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How nine farmers seized the ‘Brexit’ moment to outgrow an outdated food system.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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