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Churches Together in Hitchin is a group through which  18 churches in Hitchin explore ways in which they can meet together and work together to spread the good news of Jesus to  all  in  the  town  of  Hitchin.  It  is  affiliated  to  Churches  Together  in  Hertfordshire  and through this to Churches Together in England and Churches Together in Britain & Ireland. The  ministers  for  the  churches  meet  together  regularly  and  each  church  has  up  to  4 representatives who all meet together 4 times a year as the Council of Churches Together in Hitchin. The Council discusses joint projects, local issues and also has speakers from outside organisations often involved in Christian initiatives of various kinds.


The church congregations worship together at different times of the year eg the Week of  Prayer for Christian Unity in January, Pentecost and a joint choir event in the Autumn.

The event above was held on 8th June 2014 in the heart of Hitchin Town Centre. The weather was glorious and hundreds of people supported the event.


Stephen Powell, COGOP Hitchin organised a team of worship leaders and musicians who came from various churches across the country to share praise and worship with the  community in Hitchin.
The members of COGOP Hitchin had a stand at the event and distributed free cakes, leaflets including the latest RAFFA magazine.   All the churches collectively provided a great day  for the community with contributions from the youngest to the eldest.



The Passing the Baton programme continues as JSTAR Youth support The US Charitable Trust and the pupils of Newman Catholic College in the planning process for the Safeguarding event that will take place at the College on Wednesday 9th July 2014.


The event will be the first of it’s kind in the London Borough of Brent where people present their views about what safeguarding really means to them way of raising awareness for other young people.

The event has the full support of the Brent Local Safeguarding Children’s (LSCB) and has been funded by the Community First Fund.

RAFFA  National  Executive  Director,  Angela  Clarke,  the  person  responsible  for organising  the  event  attended  the  planning  meeting  to  offer  her support  to  the young people. Angela currently sits on the Brent LSCB as a Lay Member.


The planning meeting was also attended by RAFFA Youth Mentor Jacqui Manning, JSTAR Youth Ambassador, Janine Johnson, JSTAR Youth and Vice Principal for Newman college, Susan Grace.


Serena Balfour, CEO of The US Charitable Trust was given special recognition for her belated special birthday but also for her contribution to the young people.

A Charity Gala Dinner

Caribbean Domino Club

Benjamin Zephaniah explores the passion, community and history of Britain’s high-octane Caribbean domino clubs, where each table is a stage and every game tells a story.

The mesmerising sound of the dominoes being shuffled keeps many players at the table into the small hours. Benjamin visits his home town of Birmingham to find out how the dominoes scene has changed since his father taught him to play, and learns how the “bones” have been the soundtrack to centuries of Caribbean history, a thread linking slave plantations to south London bus stations.

Amid the high-decibel action of the Anglo-Caribbean Domino League Final, clubs from all over the UK battle it out in a fierce showdown of mind games, table slamming and dramatic winning poses.

Benjamin hears the stories of some of the nation’s finest players – Black Hat, The Enforcer, Lady Sassy, Big C, Virgo, The Screamer – and finds out how the “sweet sound of the shuffle” plays on their subconscious, long after the slamming and cheering have died down.

Featuring Kenneth Ward, Earl John, Kingsley Douglas, Errol Richards, Carlton Witter, Mervin Stuart, Janet Francis, Gary Lewis, Austin Agard, Rudi Page, Millicent Wilks, Clive Milanese, Donald Douglas, Felix Whittley, Vida Tucker.

And with thanks to Anita Witter, Kingsley Douglas, Norris Mckenzie and the Anglo-Caribbean Domino League.

Presenter/ Benjamin Zephaniah Producer/ Cicely Fell and Mark Dormer for Redlight Productions

Friday 18 April @ 11.00-11.30am

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