The seemingly relentless Friday afternoon traffic eventually gave way to the welcome calmness of the Hayes Conference Centre, just north of Derby, where we were to join the 40th NJPN Conference for a weekend of challenging talks, workshops and the company of others from around the country.
The official Press Release below describes what took place, and further down there are links to videos of the talks.
I suppose I was aware of the NJPN – the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales – but perhaps not that NJPN holds an annual conference. This, coupled with the fact that I am not a member of J&P at any level, made it somewhat unlikely that I would have volunteered to attend this year’s conference. And yet, attend it I did, at the suggestion of my wife, who is a member of the Parish J&P Group. As is the nature of these things, the weekend of the conference fell in a busy period for me and so I did not pay much attention to the content of the conference before the event. All I knew was that we would be travelling to Derbyshire. I considered myself as the “driver”, so my preparations were limited to ensuring that we had petrol in the tank, and putting the destination into TomTom.
This is an annual collection organised at St. Pius by the Justice & Peace Group. The idea is that those who feel able to, contribute 10% of their Christmas expenditure to benefit three charities chosen by ballot. The aim has always been the help "the poorest of the poor".
This is the timetable for 2016: