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A PERSONAL VIEW FROM A MEMBER

My name is Tracy and I started attending Newbury Quakers in 2013. I’d looked around many churches in the Newbury area and had never quite found the right match. I was attracted by the notion of silence initially, as I’d learned to appreciate meditation previously. However, what struck me on my first visit was the feeling of the silence; the peace, energy, love and focus. What made me came back was that sense of freedom. I’d never come across any Church where your own experiences of what you consider ‘God’ or ‘Spirituality’ to be was valid, even when it was different to the person you sat next to.

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A PERSONAL VIEW FROM OUR CLERK

photo of Carolyn, Newbury clerk

My name is Carolyn and at the moment I am Clerk of Newbury Quaker Meeting.

We all take turns at looking after the various tasks needed for the smooth running of our Quaker Meeting. Before being Clerk I was the room hirings administrator. I also love our garden and spend a lot of time working on it.

A Quaker Clerk is an amalgamation of Chairperson and Secretary. The clerk arranges a Meeting for Business once a month, puts together an agenda, clerks (chairs) the meeting and writes the minutes.

Anyone who attends our Sunday ‘Meeting for Worship’ can also attend and contribute to a Business Meeting.

Decisions are made by all Quakers present at a business meeting, but we don’t vote – so it is the responsibility of the clerk to listen to all views and discern the way to a decision.

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What can we do? – work with others

Quakers & Peace poster

Reading Quakers are concerned about the uncertainty brought out by recent events in Britain. Join us to reflect on what we can do, through worship, creative listening and (very important) afternoon tea. All are welcome. Next meeting: Sunday 21st October, 3pm Reading Quaker meeting house, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB. One of the threads…

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Securing the future for Maidenhead Quakers

Maidenhead Meeting House

Our Meeting House at Maidenhead was owned under a long leasehold, of which 788 years still remained. This left us in an uncertain position in face of a planned redevelopment of the surrounding town centre. Through a legal process lasting nearly two years, the Trustees of Mid Thames Quakers have been able to purchase the…

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Quaker week 2017

Wallingford Meeting House entrance

30 September to 8 October 2017 A chance to find out more about Quakers. Check for updates on what is available at the Quaker meetings in the Mid Thames Area.

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Quaker Tapestry exhibition

Vigils fo peace - Quaker Tapestry

7-18 August 2017, London The Quaker Tapestry tells about Quaker faith and history through a series of 77 amazing embroidered panels, created by 4,000 volunteers.  A selection of the panels will be on show at Friends House in London (http://www.quaker.org.uk/events/quakertapestry). This free exhibition is open from 10:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday.

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