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What Love Requires

Westminster Magistrates court fined Berkhamsted Quaker, Sue Hampton,  £105 on Monday 28 October.

Sue had been arrested at the Extinction Rebellion at Trafalgar Square where she had taken the brave decision to glue her hand to a wooden tower. Risking her health, Sue remained glued for 21 hours, until she was arrested.

 

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People Not Borders – a local charity for refugee support

I am me picture book - quilted heart and wordsFront cover of Sue Hampton’s ‘I Am Me’, a picture book sold to support young refugees, illustrated by Hemel Hempstead artist, Paula Watkins.Our charity for May and June will be People Not Borders, one of whose Trustees, Sue Hampton of Berkhamsted Quaker meeting, will address the meeting briefly on 19th May to inform us about the charity’s work. Find out more about the latest appeals for support for refugees. https://www.peoplenotborders.org/appeals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hope for Children – a local charity with global reach

A group of children from Nepal

Hope for Children is working in 9 countries to ensure that children get the childhoods they deserve by focusing on education, health and empowering their families.

We have raised £55 for Hope for Children, our charity for March and April. Our Friend, Bob Parsons has thanked us on behalf of Hope for Children.

This money will go towards a centre for disabled children in Sri Lanka.

Read about how Hemel Hempstead Quaker Dr Bob Parsons OBE, founded Hope for Children

https://www.hope-for-children.org/history-hope-children

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Ian Kelleher – Classical Guitar Recital – Sunday May 19

SUNDAY MAY 19TH: 2.30pm

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Johann S Bach

Leo Brower

Astor Piazzolla

Yuqijiro Yocoh

+ many others

Come and enjoy the peacefulness of the Friends Meeting House and garden. In preparation for the week ahead allow the music of the guitar of the past and present to lift your spirits. Returning after last year’s successful Tercentenary concert Ian Kelleher invites us to hear a selection from his extended repertoire of pieces from around the world.

Ian Kelleher`s formal guitar study culminated with the completion of the prestigious Advanced Solo Studies Course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama way back in 1990! Since then he has developed his passion for teaching and continued to pursue his performing interests in both solo and ensemble playing.

He has enriched his musical understanding with travel and two Masters Degrees. Ian’s recent project is running the Great Dunmow Guitar Club to help players develop their performance skills and to promote the guitar and its music. He currently teaches in Essex and Hertfordshire.

Ian recorded his first CD “Imagens” with guitarist Sue Williams in 2012. His first solo CD “Far from Home” was released in 2014 and his latest recording “Time and Place” was released in April 2016.

The last few years have seen an ever-increasing performance schedule. Performances throughout the South-East, both as a soloist and in duo with cellist Charles Ellis, have included Wimpole Hall (National Trust), Benslow Music (twice!), Southend Civic Centre, Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), The Foundling Museum (London).

Future concerts include Chelmsford Cathedral, Brentwood Cathedral and performance of Ramirez`s Misa Criolla with the Chamber Choir Carillon in St Albans.

www.iankelleher-guitar.co.uk

TICKETS £12 : Contact: Roger Ramsden 07770971218

or roger.ramsden@ntlworld.com PLEASE QUOTE: ‘May 19th’

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE: HEADING FOR EXTINCTION AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

 

Tuesday 14 May 2019

7.30 pm

Friends Meeting House (Quakers)

1 the Alleys, off St Mary’s Road, Old Town Hemel Hempstead HP2 5ZB

Scientists and Extinction Rebellion speakers Dr Kate Jeffery (UCL) and Emily Spry (London School Hygiene and Tropical medicine) will a talk organised by local community group Extinction Rebellion Dacorum.

The planet is in ecological crisis: we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. This is an emergency.

In this public talk, climate speakers from Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements.

This event is expected to be very popular,  so you are requested to contact Extinction Rebellion on their local Dacorum Facebook page, or email organiser Sue Hampton if you would like to come.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ExtinctionRebellionDacorum/

Climate justice is a Quaker concern for action – find out more at our national website: 

 

 

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New midweek Meeting for Worship starts on 9 May

All welcome! The mid-week Meeting for Worship will take place weekly on Thursdays from 7 to 7.30pm, starting on 9th May 2019 for three months. The meeting is being advertised online and by leaflets to our local community near the Meeting House in particular, and also to other areas in Hemel Hempstead.

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Folk at the Meeting House

Free Tercentenary Celebratory Folk Music Event

Friends Meeting House

Hemel Hempstead Old Town

July 21st 2018

Arrive from 2.00 pm

Enjoy the Chesham Folk Club players, Roy Adams and Alan Bickerton singing and playing steel strung guitars; Annette Burrows and Bob Templeman duo with songs guitar,  ukelele and bouzouki, and from Hemel Hempstead the multi-instrumental Lea Rig Band.

The performance will be outside in our lovely garden – weather permitting

The programme starts at 2.30 and finishes 5.30 with a mid-programme break for tea.

We welcome everyone to listen, dance or sing along.  Bring a picnic!

Entrance is free but please reserve your place by email on hemelhempsteadquakers@gmail.com

Please note alcohol is not permitted in the Meeting House grounds.  

 

 

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300 years of Quakers in Hemel

Signatures of our earliest members from the deeds of the purchase of land in 1718.

Celebrations continue throughout 2018 at our wonderful Hemel Hempstead Friends Meeting House, located behind the Old Bell Inn on Hemel Hempstead Old Town High Street.

Since the 1600’s Quakers have met and worshipped mainly in silence. They have no clergy, no creed and no dogma. All are welcome to meetings. They are committed to peace, and the equality of all people, believing there is “that of God” in everyone.

A lively range of activities are arranged for summer and autumn 2018:

  • 21 July – open garden with folk music – come and enjoy local musicians play traditional acoustic instruments in our flower filled garden, 2.30 to 5pm FREE
  • 29 September – open garden with apple juice pressing and a play commissioned by  Quakers from ‘Spirit of the Old Town Ghost Walks’ to celebrate their historical links with the Cranstone family, ironmongers of the Old Town, and Elizabeth Stirredge – early Quaker non-conformist activist, author and prophet.
  • 28 October – musical celebration with ‘Shekoyokh’ klezmer band

    To reserve your place at any event, please email hemelhempsteadquakers@gmail.com

Our Anthology

We have also published an anthology of Quaker writings and art; memories of the 20th Century; the lives of local conscientious objectors and an in-depth local history going back to 17th Century when Quakers first started meeting at Wood End. The fully-illustrated 128 page illustrated book,  ‘We Go Deep’ is available from the Meeting House and to borrow from the local civic library.

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Our tercentenary Meeting for Worship

Attendees, visitors and Quakers at our Tercentenary Meeting for Worship, May 19 2018

 

We were pleased to welcome visitors from faith groups in our local community to celebrate 300 years of Quaker worship at the Friends Meeting House, Hemel Hempstead.

The weather was glorious – perfect to enjoy our new patio seating and a delicious lunch!

 

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