Henley Quakers join town march for COP26

A march through Henley on Saturday 6 November called for resolute decisions by the current international COP26 conference in Glasgow. We all need to reduce our carbon output dramatically if the world is to be saved. Rich countries like ours need to do more than the poorer ones, which produce little damaging gas. Quakers made…

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Henley Quakers distribute white poppies for peace

Field with white and red poppies growing together

On Saturday 23 October Henley Quakers distributed white poppies in the market square. They explained to passers-by the significance of the white poppy. It’s a symbol established after the first world war by women wanting to see an end to war. Nowadays the white poppy represents a commitment to peace, and stands for remembrance of all…

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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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Keep your Meetings

Panel from the Quaker tapestry showing children from Reading Meeting keeping the meeting going when all the adults were in prison.

In 1662 when the adults of Reading Quaker Meeting were all in prison, the children kept the Meeting going. Today, because of the Covid-19 coronavirus all Quaker places of worship across the country are closed. But our Local Meetings continue – online, by phone, by waiting alone in silence knowing that others are doing the…

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Meetings suspended

Wallingford Meeting Room

Quakers won’t gather together for worship over the coming months. But our Meetings won’t stop. Some of us will wait in silence from our homes, at our normal times of Meeting for worship, holding our fragile world in the light and knowing that others are doing the same. Some will join online meetings. Many will…

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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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