Community holds 'pledge assembly' to show refugees are welcome

Staff and students from the University of Essex.

A ‘pledge assembly’ has been held at a Colchester Church in order to show Syrian refugees they are welcome.

More than 200 people from different groups across the town gathered at St Botolph’s Church for a meeting last night

The Bishop of Colchester said the area had a proud history of helping those fleeing persecution.

“I am hugely proud to be associated with the town of Colchester which has a proud history of welcoming refugees.In the sixteenth century we helped the Dutch fleeing from religious persecution on the continent to make a home here.

"During World War Two, several Jewish families escaped the Nazi threat and settled here. More recently we have provided a safe haven to refugees from the Congo and from Afghanistan.

“Now refugees from Syria need our help."

– Bishop Roger Morris