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AGM and election of a new Chair.

Watford Interfaith Association conducted its AGM on February 29th at the Rennie Grove Peace Hospice. We were privileged to have in attendance Liz Green, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Dean Russell, Watford MP and Peter Taylor, Watford Elected Mayor. After a presentation on the hospice’s work, reports from WIFA Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, the executive committee stepped down. Peter Taylor then oversaw the procedure. The proposed same members of the executive were seconded by the assembly and re-elected. Two new members were introduced later. Our guest speaker Watford Chief Inspector Andy Wiseman described the recent move from Shady Lane to the brand-new building in George Street. He said that Watford had seen fewer crimes than in the previous year, and only burglary figures are going up slightly. Unfortunately hate crimes tend to go under reported. Victims would rather go to their community than to the police. The evening concluded by our honoured guests recognizing the valuable work of WIFA in bringing the faith communities of Watford together. Refreshments followed and people were invited to pay their membership subscription.

At a meeting on March 19th the newly elected EC committee met to vote on the various WIFA officers. At that time, Jeffrey Bateman was elected chair of WIFA. Harjit Singh was thanked for his hard work as Chair over the past five years, especially during the difficult times of the pandemic.

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