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Follow the Quakers from Yealand on their ride for Equality. Setting off on 22 July and coming through Harpenden. To be continued...Margaret Fell was a woman well ahead of her time and a force to be reckoned with. So it is very fitting that we look to undertake a Ride for Equality in the footsteps of a woman whose life’s work was to strive for equality for all.

She was an amazing supporter of women’s rights and indeed the rights of all humans. She had such strength of conviction and it was this powerful faith that we continue to applaud today.

In the spirit of awareness and pride of the actions of those who have gone before us, placing themselves at great risk to demand the freedoms we enjoy today, such as the suffragettes, we mark out the work of Margaret Fell; a woman of great substance and one who modern day Quakers proudly uphold as the mother of Quakerism.

And perhaps, if you find yourself in the Yealand area on the evening of the 22nd July (the first day of the Ride) you might like to attend a talk from fellow Quaker, Chris Bullard, who is very knowledgeable on the subject of Margaret Fell. We hope that further talks from Chris will be scheduled along the journey.

We would just like to share with you a couple remarkable facts about this woman (that have been provided by Chris Bullard).

• On ten occasions between 1660 and 1698, Margaret Fell travelled from Swarthmoor Hall, (now in Cumbria) to London and back a journey of 500 miles. The last time was
when she was 84 years old.

• 1666 Margaret Fell wrote a book entitled “Women's Speaking Justified” described by Elsa F. Glines in her book Undaunted Zeal - The Letters of Margaret Fell as ‘a plea
for spiritual equality between men and women, her most important book to today’s readers.

• In February 1664, Margaret Fell was arrested and committed to prison at Lancaster for having a meeting at her house. She refused to promise to cease to have
meetings at her home so they asked her to swear the oath of allegiance which she refused.

The judge then pronounced the sentence of praemunire, placing her outside the king’s protection and involving forfeiture of all her estate, real and personal, to the
king, and life imprisonment. On hearing the sentence, she made the response, ‘Although I am out of the King’s protection I am not out of the protection of the
almighty God’. Margaret Fell’s imprisonment did not end until four years later in June 1668. She was imprisoned for a further year in 1670 -1.

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Under a month - Just 24 days left before the Ride begins!

22nd July – 4th August

A group of Quakers has decided to literally “get on their bikes” (or on alternative transport: mobility scooters as well as buses and trains) to make their way to Downing Street and “speak truth to power”.

They are following in the footsteps of a founder member of the Quakers, Margaret Fell, who in the spring of 1660, in a spirit of non-violence, rode on horseback from Swarthmoor Hall, in Cumbria, to London. She did so with a declaration to appeal to King Charles II to end the persecution and suffering of Quakers who at that time stood ‘outside the protection’ of the State.

Nearly 360 years later, and in the year that the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary, today’s Quakers are travelling about 360 miles over 12 days, hoping to highlight the plight of the many in today's society who are not receiving the protection they deserve.

They will start at Margaret Fell’s Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria and travel down to London, supported along the way by fellow Quakers. Ride For Equality will present a Declaration to Downing Street, written in the style of Margaret Fell, along with compelling evidence supporting and validating their concern. They are appealing to the government:

• to end the dismantling of the welfare state and the suffering of those adversely affected by the changes

• to renew the welfare state ensuring a safety net for us all

• to commit themselves to act for equality and the Common Good.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks leading up to the Ride.

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