The 2010 Bath Peace Ceremony – We did it!

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A couple looking proudly at the CANDALA they have made

The 2010 Bath Peace Ceremony – We did it!

What a great turn out! The weather smiled upon us and over 250 people came to our event, in the beautiful setting of Parade Gardens last night.  The Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Cllr. Sarah Bevan, gave a powerful message in her opening speech and we were delighted that The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Shaun McGall was able to attend.

2010 Bath Circle of Peace

2010 Bath Circle of Peace

That we had two speakers who have lived through war talk about their own experiences – Abdullah Ali-Ahmadi from Afghanistan and Margaret Gibney from Belfast – gave the occasion an important gravitas and connection to the devastation and long-lasting impact of war. The feedback that we are getting is that the reality of war, juxtaposed with the celebration of Creativity, Unity and Peace and high-level audience participation, was a mix that was found to be both moving and profound.

Margaret Gibney

Margaret Gibney

Abdullah Ali-Ahmadi

Abdullah Ali-Ahmadi

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who helped to make it happen and all of you who were there. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Our own Matthew Palfrey (Voluntary Support Coordinator), deserves a special mention for his regular, dedicated work over the last two months. He has been a rock and the perfect person to help realise the many logistical components involved in staging an event of this nature and scal

If you were there last night and  would like to give any feedback, please either post a comment below or email it to


4 Responses to “The 2010 Bath Peace Ceremony – We did it!”

  1. Anji Henderson says:

    An amazing evening, very poignant and emotive. This annual event will only get bigger and have a greater effect on a wider audience year upon year. Well done to all.

  2. Grethe Hooper Hansen says:

    Congratulations, the ceremony was magnificent! Very powerful too – what a service to Bath! All speakers and singers just superb.

  3. Judy Jones says:

    Listening to the two speakers, Margaret and Abdullah sharing their personal experiences of war in Belfast and Afghanistan, brought home to me the true reality of war and how important it is to further the work for peace in ourselves and our communities.

  4. Jane Kuehn (Germany) says:

    A very memorable evening in a beautiful setting with moving speeches and a lovely CANDALA experience! Keep the peace flowing.

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