Quaker Meeting for Learning: Inspiration, guidance and examples for practical involvement.
19 April at St Albans Meeting House
Rebecca Woo or Libby Hanks (both newly appointed) from QPSW will lead the session and provide a major input. Colin Hall, David Maxwell, Heather Mitchell and Rob Paton are involved in the organisation of this event.
The draft programme is as follows:
1-2 pm bring and share lunch – contributions to the lunch to be low carbon / environmentally friendly.
2 pm Introductory main session. Re-acquainting ourselves with the climate emergency: 4 x workshops (choice of)
- What skills and gifts can I bring as a Quaker?
- Economic solutions – fee dividend
- Creative low carbon living
- Join Extinction Rebellion or not?
Plenary Session – visioning our Meetings
All Friends (including young people) are encouraged to attend this important Meeting.
HEMEL FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, 1 THE ALLEYS, HP2 5ZB.
The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments. Following last year’s highly successful celebratory concert in October, to celebrate the tercentenary of the Hemel Friends Meeting House, LKQ are returning in September this year.
Tickets are selling fast to those who attended and enjoyed last year’s remarkable performance so you should contact me as soon as possible to book a ticket(s). Tickets in advance only.
Cost of tickets £13. To reserve a ticket:
Please email me : firstname.lastname@example.org or
Text me: 07770971218
I will then be in touch to confirm ticket availability and advise on methods of payment.
Thank you. Roger Ramsden. [05/08/19]
Tuesday 14 May 2019
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.
Climate justice is a Quaker concern for action – find out more at our national website:
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.
The week prior to the 18 July vote in Parliament on Trident renewal was a busy time for many at Hemel Meeting. We spent hours distributing leaflets asking our local MP to vote No and explaining why. With a Friendly attitude, we talked to people, walked the streets placing them in post slots (sometimes against the wishes of barking dogs), and handed them out in the middle of Hemel. Although Parliament’s vote was Yes, many who took the leaflets preferred No. They appreciated the leaflet, its helpful explanations and its positive attitude about alternatives.
Filed under Events, Trident
Our oasis of calm in the Old Town of Hemel Hempstead.
It takes a lot of work to keep it green and peaceful.
Seven of us enjoyed Hemel Meeting’s traditional Easter Monday walk on 28 March. Starting in Gadebridge Park, we traversed the fields above Piccotts End.
It was windy, and the views of the fields and hills were lovely in the early spring weather.
We came back down Dodds Lane, crossed the Leighton Buzzard Road and walked up a muddy footpath to Halsey Field, near Warners End Wood in Gadebridge.
There we were met by Chris Ridley, who has organised interest in preserving Halsey Field. She described how in summer in particular, it is full of wildflowers attracting many species of butterfly, bee and hoverfly. Shrubs do their job, too, providing nesting sites, food for birds and insect habitats. If you are interested in helping her and others with preservation activities, email Chris at email@example.com.
After posing for the picture, we set off for Gilbert’s to join others from Meeting who had gathered for tea.
Local artist Gilbert Rigg celebrated his 100th birthday on 1 November with a party and art exhibition at the local Quaker Meeting House in the Old Town. He was joined by around 40 friends and family from Hemel Hempstead and beyond.
Gilbert has lived in Hemel for 62 years. He was imprisoned for being a conscientious objector and then joined the Quakers after the second world war. He started painting in his teens and has used his art to express his feelings on contemporary issues. Subjects include artificial intelligence, celebrity culture, nuclear weapons, the arms trade and most recently, the futility of war. These subjects are juxtaposed against the pastoral backdrop of the Chiltern countryside.
In 2013 a sale of his work raised £500 for the Hospice of St. Francis in Berkhamsted.
Gilbert said this to the Quaker meeting on Sunday: “I have lived adventurously.”
For his photo, he refused to stand in front of the group but instead chose to sit on the floor with younger members of the meeting.
Gilbert’s story is one of several told in a short book by local Quaker, Audrey Pitchforth entitled ‘Faith into Action‘ which details the lives of several Quaker conscientious objectors from Hemel Hempstead meeting .
This week is Quaker Week!
For events see quaker.org.uk/events.
Visitors to the meeting house this week are invited to take a complimentary copy of ‘The Friend‘ magazine, featuring articles on Quaker work in diverse areas such as in Human rights, Conflict resolution, Climate change and Young adult leadership.