Friday, 6 July 2018

Prison Phoenix Trust

The Prison Phoenix Trust encourages prisoners in the development of their spiritual welfare, through the practices of meditation and yoga, working with silence and the breath.
They offer personal support to prisoners around the UK and the Republic of Ireland through teaching, workshops, correspondence, books and newsletters – and to prison staff too. They work with people of any faith, or of none, and honour all religions.

This is a charity we usually support every year. The bring out a lovely newsletter - that is very positive and full of hope. There will be a copy in the  newsletter folder but here is a LINK to a PDF version  
You can sign up for a newsletter - or look at previous copies on-line following this LINK

Thursday, 5 July 2018

monthly notices Gorffennaf 2018 July hysbysiadau misol

Books of the Month July 2018 from the Quaker Centre Bookshop. LINK to pdf
Woodbrooke Upcoming Courses July 2018 Please display this courses listing. Booking details are given on the listing. LINK to pdf
The Young Quaker Issue 18, May 2018 This edition explores the idea and issues around finding a home, both as a physical reality and a spiritual concept. LINK to PDF

UK Peaceworkers 2 into 3
A big thank you to all of those who have given to the UK Peaceworker scheme. So far we
have raised £3,851 (including gift aid). So we are well on our way to reaching our target of
£6,000, which would enable us to employ a third peaceworker! There is still time to give LINK to Just Giving page, or you can text “QUAK23 £5” to 70070 to give £5 by text.
Vicky Torrance,, 020 7663 1117

Children and young people
Facilitation and Leadership
Friday 19 – Sunday 21 October 2018, Woodbrooke
Facilitation and Leadership is an invigorating event for 15- to 21-year- olds. It will help them understand how groups form and how they work together through exploring theories and trying out facilitation and leadership skills.
For those new to facilitation and for those with previous experience.
Participants will develop confidence, understanding and skills alongside considering how to engage with Quaker aspects of facilitation. LINK to FLYER pdf
Cat Waithaka,, 020 7663 1011

Quaker Week and outreach
Quaker Week 2018
29 September – 7 October 2018
This year’s theme is ‘Room for more’. As Quakers we offer a table rich with good things, but recognise it could be more inclusive. There is room for more at the table – how can we let people know there’s a space for them? Quaker Week posters will be delivered to Clerks by mid-August. There are still some recipe book ideas packs left - get in touch if you would like one (email address below).
You can still book your speaker for Quaker Week - we can offer speakers on a wide range of subjects. Speaking engagements must be finalised by the end of July, so get requests in now to avoid disappointment.

Finding out about Quakers
Two events for newcomers:
New to Quakers? Want to explore Quaker Worship?
     Wed 26 to Fri 28 September at Charney Manor, Oxfordshire LINK.
     Fri 28 to Sun 30 September at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston. LINK
One event for those worshippers thinking about membership:
Ever thought of joining the Quakers
     Fri 26 to Sunday 28 October at Charney Manor, Oxfordshire. LINK
Charney Manor,, 01235 868206
Swarthmoor Hall,, 01229 583204


Overseers Relief Grants
Grants of up to several thousand pounds (but usually less) are available to assist local overseers in their support of Quakers and their families in a situation of hardship and suffering through old age, infirmity, disability, bereavement, single parenthood, other financial needs. Also to provide assistance to children with special educational needs. These grants are available in cases where local funds have been fully used or are not available. Applications should be made via the local overseer (or equivalent) to the Grants Programme Officer at Friends House.
Ann Pfeiffer,, 020 7663 1053

Bridging the gap: hope and action
19–21 October 2018, Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire
Climate change is huge and complex. It needs joined-up responses. For Quakers that means changing lives, developing vibrant low- carbon meetings and working with others for system change, all rooted in our deepening faith. This October’s BYM Sustainability Gathering is about making connections and breathing new life into your own and your meeting’s engagement. Do join us! LINK to FLYER pdf

Andrew McVicar,, 020 7663 1119

Friday, 1 June 2018

monthly notices June 2018 Mehefin hysbysiadau misol

Books of the Month June 2018 from the Quaker Centre Bookshop includes  offer for this year’s Swarthmore lecture book & t shirt. LINK TO ONLINE PDF

