Posts by AW

Come for tea with Reading Quakers

Reading Meeting House and burial ground

..visit our Grade II listed Meeting House, relax in an urban wildlife garden, and enjoy our art exhibition. All are welcome to this free Heritage weekend event, from 2-5pm on Saturday 8th September, at 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB. Take the opportunity to meet Reading Quakers, tour our Meeting House, and learn how our…

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Newbury Meeting house – latest update

This is the front of Newbury Meeting House

For over 15 years Newbury Quakers lived with the threat of losing our Meeting house.  To our great joy, that threat has been lifted, because the approved redevelopment of Newbury town centre excludes the Meeting house. We will, however, need create a new main entrance to the Meeting house. And because we’ve done only essential…

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Our latest Mid Thames Quakers’ newsletter..

The new noticeboard outside Wokingham Quaker meeting house

..is full of summer news from around the area. There’s Newbury Quakers’ nail-biting knockout in a Christian Aid skittles competition; Maidenhead Quakers learning about an ‘Equipping for ministry’ course; Wokingham Quakers raising their profile with a new notice board;  ‘singing for joy’ with Wallingford Quakers; Henley Quakers welcoming crowds to their open garden; new attenders…

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In Wallingford on Saturday morning?

'Open' sign in the courtyard outside Wallingford Quaker Meeting house

Then come and visit our Meeting House – opposite the castle at 13 Castle Street, Wallingford OX10 8DL Wallingford Quakers are now open for visitors every Saturday morning, between 10 am and noon. Local people and visitors to the town can explore our beautiful early eighteenth century Meeting House, enjoy the tranquil garden and take…

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Chairs to Sierra Leone

Women standing up as they learn to sew in Sierra Leone

The sewing room in a village in Sierra Leone will soon have a set of chairs from Maidenhead Quakers. The room is being built by a local charity of soroptomists and church members. They have already built a school and a library and were greatly in need of chairs. Maidenhead Quakers received an appeal for…

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Working supportively with refugees

peace image

Learn more about how the principles of psychological well-being, communication and interpretation can benefit work with refugees, through the free online course ‘Working supportively with refugees: principles, skills and perspectives’. The course is run by the University of Glasgow and is open to anyone. The next course starts on 20th August. Full details here.  

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Seeking common ground

Woman carrying a banner saying 'justice demands the right to vote'

Quakers in Britain seek common ground with all political parties on key Quaker concerns. Reflecting on the recent centenary of the Representation of the People Act, Jess Metheringham, our Parliamentary Engagement Officer said “The history of the electoral franchise in the UK is a history of discrimination, on the grounds of wealth, education, and sex.…

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Are you a Reading Uni student?

photo of angela, who is the quaker chaplain to reading university.

Angela, our friendly Quaker chaplain, leads a short meeting for Quaker worship each Friday at 1pm.  Why not join her for a few minutes of quiet, and a coffee afterwards? If you’d like to know more about what the Chaplaincy does, here is their latest newsletter Reading University Chaplaincy Newsletter Feb 2018

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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 most Quakers did take part in some celebrations this Christmas. However, led by our belief in equality, peace and justice for…

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Would you swear an oath?

graphic of a holy book

Sarah Donaldson, a Quaker who grew up in Maidenhead Meeting and is now a barrister, took part in a Radio 4 discussion on ‘Swearing an oath’, along with Jasvir Singh, a family law barrister and chairman of City Sikhs, and legal commentator Joshua Rosenberg. A really interesting programme, well worth listening to on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09h2tkd The focus…

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