After the Interfaith quiz – what comes next

05 December, 2016

After weeks of planning, setbacks, individual and collective determination, promises, hopes filled with trepidation, the sudden death of Rev. Dr Andrew Wakefield, the day arrived for the delivery of Merton Inter faith family weekend ‘fun and quiz’ event.

Poplar Primary School, in South Wimbledon, was the chosen venue, on Saturday, 19 November, the last day of celebrations of Merton Inter Faith Week, 2016.

The Merton officer with responsibility for Policy, Strategy & Partnerships Corporate Services, took charge and under her guidance, the planning Committee sat through hours of tortuous planning, eventually arriving at a final plan that looked deliverable. However, nothing could be ascertained until numbers started to arrive on the day.

The officer also agreed to lobby for financial support, secure affordable and suitable premises, arrange with the site manager to set up and take down furniture on the day, set up a special pray room for those of the Muslim faith and a ‘women’s only’ table, also to be made available. After discussions and negotiations, ‘Kosher’ meals was decided upon as the best option and a caterer chosen.

It was also agreed that as a general rule, groups sitting at tables should contain a mixture of faiths, beliefs and/or group adherence.

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Around seventy people representing many faith groups or none at all, assembled at Poplar School and all took part in the quiz and afterwards, networking. The Worshipful, the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Brenda Fraser also attended and took part in the activities. Her table came second and secured prizes, in the face of still competition.

Food was interesting, plentiful and after the quiz ended, people networked and mixed freely. There was a buzz and terrific atmosphere throughout the afternoon and several felt that it should be an annual event, as it gave people the opportunity, to mix, socialise and learn something new about each other.

Another very positive outcome was the presence of teenagers and a few much younger ones, who came along with their parents and either took part in the quiz , or engaged in free play.

Some members from Wiffa attended and distinguished themselves in the quiz.

There was always going to be the table who came out, on top. Congratulations to Table one.

It was a wonderful afternoon and quite a learning experience for everyone.


Jerry Hall

WIFFA (Publicity)