It has been a tough year, with 'austerity' biting deeper, the murder of Jo Cox MP, an unprecedented rise in racist attacks, a whole aray of entertainers taken from us, and now Donald Trump has been elected President of the USA (a result that is likely to have an impact right across Europe).
We have even seen a spate of anti-Semitic incidents where swastikas have been painted on vehicles in the borough.
Meanwhile the refugee crisis continues, and the national press seem intent on dehumanising people who are fleeing from war zones such as the truly appaling situation in Syria.
These are dark times, and many of us have felt despondent at what is happening in the world.
As 2016 draws to a close we thought it would be a good idea to bring people together informally to share our thoughts, reflections, and hopes, and just be there for each other.
It will also be an opportunity for any group doing something positive in the borough to share their plans with others (email us if you want a two minute slot to promote what you are doing: email@example.com).
So join us as we reflect on the year 2016, and plan how we turn back the tide of hate in 2017.
If you are coming, please do register as we will be providing light refreshment and need to know numbers.