Saffron Walden October 2018 Newsletter
It’s Quaker Week 29th September to 7th October
‘Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.’
George Fox 1656

Trustees Report for 2017

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

September Saturday 29th Cake, Produce and Quaker Information stall outside Boots. 10.00 am to 12 noon.
Please bring your goodies to the long Room upstairs in the Meeting House on Friday. Clare and I will price them late afternoon or you can bring them to the stall. Please tell Clare or Karl if you can help on the stall.

Friday 5
th October Paul Parker will be talking on ‘Still Space for God?’ 7.30pm. in the Meeting House.
Click for Poster
Please bring your non- Quaker friends along so they can find out what we are about. One to one is the best way to get people to come.
There is also a flier attached to this newsletter. Paper copies and posters are in the Meeting House. Come and take some and publicise the event.

Sunday 7
th October. It’s World Quaker Day. Why not do some research and find out about Quakers worldwide?

Click on to get on your way.

Other Dates for October

Tuesday 2nd October Interfaith Group 6:30pm – 7:30/8pm, ‘Our Lady of Compassion’ Parish Hall, 2 Castle Street, Saffron Walden. ‘What is God calling me to?’ by Rev’d Alex Jeewan, Team Vicar, Cam Valley Churches
Wednesday 3rd Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am in the Long Room
Sunday 7th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am

Monday 8th 10.00 am Distant Healing group. 10.30 in the Long Room
Sunday 14th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Wednesday 17th UNA lecture ‘ The successes and Failures of the UN.’ Dr Luke Cooper, Senior lecture, Social science, Anglia Ruskin University. 7.30 pm at SWCH, Saffron Screen hall Free Admission
The whole calendar of events on the
Theme ‘Striving for peace’ 1918 -2018 – 100 years on is on the main noticeboard in the Meeting House.

Sunday 21st Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by Bring and Share Lunch. Bring some food and come and get to know each other better over lunch.
Sunday 28th Meeting for Worship, no arranged children’s meeting this week.

Collections for the coming month
Oct 7th Friends Housing Bursary
Oct 14
th Quaker Bolivia Link
Oct 21
st Friends Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
Oct 28
th Central Work

Children and Young People
7 October White Poppy-Making workshop. World Quaker Day.
14 October Continue with White Poppies
21 October Cooking or Trough planting. Shared Lunch.
28 October – 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.
4 November To be announced 
Young Friends General Meeting
    Young Friends General Meeting (YFGM) have designed postcards for outreach! We want to help young adult Quakers learn about the YFGM community and welcome them to our gatherings that take place three times a year.
    If you would like to order postcards for your meeting, please email the
    YFGM Coordinator:
    Faith Biddle,, 020 7663 1050

    Children and young people
      A core aspect of most Religious Education (RE) curriculums involves finding out about faith communities and religious buildings. As a result, local schools often want to visit Quaker meeting houses to find out about our worship, our history and our way of life, as well as explore our place of worship. This can be an ideal opportunity for outreach and to make connections with the local community.
      A new resource has been created – Engaging with schools – to support Friends and Quaker meetings working with schools and other groups of children and young people visiting the meeting house.
      To order a printed copy:, 020 7663 1013

      Reminders to book
      Quaker Activist Gathering 2018
      Saturday 3 November, 10am to 4pm, Lancaster Quaker Meeting House
      It will be a day to make connections, build common cause, and deepen our action.
      More info and book:
      Quaker Mental Health Forum Young people and mental health Saturday 3 November, 10am to 4pm, The Priory Rooms, Birmingham Book at:
      Contact: Alison Mitchell,, 07483 028 490
      Quaker Youth Work Conference
      Saturday 10 November, 10.30am to 4.30pm, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
      A conference for those running events for young Quakers aged 11+.
      Book by 28 October at Info: Lucy Sam,, 0207 663 1160

      Conferences, events and courses
        22–24 March 2019, Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
        The QPSW Spring Conference will be held in March 2019. The conference is an ideal way for new Friends and attenders to find out about the work QPSW does on behalf of Friends and how they can get involved. Staff from various programmes of work will be present and are happy to talk to Friends outside the workshop and plenary sessions to answer questions. Come and share your stories!
        Please let Biddy or myself know if you would like to go. Your expenses will be paid as you will be representing our Area Meeting.

          Book now for Trustees and Treasurers Conference 2019 29–31 March 2019, The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire ‘Better practice’ is the theme for the first joint conference for trustees
          and treasurers. How can we make our meetings run better, keeping
          them grounded in our faith while meeting our legal obligations? See flyer for further details. There will be time to network and discuss matters of direct relevance to you and your meeting. Area meetings are encouraged to send the treasurer and a trustee.
          Andrew McVicar,, 020 7663 1119

            Would you like to attend this event as a representative of our Area Meeting?
            Please tell me ( Gill Parker) if you can go for us
            8–10 March 2019, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
            Ecumenical and interfaith work can bring moments of breakthrough and challenges. We will explore the spiritual depth in such moments.
            What helps moments of openness and insight? How do we face and deal with barriers of substantial difference? We will bring such reflections together with examples of practical work on the ground, making use of current Quaker interfaith and ecumenical activity.
            For those nominated, please book online at

            Climate justice
              Events: last Friday of each month, nr Blackpool & 1 December, Manchester
              This year Britain Yearly Meeting and Quakers around the country are busy in witness for climate justice. There are several opportunities to get involved coming up, including faithful witness against fracking near Blackpool, training in Manchester, and things to do from your desk at home.
              Please ask Biddy or John for further details or contact: Ben Foley,, 020 7663 1050

