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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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How are we tackling climate change?

Read our 2018 sustainability report to find out what Mid Thames Quakers are doing to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges. The report covers all seven local Quaker Meetings in the Mid Thames area. We first look at specific actions and practices under three headings: Developing low-carbon and sustainable premises and core practices; Energy…

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Renewing Newbury Meeting – Post 2

Houses around us being demolished

As we move forward with the concept of our own Meeting House development, work on the demolition of the buildings beside us has begun in earnest. This will make way for 220 new flats and buildings right next door, bringing a new gateway into Newbury between the train station and the town centre. We are…

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What does love require of us?

Twenty-five people (3 facilitators, 2 Quakers from Reading and Henley, 3 visitors, and 17 people from Newbury Meeting) enjoyed a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable day at the Kindlers ‘What does Love require of us?’ workshop. Using a variety of exercises, we were invited to discover, or affirm, our gifts, reflect on how we already use…

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Letter to Newbury Weekly News

Following the Sri Lanka killings, Howard Grace from Newbury Meeting gives a visionary perspective on our shared humanity. This letter is available to read here

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Renewing Newbury Meeting – post 1

Viewing the Architects plans

We have now had the first concept plans for the updating of our Meeting House from our architects, Richard Potter and Erin McLoughlin of RPA Architecture. They presented two options to the Newbury Project Management Group, Scheme A and Scheme B. The plans were then shared with Mid Thames Quakers’ trustees and everyone in Newbury…

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Supporting our Muslim friends

The headline for a major article in the Newbury Weekly News on March 28th was ‘Terrorism will never keep us apart’. The subheading was ‘Local community shows its support for Newbury Muslims in the wake of the shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand’. Several members of Newbury Quakers were at the forefront of a display of…

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Renewing Newbury Meeting house

Newbury Meeting house surrounded by fences because of the town centre development around it

After a wait of at least 25 years the re- development of part of Newbury town centre is about to begin! We are right on the boundary of the new development. There are fences all around us. Despite this, twenty-two of us met for Meeting for Worship last Sunday. Our own plans for refurbishing Newbury…

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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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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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