Saffron Walden November 2019
A&Q 41. Try to live simply. A simple lifestyle freely chosen is a source of strength. Do not be persuaded into buying what you do not need or cannot afford. Do you keep yourself informed about the effects your style of living is having on the global economy and environment?
Dates for November
Sunday 3
rd Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Monday 4
th Book Club, 11am in the Waitrose Cafe. The book to be discussed is still ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernieres
Wednesday 6th Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am. in the Long Room
Saturday 9th Experiment with Light group at Stansted 10.30 till 12.00. Please note this group will meet every month from now on.
Sunday 10th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Remembrance Sunday. A group of us will be laying a White poppy wreath at the war memorial. Please let me, or Biddy know if you would like to join in the group attending the ceremony.
Monday 11th Distant Healing group. 10.00 am in the Long Room
Sunday 17th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by Bring and Share lunch. Come and share a meal with other Friends.
Wednesday 20
th, Bible Study group, 7.30 at 15 Borough Lane. The group will be looking at the later chapters of Genesis
Sunday 24th Meeting for Worship 10.30 am No organised Children’s Meeting this Sunday, Parents and children are welcome to use the Long Room.
This will be followed by
Local Meeting for Business. Please stay if can and support the business side of our Meeting.
Thursday 28
th Meeting for Worship of Friends in Christ at 3.30 in the Catholic Church Hall.
Quaker Open Christmas
Please start saving suitable warm clothing to be sent to London at Christmas.
Singing Together
If you would like to join in an informal sing in with Joanna Eden, please let her know.

Collections for this month
November 3rd Quaker Council for European Affairs
November 10th Quaker Service Belfast
November 17th Money for Madagascar
November 24th 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 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.

        Children and Young People
        Sunday mornings at 10.30 am. The children go into the adult Meeting for 10 minutes at the beginning, then have their own Children’s Meeting
        3 Nov - Continuing Underwater Craft for Display Board

        10 Nov - Quakers Peace Testimony, white poppy and Celebrating Difference/Inclusivity Dance video

        17 Nov - Cooking, Shared Lunch

        24 Nov - No formal CYPM but room open for adult and children families

        Other local dates and events

        Street Pastor prayer group

        Every Friday evening from 8pm Come and go as you please. In the Community Church lounge. See the fliers at the end of this newsletter for more details

        Can you help?
        Peter Riding of SW Initiative writes:
        Dear Initiative Member
         With the help of many volunteers, Saffron Walden Town Council is hoping to plant around 3,000 shrubs and trees this autumn. The planting will take place on Town Council owned land at Catons Lane and the Anglo-American Playing Fields as well as the sports pitches at Crabtrees and Herbert’s Farm. If the delivery of the plants takes place as planned then the planting day will be Saturday 30 November, probably starting late morning.
        If you would like to help then please email saying which area or areas would suit you best. This way the Town Council can confirm the date and start time once the plants have been delivered.
        Peter Riding
        01799 502355

        Other Environmental Ideas
        Have you visited the eco stall on the Tuesday market? Some useful items there to help the environment.
        Oxfam has eco stuff too. Why not try their
        ‘Panda’ Bamboo loo rolls for instance.
        Have you joined the SWACC (Saffron Walden Against Climate Change) yet?
        Lots of exciting things suggested there.
        Here are some of the petitions etc we are being encouraged to sign.
        Petitions/Letters you may wish to sign

           Good articles/books/programs to read/watch



              17–19 Jan 2020, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
              The Diversity and Inclusion Gathering will build on the 2019 event and prepare Friends for Yearly Meeting Gathering 2020. Participants
              need to be familiar with the issues and come prepared to participate in
              worshipful reflection.
              0121 472 5171,
                20–22 March 2020, The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire
                Keynote speakers will be Esther Leighton and Sam Donaldson. We will also hear about QPSW work on Climate justice, learning from peace activists in East Africa and work in Israel/Palestine.
                Please consider attending this conference for us. Contact your clerk or me.
      , 020 7663 1142

                  Sunday 2 Friday 8 August at Yearly Meeting Gathering in Bath
                  Is there a young person in your family or that you know who would benefit from this? Please contact Clare Yerbury.
                  Deadline for nominations 10 March, 2020
                  JYM at YMG is an important opportunity for young people. Whether they are involved in Quaker activities or loosely connected, it has the potential to be of enormous benefit. It is often a formative event for their Quaker identity.
                  We have written to Area Meeting Clerks with information about nominations for next year’s Junior Yearly Meeting.
                  Alex Zawadzka, tel: 020 7663 1013 email:

                  Support for meetings
                    This is a new report, based on conversations with Friends who have lived experience of mental health problems. It offers insights into the experience and into how meetings respond and what helps or doesn’t. It asks the question: what is our Quaker ministry on mental health?
                    Would you be interested in this report or interested in mental health? Would you be able to help the meeting to reflect – and to take action?
                    Alison Mitchell,, 07483 028490
                    Economic justice
                      The Quaker Land Value Tax Group has produced the enclosed publicationTowards equality: the hidden role of land’, with help from a QPSW grant. The group came out of Friends’ discussions and training around the new economy, and is open to anyone who would like to help take this work forward.
                      For more information, or to get involved with the group’s work, please contact Jocelyn Gaskell,


                        Awards of up to £5,000 and pastoral support available from the Quaker Peace Studies Trust for students who are studying Peace Studies. The awards provide support for Quakers and Attenders registered for a degree in peace studies at any university in England and Wales who can demonstrate a commitment to the Religious Society of Friends in any country. Applicants need to show some involvement with Friends, and membership of the Society or attendance at Meeting for Worship are not essential. The Awardee will be asked to report periodically to QPST and to maintain contact with a Local Meeting so that the outcomes of their study can be propagated to a wider audience. Apply by 1 April.
                        Christy Bischoff,


                          10am–4pm, 25 January 2020, Friends House, London
                          Singing is a wonderful way of bringing your Quaker community together.
                          Join Leonora Davies and Elena Browne for a day at Friends House as we explore how to use singing in children’s meeting, all age worship and beyond.
                          This is an event for all ages. Those under 18 will need to come with an adult who will be responsible for them during the day. The cost is £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s. A packed lunch will be provided.
                          Please see flyer in the Meeting House or the website events page for
                          details of how to book:
                          For more information please contact
                          Mel Cook, 020 7663 1014,
                          Government inquiry
                            The government is reviewing Prevent – the way in which it tries to stop people getting involved in terrorism. It has issued a call for evidence, which is open until 9 December. BYM will be responding but we would also encourage you to respond as individuals if you have evidence and experience related to Prevent.
                            You can find out more at independent-review-of-prevent. Please contact if you have any queries about BYM’s response.

                            Final event booking reminders
                              Saturday 7 December 2019, Friends House, London
                              Booking deadline: Sunday 17 November, 2019
                              We have written to AM Clerks with a *final* reminder that for young
                              people to attend the Participation Day they need to be booked on. For young Quakers (14-18 years old) who are interested in a day held
                              alongside Meeting for Sufferings, seeking their views on issues of
                              concern to them and also to Quakers in Britain.
                              Each area meeting can book places for two young people born between 1.9.2001 and 31.8.2005, inclusive (aged 14-18).
                              Alex Zawadzka, 020 7663 1013,
                              Please let me or Clare Yerbury know if anyone in your family is interested.

                              I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter and are busy thinking about all the things you can be involved in. Information and dates etc for the December newsletter need to be with me by the 25th November if they are to be included
                              Please also let me know if you would prefer not to receive this newsletter.

                              In Friendship and in Peace
                              Gill Parker
                              01799 550692

                              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