Saffron Walden DECEMBER 2018 Newsletter

Our Quaker identity and community supports us when we are in the world and countering its assumptions and it informs and changes our lives. It helps me in the stands I want to make and it helps me see others I should be making.’
Ben Pink Dandelion, Celebrating the Quaker Way
Therefore, dear Friends, wait in the Light, that the word of the Lord may dwell plentifully in you.’
William Dewsbury 1675, QF&P
Special Notice
All through December we will be collecting for the Quaker Homeless Action for the Christmas Shelter, which will run from December 23rd through to January 2nd.  We will be collecting coats, warm jumpers, gloves, scarves and hats, as well as NEW underwear and socks and toiletries to be taken down to the Shelter on December 22nd. Items can be brought to the Meeting House any time up until 20th, to be stored in the Long Room. Ronan is going to take everything collected down to the Shelter on the 22nd.
All Sunday collections will be for the Christmas Shelter as well.
Dates for December
Sunday 2nd Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by Local Meeting for Business at 12 noon. Items include reports from Elders and Overseers, Resources Committee, Archives and Library as well as Saffron Walden’s annual report. We will also be receiving new nominations for 2019 onwards. All welcome.
Churches Together Advent Carol Service at St Marys, 6:30 pm. It is always well attended with all the local churches participating.
Tuesday 4th Discussion group, for people of faith & none (Christian & No religion, Muslim & Hindu,Sikh & Buddhist, Jewish & Other religions)

‘Festivals of Light’ 6.30 to 7.30/8pm Parish Hall, 2 Castle Street, Saffron Walden.

Wednesday 5th Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am in the Long Room
Sunday 9th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
followed by
Area Meeting at 12.45pm at Stansted Meeting House
Among the other items we will be considering are appointments for the coming year as well as hearing about the commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport. The Meeting will follow a light lunch provided by Stansted Friends. Please let Jane Mitchell or Sue Moloney know if you would like lunch.
Monday 10th Distant Healing group. 10.00 am in the Long Room

Sunday 16th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by
Christmas lunch at 12.00. All are welcome to come, and to bring partners and families and enjoy this occasion for fellowship. It will be a simple lunch of homemade soups with bread and cheese, followed by mince pies and fruit, the idea being that instead of a lavish meal, people will remember those who are destitute and feel moved to donate generously to Quaker Homeless Action for the Christmas Shelter
Sunday 23rd Meeting for Worship 10.30 am No formal Children’s Meeting.

Tuesday 25th Christmas Day There will be a half hour Meeting for Worship on Christmas Day, starting at 10.30am. There is no Children's Meeting on that Day, but children are welcome to join the adult Meeting for Worship.
Topics for Children’s Meeting
2 December Create Christmas Card for Quakers in Bhaktapur, Nepal
9 December Cooking Christmas Shared Lunch Biscuits for next week
16 December Christmas Story & Quaker Homeless Action. Shared Lunch.
23 December – no formal CYPM (4th Sunday)
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.
30 December – no formal CYPM (5th Sunday)
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.

Dates for January
Thursday 10th The next book group is on 10th January at FMH......A Room of my Own by Virginia Woolf.......7.30. 

Saturday 26th We will be holding another Death Cafe at Stansted Meeting House. 11.00 to 12.30. Please contact Gill Parker or Sue Moloney.
We have lost a number of Friends through death over the last few months. Friends might like to think of sharing the issues these have raised with each other.
A date for April!
Saturday 6th at Saffron Walden Meeting House Area Meeting : Workshop on Having Difficult Conversations.

Advance notice of national events:
Please could you attend any of the following for us? Tell Biddy or Gill. The Outreach one will be all age, so children and young Friends are included. The Area or Local Meeting will cover costs of people attending on their behalf. Overseers can help with other costs.
Inclusion and diversity national gathering Friday 18–Sunday 20 th January at Woodbrooke, Birmingham. £145–£220pp. Organised by BYM & Woodbrooke. Learn more and book a place.
Quaker Life All Age Outreach Confererence 2019
15-17 February 2019, High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire
This event is aimed at Quakers who are keen to reach out and help build dynamic welcoming Quaker communities. The event will be truly all age with everyone working creatively together throughout the weekend to share experience, ideas and inspiration.
Some bursary assistance to help with travel may be available.
Elizabeth Scott,, 020 7663 1121

All Are Welcome: Engaging and connecting with families
10.30am 4.00pm, Saturday 2 March 2019, Friends House, London
A day for Friends to come together to share stories and explore what it means to be an all age community.
Online booking form: For more information contact:
Mel Cook,, 020 7663 1014

Friday 22–24 March 2019: QPSW Spring Conference Swanwick Conference Centre, Derbyshire, free.  Organised by Quaker Peace & Social Witness. Save the date!
Other National Quaker Information
Revised leaflet on Confidentiality
Quaker Life has revised the guidance that it offers to meetings and role holders on confidentiality. See the new leaflet enclosed with this mailing. Order copies from the Quaker Centre,, 020 7663 1031
PDF available at
Oliver Waterhouse,, 020 7663 1007

Supporting roles
Patterns and examples: deep roots for strong communities
Gatherings in 2019
Would those serving your meeting benefit from a day of support, training, and spiritual nurture? Patterns and Examples days are gatherings for all adult role holders, and children and young people aged 6 to 18. Each one will be an opportunity to meet Friends, make friends, share ideas and worries, develop your skills and build our Quaker communities.
To book, visit: For more information contact:, 0121 4156 770, 020 7663 1007
One of these is at Friends House, later in the year.

Inclusion and diversity
Inclusion and diversity survey
Yearly Meeting 2017 minuted “a call to examine our diversity” and a diversity and inclusion coordinator was appointed to look at the current makeup of the Quaker community in order to help us to develop in more inclusive ways. The inclusion and diversity survey has been put together to help with this work. Please can you complete the survey. It is completely anonymous and the results will be collated at BYM.
Edwina Peart,, 0207 663 1148 Please complete the survey by 28 March 2019
Why not do it now? It’s very short, Gill

The new Woodbrooke brochure for 2019 is available now. Why not get in early and choose your courses for 2019. Overseers can help with finance.

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

Please let me have items for the January newsletter by the end of December.
Please also let me know if you would prefer not to receive this newsletter.

Wishing you the sort of Christmas best for you

In Friendship and peace
Gill Parker
01799 550692

Trustees Report for 2017
Click for a copy of this report for our Thaxted Area. It will be transferred into your downloads folder.

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