Saffron Walden October 2019 Newsletter

We are not for names, nor men, nor titles of Government, nor are we for this party nor against the other..... but we are for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom, that these may be exalted in our nation, and that goodness, righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace and unity with God, and with one another, that these things may abound.’
Edward Burrough, 1659. QF&P 23.11
Dates for October
Tuesday 1st Interfaith group 6:30pm – 7:30/8pm
Parish Hall2 Castle StreetSaffron Walden.

Wednesday 2nd Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am. in the Long Room
Saturday 5th Beginning of Christian Aid week. There will be a Christian Aid Street Collection from 8:30 to 4:00 pm.
   It is hoped that some Friends will be willing to collect for an hour (or just 30 mins) and should let Ted Jackson know. 01799 530 455
ALSO on the 5th Tim Landsman of Harlow Meeting writes: There will be another Death Cafe from 11.00 for 11.15 start till 12.30 at The Playhouse Harlow CM20 1LS A chance to meet for tea, cake and chat about life, death and everything in between.
Sunday 6th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Thursday 10th Book Club 7.30 pm. in the Long Room The Book is ‘Captain Correlli's Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernieres

Saturday 12th Experiment with Light group at Stansted 10.30 till 12.00. Please note this group will meet every month from now on.
Sunday 13th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by Bring and Share lunch and a showing of the film ‘War School’ ( 90 mins)
Monday 14
th Distant Healing group. 10.00 am in the Long Room
Thursday 17th Bible Study group. 7.30 at 15 Borough Lane. The group will continue with the next part of Genesis; the descendants of Adam, Noah and the Flood!

Sunday 20th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Please note No shared lunch as it is on the 2nd Sunday this month.
Thursday 24th Meeting for Worship of Friends in Christ at 3.30 in the Catholic Church Hall.

Sunday 27th Meeting for Worship 10.30 am No organised Children’s Meeting this Sunday, Parents and children are welcome to use the Long Room
Children and Young People’s News
Clare writes: •Some local YP news - Mazie Wicks went to Quaker Junior Gathering; Sky Wicks competed in the Youth Nations Cup as part of the England U18 Athletics team (v Ireland U18 in Dublin in August - she won silver in the 200m and gold in the 4 x 100m relay) and did really well in her GCSEs + BTEC - she’s starting Long Road 6th Form College, Cambridge; Lila Oliver goes to a Foundation Course in Leeds, and Poppy Gibbs to Lancaster Uni, both in September. Not-So-Baby Moyoki is beginning to walk…Do keep me in touch with news :C)

Event booking reminders

December Young Quakers Participation Day, 2019
Saturday 7 December 2019, Friends House, London
For young Quakers (14-18 years old) who are interested in a day held alongside
Meeting for Sufferings, seeking their views on issues of concern to them and also to Quakers in Britain.
area meeting can book places for two young people born between 1.9.2001 and 31.8.2005, inclusive (aged 14-18).
deadline: Sunday 17 November, 2019 Alex Zawadzka, 020 7663 1013,

Facilitation and Leadership
Friday 18 Sunday 20 October 2019, Woodbrooke
energetic and interesting event for 16 to 21 year olds, helping them understand groups and try out skills. It is for those new to facilitation and for those with previous experience – developing confidence, understanding and skills alongside considering how to engage with Quaker aspects of facilitation.
Cat Waithaka,, 020 7663 1011
The booking for this weekend is now closed, but there may still be space if you are interested
Please contact Clare re interest and funding. And you may be friends with a young person who might thrive in a national Young Friends setting. 01799 540860

Sunday Children and Young People’s Meetings

6 October Underwater craft for Display.
13 October Quaker Peace Testimony. Inclusive global dance video. Shared lunch (brought forward).
20 October Cooking. 
27 October - no formal CYPM 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:
And see calendar wall poster on hallway board.

Collections for this month
October 6th Friends’ Housing Bursary
October 13th Quaker Bolivia Link
October 20th Combatants for Peace
October 27th Central Work
Don’t forget to sign up for the coffee and flower rotas
Contact details for organisers of regular groups

        Other local news
        SW Street Pastor & Prayer Pastor Open Evening from Joy Burton
        Joy writes:
        We just wanted to let you know about an event happening on Wednesday 9th October 2019 in The Town Hall at 8pm. It will be an informal evening during which we would like to share with people what it’s like to be a Street Pastors in Saffron Walden Friday by Friday and to give people the opportunity to ask questions. We also want to share with people some new ideas we are considering of expanding the ministry in the town and to explore together other possibilities, such as, 'Day Time' Street Pastors ministering to shop workers and those working in the town and/ or serving hot drinks/ refreshments on a Friday night to those on the Common. There will be a representative from the umbrella organisation the Ascension Trust who will be able to share the wider vision of Street Pastors and to share experiences from other groups operating in Essex. The meeting is designed for anyone who has an interest in the ministry of Street Pastors or are thinking about ways they could become involved, maybe through prayer support (Prayer Pastor). During September we will be sending out some leaflets publicising the event but wanted to let Church Leaders know about it ahead of the publicity.

        Do you enjoy Classical music?

        Lianne Parrott from Cambridge City of Sanctuary writes:

        Cambridge City of Sanctuary is excited to announce that acclaimed international pianist Margaret Fingerhut is touring the UK with a special concert called 'Far From the Home I Love’. She will play her only Cambridge performance on Tuesday 22 October, 19:30-22:00 at the Pembroke College Old Library. The concert series will raise awareness of refugee needs and proceeds from this performance will go to Cambridge City of Sanctuary.

        Bookings can be made on Eventbrite  - /cambridge

        Further information about the performance is attached and can be viewed and shared on Facebook -

        I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter and are busy thinking about all the things you can be involved in. Information and dates etc for the November newsletter need to be with me by the 29th October if they are to be included
        Please also let me know if you would prefer not to receive this newsletter.

