Dear Reader,

This year, for the first time and at very short notice, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee curated Coventry Peace Festival during November.

As part of this Festival, the Committee organised the first Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconciliation Conference, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. We received very positive feedback and a huge number of ideas that we are now analysing in order to work out which projects in schools and communities we will support during the forthcoming Schools Peace Programme 2020.

The Lord Mayor's Peace lecture by Baroness Shami Chakrabarti was widely praised as perhaps the most successful Lecture the Committee has ever organised, due in no small measure to its being held within the RISING Global Peace Forum.

That night the Committee also launched a new edition of the classic book "Ruined and Rebuilt" in which Provost Richard Howard describes how he tried to save the cathedral, decided it would have to be rebuilt and led the team which achieved this mighty effort.

More information about all this below, plus other peace and reconciliation related events in Coventry and the wider world.

Please do let us know of any peace-related news or activities happening in or near Coventry and we will be happy to add them to our website http://coventrycityofpeace.uk and include them in a future edition of this newsletter.

Philip Brown
Chair, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation
covlmpc@gmail.com

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Peace News

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Ruined and Rebuilt

This classic book is on sale now in hardback or paperback and would make an ideal and unique gift. On the night of 14 November 1940, Reverend Richard Howard, Provost of Coventry Cathedral, was one of four firefighters who climbed onto the roof to smother with sand the incendiary bombs that were landing not just on the Cathedral but starting …

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Comments Made During Peace Conference

The following is a transcription of the ideas written on flip charts (for which we have tried to group similar ideas together) and young people’s Speech Bubbles during Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconciliation Conference 2019. We plan to use the ideas raised in order to create Coventry Young People's Peace Programme 2020. Table of Contents 1) What does a …

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Chat Central

Chat Central is a two-year project funded by the National Lottery that started in November 2019 and aims to help people to find others with similar interests, to have fun, to join in with a hobby, to get involved with their community and to find new friends, tackling loneliness and isolation in all its forms in Coventry. How we can …

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Report on Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2019

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti delivered Coventry Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2019 in Coventry Cathedral on the evening of 14 November which this year was hosted in Coventry Cathedral by RISING Global Peace Forum. As the audience arrived they were greeted with wonderful music supplied by Coventry Jazz Youth Orchestra which created an ambiance of excitement and energy as soon as they …

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Photos from Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2019

Shadow Attorney General Baroness Shami Chakrabarti this year. She attracted a record crowd of 271 people who greatly appreciated her speech. One visitor wrote afterwards "Well done -what a spectacular Peace Lecture 2019 -setting new standards for the future! Shami was excellent in content and so generous of her time at this particular moment in UK politics. I was so …

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Report on Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconciliation Conference 2019

The Conference consisted of roughly 70 young people aged 10-14 and the same number of adults who are active in promoting peace. The conference was organised by Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation and run by PeaceMakers from Birmingham. It consisted of delegates answering three questions: What does a peaceful community/school look and feel like to you? What …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events

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Youth violence: What can schools do?

This free INSET training course will be delivered by Peacemakers on 3 December. Knife crime is just one issue among many faced by children that leaders in schools have to understand and manage on a daily basis. This half-day INSET will give school staff the opportunity to think more critically about peace and conflict in their schools. By the end …

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Unpacking the Holocaust: CPD for Teachers

The Centre for Holocaust Education from University College London will be running a continuing professional development day entitled 'Unpacking the Holocaust' on 31 January 2020 in Coventry. Our free workshops update teachers’ own knowledge and build confidence in teaching this complex and emotive subject. All our teacher training is free, thanks to funding from the Department for Education and Pears …

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Jai Jagat Global Peace March 2020

Jai Jagat is a campaign to promote Gandhi's message of non-violence. Its name means "the victory of the World" in Hindi. Their main aims are Eradicating Poverty Eliminating Social Exclusion Ameliorating the Climate Crisis Halting Conflict and Violence In 2020 they will be organising a "Global Peace March 2020" whose aim includes raising awareness of climate justice. Some people will …

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Ruined and Rebuilt

This classic book is on sale now in hardback or paperback and would make an ideal and unique gift. On the night of 14 November 1940, Reverend Richard Howard, Provost of Coventry Cathedral, was one of four firefighters who climbed onto the roof to smother with sand the incendiary bombs that were landing not just on the Cathedral but starting …

Read more.

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For their generous support, the Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation expresses our thanks to the Lord Mayor's Office and Coventry City Council. We also thank Coventry Cathedral, Coventry University and Warwick University for their support and assistance.