Saffron Walden NOVEMBER 2018 Newsletter

‘The peace testimony is about deeds not creeds: not a form of words but a way of living. It is the cumulative lived witness of generations of Quakers...’
London YM 1993 QF&P 24.11
‘Peace begins within ourselves. It is to be implemented within the family, in our meetings, in our work and leisure, in our own localities, and internationally. The task will never be done. Peace is a process to engage in, not a goal to be reached.’
Sydney Bailey 1993 QF&P 24.57

We have a new baby in our meeting!
Manuel and Catherine have a baby boy, born on 22nd October, Moyoki Samuel . They write: “Moyoki is an Ashaninka name that means the King of the Water Vortex. The vortex is where the water gets oxygenated which gives life to the river. The Ashaninka are an indigenous group in the Brazilian Amazon with which we have strong connections that we wanted to extend to our child.”
We hope to welcome him to the Meeting soon.
I’ve attached a picture at the end of the newsletter (Gill)

Dates for November. Lots on this month.
Sunday 4th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am

Tuesday 6
th Interfaith group, 6.30 till 8.00pm. 2 Castle St. Catholic church hall. 100 HEARTS, 100 YEARS, 100 DAYS OF PRAYER. THE GREAT WAR - “THE WAR TO END ALL WARS” AND PEACE IN OUR TIME?

Wednesday 7th Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am in the Long Room
Thursday 8th Book Group 7.30pm in the Long Room,
Elena Ferranti – ‘My Brilliant Friend’

Friday 9th Joanna Eden is giving a concert. Local friend and busy singer/songwriter Joanna Eden will be performing at Saffron Walden Meeting House on Friday 9th November at 7.30pm.  She will intersperse her original songs with covers by her favourite artists, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, The Beatles and many more.  Joanna will also talk about the relationship between her music and becoming a Quaker.  All are welcome.  Admission is free and refreshments will be available.  To avoid disappointment, seats can be reserved online at There will be a voluntary collection for the DEC Indonesia Tsunami Appeal.
Saturday 10th Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am Stansted Meeting House
Sunday 11th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
White poppy wreath laying at war memorial

Also Concert in Saffron Hall organised by the UNA 3pm
SAFFRON WALDEN SYMPHON ORCHESTRA. RICHARD HULL conductor. CHLOE BERESFORD-JONES soprano. In association with the Saffron Walden branch of the United Nations Association, Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra will present an Armistice Day concert to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War.

Monday 12
th Distant Healing group. 10.00 am in the Long Room

Sunday 18
th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by Bring and Share lunch.

We will also be joined by Katie Calvert of Quaker Homeless Action who will speak to us about the new plan for Quaker Open Christmas this year. She will talk to us after Meeting for Worship and then join us for the shared lunch.

Wednesday 21st UNA talk – Dame Shirley Williams “1918 to 2018 – 100 years on, Striving for peace” 7.30 till 9.00 at Saffron Walden High School.

Sunday 25
th Meeting for Worship 10.30 am
No organised Children’s meeting this Sunday

Sunday Collections for this month

Sunday 4th Quaker Council for European Affairs

Sunday 11
th Quaker Service, Belfast

Sunday 18
th Money for Madagascar

Sunday 25
th Central Work

Topics for Children’s Meeting

Sunday 4th Planting bulbs and making white poppy display

Sunday 11th Craft activity and Sustainability

Sunday 18th Cooking for Shared lunch

There’s lots of information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. too on these websites

Please let me have items for the December newsletter by Tuesday 27th November.

Please also let me know if you would prefer not to receive this newsletter.

In Friendship
Gill Parker
01799 550692

Trustees Report for 2017
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National Events and information
Outreach Conference 2019
15-17 February 2019, High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire
Making Quakers well known and widely understood For more details: 020 7663 1017

Please let Gill or Biddy know if you would like to represent our Area meeting at this event

Children and young people
Volunteers needed for children and young people’s events in 2019. There are a variety of national events being planned for children and young people in 2019. These rely on the support of volunteers. Being on a team at a CYP event offers the chance to be part of a purposeful Quaker community, to develop skills and to make a difference to the lives of children and young people.Full details, including an online offer of service form, can be found at:

For paper copies of this information please contact:
Zawadzka,, 020 7663 1013
Offers are needed by the end of November 2018

Quaker United Nations Summer School
7–19 July 2019, Geneva
QUNO Geneva Summer School is for young people aged about 20 to 26 from all over the world who have a keen interest in
international affairs and the United Nations. It will be held for 12 days in July 2019 in Geneva.
Susan Sprague,, tel 00 41 22 748 4800
Deadline for applications 2nd January 2019
Application forms and more information are available from early November at:
Do you know anyone who would like to go? Gill

Resist the arms fair
Are you part of resisting the arms fair?
Roots of Resistance is the new network of Quakers dedicated to mobilising to stop the DSEI arms fair in 2019. The biggest Meeting for Worship outside Yearly Meeting in 2017 was held in protest outside DSEI. The aim is for 1,000 to stop the arms fair.
Roots of Resistance are looking for people to help mobilise Friends to oppose the DSEI arms fair in London 2019. No experience required!

Answering that of God in everyone: A diversity and inclusion national gathering
Woodbrooke 18-20 January 2019
A diverse and inclusive community where all are welcomed has been an ever present aspiration for Quakers. This conference aims to equip Friends to make it a reality.
Booking is now open for this event. Biddy has a flyer about this.
Please let Biddy or Gill know if you would like to represent us.

Schedule of collections:

March 4th Water Aid
March 11th Friends’ Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
March 18th Young Friends’ General Meeting
March 25th Central Work

April 1st Practical Action
April 8th Peace Museum, Bradford
April 15th Vacation Bible School
April 22
nd Medical Aid for Palestine
April 29th Central Work

May 6th Christian Aid
May 13th Christian Aid
May 20th Friends’ Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
May 27th Central Work

June 3rd Quaker Bolivia Education Fund
June 10th QSA
June 17th QSA
June 24th Central Work

July 1st Glebe House
July 8th Brummana High School
July 15th Quaker Congo Partnership
July 22
nd Quakers in Criminal Justice
July 29th Central Work

August 5th Quaker Concern Against Torture
August 12th Friends’ Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
August 19th Quaker Tapestry
August 26th Central Work

September 2nd Citizens Advice, Saffron Walden
September 9th Corymeela Community
September 16th Quaker International Centre, Ramallah
September 23rd Friends’ House, Moscow
September 30
th Central Work

October 7th Friends’ Housing Bursary
October 14th Quaker Bolivia Link
October 21st Friends’ Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
October 28th Central Work

November 4th QCEA
November 11th Quaker Service Belfast
November 18th Money for Madagascar
November 25th Central Work

December 2nd ` Peaceways
December 9th QHA
December 16th QHA
December 23rd QHA
December 30th Central Work