Church Recognition at Police Community Cohesion Awards in Bedfordshire
5th March 2019
There was recognition and appreciation for the work of a number of people and projects connected to the diocese at the Bedfordshire Police Community Cohesion Awards ceremony on Friday 1st February. The awards scheme, now in its fifth year, was set up to celebrate and say thank you to individuals and organisations who go above and beyond to support the communities of Bedfordshire.
Chief Inspector Hob Hoque, who leads community policing in the south and central areas of the county, and who organised the awards evening, said: “These awards provide a great example of how the community and the police should work together to create a county we feel safe in and proud to be a part of. Well done everyone!”
Tree House Chaplaincy (Revd Andrew Goodman) won the Interfaith Champion category. Tree House is the University of Bedfordshire Community and Faith Centre – a Christian-hosted multi-faith and belief chaplaincy where students and staff can drop in to relax, play, chat, read and pray.
Near Neighbours, Luton (GrassRoots) won the Strengthening Communities category. Near Neighbours brings people together in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust, and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.
Revd David Kesterton, Vicar of All Saints w St Peters Luton and GrassRoots were also nominated for the Interfaith Champion category.
Revd Martin Burrell was nominated for the Unsung Hero category.
Bedford Council of Faiths was nominated the Strengthening Communities category.
Luton Council of Faiths was nominated for the Working in Partnership category.