VIP visitor praises Forum’s efforts to spread the word about Stevenage’s faith groups

A Torah scroll

A Torah scroll - Credit: Archant

A VIP visitor praised the efforts of Stevenage’s faith communities to foster greater understanding after hearing presentations about the sacred texts that help guide their beliefs.

The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Countess Verulam, admitted that she hadn’t really known what to expect when she accepted an invitation to the Stevenage Interfaith Forum session at the town’s Cromwell Hotel on Thursday.

But after hearing presentations from representatives from some of the religious groups represented in the town – including the Baha’i faith, Christians, Hindus, followers of Islam, Jews and Sikhs – she was full of praise for an evening that represented a spirit of understanding and tolerance. “I was so impressed by the presentations, it was such a good introduction to different religions,” she said. “If we are to continue to live in harmony it is important that we learn about each other.”

Councillor John Lloyd, representing Mayor of Stevenage Sherma Batson, echoed her comments, saying: “You have all opened our minds, it was a thought-provoking evening.”

The Forum is made up of like-minded people from a variety of faiths and backgrounds who believe that educating both children and adults about different religions promotes a more harmonious future. You can find out more about them online at

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