Saffron Walden June 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends
Here is your newsletter for this month.  Nature is burgeoning all around, engaging all our senses, but on a recent visit to a beach, every tide line included pieces of plastic of various types and sizes, hidden in the pebbles and woven into the seaweed, all reminding me of A&Q 42.
 
We do not own the world, and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will.  Show a loving consideration for all creatures and seek to maintain the beauty and variety of the world.  Work to ensure that our increasing power over nature is used responsible, with reverence for life.  Rejoice in the splendour of God’s continuing creation.’
 
Dates for June

 Sunday 3rd Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 followed by
 Local Meeting for Business, 12 noon. Business will include some membership matters;  an update from the Quaker Visibility group; placing of donated triptychs in the Meeting House; Poppy wreaths for Remembrance day and a discussion on Diversity.
 
Tuesday 5th Interfaith group.   ‘What is...The Bible’ talk by Rev. John Goddard 6.30 to 7.30 in ‘Our Lady of Compassion parish Room, 2 Castle Street.  See attached poster.
 
Thursday 7th  1.30 pm.  Our dear Friend Judith Effer’s funeral will be at Barton Woodland Burial ground, starting with the burial. It will be a secular ceremony, although it will be much like a Q funeral in that it will consist of an introduction followed by silence with folk invited to speak if they feel so moved.
There will be food afterwards, provided by caterers
Anyone is welcome to attend, but please could you let Ernest know (unless you gave me your name this morning), preferably today, if you are intending to come, for catering purposes. ernesteffer@waitrose.com or 01799 523010
There will be a Memorial Meeting at some point in the future, date to be decided.
 
Sunday 10th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30.
Area Meeting 12.45 at Bardfield Meeting House after a light lunch provided by Bardfield Friends. Please let Angela Howard know if you would like lunch. 01371 850423 angela1@webbscottage.co.uk
Business will include among other items - an application for membership, experiences of Yearly Meeting, a workshop on mental health in our Meetings and an activity/report from Quaker Life Representative Council.  Attenders are most welcome. Come and experience an Area meeting in one of our older Meeting Houses and meet Friends from the other Meetings.
 
Monday 11th Friends Fellowship of Healing group 10.00am in the Long Room
Sunday 17th Meeting for Worship and Children’s’ meeting 10.30 am.
Followed by   Bring and Share lunch 12.00
 
Saturday 23rd Amnesty Collection in the Town centre
 
Sunday 24th Meeting for Worship 10.30am. No official Children’s Meeting this week.
Parents are welcome to use the facilities in the Long Room
 
Wednesday 27th Experiment with Light group 10.30am. in the Meeting House
 
Thursday 28th Book Group ‘The Beginning of Spring’ by Penelope Fitzgerald.  At Christine Lelliott’s home, 47 Debden Road
 
Saturday 30th Regional Gathering Family Day at the Meeting House. This is an Area Meeting event hosted by our Meeting.
The Theme will be Peace and Education
Please book the date and support the Meeting.  More information on the attachment.
The Gathering is for everyone and begins at 11.00 with Meeting for Worship at 11.00. This will be followed by workshops and fun activities. Bring your own lunch but drinks and later tea will be provided by us.
 
 
Dates for further ahead.
Saturday 7th July  Death Cafe at Harlow meeting House 10.30 for 11.00 start.
See attached poster for more details.
 
Sunday July 22nd July Area Meeting with no agenda at Bardfield Meeting House  A chance to talk and get to know friends across our Area Meeting. Our business meetings are so busy and time to chat over lunch is limited .Bring your own lunch and take time to have prolonged conversations over a walk or just sit in or outside the Meeting House.
 
Saturday 4th August 2pm at the Meeting House Memorial meeting to give thanks for the life of our dear friend Margaret Slee

 
 
Children and Young people
3 June  Looking after hedgehogs
10 June  Re-use, reduce, recycle stories and Green Quakers
 
17 June  Cooking and Shared Lunch
 
24 June - 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
Quaker young peoples’ events: http://www.yqspace.org.uk

www.saffronquakers.org.uk/Young_Friends.html
Children and young people National event
1.        Pilgrimage in 1652 Country
19–22 October 2018, 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.
CYP administrator, cypadmin@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1013

 
Other Information and Events
 
Support peace work
Quaker Peaceworker scheme – Investing in fresh talent in the UK peace movement. The scheme gives a year-long opportunity to work in a peace organisation for two committed individuals. Peaceworkers use their talents to do new and innovative work, which would not otherwise be possible. This year’s applications for the scheme have been
exceptionally high quality. Thanks to a number of generous grants we almost have enough money to employ a third peaceworker – but we are £6,000 short! Can you help us bridge the gap?
We have a Justgiving page for Friends who would like to support this work: http://bit.ly/2INTO3

 
Quaker Week
  Quaker Week 2018
29 September – 7 October 2018
Last month ‘The Young Quaker’ podcast ‘Silence Special’ hit the headlines and gave people a real taste of Quakerism. With appetites whetted, Quaker Week is a chance to invite people to find out more. This year’s theme is ‘Room for More’. A ‘Recipe Book’ full of ideas on how to explore this year’s theme has been sent to your local meeting
– have you found the joke yet?
 
