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Wokingham plays its part in Black History Month

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The Wokingham Black and Minority Ethnic Forum (BME Forum) launched its programme of events to recognise the beginning of Black History Month, with an exhibition highlighting the contribution of black and Asian soldiers during the First World War.

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The exhibition is being held at the Civic Offices in Wokingham until October 31 and is free for anyone to come and view between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. It was opened by Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr UllaKarin Clark and the chairman of the Wokingham BME Forum Surjit Singh Jutla.

Cllr UllaKarin Clark said: “It is important for us to remember everyone’s bravery and sacrifice during the First World War and this exhibition during Black History Month allows us to recognise the often forgotten contribution from black and Asian people from across the globe.”

Surjit Singh Jutla said: “I am grateful of the support from Wokingham Borough Council in sharing these valuable lessons from history. As with many other countries and communities from around the world, black and Asian people volunteered and even travelled at their own expense to join the war effort. It is their amazing and often heart breaking stories that are highlighted with this exhibition.”

Wokingham BME Forum is also hosting two other events during Black History Month.

On Saturday October 18 at the Crescent Resource Centre, from 7pm, people can enjoy an interesting evening with former British and Commonwealth Boxing Champion Michael Sprott. The evening is being hosted Jeff Hinds of the Wokingham Afro Caribbean Society.

On Saturday November 8, at 7pm, the annual Taster and Performance Evening will take place at Woodley Baptist Church, Hurricane Way. This event includes performances from a broad range of community groups and residents to showcase the Wokingham Borough’s cultural diversity.

To complement the excellent performances, a wide selection of foods from around the world are also provided for attendees to enjoy. As with previous year’s events, the BME Forum’s successful Healthy Lifestyles Project is sponsoring the food for the event.

More details on these events are available from Ashwani Gupta on 07825 195503.

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