              I will be preparing the next newsletter on Tuesday October 30th. Please let me have any notices you would like included by then. Thanks.
              In Friendship Gill (
     or 01799 550692)

              National News and Events

              If you’re in London...
              Sara Barnard in conversation for Quaker Week
              Join us on 2 October at the Quaker Centre Bookshop from 6.30pm where author Sara Barnard will talk about how her Quaker faith inspires her work. For more information or for those outside London, please visit

              Gatherings and conference

                A diversity and inclusion national gathering

                18–20 January 2019, Woodbrooke
                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, offering keynote speeches, workshops, opportunities for informal discussion and all-age worship, all as discreet standalone sessions. We will explore diversity in a variety of forms, including race and ethnicity, class, age, sexuality and gender, in an intersectional way. Prepare to be challenged and inspired.
      , 0207 663 1148

                  10am-4.30pm, 3 November 2018, Lancaster Quaker Meeting House
                  An action-focused day for Quakers who identify as activists, framed in worship. It will be a day to build common cause, explore the Quaker aspect of our actions, and discover how we can work more effectively.
                  Meet other Quakers, learn how Quaker Peace & Social Witness staff can support your activism, and develop your skills.
                  Book here: Ben Foley,, 020 7663 1056
                    10.30am–4.30pm, 3 November 2018, Friends House, London
                    This conference will bring together a range of excellent speakers on this important topic and will end with a ‘What do we do next?’ session to discuss some practical action points. Places are limited and the conference will be open to the public, so please apply soon.
                    Book at: or
                    Q-CAT 79 Wellington Road, New Brighton, CH45 2NE

                    Economic Justice
                      End Hunger week will be 13–20 October 2018. As part of it there is a petition calling on the Prime Minister to fix notices, ask Universal Credit, so as to prevent people going hungry in this country. Individual Quakers are asked to sign the petition. There are further action ideas and sources of information provided.
                      Ben Foley,, 020 7663 1056

                      Children and young people
                        Friday 19 Sunday 21 October 2018, Woodbrooke
                        An invigorating event for 15- to 21-year-olds. Participants will develop confidence, understanding and skills alongside considering how to engage with Quaker aspects of facilitation.
                        There are still spaces available. Closing date 7 October. Cat Waithaka,, 020 7663 1011
                          19–22 October, Yealand, Lancaster
                          The Quaker Pilgrimage for 12- to 15-year-olds provides an opportunity for young Quakers to follow in the footsteps of George Fox and other early Quakers alongside their peers. We will be visiting sites such as Pendle Hill, Firbank Fell, and Swarthmoor Hall. There will also be time for worship, games, activities and reflection on the day’s experiences.
                          For more information:, 020 7663 1013

                          A date for your diaries – Would you be interested in attending this for us?
                          All-age outreach conference
                          15–17 February, High Leigh
                          An invitation to AMs and Quaker Recognised Bodies to appoint those active in all forms of outreach to attend the all-age conference in February. This could be individuals or families involved in Quaker outreach in any form.
                          Kristin Skarsholt is available for questions at

                          Other National Information
                          Interfaith and interchurch
                          Would you be interested in going to this conference on our behalf? Please tell your clerk or myself

                            Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations & Woodbrooke Joint Conference
                            8–10 March, 2019
                            QCCIR ask AM nominations to appoint to this conference which will explore themes relating to Quaker engagement with ecumenical and interfaith matters and Friends’ relationships with other Christian Churches and faith groups. The focus for the weekend is being planned by QCCIR and Woodbrooke staff. More details will be
                            available at and the full brochure available in the autumn. Names of nominated Friends should be sent to:
                            Graham Spackman, Tutors: Members of QCCIR with Timothy Ashworth

                            Workshop and conference
                            1. Faith in the media
                            10.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday 1 September, Friends House, London
                            A one-day workshop to learn to use the media and social media to share Quaker faith in action. Sharpen skills in social media to attract new Friends to your meeting. Find out what journalists need from you.
                            With Jon Martin (outreach marketing officer) and Anne van Staveren (media officer) for BYM.
                            Anne van Staveren,, 07958 009703

                            Exploring Quaker Chaplaincy, it may be for you!
                            7–9 September 2018, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
                            This may be for you! Whether you are considering or starting Quaker chaplaincy work or you have years of experience, at this weekend you will be able to reflect on your work, share your experiences, ideas and insights, and come away refreshed.
                            Are you considering becoming a Quaker chaplain in hospital, prison, school or university or in any other work or community setting? Come to discover ways to develop your chaplaincy role and an opportunity for sharing, supporting and developing your ministry.
                            Book with Woodbrooke:
                            For more information about Quaker chaplaincy:
                            Marleen Schepers,, 020 7663 1143

                              By 1 September
                              Central Nominations Committee is looking for Friends to serve on the committee which will rewrite the Book of Discipline (Quaker Faith

                              & Practice). We do not want to miss Friends across Britain who are not known to us. They could be younger, less confident Friends. Or a stalwart member of your meeting who would never presume to put

                              their name forwards. In all cases they will be well grounded Quakers, with a deep understanding of Quakerism.
                              We ask you to put the names of those Friends forward. You can do this as an individual Friend or as a meeting.
                              Please email with the Friend’s name and their AM or worship group.
                              You can also fill in the form at:

                              Find out more about what is going on Nationally by exploring the Quaker website at
                              or find out about Quakers in our area

                              Peace: opportunities for action

                              1. Recruiting for 2 QPSW UK based peaceworkers
                              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.
                              1. Seeking Ecumenical Accompanier's human rights monitors
                              We are recruiting Ecumenical Accompanier's 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


                                1. Churches Together in England 2018
                                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

                                1. Talking Friends
                                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