Mental Health
Quaker Mental Health Forum
Saturday, 3 November, 10am to 4pm, The Priory Rooms, Birmingham
Quaker Life works to support meetings experiencing difficulties relating to mental health. We work in partnership with organisations involved in Quaker work on mental health. The Quaker Mental Health Forum is funded by the Retreat Benevolent Fund and the theme this year is ‘Mental Health and Young People’. Quaker Life would like to make this event known about widely in Quaker communities. All area meetings and other Quaker communities are encouraged to send a representative to the day.
Alison Mitchell, alisonmitchellmhdo@theretreatyork.org.uk,
07483 028 490
Book at: www.eventbrite.com/e/quaker-mental-health-forum-mental- health-and-young-people-tickets-4523269019
 
There’s lots of information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. too on these websites
www.woodbrooke.org.uk
www.charneymanor.com
www.claridgehousequaker.org.uk
www.quakercommunity.org.uk
I have attached a PDF of Woodbrooke courses which you may find enticing.
 
The next local newsletter will come out on or around the 27th June.  Please let me know any dates or information you would like me to include.  If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter please contact me.
In Friendship 
 Gill Parker
Please see below for National Quaker Information.

National News
Children and young people
    25–27 July 2018, Gilwell Park Activity Centre, Essex
    Live Adventurously is a fun filled, action packed residential event for 8–11 year olds who are linked to a Quaker meeting and gives children the chance to try all sorts of adventurous activities. There will be fun, games, a chance to make new friends, worship and thinking about what it means to ‘live adventurously’ as a Quaker.
    The cost is £80 per person which includes travel from Friends House,
    all food and activities at the centre.
    Book online at https://forms.quaker.org.uk/2018-cyp-live-adventurously or by contacting cypadmin@quaker.org.uk or 020 7663 1013

    Peace


    1. A guide to taking action to urge the UK government to seek political and diplomatic solutions to the situation in Syria
    We have been receiving emails and calls from Friends asking what
    they can do in response to the launch of airstrikes in Syria.
    We are encouraging Friends to use our ‘A guide to taking action to urge the UK government to seek political and diplomatic solutions to the situation in Syria.’ The guide contains several actions Friends can take and is available at www.quaker.org.uk/our-work/peace.
    Please send Sahdya Darr an email at sahdyad@quaker.org.uk if you write to your MP or MSP.

    Refugee Week
      6–9pm, 23 June, The light, Friends House, London
      An evening of spoken word, music and resistance!
      We live in a society where border controls are expanding at an alarming rate. Whether it’s in hospitals, schools, or on our streets, it is increasingly a dangerous time for people from migrant and refugee communities – or those perceived as being so.
      As part of Refugee Week 2018 (18–24 June), we will be celebrating people’s resistance to these injustices – and creating a space that strengthens our collective capacity to overcome fear and mistrust. Instead, we hope to transform our communities to become beacons of welcome and hospitality.
      For more information about this event, visit our Facebook page:
      https://www.facebook.com/events/161878624525331/ Tickets £5, concessions £3
      For details and booking: www.quaker.org.uk/events/thesewallsmustfall
      Tatiana Garavito, tatianag@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1096

      Find out more about what is going on Nationally by exploring the Quaker website at www.quaker.org.uk
      or find out about Quakers in our area
      www.saffronquakers.org.uk

      Children and young people
      22 and 29 April - no formal CYPM (4th and 5th Sundays)
      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

      6 May

      The Chocolate Brothers – Quaker Cadburys
       
      13 May
      Plants into troughs
       
      20 May
      All Age Meeting – garden theme of stillness and activity
       
      27 May – 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
       
      3 June
      Looking after hedgehogs
       
      10 June
      Re-use, reduce, recycle stories and Green Quakers
       
      17 June
      Cooking and Shared Lunch
       
      24 June - 
      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


      Find out more about what is going on Nationally by visiting www.quaker.org.uk

      If you would be interested in receiving the National Outreach newsletter Quake! please go to:- http://mailchi.mp/e8354308e459/outreach-january-2018?e=83ca95fc5f

      There’s lots of information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. too on these websites
      www.woodbrooke.org.uk
      www.charneymanor.com
      www.claridgehousequaker.org.uk
      www.quakercommunity.org.uk

      Other National News

      1. Live Adventurously: A residential event for 8-11 year olds
      25–27 July 2018, Gilwell Park Activity Centre, Essex
      This event gives participants the chance to try all sorts of adventurous activities. There will be fun, games, a chance to make new friends, worship and thinking about what it means to ‘live adventurously’ as a Quaker. The cost is £80 per person which includes travel from Friends House, all food and activities.
      Mel Cook: melaniec@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1014



      Peace: opportunities for action
      1. Nobel Peace Prize nominations requested for 2019
      Closing date for nominations to Friends House is 13 July 2018
      In 1947 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Quakers worldwide for the work they had done, particularly relief work, between the two world wars and after World War II. Friends and meetings in Britain Yearly Meeting can provide nominations for the 2019 prize.
      Please see the website for the criteria and contact information. Helen Bradford, helenb@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1071 www.quakernobel.org
      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.
      www.quaker.org.uk/jobopportunities/jobs
      1. Seeking Ecumenical Accompaniers human rights monitors
      We are recruiting Ecumenical Accompaniers 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: www.quaker.org.uk/applyeappi

      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 www.quaker.org.uk/climatejustice, 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, chrisw@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1047

        Ecumenical

        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, marigoldb@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1060

        Accessibility
        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, alanjohnson1@blueyonder.co.uk 0121 476 0217, www.talkingfriends.org.uk
        As usual there’s lots of information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. on these websites
        www.woodbrooke.org.uk
        www.charneymanor.com
        www.claridgehousequaker.org.uk
        www.quakercommunity.org.uk
        Don’t forget to check out our national website too www.quaker.org.uk to find out more about national goings on.
        If you would be interested in receiving the National Outreach newsletter
        Quake! please go to:-
        http://mailchi.mp/e8354308e459/outreach-january-2018?e=83ca95fc5f


        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