Noah’s Pudding Celebration in Reading

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:45 in Community Engagement
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Where: The Kennet Room, Reading Civic Centre, Reading, RG1 7AE
Date: 21st November 2013
Time: 18:45

Speakers:

  • Marian Livingston, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Reading
  • Stuart Greenfield, Superintendent, Thames Valley Police

Abstract

The basis of annual Dialogue Society grass roots activities, ‘Noah's Pudding’ celebrates the common heritage of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

In the Muslim prophetic tradition, the day Moses (peace be upon him) and his community were saved from the Pharaoh's army, and the day Noah's (peace be upon him) ark was saved from the flood is marked with fasting, and in modern times with the sharing of a special dessert known as ‘Noah's Pudding’.

Every year, thousands of bowls of Noah's pudding are shared by the families of Dialogue Society volunteers with their neighbours and with members of various faith-based organizations in the South of the UK.

Biography of Marian Livingston

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Reading Cllr Marian Livingston has been living in Reading for the last 40 years where she raised her family, followed a career in teaching.

Since retiring from full time work Marian has become more involved with the local community including being an active member of the Neighbourhood Action Team.

As a retired teacher, Marian is the governor at two local schools. In addition, she works as a volunteer for Victim Support.

Marian became a Labour Councillor in 2010 in Minster Ward and in 2013 Marian became The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Reading.

Biography of Stuart Greenfield

Stuart joined Thames Valley Police in 1985, beginning his career as a patrol officer in High Wycombe. He subsequently went on to undertake many, diverse roles, such as river patrol, close protection of vulnerable individuals, surveillance, intelligence management and public order policing.

As a Neighbourhood Inspector, Stuart gained valuable experience in delivering policing to local communities in partnership with other statutory and voluntary agencies.

As the Area Commander for Reading, England’s largest town, Stuart has built on this experience to deliver strategic leadership aimed at providing the best possible service to its diverse communities, particularly with regard to victims and witnesses of crime.

Stuart is an accredited Public Order and CBRN Silver Commander and manages many events such as football, festivals, high profile protests and demonstrations.

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