Baha'i News -- Forget footie, enter the tranquil zone

Forget footie, enter the tranquil zone

ENGLAND may be out of the World Cup, but people in Swindon have been finding other ways to keep themselves occupied.

A free Tranquillity Feast, an evening of calm reflection, organised by the Swindon Baha'i Project took place at the Square Cafe in Regents Circus following England's quarter final defeat to Brazil.

And although yellow might not be the most popular colour in light of Brazil's victory, the Prospect Hospice's `Go Yellow' appeal still managed to raise spirits in the town.

Street collectors were out in force on Friday to collect money for their annual Sunflower and `Go Yellow' fundraising day and raised £90.

The Prospect Hospice, in Wroughton, improves the quality of life for people suffering incurable illnesses, such as cancer, motor neurone disease and AIDS.

And Gillian Richardson, community fundraiser at Prospect, said: "I had to keep telling people we're raising money for charity, not supporting Brazil. Considering the circumstances, it was an extremely successful day."

With more `Go Yellow' festivities planned at local schools and businesses, Prospect aims to raise £6,500 by the end of the month.

The Tranquillity Feast on Saturday evening started off with a visit to the Tranquillity Zone, an oasis of calm where people can reflect on inspiring words and music, specially chosen, to uplift the heart and refresh the spirit.

This was followed by a light supper as well as a chance to socialise and ponder on an artistic presentation.

Chris Grainger, a Bahá'i artist talked about his painting The Dawnbreakers, which was inspired by the start of the Bahá'í faith in Persia.

Fidelma Meehan, co-ordinator for the Swindon Baha'i project, said: "We had a few people in who were quite glum about the event and wanted to forget about it and I think they felt a little better after they left.

"The Tranquillity Zone is an environment specially prepared with calm music, beautiful drapes and fresh flowers. It's where people can come to escape either disappointments or the stresses of daily life."

The Tranquillity Feast takes place every month but separate Tranquillity Zones are put on fortnightly at the Health Hydro in Milton Road and both events are free.

"The feast, on the other hand is a place to meet and socialise," said Fidelma.

"Every month we have a different theme, usually an artist element either a drama performance or a poetry reading. It's open to everyone who wants a nice evening."

Call Swindon 465715 for more details of forthcoming events.

Anyone interested in supporting Prospect or holding their own `Go Yellow' event can call Swindon 815142.

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