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“The ocean is like God and raindrops are the religion. When they fall into the ocean they become one.”
Zoya Ahmed and Nurun Uddin

Bath and North East Somerset Faith Foundation 
Social Integration Project

Midsomer Norton is a town nestled in between the Georgian city of Bath and the beautiful Mendip Hills of Somerset.

With a population of over 13,000 people, the B&NES Faith Foundation’s Social Integration Project aims to run events, campaigns and initiatives that help to integrate the various religious and cultural groups in and around the town.

Midsomer Norton has changed and evolved over the decades. Previously a buzzing market town, more opportunities are needed for its increasingly diverse cultural groups to mix and interact with each other.

Midsomer Norton, as like most of rural and semi-rural Britain, has a strong Anglo-Christian past with large number of churches (from various denominations) in the town. Recent changes, such as the building of new homes and the movement of people for employment, has diversified the demographic. A sizable Muslim community now meet weekly in the Town Hall for prayer, worship and social events. The local Hindu community has purchased land in nearby Bath to build the area’s first Hindu temple, to cater for the growing number of new residents of Indian heritage.

The Midsomer Norton Integration Project has two principal objectives:

1. To engage with all cultural and religious groups with the aim of creating links for members to engage with wider civic society.

2. To work with other agencies and bodies to create an environment where people of all backgrounds feel a sense of pride in the town.

Throughout 2023, the Bath & North East Somerset Faith Foundation will:

Run social engagement projects with faith, civic and community groups

Organise events that promote social inclusion, learning and understanding

Coordinate workshops

Create regular newsletters for all the town’s 13,000 inhabitants that feature news about a) community groups, b) volunteer projects and opportunities and c) what events different cultural/religious groups are organising in the town.

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