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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A beacon of light in troubled Lebanon

Brummana High School in Lebanon is a co-educational, boarding and day school and provides education from infant to secondary school. It’s emphasis is on individuality, respect for others, tolerance and peaceful resolution. The school, owned by British Quaker charities, has a stunning campus in the hills overlooking Beirut and the eastern end of the Mediterranean.…

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Back at Meeting House!

Outside Newbury Meeting House, first time back May 2021

On Sunday May 30th, Newbury Quakers had our first Blended Meeting. About five of us were on Zoom and ten Friends in the Meeting House. It worked well and we were grateful for those who installed the equipment that was needed. Of course it was quite a mile stone for Friends to meet in person…

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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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104 year old Ruth walks for Charity

Ruth Saunders age 104 walked a Marathon for charity

One of our Newbury Quaker members is Ruth Saunders, who is 104 years old. During Covid lockdown she was getting fed up with being locked in and decided to do some walks near her home. Her son encouraged her to go a bit further each day. Then, inspired by Captain Tom, she decided to walk…

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New Booklet: ‘To Thine Own Self be True’

In ‘the Friend’  of 10 July 2020 there is a review of my new booklet: ‘To thine own self be true’ A leading Sri Lankan educator describes this production as, “Extremely interesting and extra-ordinary. The effort on one side to be honest and true to yourself, and on the other, to be rightly related to people…

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Newbury Meeting on Zoom

Screenshot of Newbury Zoom meeting

Newbury Meeting has successfully met now for several Sundays on Zoom since the lockdown. It is not the same as meeting in our circle, but we enjoy the shared worship and the connection that it allows us to make. Please join us if you would like to.

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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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Wokingham Quakers now meet online

Picture of a smart phone.

The Quaker meeting for worship at Wokingham is now by videoconference, after a successful experiment last weekend! It is possible to join such a meeting using a computer, smart phone/tablet, or similar devices. It is also possible to phone in for voice-only attendance. The meeting page contains contact details and further information about this. See…

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