Saffron Walden April 2018 Newsletter


Qf&p 22.20 ‘Do you try to make your home a place of friendliness, refreshment and peace, where God becomes more real to all who live there and to those who visit it?’ Queries 1964
You may like to know that our Friend Margaret Slee, who had her 99th birthday recently, is in Addenbrookes, with a broken pelvis. Please hold her and her family in Love. She is currently in Daphne Ward in the Rosie! Visiting from 3pm till 8pm.
Best to check with the family beforehand. 01799 586284

Dates for Easter and April
Good Friday The Meeting House will be open from 10.00 to 12.00 noon for quiet reflection.
Sunday 1st Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting at 10.30 am
Tuesday 3rd The Inter - Faith Discussion Group 6.30pm Parish Hall, 2 Castle Street. See attached poster.
Subject: “What is … Quaker” with Penelope Cummins
Sunday 8th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting at 10.30am
Sunday 15th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting at 10.30am followed by Bring and Share lunch. A chance to get to share news and get to know the other people in our Meeting a little better.
Tuesday 17th Book group 7.30pm at Judith Effer’s home, 10 Peaslands Rd. The book this month is ‘The Return’ by Victoria Hislop. New members welcome.
Thursday 19th ‘God, Words and us’ Study group with Paul Parker 10 am in the Long Room. Please contact Paul for more details. 01799 542173
Saturday 21stThe Death Cafe’ 11.00 to 12.30 in the Tea Room. See poster attached to this newsletter. Contact Sheila Brignall, Gill Parker or Sue Moloney to know more.
Sheila: 0176 3838599
Gill: 01799 550692
Sue: 01279 771405

Sunday 22nd Meeting for Worship at 10.30am. Quaker faith & practice group 12 noon, continuing chapter 22, 22.51 onwards.
Fund-raising Afternoon Tea in aid of legal support for Refugees/ Asylum Seekers. 3.30pm at Biddy’s house, 22 Beeches Close, Saffron Walden, CB11 4BT. All welcome. More information later.
Tuesday 24th ‘God, Words and us’ Study Group 8pm in the Long Room
Wednesday 25th ‘Experiment with Light’ group 10.30 till 12noon in the Long Room
Sunday 29th Meeting for Worship at 10.30am Followed at 12noon by a talk and Q&A by Penelope Cummins on the recent Conference ‘ The Changing Face of Faith in Britain, how should Quakers Respond?’ organised by Woodbrooke and the Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations.
Dates for May
Friday 4th to Monday 7th Britain Yearly Meeting
Saturday 12th 2pm. in the Meeting House, the Memorial Meeting for Angela Pivac, more details later.
Sunday 13th to Saturday 19th May Christian Aid Week.
During this week the churches in the town have a house to house collection for Christian Aid. Volunteers have a street or two in which they deliver envelopes one day and go round collecting another day. The town has grown so much that all streets cannot be covered so we need more collectors. This is an opportunity for Friends to work with the other churches in raising money for this worthwhile charity.
    If you can give an hour or two for this good cause please contact Ted Jackson. There will be a choice of roads so that collection is somewhere convenient.

Sunday 20th All Age meeting 10.30
Children and young people
1 April Easter
8 April The Chocolate Brothers – Quaker Cadbury story
15 April Cooking and Shared Lunch
22 and 29 April - no formal CYPM (4th and 5th Sundays)
A new or visitor family can be met by a designated member of Meeting and introduced to the Long Room Resources and CYPM contact information.
Quaker young people’s events:

National News
Climate, the environment & economic justice
Confident Conversations Skillshare – for Friends active on
climate & economic justice
Saturday 21 April, Friends House, London
Quakers are increasingly aware of the injustices of neoliberal capitalism, and in recent years have become familiar with what a new economy might look like. And Quakers understand the urgent need to protect the planet from environmental harm. But how do we turn this knowledge into conversations that contribute to change? The aim of this skillshare is that you go away feeling better equipped to have productive conversations with your MP, councillor, employer, the media or anyone who holds power to change things for the better.
Deadline for applying is 3 April.
For further information please visit:

No Faith In Fracking
Friday 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

Find out more about what is going on Nationally by visiting

If you would be interested in receiving the National Outreach newsletter Quake! please go to:-

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

The next local newsletter will come out on or around the 25th April. Please let me know any dates or information you would like me to include. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter please contact me.
In Friendship
Gill Parker.
01799 550692

Other National News

Yearly Meeting 2018
Registration for Yearly Meeting 2018 is now open at
Yearly Meeting is for everyone, whether or not they have been before, and those unable to attend can still support the discernment of Yearly Meeting. This year we will be asking ourselves how Quaker faith & practice should look for the next generation.

