Cllr Kam Adams, Hoxton East and Shoreditch ward councillor, and Anya Sizer, Labour’s councillor candidate for the ward for the May 6 by-election, took time off from campaigning and recently visited the Garden of Lament, created at St John Hoxton, for anyone of any age in the community to use.
They tied ribbons to the church railings to signify their feelings about a year of the pandemic.
Each ribbon tied represents a prayer with different colours for different emotions: red for anger, blue for sadness, green for fear and yellow for hope.
They said afterwards: “The past year has brought so many challenges, difficulties, and heartache for many of us and yet these experiences have so often been faced in isolation.
“Unable to meet others properly we have all struggled to process the effects of the pandemic, to fully share our grief in the usual way with family and friends.
Cllr Kam Adams and Anya Sizer
“It is because of this very human need to share and reach out to others that St John’s Church in Hoxton have provided a space for people to come and take stock.
“The garden of reflection has taken everyone by surprise in how popular it has proved to be.
“When we turned up people were writing messages on the chalk boards, tying colourful ribbons to reflect various emotions, and walking around the beautiful crochet letters.
“What was clear was that this space is incredibly needed and provides a vital link for us all in starting to reconnect and to share our experiences again.
“It was lovely too to see all ages involved, one child asking us why we had chosen the ribbon that we had and why we felt hopeful.”
Anya added: “For me personally it was lovely to find a moment of peace, and to remember again the importance of caring for each other.
“As we start to emerge slowly from this difficult year, spaces like this may well provide some of the answer in how we start to come together again and rebuild our communities.”
19 April 2021