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Vision: “Our vision is a world where all animal experiments are no longer required and have been replaced by non-animal methods which are human-relevant.”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.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain 2018

This year Yearly Meeting will be considering whether it is time to revise Quaker faith& practice, the book of discipline for Britain Yearly Meeting. Everyone, whether coming in person or upholding Yearly Meeting at home or in local Quaker communities is asked to help the discernment of Yearly Meeting by doing the preparation set out in Preparation for Yearly Meeting [Link] 
Yearly Meeting is for everyone – members and attenders, people able to come and those upholding Yearly Meeting in their local Quaker communities. It follows that preparation of hearts and minds is also for everyone. You can prepare as an individual or with your local or area meeting.
The link at the end of the first paragraph takes you to links of all documents. Here is the Link to Preparing for Yearly Meeting – there are hard copies available!
Link to: Register for yearly Meeting

Photo © Mike Pinches 2014

Monthly Notices from Quakers in Britain April 18

Books of the Month April 2018 from the Quaker Centre Bookshop. Link to PDF

Woodbrooke Upcoming Courses April 2018 Link to PDF

Among Friends Issue 141, Spring 2018 The magazine of the Europe and Middle East Section of Friends World Committee for Consultation. This issue introduces new Assistant Secretary, Michael Eccles. It also includes reports from the Sanctuary Everywhere conference that took place in Brussels in December, and the Conference of European Churches’ workshop on gene editing. With news from Woodbrooke, Quaker Voluntary Action, book reviews and much more. LINK to PDF

CIRcular Issue 36, Yearly Meeting 2018 CIRcular is produced annually by the Quaker Committee for Christian & Interfaith Relations (QCCIR) and is a digest of activities undertaken both by the Committee and Friends in interfaith and interchurch work across the yearly meeting. Link to PDF

The Young Quaker, Issue 17: February 2018 – Rest Issue The Young Friends General Meeting magazine for young Friends published three times a year to coincide with  YFGM weekends. View online at or order extra copies by emailing


General Data Protection Regulation: more information
The General Data Protection regulation comes into force on 25 May. You can change how your information is shared at any time, contact the Clerk or SWAM membership Clerk

Children and young people
Volunteers available to support local, area and regional work with young Quakers
If you are short of a volunteer or two for your event or activity with young people, then help is at hand. Over 30 Friends have offered to be part of a database of volunteers who are willing to offer their
service on local and area event teams. All will have been referenced and DBS checked. If you require help in this way please contact Lucy Sam, Children and Young People’s Officer, detailing the help you need. Requests will be forwarded to those who are on the database asking who is available to support your event or activity.
Lucy Sam,, 0207 663 1160

Resources for meetings

Logos to download
Quaker logos for meetings and groups are now available to download. The amended designs replace the ‘bespoke’ logos created for each meeting. Logos and guidance on their use are at
Climate, the environment & economic justice
No Faith In Fracking
Fiday 27 April, Preston New Road Fracking site, Nr Blackpool PR4 3PF
Quakers from the North West are working alongside a range of faith communities to create a week of peaceful protest against Fracking and shared witness to the sacredness of all of life. Join Quakers and others on Friday 27th for a day of faith based peaceful witness against the Fracking industry and to call for climate justice. Follow Facebook page ‘no faith in fracking’ for updates. For further information contact: Maya on or 020 7663 1056 or look at this Facebook page
Quaker Week
Speakers for Quaker Week 2018
29 September – 7 October 2018
The theme for Quaker Week 2018 is ‘Room for more’. Sharing food and spiritual nourishment is central to this year’s campaign. As Quakers we offer a table rich with good things, but recognise that it could be more inclusive. There is room for more at the table, and we value everyone who might sit at it. How can we let people know that there’s a space for them? 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


Friday, 23 March 2018

Glenthorne Quaker Guest House and Conference Centre

There are still spaces left on some of the spring special Interest holidays:

Renewing ourselves in Sound and Silence. Friday 6th  - Sunday 8th April

Finding out about Quakers. A weekend for newcomers.  Friday 13th - Sunday 15th April

Boat, Boot and Goat.  Monday 16th - Friday 20th April

Walking holiday.   - Monday 30th April - Frdiay 4th May

You can browse through all the holidays/courses on the new website, there will be something that catches your attention!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The 4 charities we will suport in the coming months

Prison Phoenix Trust link in their words:

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

We encourage this practice by:

·         training qualified yoga teachers for prison

·         airing a radio yoga class three times per week

·         writing regular practical yoga columns for prisoner publications such as Inside Time and Women in Prison

We communicate with all our beneficiaries as individuals and we know that many prisoners have multiple and complex needs. We provide our books in various languages, as well as for people who can’t read at all, and can recommend yoga practices for people with specific ailments and disabilities."
St Mungo's Trust link in their words:

At St Mungo’s, we know that it takes more than a roof over someone’s head to end homelessness. While sleeping rough is the most visible form of homelessness, the causes and consequences of having nowhere stable to live are often much more complicated. That’s why we’ve developed a recovery based approach for our clients, focusing on addressing the issues a person faces to help them move on with their lives.
We look at each individual’s strengths – sometimes known as an ‘asset based’ approach – and use those skills and interests as the basis for recovery.
‘Fighting Hunger and Hardship in Pembrokeshire’
We are a charitable organisation aiming to relieve the effects of poverty for individuals and families within the county of Pembrokeshire.
Since June 2008 PATCH has been giving free food parcels, clothing and household items to those in a financial crisis in Pembrokeshire. We work closely with our referral agencies to help those that are experiencing hardship through perhaps a delay in benefits, fire, theft and escaping emergency situations.

Quaker Homeless Action link in their own words: 
Quaker Homeless Action (QHA) is a national charity run primarily by volunteers. QHA is a small and flexible organization that focuses on projects that are not funded by other organisations. Our projects include The Quaker Christmas Shelter and The Quaker Mobile Library.  We are always keen to hear from f/Friends with suggestions for other areas of work we could support - see our Affiliate Projects page for more information about this.

QHA's vision is for a society where homeless, marginalised and excluded people are empowered and supported to break out of exclusion, poverty, and isolation to experience life in all its fullness.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

Today's reading 11/03/2018

Advices & Queries 18

How can we make the meeting a community in which each person is accepted and nurtured, and strangers are welcome? Seek to know one another in the things which are eternal, bear the burden of each other’s failings and pray for one another. As we enter with tender sympathy into the joys and sorrows of each other’s lives, ready to give help and to receive it, our meeting can be a channel for God’s love and forgiveness.

Cynghorion a holiadau 18

Pa fodd y gallwn wneud y cwrdd yn gymuned lle caiff pob person ei dderbyn a’i faethu, a lle caiff dieithriaid groeso? Ceisiwch adnabod eich gilydd yn y pethau tragwyddol; dygwch faich methiannau’ch gilydd a gwedd├»wch bawb dros eich gilydd. Wrth i ni gyfranogi mewn tynerwch o lawenydd a thrallod bywyd beunyddiol ein gilydd, yn barod i roddi help ac i’w dderbyn, gall ein cwrdd fod yn gyfrwng i gariad a maddeuant Duw.

image: a crocus today at the Bloomfield House Community Centre