Mayor’s charity Christmas card makes world of difference

to Watford Interfaith Association

Published: Tuesday, 13th December 2016

Watford Interfaith Association (WIFA) has received a fantastic donation of £3,800 courtesy of the Mayor’s charity Christmas card. Every year the elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, sends out a card, sponsored by local firms. The money collected goes to the Mayor’s chosen charity, and this year WIFA has received £3,800.

Chairman of WIFA, Father Geoff Calvert, said “This money will really change what we can offer Watford in 2017 – our 40th anniversary year. Last year we couldn’t afford to put on our memorial lecture, because we couldn’t hire a venue. Now we will be able to share ideas with people of all faiths and of none. Plus we’re putting the final touches to our labyrinth in the Peace Garden in Cassiobury Park – which will also be funded by this generous gift.”

Dorothy said “I’m really touched by the generosity of the firms who support my Christmas card – thank you Warner Brothers, West Herts Golf Club, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Everyone Active, the Intu centre, The Prince of Bengal and WH Humphreys and Son. Your kindness means the Watford Interfaith Association can continue its important work, on projects like the Interfaith Pilgrimage and Sacred Space in the Watford Celebration, well into the future.”

This year’s card shows a photograph of the bandstand in the snow in 1953.

For more information about WIFA, go to – and if you’d like to help out with the Peace Garden, email

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