Posts by AW

Mindfulness walk for new students

Pink blossom (sorry, don't know its name) photographed on 7 January 2019 in the Reading University Harris garden

New to Reading Uni?  Then do join Angela, our friendly Quaker chaplain, for a ‘Mindfulness winter walk’ on Friday 25 January. Meet at the Chaplaincy (behind the Library) at 2pm for a guided walk in the lovely Harris Garden, using the camera on your phone to help focus on seeing the wonders of nature. The…

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Action through enterprise

Photo of some of the people supported by the charity ATE. On the left, a young man with disabilities and his mother. On the right a group of schoolchildren who have meals provided by ATE

ATE is a small charity giving practical support to Lawra, a community in Upper West Ghana with chronic food shortages where 100% of people live in poverty. Its focus is to work in partnership with the community rather than imposing external ‘solutions’. Since it was founded in 2013, ATE has improved school attendance of hundreds of school…

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Pericles – all at sea

The two actors of Multi Storey theatre performing Pericles

A production from multi story theatre suitable for age 14+. In this ancient tale, a pair of story-tellers evoke a world in which a young girl is sold to a brothel; in which conflict and famine are devastating parts of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey;in which a fisherwoman finds bodies tangled in  her nets; and in…

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Quakers at Christmas

mince pies

17th century Quakers would have shunned any special celebrations for Christmas: they believed that each day, and all of life, was sacred and Christmas Day was no different. We’ve moved on a bit since then, and did enjoy a few mince pies and carols together. However, led by our belief in equality, peace and justice…

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In remembrance 2018

Field with white and red poppies growing together

“Let us remember, and remember for a purpose” – are the final words in this short video by Penny Locke of East Garston Quakers, which combines her text with film and audio of local remembrance weekend events. You can find out more about Quaker attitudes to war in a talk Society of Friends and pacifism in the First…

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New book for our library

Cover of the book 'A child of Cologne' showing the cathedral.

Maidenhead Quakers thank the author David May-Bowles for the gift of a copy of his book A Child of Cologne.  The child in the title is a girl who David grew up with in Suffolk: she had escaped Germany on the Kindertransport and was adopted by his parents in 1939. As a result, we decided…

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Quakers in the modern world

‘Quakers in the modern world’ at Maidenhead was well received by those who attended. Several people were known to us and some were new seekers. Alasdair, Simon and Lina gave brief presentations, followed by reflection then questions, and concluding with Angela’s delicious lemon drizzle cake. A number of the free introductory packs containing Geoffrey Durham’s…

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Who will clean up Bhopal?

Photo of the shanty-town of Bhopal with the Union Carbide pesticide plant still towering in the background

The water supply in Bhopal is still contaminated thirty-four years after the gas leak from the Union Carbide/Dow pesticide plant. Come to see the documentary ‘Bhopali’ and hear from Colin Toogood of the Bhopal Medical appeal. 7:30pm, Wednesday 17th October, Reading Quaker meeting house, 2 Church Street, Reading, RG1 2SB A Reading International Festival event,…

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What can we do?

two people discussing a 'what can we do' meeting, over a cup of tea

Can silence be a vehicle for social change? Join Quakers, in expectant silence, to ask “what can we do in these uncertain times?” Followed by conversation and afternoon tea. 3pm on Sunday 21st October, at Reading Quakers (Religious Society of Friends), 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB This Reading International Festival event is part of Reading…

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What makes Quakers tick?

Craft activities, talks, food, poppies, Meeting house tours and special Meetings for worship – there was something for everyone during Quaker week 2018.  Don’t worry if you missed these events – you are always welcome at the seven local Quaker meetings in the Mid Thames Area : follow the links at the top of this…

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