End of Year Review- Shaz blogs about the EWM picnic

Equality West Midlands has had an interesting and stimulating 2013, including meetings with sympathetic local politicians, participating in a nationwide photography project about income inequality and hosting a special event led by Richard Wilkinson, a co-author of The Spirit Level.

In these special blogs, EWM members write about some of the things we got up to this year. Committee member Shaz Rahman writes about our summer picnic below:

On Saturday 15th of June Equality West Midlands decided to host a social in Cannon Hill Park in the form of a picnic. We were relying on the British summer which is a risky strategy. We met for a mini committee meeting in the Mac where we discussed the exciting projects we are working on. By coincidence we were able to speak with Waseem Zaffer the Councillor for Handsworth and East Lozells who is also Chair of the Social Cohesion committee. We were happy to introduce him to who we are.

After the committee meeting we warily trudged outside bracing ourselves for the picnic. Fortune was on our side as the rain had subsided for the time being. We were also joined by the youngest member of Equality West Midlands as Chris who had brought his son Bryn. Unsurprisingly the slide is more exciting than income inequality so Bryn went off to play.


We sat down to eat lunch. I had brought bread and hummus from my local vegetarian shop in Digbeth. The bread, whole meal with sultanas was made by Lucky 13 an Aston Based company. Gilly had brought delicious cheese from Worcestershire and Warwickshire cheeses and Vale of Evesham tomatoes from a local farm shop – Hillers on the Ragley Estate near Alcester. Barbara had very generously brought home made savoury feta cheese and carrot cake. Tom had obtained strawberries, samosas and other suitable picnic foods. All of the foods were sourced from shops local to us. Importantly the food was very tasty.

We were able to enjoy a nice day out in a wonderful park. We are looking forward to the exciting projects we have to work on.


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