Barking Community Forum (BCF) launches ambitious plans for a bespoke community centre in Upney!

Published: 23 September 2021, 6:05 PM

On Sunday 19th September, BCF held their annual general meeting (AGM), where they reported back on their achievements of the past 12 months as well as unveiled plans for the next 12 months.

The AGM was well-attended by all the BCF members, community group leads, imams of local mosques, and the Longbridge Ward Councillor Mr Faruk Chowdhury.

The current 8-member Executive Committee, led by Chair Harun Miah, Secretary Suruk Ahmed and Treasurer Nazrul Khan presented their reports and achievements of the past 12 months:

  • Purchased the property on Upney Lane for £600K through community fundraising.
  • Continued providing Friday Jummah prayers under covid-compliant set-up.
  • First Tarawih night prayers during Ramadan.
  • Provided both Eid prayers, catering for up to 400 people over four sessions.
  • Continued providing advisory, support and reassurance to the community in this pandemic by working with council leadership and stakeholders.

The Chair also acknowledged the astonishing local support for BCF and their work in providing for the needs of the community through the above mentioned activities despite this crippling pandemic which also fatally impacted a BCF member.

Furthermore, BCF Management unveiled an ambitious plan for the next 12 months:

  • Obtain planning approval for a permanent prayer space and cultural needs of the community.
  • Provide educational and cultural activities for all.
  • Encourage interfaith networking and synergies.
  • Provide bespoke women-specific activities.
  • Host elders educational and social club.

“Yes, we accept this is a very ambitious plan. However, with the community’s continued support and patience, and with the backing of the Council and the Leadership, we can achieve these and much more!” boasts, Harun Miah, Chair of BCF. “We have a very dedicated and talented team of executive committee members, and we will continue to persevere on behalf of the community,” added Harun.

During the AGM, BCF also elected two more members, namely, Aros Ali and Ammaar Domun to the Executive Committee. “They will add dynamism and fresh energy.” Added Suruk Ahmed, Secretary of BCF. The event ended with a light dinner and social networking.

The 10-member committee will organise their roles and responsibilities at a later date. BCF is a non-profit, charity registered CIO (Charity number 1191779). Should you wish to get involved or want more information on BCF and their activities, you can email them on barkingcommunityforum@gmail.com or follow them on social media https://www.facebook.com/barkingcommunityforum/

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