Mid Thames Area Quaker News

Quakers in the modern world

‘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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Newbury Quaker Open House

Newbury Quakers held a successful and enjoyable Open House day on Saturday October 6, despite the wet weather. The day included five presentations. We started with a talk by Trevor Dorey on ‘Believing or Beloving’, followed by a lively discussion. After this, with the ‘Knitted Newbury’ panel on display, Maria Grace gave a presentation on…

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Quakers meet again in Didcot

Photo of the Northbourne Centre in Didcot, which used to be an Anglican Church

After a short break, meetings for Quaker worship resume on 17th October at a new venue (Northbourne Centre, Church Street, Didcot, OX11 8DG) and on a new day (Wednesdays 4pm). All are very welcome.

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Who will clean up Bhopal?

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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What can we do?

two people discussing a 'what can we do' meeting, over a cup of tea

Can silence be a vehicle for social change? Join Quakers, in expectant silence, to ask “what can we do in these uncertain times?” Followed by conversation and afternoon tea. 3pm on Sunday 21st October, at Reading Quakers (Religious Society of Friends), 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB This Reading International Festival event is part of Reading…

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What makes Quakers tick?

Craft activities, talks, food, poppies, Meeting house tours and special Meetings for worship – there was something for everyone during Quaker week 2018.  Don’t worry if you missed these events – you are always welcome at the seven local Quaker meetings in the Mid Thames Area : follow the links at the top of this…

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White poppies on Sunday 14 October

At our market stall in Henley, we gave away white poppies. Sunday 14 October is well before Remembrance Sunday, to make clear that white poppies complement red ones – they don’t compete with them. White poppies are worn in memory of all those who have suffered and are suffering from war. First worn in 1933…

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Family crafts day

Once again, family crafts proved a smash hit with over 40 families taking part on 6th October. Parachute games, card making, colouring in, play-doh, and throwing pots on a real potter’s wheel. Held at Reading Quaker meeting house – keep a lookout for future events.  

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East Garston Quaker open weekend

Photo of red and white knitted poppies

All were welcomed to make a poppy in memory of anyone – military or civilian – who has died in war, experience a Quaker meeting for worship, and enjoy a locally sourced lunch.  All part of the East Garston Quaker open weekend.  

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Welcome Reading Uni freshers

Chaplaincy centre: photo credit Reading University

Curious about Quakerism, or just fancy some good food and company? Then drop into a chaplaincy freshers week event and meet our friendly Quaker chaplain, Angela. She’ll be at the Chaplaincy centre for soup lunches on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th September from 1-2pm and a barbeque on Wednesday 26th from noon-2pm, and at the…

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