Cornwall Faith Forum’s member, Valerie Ward, shares with us her thought on the Islamic pilgrimage, the Haj:

Pilgrimages are journeys motivated by religious sentiments.  They may be to visit a place considered sacred or as an act of devotion.  All major religions have some form of pilgrimage.

At the beginning of September 2017 Muslims all over the world will be thinking of the Islamic pilgrimage, the Haj.  The Haj fulfils both criteria; visiting a sacred place and performing acts of devotion.

Haj is the fifth Pillar of Islam, pillars which are the basis of faith.  It is referred to in the Holy Quran, Ch.22 v. 27/28.

“and Proclaim unto men the Pilgrimage(Haj)….”

“That they may witness the benefits for them and may mention the name of Allah during the appointed days…..”

All Muslims should perform the Haj at least once in their lifetime if they have the health and the means to do so.

Muslims travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia where the ancient place of worship called the Ka’ba is found.  Today the Ka’ba stands in the middle of the large courtyard of Masjid al Haram or the Sacred Mosque.  This place of worship was known to Abraham.  In the Sacred Mosque is also the Station of Abraham(Maqam a Ibrahim) and the spring of water called Zam Zam.

There is a very close connection between Abraham and the Haj in Mecca.  Abraham took his wife and his baby son, Ishamel to Mecca, under instructions from God although at that time there was no settlement there.  Later he and his son Ishmael rebuilt the Ka’ba, also under instructions from Almighty Allah.  As Abraham was told to rebuild the Ka’ba it must have existed as a place of worship before that but had fallen into ruin through misuse.  After the time of Abraham it has been in continual use as a house of worship and pilgrimage, though the monotheism of Abraham was at times lost so that by the time of the Holy Prophet Muhmmad(saw) the Ka’ba was contained more than 300 statues and idols.

There are rituals and prayers special to the Haj.  Today pilgrims travel from all around the world.  They go in guided groups with scholars to explain the customs and meanings of the prayers so that all, no matter what nationality or language, can benefit from their Haj.

There are many websites explaining the detail and importance of the rituals of Haj.

Since the lifetime of the Holy Prophet(saw) the Haj has been performed each year.  The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and so the days of the Haj change throughout the seasons.

In addition to the performance of the rituals of Haj and its sacred spiritual benefits it should also be a time for Muslims from all around the world to renew their fellowship, friendship and unity, to develop cordial relationships for the benefit of all.

May Almighty Allah enable all Muslims to perform the Haj in its true spirit and heal the divisions between them and all God’s creation.

Ponsharden Cemeteries – Open Day – Sunday 10th September 2017

Come and have a look round Ponsharden Cemetries

On Sunday, 10 September, 2-4pm, there will be an Open Day at the Jewish Cemetery and Dissenters’ Burying Ground (also known as Congregationalists) at Ponsharden in Falmouth adjacent to Sainsburys Store. Keith Pearce, historian and authority on Cornish Jewish life and cemeteries will be on hand to discuss the background and personages buried in the Jewish cemetery and Dissenters’ historians, Rob Nunn and Tom Weller, will do likewise with respect to the adjacent Dissenters’ Burying Ground.

Presently, the cemeteries are kept locked due to vandalism and their unstable condition. Many of the tombs have been broken open, the ground is uneven and the boundary walls unstable. Until the site has been stabilised , we unfortunately cannot allow unescorted access for Health & Safety reasons. But there is now an excellent opportunity to visit these two unique Georgian Cemeteries.

Both cemeteries are presently undergoing restoration led by Falmouth Town Council, with the help of Historic England and the Friends of Ponsharden Cemeteries. An application to the Heritage Lottery Fund has been submitted to raise the additional necessary funds. If successful, the Cemeteries will be open at the earliest to the public in late 2019.

The Open Day is organised in conjunction with the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage and National Cemeteries Week.  Parking available at Park and Float/Ride car park. New Friends of the Ponsharden Cemeteries are always welcome.  Membership application forms will be available.

Visitors will be offered headphones that will provide an audio trail so that they be introduced to the lives of some of the those buried in the Cemeteries.

