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



Monday, 16 April 2018

Newsletters from organisations we have supported

Animal Free Research UK website link

Mission: “Our mission is to play a leading role in funding high-calibre, animal replacement research, to communicate this research and to advance and develop widespread support for this endeavour.”
Vision: “Our vision is a world where all animal experiments are no longer required and have been replaced by non-animal methods which are human-relevant.”
Values: “Our values are that excellence in biomedical research can, and should be, pursued without animal experiments because they are ethically unjustified and scientifically unsatisfactory.”

Link to their newsletter

Amnesty International link to their website

Medicins sans Frontieres / Doctors without Borders website link

link to MSF Dispatches newsletter

Prison Phoenix Trust website link

The Prison Phoenix Trust encourages prisoners in their spiritual lives through a daily practice of yoga and meditation, working with silence and the breath.

Link to Prison Phoenix Trust newsletters

We have just finished a collection for Medicins sans Frontierers during the last twelve months. Prison Phoenix Trust is on our list for this year

A LINK to more information on the next 4 charities we will support

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Friends of Hlekweni

Friends of Hlekweni is the UK-based charity whose purpose is to support education and peace-building work  in Zimbabwe, principally in the areas around Bulawayo and, more widely, in Matabeleland. Friends of Hlekweni also aims to help (in small ways) those suffering from hardship, especially young people.
Friends of Hlekweni was originally set up to support the work of the Quaker-run Friends Rural Training Centre at Hlekweni, near Bulawayo which, from 1967-2014, provided post-school training in vital occupational skills such as agriculture, building, early years education, and sewing, underpinned by Quaker values of equality, sustainability and peace. Through the generosity of many people, hundreds of trainees were helped.
Friends of Hlekweni has supported Samathonga Primary School for many years, particularly through a feeding scheme (now including breakfast as well as lunch), books and equipment.

and How to Knit a Teddy LINK

If you would like to donate one or more knitted teddies based on the pattern you will find by following the link below the photograph, please send them on to us and we will make sure they get to children who have very few toys of their own. Here are a few of the children at Mgadla Primary School who have just received a teddy knitted by our supporters and a pencil case.