Woodbrooke Upcoming Courses June 2018 LINK TO ONLINE PDF

Support peace work
Quaker Peaceworker scheme – Investing in fresh talent in the UK peace movement
The scheme gives a year-long opportunity to work in a peace organisation for two committed individuals. Peaceworkers use their talents to do new and innovative work, which would not otherwise be possible. This year’s applications for the scheme have been
exceptionally high quality. Thanks to a number of generous grants we almost have enough money to employ a third peaceworker – but we are £6,000 short! Can you help us bridge the gap?
We have a Justgiving page for Friends who would like to support this work:
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Quaker Mental Health Forum
Saturday, 3 November, 10am to 4pm, The Priory Rooms, Birmingham
Quaker Life works to support meetings experiencing difficulties relating to mental health. We work in partnership with organisations involved in Quaker work on mental health. The Quaker Mental Health Forum is funded by the Retreat Benevolent Fund and the theme this year is ‘Mental Health and Young People’. Quaker Life would like to make this event known about widely in Quaker communities. All area meetings and other Quaker communities are encouraged to send a representative to the day.
Alison Mitchell, 07483 028 490
Quaker Housing Trust 50th Anniversary Work Review
A new booklet lists all the housing projects supported by Yearly Meeting’s own charity in its 50th anniversary year, using the money given by Friends and meetings. For more information about Quaker Housing Trust’s work and publications, and further copies of this booklet, contact: Paula Harvey,, 020 7663 1036

Sustainability & New Economy Grants – apply now!
Have you got a project idea that will help build a low-carbon community, or a more just local economy?
Perhaps there are individuals in your meeting who are active that you want to support. Or as a meeting you are working on a project or with others in your community for climate or economic justice? If so consider applying for a QPSW Sustainability & New Economy grant.Deadline 15 October 2018
Get in touch with Maya Williams if you want to know more:, 020 7663 1056


Children and young people
Pilgrimage in 1652 Country
19–22 October 2018, Yealand, Lancaster
The Quaker Pilgrimage for 12- to 15-year-olds provides an opportunity for young Quakers to follow in the footsteps of George Fox and other early Quakers alongside their peers. We will be visiting sites such as Pendle Hill, Firbank Fell, and Swarthmoor Hall. There will also be time for worship, games, activities and reflection on the day’s experiences. LINK TO ONLINE PDF FLYER
CYP administrator,, 020 7663 1013 
Quaker Week 2018
29 September – 7 October 2018
Last month ‘The Young Quaker’ podcast ‘Silence Special’ hit the headlines and gave people a real taste of Quakerism. With appetites whetted, Quaker Week is a chance to invite people to find out more. This year’s theme is ‘Room for More’. A ‘Recipe Book’ full of ideas on how to explore this year’s theme has been sent to your local meeting – have you found the joke yet?
You can still book a speaker for Quaker Week. We have lots of speakers on a wide range of subjects, so get your requests in now!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Yearly Meeting 2018


Substantive minutes LINK TO PDF [my scanner is not the best quality and I couldn’t find this selection online]


All the minutes! LINK TO PDF


Link to lots of documents & videos including Salter Lecture: “Bearing witness or bearing whiteness?”


The Swarthmore Lecture: Chris Alton: “Changing ourselves, changing the world” LINK TO AUDIO and MORE INFO


From Paul Parker Recording Clerk of BYM

Some thoughts from Sam Barnett-Cormmack having read a lot of the material available

Monday, 14 May 2018

Advices & Queries / Cynghorion a Holiadau 29/4; 6/5 & 13/5

30.Are you able to contemplate your death and the death of those closest to you? Accepting the fact of death, we are freed to live more fully. In bereavement, give yourself time to grieve. When others mourn, let your love embrace them.

A ydych yn abl i ystyried eich marwolaeth a marwolaeth eich anwyliaid? O dderbyn marwolaeth fel ffaith, fe’n rhyddheir i fyw yn llawnach. Mewn profedigaeth, caniatewch i chwi’ch hunan amser i alaru. Pan fo eraill yn galaru, gadewch i’ch cariad eu cofleidio.

31.We are called to live ‘in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars’. Do you faithfully maintain our testimony that war and the preparation for war are inconsistent with the spirit of Christ? Search out whatever in your own way of life may contain the seeds of war. Stand firm in our testimony, even when others commit or prepare to commit acts of violence, yet always remember that they too are children of God.

