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Commonwealth Day 2016
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.

Click here to read the Commonwealth Affirmations
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 Inclusive Commonwealth’.

Click here to read the message from Her Majesty The Queen
Click here to read about the Commonwealth Symbol and Flag
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.