Saffron Walden March 2018 Newsletter

Saffron Walden Quakers
Newsletter for March 2018

I do not know the course I am to run, all is hid in mystery, but I try to do right in everything....Look up to true religion as the very first of blessings, cherish it, nourish it and let it flourish and bloom in my heart; it wants taking care of, it is difficult to obtain. I must not despair or grow sceptical if I do not always feel religious. I felt God as it were, and I must seek to find him again.”
Elizabeth Fry 1797. Quaker faith &practice 26.40

We had sad news this week. I’m sorry to have to tell you that our dear Friend Angela Pivac lost her struggle with cancer and died on Tuesday evening 20th February. I know you will want to hold Mark and his family close in your hearts during this sad time. The funeral arrangements are as follows:
There will be a Quaker Funeral Meeting for Worship after the manner of Friends, followed by a green burial on Tuesday 13
th March at 2.30 pm at Barton Glebe Woodland Burial Ground, Cambridgeshire.
The provisional date for a Memorial Meeting will be Saturday 12
th May in the afternoon.

Dates for March

Friday 2nd Womens World Day of Prayer service, United Reformed Church. Tea/coffee from 10:30 am; service at 11:00 am.Men as well as women welcome!
Saturday 3rd 2nd Nationwide Quaker Day of Healing. 11am to 3pm. Although nothing has been organised in our Area Meeting, you may like to join Quakers nationwide in a Meeting for Worship during that time just where you are.
Sunday 4th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting at 10.30 am followed at 12 noon by Local Meeting for Business. All welcome. Among other items, please come and bring your ideas for the Regional Gathering Fun Day on Saturday 30th June.
Saturday 10th Experiment with Light group at Stansted Meeting House, 10.30 to 12 noon.See also the concert in Cambridge at 3pm. below
Sunday 11th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting at 10.30 am.
It will also be Area Meeting at Dunmow MH beginning at 12.45 after a light lunch.
During the Area Meeting, the main item will be a talk given by Tatiana Garavito, the project co ordinator of ‘Sanctuary Everywhere’. We shall also be hearing impressions of the recent Sanctuary Everywhere’ conference in Brussels by Loes Reeve. As we are now a Sanctuary Meeting, do come and learn more about the project. I know it’s Mothering Sunday, You will be back in time for tea!
Attenders are very welcome. Just let me know if you are coming. If you haven’t been to an area Meeting before, come and meet with the other Friends in our Area Meeting in the beautiful old meeting House at Dunmow and find out what happens at an Area Meeting. Contact Margaret Somerville for lunch 01376
Monday 12th Healing group (Friends Fellowship of Healing ) 10.00 till 11.00 am in the Meeting House
Book group 7.30pm at Judith’s, 10, Peaslands Rd. as usual. The book being read is Emma by Jane Austen. New members are most welcome.
Please contact Sheila Brignall 01763 838 599 for more details.

Sunday 18th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting at 10.30 followed by Bring and Share lunch. Do stay for a while and get to know someone new over lunch.

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

Wednesday 28th March Experiment with Light group in the Long Room, 10.30 till 12 noon.
Easter Arrangements

Good Friday, March 30th The Meeting House will be open from 10am for quiet reflection.
Walk of Witness. Assemble at United Reformed Church to set off at 10:30. Walk through the town centre to St Mary’s for a service aimed to start by 11:00 am, finished well before noon.

Easter Sunday 1st April Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting as usual 10.30 am
 A message from the Cambridge City of Sanctuary group
Dear City of Sanctuary Friends, There will be a concert on Saturday 10th March in aid of the Medaille Trust which provides refuges in the UK for trafficked women and men escaping traffickers. This is an annual concert which we can thoroughly recommend as it is always has a wonderful mixture of music, excellent refreshments and a chance to learn a little about the work of the Trust ( Details are as follows: THE MEDAILLE TRUST Caring for victims of trafficking
                                MUSIC + FOR MEDAILLE
A Fundraising Concert will be held  on Saturday 10th March 2018 at 3.00pm
at the Memorial Church (Unitarian) in Emmanuel Road Cambridge (opposite Christ's Pieces)
Musicians from Cambridge Central Churches will provide a varied programme followed by refreshments
Admission is free but there will be a collection for the charity

Children and Young people
4th March A mothering Sunday activity, card or gift in preparation for Mothering Sunday on the 11th March. Clare will let parents know more later.

For Upcoming 2018 events for YP please go to    

See below for more.

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:-
                          The next local newsletter will come out on or around the 27th March. 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. Gill Parker 01799 550692

                          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