Gelwir arnom i fyw ‘yn rhinwedd y bywyd a’r gallu sy’n symud achos rhyfeloedd’. A ydych yn cynnal yn ffyddlon ein tystiolaeth fod rhyfel, a pharatoi am ryfel, yn anghyson ag ysbryd Crist? Chwiliwch yn eich ffordd o fyw am unrhyw arwydd o hadau rhyfel. Sefwch yn gadarn yn ein tystiolaeth, hyd yn oed pan fo eraill yn cyflawni neu’n paratoi i gyflawni gweithredoedd o drais; ond cofiwch eu bod hwythau hefyd yn blant i Dduw.

32. Bring into God’s light those emotions, attitudes and prejudices in yourself which lie at the root of destructive conflict, acknowledging your need for forgiveness and grace. In what ways are you involved in the work of reconciliation between individuals, groups and nations?

Dygwch i oleuni Duw yr emosiynau, yr agweddau, y rhagfarnau hynny ynoch eich hunan sydd wrth wraidd gwrthdaro dinistriol, gan gydnabod fod arnoch angen maddeuant a gras. Ym mha ffyrdd yr ydych yn llafurio i gymodi rhwng unigolion a grwpiau a chenhedloedd?

Friday, 11 May 2018

Our Faith Our Work

For more information on the trustees of British Yearly Meeting follow this LINK

To read the "review of the activities of British Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 2017" online: LINK to a PDF this will give a broad idea of the sort of things BYM need money in action

About "Friends House (London) Hospitality Ltd, which is now 10 years old a LINK
and the LINK to the PDF version of the company annual review. You will see how much has been gift aided to Quaker work.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Monthly notice from Quakers in Britain

Books of the Month May 2018 from the Quaker Centre Bookshop. LINK to PDF

Woodbrooke Upcoming Courses May 2018 LINK to PDF

Quaker Week 2018

29 September – 7 October 2018
This year’s theme is ‘Room for more’. As Quakers we offer a table rich with good things, but recognise it could be more inclusive. There is room for more at the table – how can we let people know that there’s a space for them? A recipe book full of ideas on how to explore this year’s theme will be posted direct to local meetings around the time of Yearly Meeting.
You can now book your speaker for Quaker Week. We can offer speakers on a wide range of subjects. It is worth thinking carefully about the topic, and whether it will encourage people from other parts of your community to attend.

William Gunn’s Charity
The Charity exists to assist individual Members of the Religious Society of Friends who are in personal financial need by making grants of money to them or by paying for services and / or items needed by them. 

Refugee Week
These Walls Must Fall – An event for Refugee Week
6–9pm, 23 June, The light, Friends House, London
An evening of spoken word, music and resistance!
We live in a society where border controls are expanding at an alarming rate. Whether it’s in hospitals, schools, or on our streets, it is increasingly a dangerous time for people from migrant and refugee communities – or those perceived as being so.
As part of Refugee Week 2018 (18–24 June), we will be celebrating people’s resistance to these injustices – and creating a space that strengthens our collective capacity to overcome fear and mistrust. Instead, we hope to transform our communities to become beacons of welcome and hospitality.
For more information about this event, visit our Facebook page Tickets £5, concessions £3
For details and booking:
Tatiana Garavito,, 020 7663 1096
Note from M: I will kee an eye open for more local events for Refugee Week

Lobby the UK government to take part in the UN’s upcoming conference on nuclear disarmament
From May 14–16, the UN General Assembly will hold a United Nations high-level international conference on nuclear disarmament. The UK government has not yet decided whether or not it will attend. The UK has a responsibility to seize all opportunities to engage with the vast majority of member states on the agenda of nuclear disarmament. We are encouraging Friends to use our latest resource available at to lobby their MP or MSP about UK participation in the conference.
Please send Sahdya Darr an email at if you write to your MP or MSP.

A guide to taking action to urge the UK government to seek political and diplomatic solutions to the situation in Syria
We have been receiving emails and calls from Friends asking what they can do in response to the launch of airstrikes in Syria. We are encouraging Friends to use our ‘A guide to taking action to urge the UK government to seek political and diplomatic solutions to the situation in Syria.’ The guide contains several actions Friends can take and is available at
Please send Sahdya Darr an email at if you write to your MP or MSP.

Note from M: We are bombing or similar approimately every other day in Iraq and Syria if you would like to see the information the Ministry of Defence log it all here: LINK going back to 2014