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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‘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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Climate crisis protests

Quakers from the Mid Thames area took part in Extinction Rebellion protests in London over the past two weeks, highlighting the risks posed by the climate crisis.  Here’s a personal view from John: “Like the April rebellion, the impressive things were the number of people of all ages coming together, the strength of humanity and…

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