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HRH visits St John’s Church to hear about the church's inter-faith work and role in the local community

10th February 2016

Today The Prince of Wales visited St John's Church in Southall, London, located in a diverse area which also houses five mosques, a Buddhist Temple, six Hindu temples, twenty churches of various denominations and twelve Sikh Temples - including the largest Gurdwara (a traditional Sikh place of worship) outside of India; the Sri Guru Singh Sabha, which was opened by The Prince of Wales in 2003. 

During his time as vicar of St John's Church, Reverend Mark Poulson (now the Archbishop’s Adviser for Inter-Religious Affairs) founded the Southall Faiths Forum, which is one of many groups and initiatives run with the help of St John's Church for the wider community. This diverse group met The Prince of Wales today to discuss the work they've been doing to strengthen inter-faith dialogue and foster important community relationships. 

The Prince also had the opportunity to meet young residents of Southall who have been helped by a youth project called Onside, a football scheme that takes a specialist ‘Panna’ football cage into local housing estates and parks to engage young people in the area. 

The scheme has been running since 2014 and has been able to reach young residents, often out of education or employment, with their interfaith gatherings themed around the 3F’s: Faith, Food and Football.