Bath and District
Commonwealth Day - 14th March 2016
Commonwealth Day 2016 was marked by a number of events, most notably for RCS Bath:
Reading of the Commonwealth Affirmations in Bath Abbey on Sunday 13th March
* The Commonwealth Observance in
Westminster Abbey on Monday 14th March
* The message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth
Affirmations - St Nicholas Church Bathampton
Students from Bath Spa University, the University of Bath and Beechen Cliff School read
out the Commonwealth Affirmations on Sunday 13th March at St Nicholas Church in Bathampton as part of the recent Commonwealth
Week celebrations. In front of a packed church Brioney May Russ, David Sancha, Austin Chigbo Eweroke , and Miles Lloyd read
out the Affirmations which are the values that bind together the members of the Commonwealth throughout the world .
Bathampton Church was
chosen this year because it is the final resting place of Admiral Arthur Philip, the first governor of New South Wales and one of
the founding fathers of Australia.
Students standing by the memorial to
Admiral Philip inside Bathampton Church.
Commonwealth Observance - Westminster Abbey
Commonwealth day was marked by a multi-faith Commonwealth Observance
service at Westminster Abbey, which, alongside The Queen, was attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess
of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Also present at the event were dignitaries and important members
of the Commonwealth. The Queen delivered a speech, broadcast to all the Commonwealth Nations, the theme of which was An
Commonwealth Week also included a service from Westminster Abbey attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, William, Kate, and other members of the Royal Family. The keynote speaker at this event which was attended by schools in Bath including Kingswood and Weston All Saints Primary was Kofi Annan the 7th Secretary General of the Unitied Nations .Ellie Goulding, the singer songwriter was one of the performers at the event along with The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and choir.
On Wednesday there was a High Commissioners Banquet and reception with the Queen and Prince Philip which was attended by Godfrey Hall the Chair of the Bath Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society and a Trustee of the RCS worldwide.
Bath schools and local members celebrate together at the Commonwealth Observance 2016.
A Future in Progress
A History in Common,
Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society Bath, Godfrey Hall with some of the Commonwealth Flag bearers after the service at Westminster Abbey.