In connection with the Open Day there will be a Presentation at The Poly at 12.30 pm by Ruth Mitchell & Derek Frood of the Ripple Theatre about their research and development of the Ponsharden and other cemeteries.  All are very welcome to attend.  Seats are free, but in order to manage numbers they are requesting that anyone interested in attending book via EventBrite. The link to EventBrite is: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e /hidden-stories-hidden-places- presentation-at-the-poly- falmouth-tickets-36401205987.  Anyone considering sharing details about the Presentation either by email or social media is free to include the link to EventBrite.

If you require further information please contact Henrietta Boex, Director of Cultural Services, Falmouth on telephone: 01326 313 863 or email: director@falmouthartgallery.com

Also view:   https://kehillatkernow.com/news/ponsharden-open-day/

Cornwall Takes Tea with the World – Saturday 9th September

At All Saints Church, Highertown, Truro – 2.00 – 5.00 pm with activities throughout the afternoon.  Just drop in!

Many times have wars been waged over this, rituals and ceremonies are devoted to preparing it, and about 4 billion people around the world drink it. Since being founded in China over 5000 years ago, tea has now been adopted as Britain’s go to drink to resolve all sorts of kafuffles. Tea is a beverage for mourners and celebrants, new couples and diamond wedding couples, retired or working, for those on their own or for big shindigs, it is the brew for the few and the many. When I meet with people in a pastoral capacity – we take tea. When I meet prospective marriage couples – we take tea. It is fair to say that the classic words ‘more tea vicar’ are a delight to my ears. Cornwall even has its own world famous Tregothnan Tea!

In fact tea comes in many colours and many flavours, green, white, grey, red and black; decaf, breakfast, fruit, lavender, jasmine, hibiscus, peppermint, lemon and ginger; Gunpowder, Chai, Matcha, Oolong, and even Builders tea; you name it, there’s a cup for you. And that’s the point. This September Inclusion Cornwall, Truro City Council and All Saints Church will be celebrating tolerance, inclusiveness, and diversity in the initiative event ‘Cornwall Takes Tea with the World’.

At this special drop in event on September 9th from 2pm to 5pm at All Saints Church Highertown we will be inviting people to come together that wouldn’t normally meet to, have a cuppa on us! Focusing on promoting tolerance and understanding, we will be welcoming many of our immigrant and migrant workers community, along with residents and our local community, meeting together to share tales and tea.

You are very welcome to join us. It will be fun, it will be free and there’ll be great tea! Rev Jeremy.

Cornwall Faith Forum Open Meeting – Wednesday 6th September – Moving forward with the Dor Kemmyn Oval

All are invited to a special meeting to look at ideas and suggestions of moving forward our ‘Building for Peace’ strand of the Cornwall Faith Forum, the Dor Kemmyn Oval, our Centre for Peace and Faith.  Our good news is that Cornwall Council have responded positively to our request for an extension to the Option to Lease contract on the ground at Penmount, Truro until 2022.  The Penmount field is where we are currently making our cob bricks for the internal walls of the building.    We are now setting up a new Dor Kemmyn Oval task group to advance the project.

All ideas and suggestions from our friends, contacts and members (everyone!) would be welcome to make the Dor Kemmyn Oval building a reality.

Be part of this exciting project of providing a Centre for Peace and Faith in Truro for generations to come.

For more information about the Dor Kemmyn Oval and the meeting contact Andrew Yates, Chair, Cornwall Faith Forum email  srotruro@btinternet.com or

tel.  07773 088906

For flyer view here:  CFF Open Meeting 06.09.17 – re DKO


Updates on Building, Sharing and Learning for Peace

Hear from the Chair, Andrew Yates, of the Cornwall Faith Forum about the various strands of the Forum

Building for Peace

The good news is that Cornwall Council have responded positively to our request for an extension to the Option to Lease contract on the ground at Penmount until 2022. The not so good news is that because of other commitments and people moving away from Cornwall, the Building Project Group now needs re-forming. So we are asking the wider membership for ideas AND volunteers to be put forward for a new Dor Kemmyn Oval task group to submit proposals to Trustees. If you are interested in being part of this group and have suggestions to take it forward please get in touch with me ASAP srotruro@btinternet.com. We will also be holding an Open Meeting to consider this project on Wednesday September 6th at 7pm at New County Hall in Truro to look specifically at this issue. The need to seek an extension to our Lease Option has really focussed the Trustees’ minds and we cannot under estimate the sense of urgency that now surrounds this strand.

