3rd July: Lunchtime Talk – “Thank God I’m Gay!” with Jayne Ozanne

Can you be Christian and Gay? Of course! But for many years, Jayne Ozanne believed the two were incompatible and tried desperately to change her sexuality. Now she is out and proud, and thanks God for making her the woman she is. Come and hear her story of how she came to say “Thank God I’m Gay!” in this special “Tuesdays Till Two” lunchtime talk, taking place as one of the events the Peterborough Pride 2018 festival.

As usual the St John’s café will be open from noon, staffed by volunteers from The Green Backyard, and a selection of hot drinks and home made quiche, cakes, scones etc will be on sale. This week 50% of the profits will go to the Ozanne Foundation, with the remainder going to the GBY.

Admission is free, but those attending are invited, if possible, to make a donation to help cover the costs of the event. The suggested donation is £4. St John’s has waived the fee it usually charges St John’s CIC for church hire, so any donations in excess of Jayne’s travel costs will go to the Ozanne Foundation.

“Thank God I’m Gay!” is just one of almost thirty events taking place as part of Peterborough Pride 2018. The full programme of events is available in the Peterborough Pride Brochure.

About Jayne Ozanne:

Jayne Ozanne is a prominent evangelical Anglican who came out in 2015. She is the founder and director of The Ozanne foundation, which believes in a world where all are accepted and equally valued and works with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender in order to celebrate the equality and diversity of all. Her autobiography “Just Love: A journey of self-acceptance” will be published by Darton, Longman and Todd.

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“Circular Peterborough” with Cécile Faraud

In the second of our new season of Tuesdays Till Two “Church of Ideas” talks, at 1pm on 23rd February, Cécile Faraud will be talking about the concept of the “Circular Economy” and how it can be applied to Peterborough to create a “Circular City”and how and why this can benefit everyone. She will also be talking about permaculture as an example of what can be achieved with urban agriculture.fb_event_button

As usual the church café will be open from noon, and will be selling a range of hot drinks, and home made cakes, scones, and other baked goodies with all profits from the café going to The Green Backyard. The talk will begin at 1pm and will be followed by an opportunity for discussion and questions. Admission to the talk is free, but a donation to help cover costs will be appreciated. The suggested donation is £3.

Cécile Faraud is the Circular Economy Lead at Peterborough DNA Programme for Peterborough City Council
Cécile’s strategic focus is to give life to a practical citywide Circular Economy strategy. Her work includes establishing a collaborative and innovative Circular Peterborough roadmap and action plan, enabling all stakeholders in the City to be actively engaged and participating. It also includes developing a Sharing Economy model amongst Peterborough businesses.
Cécile holds an MSc in International Relations from IRIS, Paris and an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development with distinction, awarded by the Development Planning Unit (DPU) of University College London (UCL). She has over 5 years of international experience working on urban sustainability challenges.

“Just passing through” with Beverley Jones

At 1pm on Tuesday 1st March, in the third of our season of Tuesdays Till Two “Church of Ideas” talks, Beverley Jones will be sharing images, messages and stories from two visitors books that are now a century old.fb_event_button

A history graduate and Oral History specialist, Beverley is the project officer on Vivacity’s WW1 project, ‘Peterborough in the Great War’. Beverley will be sharing images and stories from the Women’s United Total Abstinence Council (WUTAC) visitors’ books. The slim volumes contain poems, messages and pictures written by servicemen passing through Peterborough East station on their way to and from the front in 1916 and 1917.

As usual the church café will be open from noon, and will be selling a range of hot drinks, and home made cakes, scones, and other baked goodies with all profits from the café going to The Green Backyard. The talk will begin at 1pm and will be followed by an opportunity for discussion and questions. Admission to the talk is free, but a donation to help cover costs will be appreciated. The suggested donation is £3.

“Why it’s not about adult colouring books!” with Alison Hawtin

In the fourth of our current Tuesdays Till Two “Church of Ideas” talks, at 1pm on 8th March, art therapist Alison Hawtin promises to tell us “What you always wanted to know about Art Therapy (and why it’s not about adult colouring books!)”fb_event_button

arttherapyAlison will explain the practice and effectiveness of Art Therapy/Art Psychotherapy using anonymised case studies from her many years of work with adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. She will use these to illustrate how it is beneficial for anyone and everyone – including children, the elderly, sufferers of trauma (abuse, war, post-traumatic stress etc), and for mental well-being of all kinds, including the stresses and malaise often experienced in 21st century living – and she aims to debunk some of the myths around it. Alison would like this to be an interactive session, so please come along with your questions – there may be a little art-making! (optional of course). She will also be able to help you find out more about direct therapy for yourself, someone you care for, or further training at this talk.

As usual the church café will be open from noon, and will be selling a range of hot drinks, and home made cakes, scones, and other baked goodies with all profits from the café going to The Green Backyard. The talk will begin at 1pm and will be followed by an opportunity for discussion and questions. Admission to the talk is free, but a donation to help cover costs will be appreciated. The suggested donation is £3.

A recent book to which Alison contributed.
A recent book to which Alison contributed.

Alison Hawtin of Art Therapy in Peterborough & Cambridgeshire is a freelance HCPC and BAAT registered Consultant Practitioner Art Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Trainer and Artist, based in Peterborough. She has worked in community arts and art therapies for over 20 years – working, teaching and presenting at conferences in the UK, Montpelier, Romania and Russia. She has engaged in collaborative research and published articles in Inscape:International Journal of Art Therapy and its sister Newsbriefing, and contributed to the book ‘Art Therapy with Physical Conditions’ (2015) edited by M Liebmann & S Weston. She has been a visiting lecturer on MA Trainings at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge and continues to be interested in collaborative working, non-verbal expression, facilitating others to find their creativity and spirituality in the arts therapies.

