On Wednesday 9 March we were honoured to be part of the welcoming party at St Luke’s Church for His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, who came to see the work being carried out by Rev. Dave Matthews and his team to support refugees being housed in the Borough and to meet with refugees and asylum seekers from Yemen, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Ukraine.
The Prince of Wales learned more about the work of the Refugee Response program run by Anglican church Holy Trinity Brompton in supporting people who have fled conflict and disaster worldwide. The Community Café provides social opportunities for refugees to come together and to feel welcomed; volunteers also help to teach English and the refugees appreciate having a traditional meal from their homeland. A number of school staff and parents have supported this effort, donating and helping to sort the clothes for distribution as well as translating and teaching English.
Four lucky Redcliffe pupils were drawn from a ballot to meet Prince Charles as part of the visit and we were all very excited when HRH came over to shake hands and speak to our pupils. We then went upstairs to hear a short address by the Prince and to join in a prayer for all those who have had to leave their countries, led by Rev. Dave Matthews. In every respect this was a day to remember for the Redcliffe community and our pupils did us very proud indeed.