In the meantime if you want to add to our cob brick pile or know individuals or groups who would enjoy participating please contact Rita Stephen dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com for information on this fun and important opportunity.


Sharing for Peace

We held a time of reflection at Penmount as part of the Jo Cox Memorial Get Together with readings on a theme of togetherness from our seven traditions.

A copy of extracts from these texts is on our web site for further reflection. And our togetherness continued with a shared picnic and a literal ‘all together now’ pull exercise of re-covering the polytunnel.

Our Community Link Project of helping the Syrian Families integrate into local Cornish communities continues to be a success. New volunteers to help at the weekly coffee morning and with other social activities are always welcome and any Arabic speakers in the area who might be willing and able to offer time would be especially appreciated. Once again please contact Rita at dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com for more information.  All those who have participated in this project speak of the tremendous privilege it feels to offer service in this way.


Learning for Peace

Once the Academic Year is in full swing we shall again be looking for volunteers to act as Faith Awareness speakers – being willing to go into schools or attend events to share the importance to you of your faith and so help children and adults understand more about the diversity of faith reactions present across our County.



After several years of invaluable service our treasurer, Karen Harris, is retiring.   So from the AGM in October onwards we are looking for someone or ‘someones’ in a possible job share to take on this important role. If you might have the time and experience to help in this role or just at this stage to enquire what it involves please contact Andrew Yates srotruro@btinternet.com to discuss this.  A list of current tasks is available from Andrew.

After the tragic events earlier this year in Manchester, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and across the globe the need for People of Faith to come and stand together side by side is even greater.  All strands of our work as Cornwall Faith Forum are vitally important to the well-being and safety of our Community so please do to try to support the Cornwall Faith Forum in any ways you can.

If you would like to know more about the work of Cornwall Faith Forum or to take part please contact any of the Trustees:

Ron Ede  edesatfernhill@btinternet.com

Di Profaska  diprofaska@hotmail.co.uk

Eve Salthouse  meadowsweeteve@googlemail.com

Karen Harris kharrisiom@aol.com

Philomena Clifford philomenaclifford@yahoo.co.uk

Andrew Yates srotruro@btinternet.com

Or our Inter Faith Development Worker Rita Stephen Dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com

A printable copy of this update: Letter 28.07.17 – CFF Updates on Building, Sharing & Learning for Peace

World Peace Day Singing Events, Truro – 16th & 21st September

One Day – One Choir, A Global Choral project for Peace

Saturday 16th September Truro, Lemon Quay. 10.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 15.30  (If bad weather, Truro Methodist Church)


Thursday 21st September Truro Cathedral. 13.00 – 15.00 and

Truro Methodist Church. 16.15 – 18.00 and 19.15 – 21.00

Last year’s event was featured on BBC Radio Cornwall and live on BBC Spotlight There will again be singing, readings, and other groups taking part including the Cornwall Faith Forum, Amnesty International, etc. With 20 choirs last year, the aim is for 30 this year!  For any enquiries contact       paul.haines10@gmail.com or 07855 495881

See flyer for more information:  UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 10

Project Griffin Awareness Sessions – counter terrorism awareness initiative presented by Devon and Cornwall Police

Project Griffin Awareness Sessions which will be presented by Devon and Cornwall Police at:

Project Griffin is a national counter terrorism awareness initiative for business and event organisers. Its primary mission is to engage, encourage and enable members of the community to work in partnership with the police to deter, detect and counter terrorist activity and crime.

The events are presented by trained police advisers delivering a range of counter terrorism awareness modules, which in turn will allow participants to consider their own procedures for dealing with terror related incidents.

In addition, Cornwall Council’s Resilience & Emergency Management team will give a short presentation setting out the wider ‘emergency preparedness’ considerations for event organisers. This brief will assist organisers to prepare and deliver a safer event, having given appropriate consideration and planning for the wider impacts of emergencies on, or as a result of, their event. The necessity for multi-agency liaison and planning, especially with the emergency services, is an important factor.  This is included in the overall timings shown on the event invitation fliers attached.

If you would like to attend please reply with your chosen venue and time directly to ctsa@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk  Please include your name, event/business you are representing and contact details.

Please be aware that parking during the day at New County Hall in Truro is limited so if you choose the 2-4pm session on Tuesday 15th August you would be advised to use the Park and Ride bus which stops at New County Hall.