Within the next few days our clerk will receive the first set of Yearly Meeting documents: Preparing for Yearly Meeting, Agenda and Notes and Epistles and Testimonies. Friends should find Preparing for Yearly Meeting helpful in terms of both practical and spiritual preparation.

Children and young people

    4-7 May 2018, Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead
    Do you have young people in your meeting (aged 11-15) who would benefit from the opportunity to attend the Young People’s Programme (YPP) at Yearly Meeting 2018? Limited places available.
    Booking by 18 March at, 020 7663 1013

      25–27 July 2018, Gilwell Park Activity Centre, Essex
      This event gives participants the chance to try all sorts of adventurous activities. There will be fun, games, a chance to make new friends, worship and thinking about what it means to ‘live adventurously’ as a Quaker. The cost is £80 per person which includes travel from Friends House, all food and activities.
      Mel Cook:, 020 7663 1014

      Peace: opportunities for action
        Friends have been asking what they can do next now that the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been adopted.
        ‘A guide to calling on the UK government to attend the 2018 UN High- Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament from May 14-16’ provides some tips as well as key phrases to use when writing to your MP to call on the UK government to attend the conference at the highest level. Available shortly at
        Sahdya Darr,, 020 7663 1108
          18–25 March 2018
          Reclaim the sky for peace this Persian New Year (Nao Roz) by flying kites not drones. Everything you need to know to make kites and explore the issue of armed drones is at https://dronecampaignnetwork.
          At QPSW we’d love to see your kites via email
          or @kitesnotdrones on Twitter

            Closing date for nominations to Friends House is 13 July 2018
            In 1947 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Quakers worldwide for the work they had done, particularly relief work, between the two world wars and after World War II. Friends and meetings in Britain Yearly Meeting can provide nominations for the 2019 prize.
            Please see the website for the criteria and contact information. Helen Bradford,, 020 7663 1071
              One year fixed term contracts with UK peace organisations starting in
              September 2018 Opportunity to work in a UK peace organisation for a year, funded by QPSW, on issues including addressing the roots of conflict, innovative work on nuclear weapons and militarism especially in schools.
              If chosen you’ll be offered a place with an organisation which we think
              matches your skills.
                We are recruiting Ecumenical Accompaniers to serve in the West Bank and Israel in 2019 for 3 months’ service.
                The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) provides protection by presence, monitors human rights abuses, supports Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and advocates for an end to the occupation.
                For more information and to download an application pack please check our website:

                Climate action
                  Quaker Peace & Social Witness and Friends across the country are calling on the UK government to tackle climate change. To do this, we want to know what parliament thinks about climate policy. We’re asking Friends to help us do this by writing to their MP and sharing
                  responses with us. If you can help, visit the climate justice page on the Quaker website at, where we have provided more information and some guidance questions. If you’d like support to engage with your MP, or to take action on climate change, please contact Chris Walker using the details below.
                  Chris Walker,, 020 7663 1047

                    Closing date 30 April 2018
                    For information on the adult education grants visit the website:
                    Ann Pfeiffer,, 020 7663 1053

                      13–19 May 2018

                      Quakers are founding members and a sponsoring church of Christian Aid and have supported their work for over 70 years. Please continue to support them, especially during Christian Aid Week.

                      Further details at

                        Our clerk has been sent a leaflet from Churches Together in England (CTE) giving a brief description of who they are and the work of the body in 2018. Britain Yearly Meeting is in membership of CTE along with Cytûn Churches Together in Wales, and Action by Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS). The Committee which looks after these working relations is Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations.
                        Marigold Bentley,, 020 7663 1060

                          Is there anyone in your meeting who is visually impaired or finds it difficult to read for other reasons? If so, you can help them to access Quaker publications such as the Friend, Quaker News and Friends Quarterly. A subscription to Talking Friends will give them audio recordings produced by volunteers at half the price of the printed publications. See the flyer in the meeting House for further information.
                          Contact Alan Johnson, 0121 476 0217,
                          As usual there’s lots of information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. on these websites
                          Don’t forget to check out our national website too to find out more about national goings on.
                          If you would be interested in receiving the National Outreach newsletter
                          Quake! please go to:-

                          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