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Introducing our new Interfaith Network Officer

March 5th, 2014 Comments off

Developing an Interfaith Response to Poverty in Dudley, 25th June 2014

People from different faiths and backgrounds met at The Storehouse, Brierley Hill, for a forum meeting on poverty, hosted by Dudley Borough Interfaith Network.

The meeting was well-attended, and we welcomed representatives from The Black Country Near Neighbours Programme, Dudley District Citizens Advice Bureau, England Illegal Money Team and The Black Country Foodbank.

Several people expressed their appreciation of being able to come together, to share knowledge and to network, on an important matter that affects many people from all faiths.

This was followed by a visit to the Black Country Foodbank, providing a valuable insight as to work being done, and highlighting the need of the local community: did you know that last year the Foodbank fed 22,000 people…?


Faith and Prayer Centre, 14th – 18th April 2014

A Dudley Borough Interfaith Network ‘pop-up shop’ will be in place in Dudley’s Churchill Precinct (next to Costa Coffee) from Monday 14th April to Friday 18th April. Why not come along to meet people from different faiths and learn more about Dudley’s rich diversity.   Anyone interested in lending an hour or two in the ‘shop’ would be very welcome.  For further information please contact Rev Jem Hawkins by e-mail: .

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Maundy Thursday learning event

People of all faiths are invited to a Maundy Thursday event at Dudley Central Methodist Church on 17th April. The event begins at 7pm and is being organised by Reverend Jem Hawkins and Dudley Borough Interfaith Network.

Maundy Thursday is the Christian feast, or holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is followed by Good Friday. The event is an opportunity to meet people from different faiths and to learn more about the Jewish and Christian traditions relating to Passover and Easter. This is a ‘bring and share’ event so please bring along some food that you can eat and may be eaten as part of a buffet.

For further information contact Nick Tromans on 01384 573381


New Network officer has started

Nick Tromans is a local man, born and bred in Cradley Heath. He attended local schools before moving into Higher Education, firstly at Wolverhampton University and then obtaining a Masters Degree from Aston University.   He began his career with Dudley Council, as a housing officer, before moving to South East England to continue his work in housing, specializing in homelessness.  Nick moved back to the West Midlands in 1989, getting a job with Solihull Council. He stayed there for 23 years, taking on a number of different roles which included: setting up 14 community learning centres; tourism; supporting an inter-faiths forum; community cohesion; and counter terrorism.  In 2012, he received an award from West Midlands Police, for his work on community cohesion and community safety.

In 2013 he joined Wyre Forest Local Strategic Partnership District Council as their Partnership Coordinator, on a part time basis, until January 2015.

Nick lives in Stourbridge and is married with three grown up children.  He is a keen walker, cyclist and blood donor – recently making his 50th donation!

Nick has already started working with us and can be contacted at DudleyCVS. He is looking forward to meeting members of the Network in coming weeks.

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December 20th, 2013 Comments off

Just to say I am retiring today.The post of Network Officer at DBIN will not be staffed for a short while until a new appointment is made in the New Year. In the meantine please contact Dale at Dudley Council for Voluntary Service on 01384 573381.

I wish DBIN all the best.

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The new Bishop of Dudley is announced

December 12th, 2013 Comments off



Dudley Borough Interfaith Network was invited to attend the ceremonial announcement of the next Bishop of Dudley which took place at Jessons School on Thursday 11th December.  Protocol decrees that the announcement has to be made directly from Downing St so while dignitaries waited in excitement for the phone call Jubilate a fabulous group of young singers from Jessons performed. The interfaith network was represented by Rev Andrew Wickens, the Chair, Imam Hashmi Vice Chair, Indrajit Bhogal Secretary, Rajesh Patel Trustee and Gillian Lloyd the outgoing DBIN officer. When the phone went Bishop John, the Bishop of Worcester, was able to introduce Rev Graham Usher, currently Vicar of Hexham in Yorkshire, as the next Bishop of Dudley. He will be officially installed next spring.



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Interfaith Week 2013 celebrated in the Churchill Precinct Dudley

November 28th, 2013 Comments off


Over 400 visitors including the Lord MAyor and local MP Ian Austen dropped into the pop up shop opened by DBIN in Dudley during Interfaith Week. Thanks to Dudley Metropolitain Borough  Council  DBIN was able to welcome people to chat, light a candle, pray or just have a coffee while looking at the displays from a variety of faiths practised in Dudley.

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An interfaith trip to Westmimster

November 28th, 2013 Comments off

A coachload of Interfaith members and friends spent Remembrance Day 2013 at Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. It had special significance to visit the tomb o f the unknown soldier on that day, a dark and rainy autumn afternoon. The Abbey made a deep impressionon all of us, but especially a member who had been educated under colonial rule in Kenya and who was overcome to find herself in front of the tombs of Kings and Queens about whom she had learnt so far away.P1000859

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November 28th, 2013 Comments off

DBIN was invited to share in this colourful festival of Dance at the Shree Krishna Gujarati Centre in Dudley.  It was an open meeting and we were also given a tour of thetemple and the stories around this festival explained.Navrarti 2013

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New Constitution for Dudley Borough Interfaith Network

September 18th, 2013 Comments off

DBIN has been updating some of its documents and bringing its register of members up to date.  The new constitution will be presented to members at a Special General Meeting on TUESDAY OCTOBER 8TH at 6.45 at Shree Gijarati Hindu Centre in Hope St  Dudley DY2 8RS.

To view the new constitution please click on  the link .  DBIN Constitution August 2013

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Grand Iftar at Dudley Central Mosque 1 August 2013

August 2nd, 2013 Comments off

The oneness of the communities of Dudley was celebrated last night by our chair Rev Andrew Wickens, who spoke at Dudley Central Mosque on the occasion of their Grand Iftar, the ritual breaking of the fast during the month of Ramadan. Christians Hindus and Sikhs gathered to visit the mosque and to join in the Iftar, learning more about this tradition so central to the practice of Islam.


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PEACE WALK Tuesday 2 July 6.00pm

July 1st, 2013 Comments off

Just in case you have not seen this on the activity calender – DBIN Peace Walk tomorrow evening.  Meet at Top Church, St Thomas and St Lukes, near Asda and The Venue, at 6.00.  Click link to see route.  Do hope you can join us.

Peace Walk Route

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And What do the Muslims say?

June 20th, 2013 Comments off

A brilliant evening at Dudley Central Mosque last night where over 60 people from Muslim Christian Hindu Sikh and no faith backgrounds came together to hear what Muslims have to say about recent events nationally and locally.  We observed evening prayers, listened to two Imams explaining some of the underlying beliefs and practices of Islam, and then ate a wonderful meal together provided by the mosque. A great chance to learn and share.

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