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16th November 2013

We had another successful Peace Conference on the 16th November 2013.

This time the venue was the Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre in Birmingham. The day started with the District International Projects Conference in the same venue. Either this or the Peace Conference separately had a registration fee of £5, but those attending both got a double registration for the bargain price of £7.50. Lunch was also available (sandwiches and chips) for £5 and a bar was open for the all important inter-conference drinks.

Laura Payne and Chas Morrison from the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University joined us and we had a new Rotary World Peace Fellow in the form of Sharon Edington. Laura, Chas and Sharon formed our panel this time. We will stuck to a similar format with everyone having an opportunity to submit questions up to the end of the coffee break, with those questions being put to the panel in the second half of the event. There was a wonderful array of questions, covering a wide variety of topics and just about enough time to get them all in.
A bonus item was the promotion of a recently finalised Peace Trail leaflet covering 12 peace related landmarks in the City of Birmingham.


20th April 2013

Is Peace possible? In keeping with the 2012-13 Rotary International theme of "Peace Through Service", we ran a series of activities across the 19th to the 22nd April to encourage everyone to think about the subject of peace. The largest of these activities was the Peace Conference on Saturday 20th April.

The Peace Conference took place at The Christian Centre on Bulkington Road in Bedworth (CV12 9DG), the Bedworth home of LifeChurch. The Christian Centre had plenty of parking available and a large auditorium capable of holding a few hundred attendees. Its volunteer run Coffee Stop was appreciated by those arriving early, particularly when they had traveled a significant distance to join us for the event. The first arrivals appeared at around 9am and the event ran between 10am and 1.15pm (a little over the planned end time) with a coffee break roughly halfway through.

There was no charge to attend in order to make the event as accessible as possible.

We had speakers from three main areas - Luciana Storelli-Castro from the Rotary World Peace Fellowship programme, Canon David Porter from Coventry Cathedral's Reconciliation Ministry and Laura Payne from the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University. The speakers had around 20 minutes each to put across the work they are involved in. We then had a refreshment break to let the messages sink in and also to provide an opportunity for people to submit questions for the speakers. Following the break, we will had an Open Forum session driven by the questions that were submitted. To bring the event to a close, we finished with one of our local Rotary Club Presidents sharing her thoughts on personal peace.