        In Friendship and in Peace
        Gill Parker
        01799 550692

        National Events and Information
        This year’s Swarthmore Lecture is now available
        ‘On earth as it is in heaven’, the 2019 Swarthmore Lecture, explores Quaker eco-theology
        – from early Friends to Quakers today. Eden Grace reflects on the theological, spiritual and biblical grounding of Quakers’ witness on climate breakdown. She relates the experiences of people whose lives are impacted by the climate crisis and asks how Quakers can act in solidarity with them. Please announce in notices.
        Available to buy online at or call 020 7663 1030

        Quaker values in politics
        Preparing for a general election
        General elections are a key opportunity to influence future decision- makers. Although a general election hasn’t been called yet, it’s likely that one will happen soon. How can we engage with candidates to share our views and values?
        Da Costa, the new Public Affairs and Advocacy Manager at BYM, has written a blog and briefing on how local meetings can prepare for a general election. Read it at and contact with any questions.
        QPSW Spring Conference 2020: Journeys of Witness
        20-22 March 2020
        The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire
        A conference aimed at those fairly new to Friends or to the work of Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW), and at QPSW Correspondents. It will focus on the work that QPSW does in the
        world on behalf of Quakers, and how QPSW seeks to support Friends individually and in meetings to translate faith into action.,
        Would you like to attend this always interesting event for us?
        If so please contact me.

        Quaker Activist Gathering 2019
        2 November 2019, Friends House, London
        The activist gathering is a free event for Quakers and Quaker curious to come together for an intergenerational, restorative and invigorating day focusing on how we do social action.
        information and booking: Lyndsay Burtonshaw, 020 7663 1064,
        Again, we can help with funding, if you would like to attend.

        National News, Events and Information

        Quaker Week
        Quaker Week 2019
        Saturday 28 September Sunday 6 October 2019
        This year’s theme is ‘Quaker Stories’. What story can you tell? What is the story of your Quaker community? What are your favourite Quaker stories? If you’re on social media use #QuakerStories to share your story and find inspiration. Quaker Week posters will be delivered to our clerks by mid-August.
        020 7663 1017,

        Sanctuary Everywhere
        Sanctuary Everywhere 2020 appeal
        The Sanctuary Everywhere programme supports Quaker meetings to create a culture of welcome in their communities for people seeking refuge in Britain. This work is due to end in December 2019, but with almost 100 meetings now signed up we want to keep it going throughout 2020. We have already found around £25,000 of the £76,000 needed for the extension can you help to make the difference? See poster for details on how to give. You can give online at
        Tatiana Garavito, 020 7663 1096,

        Quaker Activist Gathering
        Quaker Activist Gathering 2019
        2 November 2019, Friends House, London
        This is a free event where Quakers and Quaker-curious people gather together for an intergenerational, restorative and invigorating day, focused on how we do social action. Exploring our shared lives of worship, witness, testimony and activism, we will build connections, reflect and share stories, to bring our faith deeper into practice.
        You might be new to Quakerism and putting your faith into action, or you might be tired and seeking the spiritual nourishment of being with others who care as deeply as you do there will be something for everyone.
        Lyndsay Burtonshaw, 020 7663 1064,

        Children and young people reminders
        Facilitation and Leadership
        Friday 18 Sunday 20 October 2019, Woodbrooke
        An energetic and interesting event for 16 to 21 year olds, helping them understand groups and try out skills. It is for those new to facilitation and for those with previous experience – developing confidence, understanding and skills alongside considering how to engage with Quaker aspects of facilitation.
        Cat Waithaka,, 020 7663 1011
        Living as a Quaker
        18–21 October 2019, The Sustainability Centre, Hampshire
        Exciting opportunity for 12 to 15 year olds residential event exploring personal beliefs alongside outdoor skills and activities organised by the Children and Young People’s Team and Youth Work project.
        Book at or ring 020 7663 1013
        Deadline 21 September

        How young Quakers can witness for peace at the arms fair
        Monday 9 September, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm.
        ERRATUM Meet 6pm at South side Royal Victoria DLR, by roundabout, on Seagull Lane, E16 1BY
        We will attend the silent peace vigil held the evening before the September DSEi arms fair starts. This is an informal opportunity, parent/s or guardian/s should be happy that the young people attending the event can take responsibility for themselves.
        Please continue to encourage young people to attend.
        It would be very helpful for us to know who to expect, so please register your interest with:
        Cat Waithaka,, 020 7663 1011

        Witness against the arms trade reminder
        Stop the Arms Fair this September
        September 2019, mainly London & some events across Britain
        The international arms fair, DSEI, is setting up shop in London in September 2019, to export war and conflict around the world. When we play host to one of the world’s largest arms fairs, war, repression and injustice start here. Let’s stop it here.
        Friends interested in opposing the arms fair can see the flyer on activities by Roots of Resistance and an additional flyer about the vigil (both are available at
        Young Quakers see the information in item 7 above.
        Daniel Jakopovich,, 020 7663 1090
        Newcomers weekend
        Find out about Quakers
        Evening of Friday, 6 to Sunday, 8 September 2019 Charney Manor, Charney Bassett, Oxfordshire
        The Quaker Quest team will guide those new to Quakers through a programme of exploration of the faith.
        To book download the booking form:, 01235 868 206
        Quaker Quest website:

        Young Adult Quakers at University
        Young Adult Quakers at University
        Are you about to go and study at university? Or perhaps you’re already at university and feeling detached from your Quaker community? We’ve put together a short and simple form for young adults at university in order to help you make contact with a Quaker chaplain or someone from a local Quaker community.
        Scarlett Langdon,, 07419 350043