Dear Reader,

In this issue you can find recent peace-related news and forthcoming events in and around Coventry.

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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Coventry Peace Award Granted for First Time

Earlsdon Primary has become the first school to receive the new Coventry Peace Award which was launched in 2020 to give young people a voice in promoting peace and reconciliation at a personal, local and global level. Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation created the Coventry Peace Award to encourage and support schools to promote peace and reconciliation, …

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Paul Maddocks elected Chair of Lord Mayor's Committee

At the Annual General Meeting of Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation in January, Mr Paul Maddocks was elected the Chair, replacing Philip Brown who had been the Chair since 2018. Paul is also the Deputy Chair of the Coventry Society and of Chair of Coventry Action for Neighbourhoods for whom he publishes a monthly newsletter. Before his retirement …

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Peace - A Treasure to Guard

This article was written by Ssuuna Benjamin, one of the winners of the 2020 Young People’s Peace Essay Competition. Uganda is a sub-Saharan African country located in the Eastern part of the continent. From the time of Independence on 9th October 1962, the country has had nine presidents. Violence has been a predominant theme associated with presidential change, the election …

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Ravensdale Primary School Dominates Coventry Peace Poem Awards

Coventry & Warwickshire Children’s Peace Poem runs every year in the autumn term, accepting poems from children up to the age of 16 on the year’s selected theme. In 2020-21 the theme was Neighbourliness. The competition received a record 341 entries, giving the judges a lot of work but also a lot of pleasure as they read through the children’s …

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The Holocaust

The Holocaust was the genocide of the European Jews between 1941 and 1945. Across German-occupied Europe, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered some six million Jews, around two-thirds of Europe's Jewish population. For more background information see the Wikipedia article International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/7 that …

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International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust 2021 - video

The detailed programme of the event show below featuring distinguished world leaders, holocaust survivors, music and discussion is available here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcnoBs8T_SI

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International School Twinning Project

United Nations Association Coventry Branch is working with work experience students from the University of Warwick to research a possible International School Twinning Project. We are keen to hear from any schools that have already participated in school twinning, or who might be interested in doing so. Please write to unacoventry@gmail.com

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Poem for Holocaust Day 27 January 2021

Anna Frank is murdered, gone. But her diary lingers on And a tourist pays to see To revive the memory At her house in Amsterdam By the water, where the tram Cars rattle and recall The smash of jackboot And the fall of Holland.   Wilhelmina’s dead and gone Juliana wears the crown Modern buildings stand instead Covering the silent …

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Design of Peace Symbol

This article was written by Paul Maddocks, retired designer, Chair of Coventry Society and Chair of Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation ONE CIRCLE AND THREE LINES What I like doing best is finding connections. The most recent is the connection between the Peace Symbol designer and Coventry. One of the most widely known symbols in the world, …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events

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Peace Award Planning Meeting

The Peace Award sub-committee will meet via video conference to plan future activity on 17 February. If you would like to attend please contact covlmpc@gmail.com to receive the link to join the meeting.

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Lord Mayor's Committee Meeting

Lord Mayor's Committee Meeting

Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation will hold it's bimonthly meeting on 10 March via video conference. The public is welcome to attend. Please contact covlmpc@gmail.com to receive the link to join the meeting.

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2021 England and Wales Census

A census will be held in England and Wales on 21 March 2021 at a cost of almost £1 billion. It is a legal requirement for every household in England and Wales to complete the census. More information at census.gov.uk This will be the first digital-first census. Every household should receive an access code in the post. People will need …

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City of Culture Programme to Begin in May 2021

On 3 July 2020, Coventry City of Culture Trust announced that it will officially commence its programme in May 2021. Co-created with national and local partners, and grassroots organisations across the city, the programme will include major international artistic events, world premieres and commissions across theatre, music, dance, literature, comedy and visual art. As Covid-19 continues to have a major …

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Cross of Nails Presentation and Opening of Japanese Peace Garden

On 2 July 2021 His Excellency the Ambassador from the Embassy of Japan will be presented with the Cross of Nails in Coventry Cathedral at 10.30am. This will be followed by an exhibition of Japanese arts (pupil work). After this, guests will be invited to the official opening of the Japanese Peace Garden at the War Memorial Park. Note the …

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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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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.