First ever interfaith service takes place at Royal Holloway chapel

By Rosa Smith, News Editor

Runnymede made history at the beginning of October by holding its first ever interfaith service at the chapel inside Founders Building.

Around 200 people attended the service, where prayers were said from a variety of faiths and with readings from the Bible, Quran and Torah, followed by refreshments in the picture gallery.

Along with mayors from various Surrey boroughs, attendees also included the Deputy High Commissioner for Pakistan Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, Reverend Cate Irvine, Chaplain at RHUL, the Sheriff of Surrey, Robert Napier, and members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, Pirbright.

The event was thought of and organised by Runnymede mayor, Councillor Iftikhar Chaudhri, the borough’s first Muslim mayor.

The High Sheriff of Surrey, Robert Napier, described the service as ‘wonderful and meaningful.’

‘A very big well done goes to Mayor Iftikhar Chaudhri for organising such a service. The message was that we’re all here together, as one community.’


Featured image: RHUL

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