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Almost half the 80 patrons of the Clean Slate Campaign gathered on December 1st 1999, to endorse the idea of using the approaching new millennium as an opportunity for a fresh start - personally and collectively. In London's appropriately-named Reform Club, and by telephone link in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, religious and political leaders, sporting figures, media personalities and people from all walks of ordinary life, gave their support. The conversation was chaired by former BBC news presenter Martyn Lewis. See our special report and pictures.


The Rt Hon David Blunkett, Secretary of State for Education, sent a special message of support.


The Chief Rabbi issued a press release about the gathering of patrons on 1 December.


December 3rd: children from Edward Feild Primary School in Kidlington presented highlights of their work with the clean slate theme, at a public meeting for parents and other guests. Local MP Evan Harris spoke.


A special Clean Slate Week was held in Oxford. See separate page.


The campaign cost £30,000, all of which was donated. See details.


BBC News Online's website ran a Millennium Talking Point about slate-cleaning.


The Birmingham Council of Faiths invited Edward Peters to address their Forum on November 28th about the campaign.


The BBC News Online website carries a story on the campaign, with a link to our website.


A Clean Slate Schools Competition in Oxford attracted dozens of entries from children aged 5-11. The prize for the winners was tea with the Lord Mayor of Oxford in her parlour on December 2nd.


The campaign featured in Cardiff on Sunday 24 October when the Chairman was guest speaker at an Inter Faith Celebration to mark the end of One World Week. Cardiff Central Library is also carrying a major display about the campaign.


Dozens of church newspapers and parish magazines have written about the CSC. For example, The Sarum Link (Salisbury) carried a piece under the headline 'Supporting the CSC at Alderholt'.


The library services in Glasgow requested posters and leaflets to send to their 35 service points in the city. In Oxfordshire, all 50 libraries were sent material.


In Oxford on October 5th the Lord Mayor and other local dignatories launched the idea of a Clean Slate Week, to be held at the end of November. See our press release. The following day, independent Oxford radio station Fox FM carried news of the special week, including interviews with both the Lord Mayor and the campaign chairman. Earlier in the summer, The Lord Mayor sent a letter to all 400 schools in Oxfordshire, commending the campaign. Her letter enclosed a copy of the special programme of study for use in primary schools, developed by the staff of Edward Feild Primary School in Kidlington, just outside Oxford.


A fund-raising dinner in Newcastle on September 19 was attended by 72 people and raised over £1,100 towards the campaign. The dinner was organised by Hari Shukla, and his fellow campaign patron Sir Stanley Bailey, former Chief Constable of Northumbria, also spoke, encouraging the idea of carrying the Clean Slate theme well into the next century.


Over a third of local education authorities in Scotland requested CSC leaflets for sendout to all the schools in their region.


The seven Scottish patrons of the campaign signed a letter sent to all 129 members of the new Scottish Parliament, commending the campaign as something of value for Scotland. All local councillors in the Strathclyde region also received a similar letter.


And something a little different, a letter from someone: "I am pleased to say that my soul is in pristine condition and I most fortunately have no need to start with a clean slate." (Anon)


One of the campaign's patrons, Hari Shukla, hosted its chairman Edward Peters for a two day visit to Newcastle Upon Tyne from May 24-26. Former Director of Tyne & Wear's Racial Equality Council, Hari invited leaders of the area's ethnic minority communities to meet Edward at a public meeting in the Civic Centre. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the trade unions, city councillors and a candidate for the forthcoming European elections. Earlier in the day Edward was interviewed by BBC Radio Newcastle. Phil Turner, Principal of West Gate Community College which has achieved a remarkable turnaround after being on the point of closure, also welcomed Edward and discussed ideas of how the campaign could be utilised in his and other schools.


All delegates to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh IN May received a copy of the Clean Slate Guide in their pigeon hole. Rev Anthony Craig spoke about the campaign in an assembly debate. "Most Millennium projects are understandably joint or community efforts," he said. "The Clean Slate Campaign ... is quite deliberately offered as something for individuals to do to mark the Millennium. ... Wiping the slate clean is an eminently Christian idea. This campaign is a door-opener to faith. It’s a challenge to us as Christians to help people, when they do take a step to wipe their slate clean, that they write something worthwhile on their clean slate."


Campaign chairman, Edward Peters, visited Liverpool from May 17-19. On May 18 he was interviewed by Roger Phillips on BBC Radio Merseyside, along with campaign patron Canon Nicholas Frayling. That evening there was a meeting of local 'ambassadors' to plan for the campaign's outreach on Merseyside. The Merseyside Ecumenical News carried information about the campaign.


A Welsh edition of the Clean Slate Guide (‘Ymgyrch y Llechen Lan’) was published.


A local councillor in Wales requested 66 copies of the Guide to give to all the county councillors and community councillors in his area.


A President of a Chamber of Commerce Trade and Industry sent a copy of the Guide to each of his 4,500 member organisations.


Many churches used the Clean Slate idea as complementary to the ‘New Start’ theme for the new millennium. One minister wrote, "At last I have a scheme I can recommend to my congregation with enthusiasm and conviction."


A Press Release from the Board of Deputies of British Jews included "The aim of the Campaign is to encourage people of all faiths, or none, to take some individual action or decision which will put right a past wrong." The Board’s Director General commented, "All that the campaign asks is that each one of us should make some tangible contribution to our society by admitting or apologising for some wrong that we have done, whether big or small. By helping clean our own slate, each of us can together make the world a better place."


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