Mid Thames Area Quaker News

What does love require of us?

Newbury Quakers are having an all day Kindler Workshop on this topic. It will be held at our Meeting House on Saturday April 27 from 10 am to 4 pm. We have 30 places available. If you would like to join us, please contact Maria Grace at Newbury Quakers. The day is run by David…

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Signs of spring

Carpet of purple crocuses among the gravestones in Reading burial ground, with a swing hanging from the oak tree over them

Spring is all around, and the Reading Quaker burial ground is particularly beautiful with a carpet of purple crocus under the oak tree and among the gravestones.

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Pericles – All at Sea

The two actors of Multi Storey theatre performing Pericles

In this production from multi story theatre, a pair of story-tellers evoked a world in which a young girl was sold to a brothel; in which conflict and famine were devastating parts of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey; in which a fisherwoman found bodies tangled in  her nets; and in which the kindness of strangers saved those…

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In Our Hands

Farmer looking at a field of grain

How nine farmers seized the ‘Brexit’ moment to outgrow an outdated food system. This film explored their daily reality and refusal to be ground down by the machinery of big agribusiness. It revealed the wisdom of the old and the innovations of the young, who are bringing back the worm to the soil, the ‘culture’…

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Foodshare donation

Donation being presented to Foodshare, in front of the bus that they use to provide accomodation

Maidenhead Quakers collected for Foodshare, who operate the local foodbank and provide meals for homeless people. Two Maidenhead Quakers went to see Foodshare’s founder, Sue Brett, and a bus they have acquired to provide accommodation.

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Snowdrops at Henley Quaker Meeting

Henley Quakers’ garden was open on the afternoon of Sunday 3 February so that our neighbours, friends, and passers-by could enjoy our spectacular display of snowdrops. This event has become an annual favourite at Henley Friends Meeting House, and this year, according to professional gardeners, has been the best for snowdrops for twenty years. Our…

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Mindfulness walk for new students

Pink blossom (sorry, don't know its name) photographed on 7 January 2019 in the Reading University Harris garden

New students joined Angela, our Quaker chaplain, for a ‘Mindfulness winter walk’  in the lovely Harris Garden on Friday 25 January. They took photos on their phones to help focus on seeing the wonders of nature, and shared them over a glass of mulled apple punch when the walk was over.

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Action through enterprise

Photo of some of the people supported by the charity ATE. On the left, a young man with disabilities and his mother. On the right a group of schoolchildren who have meals provided by ATE

ATE is a small charity giving practical support to Lawra, a community in Upper West Ghana with chronic food shortages where 100% of people live in poverty. Its focus is to work in partnership with the community rather than imposing external ‘solutions’. Since it was founded in 2013, ATE has improved school attendance of hundreds of school…

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Christmas at Newbury Quakers

‘Mince pies and Music’ was enjoyed after our Meeting for Worship on December 23.  There was a trio of Piano, Flute and Cello, to lead and accompany the singing.  We started with an instrumental rendering of two Dutch carols, after which some of the more traditional English carols were sung with gusto!

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