Posts by AW

Vigil in solidarity with Christchurch

sketch of mosque with words 'hate has no place here'

One week after the massacre of Muslims at Friday prayers in New Zealand, stand with others in solidarity against hate and for peace. Vigil outside Reading Town Hall, Friday 15 March, 5-6pm. Refreshments and conversation afterwards at Abu Bakr Mosque, Oxford Road, from 6:15pm. All individuals and community groups are warmly invited to join.

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Signs of spring

Carpet of purple crocuses among the gravestones in Reading burial ground, with a swing hanging from the oak tree over them

Spring is all around, and the Reading Quaker burial ground is particularly beautiful with a carpet of purple crocus under the oak tree and among the gravestones.

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Pericles – All at Sea

The two actors of Multi Storey theatre performing Pericles

In this production from multi story theatre, a pair of story-tellers evoked a world in which a young girl was sold to a brothel; in which conflict and famine were devastating parts of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey; in which a fisherwoman found bodies tangled in  her nets; and in which the kindness of strangers saved those…

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In Our Hands

Farmer looking at a field of grain

How nine farmers seized the ‘Brexit’ moment to outgrow an outdated food system. This film explored their daily reality and refusal to be ground down by the machinery of big agribusiness. It revealed the wisdom of the old and the innovations of the young, who are bringing back the worm to the soil, the ‘culture’…

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Foodshare donation

Donation being presented to Foodshare, in front of the bus that they use to provide accomodation

Maidenhead Quakers collected for Foodshare, who operate the local foodbank and provide meals for homeless people. Two Maidenhead Quakers went to see Foodshare’s founder, Sue Brett, and a bus they have acquired to provide accommodation.

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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 students joined Angela, our Quaker chaplain, for a ‘Mindfulness winter walk’  in the lovely Harris Garden on Friday 25 January. They took photos on their phones to help focus on seeing the wonders of nature, and shared them over a glass of mulled apple punch when the walk was over.

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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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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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