Christmas Friendship Dinner with Croydon Minster

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Croydon Minster Church Hall

Dr Andrew Bishop

Lead Croydon Minster

Kerim Balci

Chief Advisor, Human Rights Solidarity; Founder, OnlineHizmet

Kerim Balci is a Turkish writer, journalist, academic and human rights activist. He is recently the Chief Advisor of London Based Human Rights Solidarity Balci served as the editor in chief of Turkish Review, and as a columnist at Today’s Zaman and Zaman dailies.

Penny Smith Orr

Chair, Faiths Together in Croydon

Revd Alan Bayes

Croydon Minster, Ass. Priest

Sharon Kilborne

Croydon Community Coordinator, London Borough of Croydon

Tamkin Riaz

Pakistan Welfare Association, South London

We organised a Christmas Friendship Dinner and Interfaith Event in partnership with Croydon Minster. The speakers covered a range of topics in their speeches.


  • 18:30-18:45 | Arrival and greetings
  • 18:50-18:55 | Dr Andrew Bishop , Croydon Minster:
    Welcome Speech & importance of Christmas
  • 18:55-18:10 | Kerim Balci, London Advocacy League:
    Interfaith communities and celebration of difference with Noah’s Pudding
  • 18:10-18:13 | Penny Smith, Faith Together in Croydon Chair:
    Interfaith events and groups. How can we show support?
  • 19:13-19:15 | Tamkin Riaz, Pakistan Welfare Association South London and Muslim Association of Croydon:
    How important it is to support and work with all faith groups as the Muslim community, and coexistence
  • 19:15 -19:17 | Rev Alan Bayes, Croydon Minster:
    Thanking the guests and sharing the idea behind this evening’s event
  • 19:17-20:00 | Dinner (Buffet):
    Mediterranean soup followed by a selection of Turkish specialities. (Vegetarian option is available)
  • 20:00-20:20 | Networking
  • Desserts- speciality serving of Noah’s Pudding
  • Tea & coffee
  • Closing remarks:
    Sharon Kilborne, Community Coordinator at Croydon Council