On Saturday 1st October the Bearwood community will come together in Warley Woods in solidarity with refugees promoting hope, friendship and welcome for a Procession of Light. Bearwood Action for Refugees have joined with We Are Bearwood to bring the community together. Supported by Near Neighbours and the City of Sanctuary network it is hoped that families, community groups and those of all faiths and none will unite for the torch-lit walk through the woods.
Meeting at The Fountain at 6pm, bearing torches to light their way, the procession will make its way to The Pavillion where it will culminate with Brandhall Community Choir singing. Speakers from local charity Brushstrokes Sandwell, local Councillor Ann Jaron and Cabinet Member for Public Health and Protection Preet Kaur Gill will speak on the importance of friendship, welcome and hope within our local community, and Rev’d Paul Hinton and Imam Ghulam Rasool will lead a joint address.
Beginning the month of Diwali, the procession’s symbolism will be manifold. Smethwick Craftivistas have created a ‘how to’ tutorial that people can use to make a torch template to project their very own messages and light pictures in to the twilight. At the culmination of the procession, torch beams, light pictures and messages will join together to create an installation of light.
Open workshops run by the Smethwick Craftivistas will take place 4 – 5.30pm in Warley Woods Pavillion prior to the procession for those wanting to make their own torch template. The ‘how to’ tutorial is also available in advance via the Bearwood Action for Refugees Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/BearwoodHelps and Twitter: @bearwoodaction.
If schools and groups want to discuss how they can get more involved they can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.