Henley Quakers proclaim the climate emergency

As part of Henley’s Great Big Green Week, Henley Quakers had a stall in the market place on Saturday 25 September. We invited passers-by to sign postcards addressed to Alok Sharma, MP, who will be president of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November. The printed message on the postcards urged him to…

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Henley Quakers’ Peace Walk

On Tuesday 21 September, Henley Quakers marked the UN’s International Day of Peace by a Quiet Walk through the town. Starting at the meeting house, the walkers (not all Quakers) paused for a few minutes in the market square and later at St Mary’s church, where we joined in a recited prayer. The walk finished…

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Henley Peace Tree ceremony

Henley Quakers have given a tree to the town as a focus for peace. Henley has memorials for townsfolk who have been killed in war, but until now nothing to denote hope for the future – Peace. The tree was planted in Mill Meadows by the Parks Department. An inauguration by the mayor had to…

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Henley meeting’s garden in Chelsea Fringe Festival

Once again Henley Quakers opened their delightful Meeting House garden for the Chelsea Fringe Week, which was from 15-22 May, although this year the visit was a virtual one.  During that week, the video ‘Henley Meeting Peaceful Garden’ received over 100 views on the Chelsea Fringe website. Chelsea Fringe is a national community festival of…

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Henley’s Tree for Peace

Henley’s new Tree for Peace, a rowan provided by Henley Quakers, has been planted in Mill Meadows close to the River and Rowing Museum. It was to have been inaugurated on 2 April when the mayor of Henley intended to unveil a plaque. The COVID-19 restrictions prevented the ceremony which will take place when circumstances…

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‘Snowdrop Sunday’ at Henley

Each year the lovely garden of Henley Quaker meeting house has a splendid display of snowdrops. On the afternoon of Sunday 2 February, we were pleased to welcome some seventy of our friends and neighbours, who had come to admire them. Apart from the snowdrops, we enjoyed tea, cake and conversation together.

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Mince Pie Sunday at Henley

Mince Pie Sunday at Henley Meeting was on 22 December this year, when we enjoyed mince pies together after meeting for worship. One of our former members, who recently moved to Caithness, was able to be with us. She commented that it was a little unusual to travel 600 miles for a mince pie.

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Remembrance at Henley

Field with white and red poppies growing together

A delegation from Henley Quakers, wearing both red and white poppies, attended the service of remembrance in the market place on Sunday 10 November. A month earlier (Sunday 13 October), for the third year running, we distributed white poppies from our stall in the market place. We explained their significance as a reminder of all…

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Eyewitness stories from the West Bank and Israel

Henley Quakers’ annual peace talk was held on 12 November. Some 25 people (Quakers, Henley townspeople and some from further afield) heard Nick Georges speak about his recent three months as a human rights monitor. Nick has recently returned from the West Bank and Israel, where he was a volunteer with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme…

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