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Posted: 13/05/10

College's multi-faith prayer room is unveiled

Hindu dancing, Sikh drumming and a tropical steel band marked the unveiling of a new multi-faith prayer room at West Nottinghamshire College today (13 May).

The college has created the facility at its Chesterfield Road campus in Mansfield to provide students, staff and visitors with a quiet place for prayer and reflection.

It was officially opened at a by principal Asha Khemka OBE and students, visitors from the local community and staff enjoyed music and dance workshops at the official opening ceremony. Polish, Caribbean, Thai and Indian cuisine was enjoyed by all which added to the international flavour.

Michael Campbell, student advisor in the health, safety and welfare team, said: “Many of our students and staff have different faiths and religious beliefs so we felt it was important to provide a quiet area for reflection, meditation and prayer within one of our sites.

“The multi-faith prayer room is now open to all students, staff and visitors to the college and provides a comfortable place for worship and contemplation away from the busy work environment.

“It’s important to offer a facility that meets people’s cultural and spiritual needs and we’re hoping the prayer room becomes a popular resource at college.”

Earlier this year the college appointed its first ever chaplain, Rob Hurd, who works at the college one afternoon a week to help students and staff explore their spiritual side.