West End United Reformed Church in Newcastle took part in the Great Get Together on Saturday 17 June, in memory of the late Jo Cox MP, who was murdered as the victim of a hate crime a year ago. The object of the events was to bring communities and people together, something that was close to the heart of Jo Cox. Church Secretary Doug Fox said, “At West End we thought that holding an event was a good way to bring God’s love to the diverse community of Fenham and to bring people of different backgrounds together.”
The event took the form of a garden party and was attended by over 200 people on a beautiful day. To put on the event, the church was supported and helped by people from Hadrian School, Fenham Playgroup and West End Refugee Service. Activities included a teddy bears’ picnic, a bouncy castle, a magician, a dancing display, and rides in a pony and trap, as well as stalls, raffles and teas.
The church was especially pleased to welcome Chi Onwurah the Newcastle Central MP, who was a close friend of Jo Cox, and the two visitors from the Council for World Mission, Joseph and Lanja who were also a good help.