm. Marijah Butcher facilitated this section. We had the wonderful Gospel Manna Choir and a poem from Professor Hodkinson on the relationship between Islam and the West.


In the Lady Chapel in St Michael and All Angels' Church.

The 'TWO CHAIRS EXCHANGE' workshop was cancelled due to ill health

Dr James Hodkinson from Warwick University will take part in Watford’s Celebration Day this May Bank Holiday. He is offering an 'encounter event’ based on his Two Chairs Exchange project. This involves visitors coming in to a short introductory talk and then sitting in pairs, opposite a stranger, in a special form of mutual and silent contemplation for four minutes. After that time participants finally ‘get to know each other' by talking and exploring aspects of each other’s background, beliefs and talking about their feelings towards each other following . The aim is to get participants to think and feel differently about the 'strangers’ they are encountering before they speak, and to see how the exercise serves to break down initial barriers, to allow positive discussion of similarities and differences that gets beyond feelings of strangeness and alienation. This experience would last about 20-30 minutes in total and will run at several points over the day in the main church.