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Issue 146 Winter 2015/16


Brent United

December is time when we tend to reflect upon the past 12 months and look forward to a new year with much excitement and hope.

Just in the past few weeks, our Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain communities have celebrated Diwali, our Jewish community has enjoyed Hanukkah and now our Christian community is looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Most of us will be happily spending time over the Christmas and New Year holidays with family and friends - and not forgetting to look out for our neighbours who may be lonely.

It is this diversity of the borough and the qualities of respect, consideration and tolerance shown by the different communities here in Brent which make this such a great place to live.

Recent atrocities committed by extremists in France and elsewhere however have shown us that there are others who do not share these British values. We've also had our own cause for sadness closer to home this year, with two young lives lost in senseless killings.

This is why now more than ever, we need everyone in our community - of any religion or none, old and young, gay and straight, men and women - to come together.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Councillor Muhammed Butt

Leader of Brent Council