We were formed on 12 June 2004, in fulfilment of an aspiration that started as an initiative by Mr Torqville Stewart, the Mayor of Elmbridge in 2000, the year of the Millennium. He called a meeting to commemorate the turn of the century, inviting representatives of all Faiths in the Borough. It was grand occasion, filled with spirituality, love and hope.
It took a further three years before another initiative by the Baha’is of Elmbridge arranged another meeting of all Faiths at the Civic Centre on 12 June 2003, with Mayor Mick Burgess as the Guest of Honour. Representatives of different Faiths gave short speeches, and thereafter a steering group was formed to take the initiative forwards. The group was as follows:
Alanko/Stella Eusobio/Jackie Foster/Chandra P.Gupta/Geoffrey
Morris/Nabil Mustapha/Maire Noble/Daniel Rich/Rina
Singh/Sadia Subhan/Torqville Stewart/Phyllis Woodhead
The next stage was a workshop arranged
for 12 June 2004, again with the presence of Mayor Mick
Burgess. This meeting fleshed out the aims and
objectives of a Multi-Faith Forum and an Executive
Committee was formed. Mayor Burgess formally announced
the formation of the EMF.
The Aims and Objectives were drawn out,
and the Executive Committee was formed as follows:
Chairman: Dr Nabil Mustapha
Secretary: Geoffrey Morris
Treasurer: Leonard Beighton
Chuyuen Corfield, Jackie Foster, Nazim Ghauri, Chandra Gupta,
Derick Halle, Wendy Hoy, Rashid Laher, Nazir Malik, Rushna Master, Kim Plumpton, Betty Sear, Phyllis Woodhead
This committee has been functioning smoothly and efficiently since its formation. Elections are held every AGM, and members can be voted in or out as per usual.