World Refugee Day: Pillar Unveiled

World Refugee Day on Saturday 20th June 2020 saw the unveiling of a special commemorative pillar at the Milton Keynes Rose in Campbell Park. The event was recorded and replayed to 'virtual attendees' at a special Zoom Town Meeting held on Tuesday 23rd June. We'll be reporting details of that meeting in a subsequent story, and in the meantime you can watch the recording of the World Refugee Day event by clicking on the video below, or going directly to read more

World Refugee Day MK Pillar engraving

From Milton Keynes Rose - News (May 2020), we note the following (excerpt): New pillars to be engraved at the Milton Keynes Rose  Three new granite pillars will be engraved this week at the Milton Keynes Rose, this is made possible by a successful funding raising campaign and a grant from MK Community Foundation. The new pillars were chosen by the pillar panel, chaired by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord-Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire. This panel meets every other year to decide a new pillar engraving from the submissions received from the community group. ... The three pillars that will be engraved this year are; Volunteers’ Week (1 -7 June), part of the inscription on this... read more

British Red Cross helps hard-hit refugees in Thames Valley during COVID-19 crisis 

Kerri Chana, Service Manager from the British Red Cross (BRC) Refugee Support service explains how it is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the region:  The British Red Cross’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak focusses on four key areas of support: the NHS; the vulnerable and elderly; people facing economic insecurity; and refugees and those seeking asylum. COVID-19 has wide-reaching effects on those who have fled persecution or conflict and who have sought sanctuary here in the UK. They may have been separated from loved ones and become isolated, without access to a support network of family and people they can trust. They can face barriers to accessing housing,... read more

Immigrants Saving Lives – Risking Theirs

From The Guardian 7th April: "The artist Jeremy Deller has created a poster celebrating the role of immigrants in combating the Coronavirus to raise funds for refugees, asylum seekers and food banks during the pandemic. Money raised from sales of the poster, which states Thank God For Immigrants, will support Refugee Action and the Trussell Trust, which runs two-thirds of the UK’s food banks. Its muted multi-coloured pastel hues also evoke church posters and Easter. The A2-sized posters, which cost £25, are available from the website of graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge, who collaborated with Deller on the project. Muggeridge said he hoped people would display the... read more


Truby's Garden Tea Room - 21 March - postponed due to the Coronavirus spread Dear friends and supporters We have decided to postpone our interfaith cafe at the Guildhall for 21 March 2020 due to the Coronavirus spreading. We do not want to put our volunteers and supporters to any risk. *This means we will not be open on Saturday, 21 March 2020.* We were going to fundraise for *MK Hospital Charity - Cancer Centre Appeal* and if you would like to donate then you can do so directly: You can also continue to support Trubys towards our da’wah work which includes our Great Get Together Iftar and hardship... read more

World Refugee Day to have Pillar at the MK Rose – fundraising day 25th Feb

RWMK has been successful in its application to have one of the 106 reserved Pillars at the Milton Keynes Rose in Campbell Park. This commerative/engraved Pillar has been awarded following an application by Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes specifically to commemorate World Refugee Day annually on 20th June, and will be ready in time for that date. To help raise funding in support of the engraving for this and other such Pillars, the Milton Keynes Parks Trust will be holding a Pancake Race event on Tuesday 25 February starting at 11:30, inviting local businesses to enter teams to take part in a relay race around the Events Plateau in Campbell Park (see details... read more

‘For Sama’ wins BAFTA Best Documentary – viewable online

UPDATE 2/2/20: FOR SAMA HAS WON THE 2020 BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY.  From the Channel 4 website we note that the film 'For Sama' is still available as an on-demand replay at the link below.  The site describes the film as 'An epic and intimate journey filmed through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. Waad al-Kateab tells the story of how she fell in love, married and gave birth to her daughter Sama.'*  It is available from Channel 4 for on-demand replay at   The film makes harrowing viewing, but shows the reality of what many suffered. *(The synopsis and image connected to this web post both come from... read more

9th Nov: Truby’s Garden

Kurshida writes, "Dear Friends of Trubys, Our next event is on Saturday, 9 November, 12-5 PM at the Guildhall, Church of Christ the Cornerstone.  More information on the attached poster. Our 9 November Trubys Garden Tea Room event is celebrating our Five Year Anniversary! There will be lots of fun including 'guess the sweet', nasheeds and one free meal (cheapest) for every five meals ordered - so make sure your party includes five people!!!  And yes there will be a cake bake off competition for the children with prizes - get your children to bake and decorate a cake and bring it along on 9 November. A panel will judge the cake on flavour and decoration at 3.30 PM. Entry... read more

Syrian Kitchen comes to CMK

At the Milton Keynes Festival of Creative Urban Living (26th September to 13th October), ‘The Syrian Kitchen’ will be serving the best of Syrian food at The Meeting Place on Midsummer Boulevard (opposite The Point, MK9 3NB) - more detailed location info at the end of this article.* The Syrian Kitchen is created by six refugee women from all over Syria who love to cook. All are now living with their families in Milton Keynes and are keen to further their lives in the UK.  The menu reflects their lives in Syria with dishes handed down from their mothers and grandmothers. Food allows them to bring the taste, colours and a little bit of Syria into their new homes. Their cuisine uses... read more

Benefit Concert 21st Sep 7:30pm

Following last year's highly successful autumn fundraiser, we're delighted to announce the following: On Saturday 21st September 2019, 19:30 – 22:30 BST, at St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Burchard Crescent, Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, MK5 6DX, please join us for Autumn Songs: An evening of Light Entertainment with songs ancient and modern Tickets £5, only available on the door, so please arrive early! Come hear some great music, eat some great food*, and support Refugees Welcome MK. *Finger Buffet 2 Course Dinner organised by Truby’s Garden Tea Room (includes Gluten-free, Lactose-free, Halal & Vegetarian dishes) –  separate donations for food are... read more