Mid Thames Area Quaker News

Our latest Mid Thames Quakers’ newsletter..

The new noticeboard outside Wokingham Quaker meeting house

..is full of summer news from around the area. There’s Newbury Quakers’ nail-biting knockout in a Christian Aid skittles competition; Maidenhead Quakers learning about an ‘Equipping for ministry’ course; Wokingham Quakers raising their profile with a new notice board;  ‘singing for joy’ with Wallingford Quakers; Henley Quakers welcoming crowds to their open garden; new attenders…

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Opportunity for architects

Front of Newbury Meeting House

Could you help us bring Newbury Quaker Meeting house up to date? For over 15 years we’ve lived with the threat of losing our Meeting house.  To our great joy, that threat has been lifted, because the approved redevelopment of Newbury town centre excludes the Meeting house. We will, however, need create a new main…

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In Wallingford on Saturday morning?

'Open' sign in the courtyard outside Wallingford Quaker Meeting house

Then come and visit our Meeting House – opposite the castle at 13 Castle Street, Wallingford OX10 8DL Wallingford Quakers are now open for visitors every Saturday morning, between 10 am and noon. Local people and visitors to the town can explore our beautiful early eighteenth century Meeting House, enjoy the tranquil garden and take…

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Chairs to Sierra Leone

Women standing up as they learn to sew in Sierra Leone

The sewing room in a village in Sierra Leone will soon have a set of chairs from Maidenhead Quakers. The room is being built by a local charity of soroptomists and church members. They have already built a school and a library and were greatly in need of chairs. Maidenhead Quakers received an appeal for…

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Understanding truth

Quakers & Peace poster

Truth has many facets. Forty people came to a public event at Reading Quaker meeting house to explore our understanding of truth, with five invited presentations. Periods of stillness before and after each presentation allowed space for questions to the speakers to arise. Vanessa Bird, co-editor, New Internationalist spoke about the complexity of understanding truth, and the…

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Together against Trump-ism

Howard and Maria Grace from Newbury Meeting joined the Quaker group who met in Friends House for silent reflection prior to participating in the march and rally by an estimated 100,000 people to object to president Trump’s policies and visit to the UK. The very varied groups that joined the rally focussed on many issues, such…

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Working supportively with refugees

peace image

Learn more about how the principles of psychological well-being, communication and interpretation can benefit work with refugees, through the free online course ‘Working supportively with refugees: principles, skills and perspectives’. The course is run by the University of Glasgow and is open to anyone. The next course starts on 20th August. Full details here.  

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Phoebe Cusden

Blue plaque on birthplace of Phoebe Cusden

Phoebe Cusden MBE A blue plaque has been unveiled to honour a Reading mayor, Quaker, peace campaigner, trade unionist, writer and theatre founder. She is probably best known for her work in setting up what is now the Reading Dusseldorf Association. The plaque at 55 Castle Street, Reading, the former home of Mrs Cusden, was…

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