Bearwood Action for Refugees and We are Bearwood are hosting the second annual community Procession of Light in Warley Woods from 6 pm on Saturday 14 October. Following last year’s successful and popular event, the community of Bearwood will be coming together once again to spread messages of hope, solidarity, friendship and welcome. All are welcome to join the procession uniting families, community groups and those of different faiths for a torch-lit walk through the woods.
Meeting at The Fountain at 6 pm, bearing torches to light their way, the procession will make its way to The Pavillion where it will culminate. Representatives from all faiths will be present and speakers from local charity Brushstrokes Sandwell, local Councillor Ann Jaron and Preet Kaur Gill MP will speak on the importance of friendship, welcome and hope within the local community. Brandhall Community Choir who will perform a selection of songs and will be joined by a choir of children from local schools.
On the weekend before Diwali, the procession’s symbolism will be manifold. Smethwick Craftivistas are holding workshops, funded by Near Neighbours, with a number of different community groups in the run up to the event. They have created a tutorial that people can use to make their own torch lantern at home, to project their own messages and light pictures into the twilight. https://bearwoodaction.wordpress.com/procession-of-light. At the culmination of the procession, torch beams, light pictures and messages will join together to create an installation of light.
A free lantern-making 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 lantern. If schools and groups want to discuss how they can get more involved they can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, images and interviews please telephone Leonie Hart on 07973 128 534 or send an email to Bearwood Action for Refugees at the above address.