“Back to the future – the history of housing crises” with Peter Slinger

In the last of our Spring Tuesdays Till Two “Church of Ideas” talks at 1pm on 15th March, architect Peter Slinger will be taking a look at what the housing crises of the past have to teach us today. The present housing crisis is not the first one to hit the UK. The talk will look at previous crises, their causes, effects and solutions and discuss the potential for dealing with them in the future.fb_event_button

As usual the church café will be open from noon, and will be selling a range of hot drinks, and home made cakes, scones, and other baked goodies with all profits from the café going to The Green Backyard. The talk will begin at 1pm and will be followed by an opportunity for discussion and questions. Admission to the talk is free, but a donation to help cover costs will be appreciated. The suggested donation is £3.

Peter is a Chartered Ecclesiastical and Conservation Architect who has been involved in private practice in Peterborough since 1983. He was Chairman of the Huntingdon and Peterborough Chapter of the Royal Institute of British Architects between1999 and 2013. He is a former member of the Peterborough Housing Forum, the Peterborough Design Review Panel, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, a member of PECT and of Peterborough Civic Society and an associate of the Ecclesiastical Architects’ and Surveyors’ Association.

Return of the Church of Ideas

"Church of Ideas" Flyer

Our Tuesdays Till Two talks, a.k.a. the “Church of Ideas”, will be returning on February 24th. The season of five talks will offer an opportunity to learn about the work of some of the most influential organisations working in and for Peterborough. Our speakers have been asked to talk about ways in which volunteers can get involved, or ways in which their organisation can assist volunteers locally. After the talks there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Admission is free, but we do ask those attending to make a donation of £3, if they are able, to help cover our costs. From noon onwards before each talk volunteers from The Green Backyard will be providing refreshments including home made cakes, buns, and scones.

24th February Brian Pearce, Railworld “How volunteering changed my life”

see event on facebookBrian, one of 11 children, ventured south from Grimsby in 1965 to take up an apprenticeship at Perkins Engines. He started volunteering early in 1971 when he by chance met Rev Richard Paten, who just happened to have brought a steam engine from British Railways a couple of years earlier… Brian became one of the founder members of the NVR, where he is still a member.

Later Richard bought the land that was to become Railworld. In 1995, Brian, impressed by the habitat creation/wildlife havens that Perkins had recently built, decided to build one at Railworld. His initial estimate suggested a one year project…

3rd March Carly Leonard, PECT “The city and the environment”

See event on facebookCarly Leonard, CEO of the Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), will discuss how our perception of the City and the environment as either separate or the same could influence our responses. She will describe projects that PECT are leading on with businesses, schools and communities and how people can get involved.

Carly joined PECT, the charity behind Peterborough’s annual Green Festival, as its new chief executive in October 2014 after several years as executive director at Sustainability East.

10th March Mark Richards and Sarah Haythornthwaite, Metal Peterborough “Engaging communities through the arts”

See event on facebookMark Richards is Director of Metal in Peterborough. With 8 years at Arts Council England, Mark joined Metal in 2013 and not long after moved to the city. He has a wealth of knowledge of the East region, of funding and artists development. Sarah Haythornthwaite also joined Metal in 2013 and is now full time Senior Project Manager. Sarah previously worked as Arts Service Manager for Vivacity, The Bluecoat in Liverpool and Knowsley Borough Council developing collaborative relationships between artists and new audiences.

Arts organisation Metal came to Peterborough in 2012 and has had permanent staff here since 2013. Metal likes to take a developmental approach to local creativity and talent – training, mentoring and supporting the growth of knowledge and capacity, encouraging cross-art form and cross-community conversations and sharing of knowledge. Metal also creates its own projects – large in scale, high in impact and involving a wide number of participants and audience from all walks of life. So far this has included Upon This Rock lantern parade (2013) and #MetalBillboard, 100 Journals and the Hoarding exhibition in 2014. Our speakers will use these projects to outline some of the approaches Metal has taken to actively listening and engaging the local community. Mark and Sarah will also introduce plans for ambitious mass-participatory projects in 2015 and 2016 and outline opportunities for local, national and international artists.

17th March Steve Bowyer, Opportunity Peterborough “10 years back/10 years forward – Reflection on Peterborough’s growth and future”

See event on facebookWith 25 years’ experience in the built environment, Steve Bowyer has been involved with major heritage and urban regeneration initiatives in a variety of locations. More recently he has led the team delivering economic growth in Peterborough, where he is acting chief executive of the local economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough. Over the last 18 months, Steve has been director of the Future Cities Demonstrator programme, leading a transformation in Peterborough’s approach to innovation, growth and sustainability.

24th March Kevin Tighe, Vivacity “Vivacity – The First Five Years”

See event on facebook Vivacity is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with charitable status and manages many of Peterborough’s culture and leisure facilities on behalf of Peterborough City Council, including the Key Theatre, the museum and gallery, ten libraries. Flag Fen, and a number of leisure centres. After a varied career that included 15 years at Sport England, Kevin Tighe has been chief executive of Vivacity since 2010 and was a key player in its creation.

After March 24th we will be taking a break for Easter, before Tuesdays Till Two returns later in April for another season of lunchtime recitals. Stay tuned for information about the performers. These will take us up to the end of May, and then we will have two more talks in June.

On June 2nd we will have a talk about the history and work of the British Transport Police, and on June 16th will feature local poetry collective “Poets United”, who will be delivering a Magna Carta themed set of poems to celebrate the 800th anniversary of its signing in June 1215.