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Open Public Meeting

Open Meeting Poster can be downloaded . 

HBTSR are planning an open meeting for anyone who is interested in hearing more about our group. This is on 15th April at St Mary’s Church in Brecon at 6.30. We have sent invitations to all local community councils, all local County Councillors , To our MS/AM and regional MS/ AMs our MP and other candidates in other parties, to  many local churches  and to Schools who are planning to become Schools of Sanctuary and a number of other groupings.  However,  this is a public meeting and open to all  to attend.

The meeting is an opportunity to hear Sian Summers-Rees, CEO of City of Sanctuary talk about Wales Nation of Sanctuary, to catch up on our activities and to hear Sweeta Durrani talk about her experiences.

Sweeta is an award winning Afghan born businesswoman who now resides in the United Kingdom. As a businesswoman in Afghanistan, she won The UK Ambassador to Afghanistan Award for Business activities as an Afghan woman, Peace through Business program Award and Thunderbird Global Management Ten Thousand Women. All these awards were for excellence in business as the founder of Hariwa Jewellery Company and Jalvaghadarchin Coffee shop for women. Both of these businesses had a social outreach arm which empowered women.Sadly Sweeta was forced to seek asylum in the UK about 6 years ago  and then spent considerable  time seeking family re-unification. Her story is inspiring.

We have also formulated a list of some of theplaces, groups and people that we’d like to thank for support given over the 4 years since we last had a public meeting and will present certificates to them. There are of course very many people without whose support we’d not be able to achieve anything.

Open Meeting2-1-1 This is a link to the poster


List of Place of Sanctuary and commendations 

Richard Warr for help over many years, including the loan of his front garden for fundraising.
Penny Compton / Hay Festival for support with fundraising, for encouraging volunteer sanctuary seeking stewards and for tickets to events for people seeking sanctuary.
Hay Fair Trade – for help with fundraising.
Nominated by Melrose East
Llangorse Youth and community centre for hosting multiple welcome days
Taiko Mynydd Du Drumming for performing at Welcome days
Lakeside Caravan park for allowing people seeking sanctuary to use boats,
Llangors School Church in Wales School for messages and flowers to welcome
Rev Trina and Llangorse Church for support and welcome to sanctuary seekers
Pobl bakery for donations of bread on many occasions
Nominated by Margaret Blake
Penpont house and Vina and Gavin Hogg for hosing multiple welcome days ,
Jackie Oliphant for catering on many occasions
Fiona Cloke for pony rides and Kate Thomas and Katy Cherrington for help with pony rides
Nominated by Lis Lifford
CraigY Nos/ Criw Craggy
The Big Skill
Nominated by Rhiannon Davies
Henderson Hall for hosting welcome days.
Nominated by Virginia Brown,
Gwernyfed RFC for hosting multiple Welcome days and meetings
Talgarth Town Football club For hosting many football matches for sanctuary seekers
Jacqui Wilding for Bronllys Wellbeing park group for Talgarth Sports and support of welcome days
Nicola Jones Sports development officer for her support of welcome days
Talgarth Bowling club for welcoming people seeking sanctuary .
Shuffle and Roll Board Games for help at welcome days
Rob Hughes of Talgarth Walkers are welcome for leading walks
Tuesday Lunch Club for support with catering
Grow for Talgarth for support with catering
Old Paper Shop for support with food
Honey Cafe for sport with food,
Delipot at WJ George for support with food
Nominated by Ailsa
Bannau Brycheiniog/Brecon Beacons National Park Authority for support of welcome days on many occasions

Claire Elliott for face painting
Nominated by Mike Gatehouse
Llangynidr hall for hosting welcome days
Llangynidr School for support with toiletries and welcome at welcome days
Jean Barnes for support with welcome days
Lily Peel for support with welcome days
Tessa Craig for support with welcome days
John Gibbs for support with welcome days
William Gibbs for support with welcome days
Nominated by Claire Armstrong and Lynne Oliver
Hay School for hosting welcome days
Josh Boyd Green [ Hay Chamber of Commerce] for support with Welcome days.
Gay on Wye [Thomas Owen] for support
Nominated by Trustees
Treberfydd House, Carla and David Raikes for hosting welcome days
Hay Castle Trust and Tom True and Mari Fforde for support of people seeking sanctuary
Anna and Luke Heywood -Skinner of Drovers Cycles for support of people seeking sanctuary and hosting days out .
Jackie Charlton and Liz Rijenberg for taking the memorandum of support to Powys County council
LLangattock Community Woodlands project for hosting people seeking sanctuary
Thanuja Hettiarachchi for support and coordination of welcome days and being HBTSR’s person on the ground in Swansea
St Mary’s Church Brecon for hosting meetings and collections of donations
Rev Anna Bessant for support with exhibitions
Brecon Cathedral for support with exhibitions and publicity
Theatr Brycheiniog for hosting an exhibition

Church of St Mary the Virgin Hay on Wye for support with collections
Time out Brecon for support over many years.