Tuesday May 22, 2018

Weymouth Ceremony in UK: Buxton Anti-Slavery Monument Unveiled

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton was an MP in Weymouth and a strong advocate for anti-slavery.

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  • In a dedication ceremony held on Monday 5th June 2017, the Thomas Fowell Buxton Society unveiled a monument in memory of the former Weymouth MP
  • Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton was an anti-slavery campaigner in the 19th century and a great philanthropist
  • The entire funding of the monument is paid for in the form of donations and fundraising

Who was Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton? 

Sir Buxton was a former Member of Parliament for Weymouth, United Kingdom (Position he held from 1818-1837). He was famous for his anti-slavery campaigns and his successful contributions in the abolishment of slavery throughout the British Empire by 1833 (with the exception of India). The people of Weymouth loved him and have “grown up with his legacy”.

He was the founding member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals which later became Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Late Sir Buxton was “a man of great integrity,” said Dr. John Fannon, the Society Founding Member. He was also a “great philanthropist”. 

About the Monument:

Family, friends and the society of Weymouth gathered to celebrate the unveiling ceremony of the monument in Weymouth’s Bincleaves Green. This is not the first monument in memory of Sir Buxton. His memorials can be seen in London, Jamaica, and Sierra Leone too. According to BBC, the monument costs £90,000. It was funded in the form of donations and fundraising events.

The Monument at Bincleaves Green, Weymouth. Image courtesy: The Thomas Fowell Buxton Society (from their website).

Peter Loizou, a former Weymouth College student, is the man behind the design of the monument. The stone for the monument comes from Albion Stone, Portland.

A total of 144 stones were used to build the monument. The stones were carved by the student of Weymouth College under the supervision and expertise of Master Craftsman Richard Mortimer.

The monument had been under construction since the year 2010 and was completed by November 2016.

To know more about Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, click here. We would like to thank Dr. John Fannon, Founding Member of The Thomas Fowell Buxton Society for his support to this article.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter@Saksham2394

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Akshay Talks About Building a ‘Society’

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But as a celebrity, I should be changing one thought. I should be influencing youngsters to contribute to a good cause. That is how we can build a society. I am doing it in my way,
Akshay Kumar at an event, wikimedia commons

Whether it is standing up for the rights of stuntmen in the Indian film industry or training girls for self-defence, supporting the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ or narrating the story of a man who took up the cause of menstrual hygiene — National Award-winning actor Akshay Kumar has dabbled in it all. He says his social work is a result of compassion towards humanity.

“I am really fortunate that God has given me fame, money and a celebrity status, and many youngsters get influenced by what I do. So, I think my whole idea of standing for any cause is to utilise the power in a responsible manner. My social work comes from pure compassion. I talk about issues that I feel for,” Akshay told IANS here.

Once known as the poster boy of action dramas in Bollywood, over the past few years Akshay has associated himself with films with patriotic themes — like “Airlift” and “Rustom” — and those with a social message, like “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” and “Pad Man”. While “Toilet…” was about the need of toilets, “Pad Man” was aimed at spreading awareness on menstrual hygiene — both hardly spoken about subjects.

He says though he can make a lot of money from films, he also feels responsible to help in building the society.

He says though he can make a lot of money from films, he also feels responsible to help in building the society.
Akshay Kumar IANS

“If I want, I can make a ‘Singh Is King’ part 2… I know I have an audience for that. I know I can make millions of money from such a film. Not that I am not interested… But as a celebrity, I should be changing one thought. I should be influencing youngsters to contribute to a good cause. That is how we can build a society. I am doing it in my way,” he said with a smile.

The actor, 50, has become the brand ambassador of the New India Conclave 2018, which will recognise rural achievers of the country.

He says change will be visible in the society when people start focusing more on solutions than problems.

“What is the point of endlessly talking about our problems? We know what is the issue that our society is going through. The ideal thing would be find out the root cause and try to resolve them.

“The best part about the New India Conclave is that we are creating a platform where people, who resolve some problems in their living area, will share their story… So that others can follow that same idea to resolve the same issue — water, greenery and pollution.

“This conclave intends to celebrate the ideas, success stories and implement ideas. That is how we can redevelop the bonding and support among each state,” he added.

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So, what is the issue that he feels should be addressed as a priority?

“I think farmer’s issues — their problems, lifestyle, income. There should be a solution to that.”

The New India Conclave is scheduled to take place in July in New Delhi in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of various states. (IANS)