An interesting evening at St John’s Church, chaired by Jim Perryman, attracted around 250 people to hear the five candidates: Rob Ballantyne(Green), Harry Cottam(UKIP), Richard Dickson(Liberal Democrat), Bally Singh(Labour), Jeremy Wright(Conservative):
give their introductory statements and then respond to a series of pre-submitted questions from the floor. Sadly, one individual sought to disrupt proceedings early on because of a lack of understanding about the question submission process, but we are grateful for their ultimate cooperation which meant that we were able to continue with the evening as planned and to hear from each of the five candidates in a respectful and polite atmosphere.
The audio recording of this evening (roughly 90 minutes) can be listened to by clicking on the play arrow below.
Around 300 people gathered in Talisman Square with all the local churches well represented. We were joined by the Mayor of Kenilworth, Cllr Richard Davies. The walk had begun in Leek Wootton, where a small group left All Saints Church after the morning worship to walk the 1.5 miles to St John’s Kenilworth. There, they joined the larger group gathered in preparation for the walk with the large Cross along the Warwick Road to Talisman Square. Here the numbers were further swelled by many others, some coming from their own churches after morning worship. All ages, all Christian traditions, with leaders from the different fellowships all taking part in this act of united worship of the Christ who died for us all.
This year’s Walk of Witness also saw the launch of Love Kenilworth – Churches Together in Kenilworth and District (including Ashow, Leek Wootton and Stoneleigh) uniting with other organisations to show love to the people and places of our area through acts of service and through prayer. The new banners were on display, badges were worn by all, as well as handed to many passers by, and the theme of Love Kenilworth was reflected throughout the worship as we focussed on God’s great revelation of the depth of his love for us. Revd. Andrew Attwood, vicar of St John’s, offered us a fascinating insight to what might have been the view from heaven by God the Father as the Son hung and died on the cross.
The final part of the walk was from Talisman Square to Abbey Fields where the cross was placed on the corner by the road junction and the gathered congregation sung ‘When I survey the Wondrous Cross’.
A slideshow of pictures from the morning can be seen below. Photos were taken by Tony Shakespeare, the editor of the St Nicholas Parish Magazine, “Grapevine”.