Rotherham’s One Town, One Community project came to life last week as Councillor Mahroof Hussain accepted a prestigious invitation from South Yorkshire High Sheriff.
Councillor Hussain, who leads
the One Town, One Community project, was invited to speak at the South Yorkshire
Legal Services Annual Service by the High Sheriff on Sunday March 25.
As part of the service, which is attended by High Sheriffs from across the country, religious leaders, Judges, senior officers from the NHS, fire service and Sheffield’s Universities, Councillor Hussain was asked to do a reading from the Old Testament, alongside the High Sheriff himself.
Councillor Hussain, who is Cabinet member for Community Development, Equality and Young Peoples Issues, was invited because of his work in community cohesion and tackling exclusion of all social groups across Rotherham.
Councillor Hussain said: “It was a great honour to be personally invited to do a reading at the Legal Services Annual Service and, as the lead for Rotherham’s One Town One Community, it was incredibly fitting that it be from the Bible.
“It was the very essence of what One Town, One community stands for, people coming together, embracing other religions and cultures and understanding each other through them.
“I was asked to read from Book of Nehemiah, which I thought was particularly fitting because it speaks of bringing communities together.
“I was very glad to be able to speak to the guests there about the One Town, One Community project and help to spread the word about what was being done in Rotherham to help bring communities together and remove exclusion from resident’s lives.
“The High Sheriff himself mentioned One Town, One Community in his speech and praised the project for everything it has achieved so far.
“The work we’re doing here in Rotherham is really setting the benchmark in helping communities to live side by side in harmony. Hopefully, my invite reflects the success that the project has had in the town and, with the goodwill we’ve already received, long may it continue.”
The Legal Services Annual Service is held in honour of the outgoing High Sheriff and is one of the last official functions he attends. It’s started with a procession, lead by the South Yorkshire Police Band, with the service starting soon after.The reading that was performed by Councillor Hussain was selected by the High Sheriff’s Chaplin, with input form the High Sheriff himself.