Saffron Walden Newsletter February 2020
‘Trouble of soul can teach us things that raptures never could – not only patience and perseverance, but humility and sympathy with others.’
Quaker Faith and Practice 21.12
Dates for February
Sunday 2nd Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Wed 5
th Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am. in the Long Room
Saturday 8th Experiment with Light group at Stansted 10.30 till 12.00.
Sunday 9th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Monday 10
th Distant Healing group. 10.00 am
Sunday 16
th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by Bring and Share Lunch Come and share a meal with other Friends.
Sunday 23rd Meeting for Worship 10.30 am. No organised Children’s Meeting this Sunday, Parents and children are welcome to use the Long Room.
Thursday 27th Meeting for Worship of Friends in Christ at 3.30 in the Catholic Church Hall.
Dates for March
Thursday 5th Bible Study Group 2.30pm, at David Oelman’s home, 15 Borough Lane when the group will be looking at Genesis 24.
Sunday 8th Area Meeting 12.45 at Dunmow Meeting House


Special Notice about the Area Meeting Clerking Team
Margaret Somerville from Dunmow Meeting is now the person who will deal with any correspondence about AM matters. 01376 551931
The other co clerks are
Jonathan Morrell, Stansted Meeting 01279 653612 and myself Gill Parker 01799 550692
Thank you for reading this newsletter. Please send any information for the March one by
Tuesday 25th February. In Friendship Gill
Collections for February
Sunday 2nd Campaign Against the Arms Trade
Sunday 9
th The Retreat
Sunday 16th Quaker Housing Trust
Sunday 23rd Central Work

Don’t forget to sign up for the coffee and flower rotas
Contact details for organisers of regular groups

Woodbrooke courses and other courses to book
There are lots of stimulating and useful courses to enjoy. Woodbrooke brochures are now in the Meeting House. Use them to choose your course or book online
Overseers can help with finance. Woodbrooke gives a £50 discount for first timers as well.

Sustainability and Climate Emergency
Have you joined the local group Saffron Walden Against Climate Change ( SWACC) yet? Here’s the link
There will be a Climate Strike for Solutions outside the Town Hall on Friday 14th 12.30 for a 1.30 pm start. ‘SWACC’ says:-
The young people of Uttlesford are taking climate action! They are organising this 'Strike for Solutions' as part of the Student Climate Strike's happening all over the UK on the 14th Feb. SWACC along with other local groups are supporting them. There will be student speakers followed by a march through town and up to the Uttlesford District Council offices. This is a positive 'Strike for Solutions' so please make placards and banners illustrating the exciting ways we can solve this crisis. We have been blown away by the organisation and determination of the students involved. They made it clear that an afternoon strike means missing fewer classes and that we must march on the pavement to avoid traffic chaos being the only focus of the day. Join in on Friday 14th to support the young people’s right to a future.

Children and Young People

2 February Trial Sewing Machine OR Communication and Games
9 February Pansies into Troughs
16 February Cooking, shared lunch
23 February – 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
Children and young people national events

1. Young People’s Event: 2020 Vision fi hope in hard times
6–8 March, 2020 Dunfield House, Herefordshire
weekend of community building and exploration for young people aged 13–17. Cost £125. Bursary help available.
To book:
Aleks Zawadzka,, 0207 663 1013

Woodbrooke Family Weekend
21–23 February 2020, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
family weekend will use the P4C (Philosophy for Communities) methodology to explore and think about some big questions on belief, values and ethics creating a positive and fun environment for deep discussion within intergenerational groups. Aleks Zawadzka,, 0207 663 1013

The Young Quakers Calendar 2020
Have a look at the Young Quaker Calendat displayed in the Meeting House foyer. The calendar provides information about events
place and resources available in 2020 for young Quakers aged 11 and above.
You can view the calendar online. Visit and click on the Young Quakers Calendar link. National News and Events
Reminder A
Invitation to Sustainability Online Conference with Friends worldwide
Saturday 22 February 2020, 8am–11am
Join Friends around the world in FWCC’s Online Sustainability Conference in order to gather the collective Quaker voice on sustainability. There will be time for worship sharing.
Register on the eventbrite link
For further information: Faith Biddle,, 020 7663 1198

Young Adults
YFGM Gathering in York
21–23 February 2020, Friargate Meeting House, York
These weekends are open to anyone aged between 18 and 30ish who is a Quaker, or Quaker-curious. They are a chance to meet like-minded people and find out more about, and influence, what Young Adult Friends do. At February’s gathering we will be having a
workshop from Turning the Tide about activism and healing. Our guest speaker is Edwina Peart, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Britain Yearly Meeting. There will also be plenty of time for socialising and enjoying the city. Bursaries available.
Please email for further information.
You can also follow us on Twitter (@YFGM_UK), Facebook (yfgm
coordinator) or Instagram (youngfriendsgeneralmeeting).
If you have a young adult who has just gone to university, please tell them about this.


Finding out about Quakers 2020
April, October and November 2020
Could this be for you?
Quaker Quest runs events each spring and autumn for those wanting to find out more about Quakers. Some are for those new to Quakers, others are for those considering membership or deeper involvement. These reflective, informative, guided weekends take place at Charney Manor in Oxfordshire and Swarthmoor Hall in Cumbria.
See flyer or ask Biddy for dates and contact details of venues.

Nonviolence and peacemaking
Inspiring Nonviolence Online Course 2020
24 Feb 5 April 2020
Turning the Tide GB and Woodbrooke Quaker Learning Centre are working in partnership to facilitate an online course called ‘Inspiring Nonviolence’. Whether you are an experienced activist wanting some space to reflect or you’re wondering about how to make a difference – you are very welcome to participate. For information and to book go to

Major conference on Christian and spiritual peacemaking
Saturday 25 April 2020, Maria Fidelis Catholic School, London
Network of Christian Peace Organisations, of which Quaker Peace and Social Witness is an active member, is holding a major conference on Christian and spiritual peacemaking. The conference, whose provisional title is “Prophets and Reconcilers”, will take place on Saturday 25 April at the Maria Fidelis Catholic School in London. We are encouraging local and area meetings to send delegations to the conference to take part and help make it a success.
Daniel Jakopovich,
Would you like to go for us.? Please tell Biddy or myself.

Have your say
BYM survey: election support for Quakers
BYM is asking for your views on the resources it provided during the December 2019 election and what support you’d like to help you engage with politics in the future.
If you have any questions, please contact
but most of all please fill in the survey!

Adult Education grants for 2020–2021 academic year
Adult Education grants for 2020–2021 are available for members and attenders taking a further or higher education course to equip themselves to serve society and/or Quakers in Britain. To apply you should be a mature student or graduate, either in membership of Britain Yearly Meeting or an attender of at least five years. You should be in need of financial support to take the course and the course should be offered at a reputable institution within the UK. Applications close 30 April 2020. Contact: