This September, we hosted two wonderful Peace Feasts in partnership with other organisations in Bristol. Both evenings were a huge success, with roughly 40 people in attendance, and were fantastic examples of the willingness of local people and groups to extend a welcome to those fleeing conflict.
Felix Road Peace Feast
Hosted in partnership with Up Our Street – a local organisation run by community members – this event gave residents in Easton and Lawrence Hill the chance to meet with refugees recently resettled in the area through the Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme. The evening – which took place at Felix Road Adventure Playground and was complete with delicious food cooked by Nirmal – was a wonderful opportunity for residents to meet with the newly arrived families, to share food and stories, and to begin to build relationships that we hope will last long into the future.
St Stephens Peace Feast
Members of the Resonate group at St Stephens church put on this special event to welcome refugees to the city. A delicious meal was shared by all, and the Resonate group talked about the history of the church, what their community does together, and how the newly arrived members of the city can get involved. Some of the refugees present also shared their experiences and stories with the group.
Here's what some people said about the evening:
"A really enjoyable, uplifting experience. Hearing people's stories was humbling and saddening, powerful and inspiring. I met some very lovely people and definitely want us all to get together again and repeat the evening very soon!" - Steve
"It was great to be part of it; it was lovely the way 'conversation' gradually developed over food and there seemed a really good spirit. It was great to hear a few people stand up and tell us a bit more about who they are as well". - Chris
"I enjoyed the evening - I wasn't sure how we'd get going at first, but it got there. I think the 'speeches'/sharing in the middle, with input from both groups, made a difference in that. As did mingling in the line getting dessert." - Sarah
Thank you to everyone who was involved in hosting and attending these wonderful evenings. More Peace Feasts to follow in October and November!