For those attending St Johns Hall in Penzance, Pay and Display parking can be found close by at Penalverne Car Park, St Erbyns Car Park and Penlee House/Wellfields Car Park.

Please note you must be registered to attend and all replies must be sent to ctsa@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

Festival Angels – August 2017

A team of “Angels” will be on hand at Newquay’s Boardmasters Festival in August.

The Festival Angels volunteers, along the lines of the Street Angels and Street Pastors models, will be out and about across the festival site offering help and assistance to the 35,000 festival goers.

The teams will offer support such as helping carry bags and putting up tents as people arrive, and offering directions, water and Suntan Lotion as the festival gets underway. Festival Angel volunteers will also be on hand to support and work alongside other welfare teams.

Festival Angels was launched at Leeds Festival in 2011 and since then has extended to 175 volunteers in 2016 running a cafe, lost property and detached teams. The concept of Festival Angels has become an integral part of Leeds Festival with other major music festivals across the UK now looking at replicating the model.

Based on that successful track record at Leeds, local organisers thought Festival Angels would bring a uniquely positive contribution to the Boardmaster event, which completely dominates the Newquay area for a few days every August. Our aim is to support the local effort this year and build a team that will be led and resourced locally in future years.

Paul Blakey MBE, the founder of Street Angels and Christian Nightlife Initiatives Network, comments, “This is the first time for Festival Angels at Boardmasters. Following on from the success at Leeds, the church in Newquay contacted us for support in running Festival Angels within Boardmasters. Our aim is to support a local team this year and then hand the project over in future years.”

Derek Baker (Faith Co-ordinator for Devon and Cornwall Police, and Regional Co-ordinator for ‘Redeeming Our Communities’) says that Festival Angels is a great opportunity for people with Street Pastor, Street Angel or similar experience to take their skills and concern for the safety and wellbeing of others into the Music Festival environment.

Jez Bayes (Safer Cornwall Alcohol Strategy Co-ordinator) stated that this community spirited initiative will help to continue the development of The Boardmasters Festival as a safe and vibrant event, making sure that people are able to look back on their time here for the right reasons.

To find out more or to sign up as a Festival Angel volunteer visit www.boardmastersfestivalangels.org.uk

Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police response to Finsbury Park attack

Following the attack on Sunday 18 June outside the Muslim Welfare house on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park Mosque, Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police have issued the following statement:

Assistance Chief Constable Russ Middleton said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the latest attack near Finsbury Park in London.

“Although there is no specific intelligence to suggest any threat to our Force area, officers will be providing reassurance by visiting mosques, Islamic Centres and other locations.


“We have good relationships with all of our communities and we are liaising with them to make sure that everyone feels safe and to talk through any concerns.


“It is more important than ever to stand together as communities and to be united against those who wish to do harm.


“We take all reports of hate crime seriously and take positive action. Over the coming days and weeks we will continue to reach out to reassure and strengthen bonds with the communities we serve.


“There can never be any excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated. We want those who are victims of hate crime to feel confident in reporting any concerns to us.

“If you are a witness or a victim of hate crime or feel vulnerable please report it. More people are reporting hate crime than ever before, but it is still significantly underreported. Don’t suffer in silence.

“In emergencies call 999, in non-emergencies email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101. You can also visit the True Vision website: www.report-it.org.uk and the Stop Hate UK website: www.stophateuk.org.uk or call the Stop Hate UK helpline on 0800 138 1625 for information and advice.

“I would also urge people to keep alert but not alarmed and if anyone sees anything suspicious relating to terrorism, they can report this to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.

“Please report any suspicious activity using the Anti-Terrorist Hotline number 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.”

The Great Get Together and Polytunnel Repair – 17th June 2017

On one of the hotest days of the year, CFF friends came together as part of the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox and to repair our cob brick polytunnel.  Di Profaska, from the Baha’i Faith writes:

‘We had a lovely united time today sharing prayers and readings in memory of Jo Cox and others both nationally and internationally. There is more unity in the world than disunity and ordinary people around the world are working together and individually to make a difference.’

The reading Di shared with us was:

Consider the flowers of a garden: Though differing in kind, colour, form and shape, yet this diversity increases their charm and adds to their beauty. How unpleasing to the eye if all the flowers and plants were the same. In like manner, when divers shades of thought, temperament and character are brought together the beauty and glory of human perfection is revealed and made manifest.