Saffron Walden August 2019 Newsletter

‘In silence that is active, the Inner Light begins to glow – a tiny spark. For the flame to be kindled and to grow, subtle argument and the clamour of our emotions must be stilled. It is by an attention full of love that we enable the Inner Light to blaze and illuminate our dwelling and to make of our whole being a source from which this Light may shine out.’
Extract from QF&P 2.12, Pierre Lacout 1969
Dates for August
Sunday 4
th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
ALSO and N.B
Jordans Monthly Meeting Camp will be holding their summer camp near Royston in August and will be bringing some campers to our Meeting on Sunday 4 August.They are a mixed age camp so there will be some children
Judith Charlton has also written to invite our Meeting members and attenders to visit them at their summer camp, at 3.30pm that afternoon, There will be refreshments and cake. 'Come and meet our campers and, hopefully, also some members from Jesus Lane Meeting'. They would find it helpful to have numbers, but Judith says 'otherwise, just turn up' Contact Judith at
Directions to the camp below:
Wednesday 7th Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am. in the Long Room
Sunday 11th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Monday 12th Distant Healing group. 10.00 am in the Long Room
Sunday 18th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by Bring and Share lunch. Why not stay and get to know other Friends better?
Sunday 25th Meeting for Worship 10.30 am No organised Children’s Meeting this Sunday, Parents and children are welcome to use the Long Room
Daphne Saunders a trustee of Friends House Moscow British Committee will be coming to talk to us about the work done by Friends House Moscow and ask for our help in supporting two important new projects. There will probably be an extra shared lunch.
Thursday 29th Meeting for Worship of Friends in Christ at 3.30 in the Catholic Church Hall.

There are no meetings of the Bible study group or Book group during July or August. They start again in September.
Collections for August
August 4th Quaker Concern Against Torture
August 11th Friends’ Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
August 18th Quaker Tapestry
August 25th Central Work
Directions to Jordans camp, see August 4th

Directions to The Glebe 2019 site -  1/2 mile north of Chrishall
Do not use the postcode for Glebe Farm this will take you to the wrong place
From A505 Eastbound                   Take the right hand turn AFTER Heydon Grange Golf Club Turning
                                                                Turn right at the T Junction 1.2 miles after leaving the A505
                                                                (Opposite the gate which is the entrance to previous site)
You will arrive at "The Glebe" after a further 1.4 miles just after the road bears left. The track will be on your left.
There is a sign at the gate
From A505 Westbound (Exit M11 at JCT 10 Towards Royston)
Pass Imperial War Museum
After 2 miles take left turn towards   Chrishall Grange/Chrishall.
Stay on this road for 2.5 miles (passing the gate to old site on your left after 1 mile)
After the road bears left you will see a sign for The Glebe on your left - turn in here.
From the village of Chrishall (SG8 8QJ)
Leave the village travelling north towards Elmdon with the Methodist Church on your left.
At the first signpost take the route to Elmdon/Saffron Walden.
At the second signpost continue on the road marked for Chrishall Grange
(ignoring the right turn to  Elmdon/ Saffron Walden)
After the sharp left bend, the entrance to The Glebe is the next gateway on your right (350 metres)

Some Dates for early September
Sunday 1
st Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Followed by Local Meeting for Business
Tuesday 3rd Interfaith group 6:30pm – 7:30/8pm
Parish Hall2 Castle StreetSaffron Walden.

'Sharing the Christian Faith in Schools' by Nicola Williamson (Team Leader - Stort Valley Schools Trust)

Inter-Faith Groups for Essex, London Herts, Cambs & Suffolk (see Facebook) Shawn 07902 213 503

Please let Shawn know if you will attend.

Wednesday 4th Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am. in the Long Room
Thursday 5th The next Book Group meeting is at 7.30 pm. in the Long Room.
The book is called 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundath Roy.

Sunday 8th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Followed by a light lunch and
Area Meeting which will start at 12.45.
During the Area Meeting we will be having a talk and Q&A session about Glebe House, Friends Therapeutic Community Trust given by their Chief Executive Peter Clarke
Don’t forget to sign up for the coffee and flower rotas
Contact details for organisers of regular groups

        Don’t forget, there’s lots of information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. on all these websites
        Overseers can help with finance. Woodbrooke gives a £50 discount for first timers as well.

        Please let me have any information for the September newsletter by August 26
        Please also let me know if you would prefer not to receive this newsletter.

        In Friendship and in Peace
        Gill Parker
        01799 550692

        Children and Young People
        4 Aug
        Summer hols crafts, games, books
        11 Aug
        Summer hols crafts, games, books
        18 Aug
        Summer hols crafts, games, books. Shared Lunch.
        25 Aug - no formal CYPM (4th Sunday )
        A new or visitor family can be welcomed by a designated member of Meeting and introduced to the Long Room Resources and CYPM contact information.
        1 Sept To be announced.
        See also the National Events section below.

        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