Clerk’s Notices

Clerk’s Notices for March 2018

Our charities for 2018

Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, Hope for Children,

DENS, Dacorum HomeStart,

WaterAid, Against Malaria Foundation,

Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, Tearfund (toilet twinning).

Money donated will be distributed equally

among these charities every 6 months.

 

 

4 March Meeting for Business   Sunday after MfW

Including discussions of our accounts and of our April and May events.

11 March Area Meeting for Learning    at Bedford Sunday 2 pm

Dying and Death: A consideration of its practical, spiritual, and personal aspects.

Please inform Sherry Hooper, clerk, if you plan to attend: smhooper29@gmail.com

Bedford Meeting House, 5 Lansdowne Road, MK40 2BY    07964 513853

12 March Elders and Overseers   Monday 2:30 pm

17 March Memorial Service for Christabel Roberts Saturday  2:30 pm

Please, please let Audrey know if you will be there.

18 March Meeting for Learning   Sunday after MfW

Exploring the Light – Quakers as Children of Light.

Sonia Waterton continues her previous discussion.

2 April Pilgrimage to Wood End Burial Ground   Monday 2 pm

Assemble at the Meeting House then walk or ride the minibus

for a time of quiet at the Burial Ground.

There will be a talk on Wood End during the day.

Return via the minibus or with a guided walk to the Meeting House

to enjoy tea and cakes. (Help with cakes, please.)

Please book: email hemelhempsteadquakers@gmail.com with ‘History Walk’ as subject.

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With March, the stronger light shows off to advantage the plumage of our smaller birds,

and foliage does not yet hide those which spend most of their time amongst the twigs and branches.

Bird Life Throughout the Year, John Henry Salter

 

Clerk’s Notices for February 2018

New in our garden

Iain Rennie Hospice is February’s charity.

Whatever amount you put in the red container during coffee

will help support their excellent hospice care.

4 February Meeting for Business   Sunday After MfW

Business meeting will be clerked by Kathy, with Audrey as assistant clerk.

Among the items under consideration will be the appointment of reps to Area Meeting,

choosing charities for 2018, and an appeal for Friends to commit to help over the coming months.

Looking forward, in March we shall discuss our accounts and our May events.

11 February Area Meeting  St. Albans Meeting House Thursday 2pm

Details during Meeting for Business 4 February

The Quaker Meeting House, 7 Upper Lattimore Road. St Albans  AL1 3UD

12 February Elders and Overseers  Monday 2:30 pm

4 March Meeting for Business   Sunday After MfW

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John Henry Salter (1810 – 1900), poet and ornithologist, is buried in our garden.

From his Bird Life Throughout the Year: February’s place is between the frost and the east winds.

The sun which tempers its humid airs draws a daily increasing volume of song from the thrushes

and brings the first bees to the crocuses. A change of colour and of consistency passes over the tree-tops

as they begin to show the purples and browns of swelling buds.

 

 

Clerk’s Notices for January 2018

2 January   Elders and Overseers Meeting  Tuesday 10:30 am

4 January   Nuclear ban treaty: What next? Friends House Thursday 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Quaker Peace & Social Witness, Christian CND, Religions for Peace UK,

Fellowship of Reconciliation and London Region CND
invite you to an international panel and discussion chaired by Bruce Kent

‘Getting the Nuclear States on Side with the Ban Treaty.’

http://www.quaker.org.uk/events/nuclear-ban-treaty-what-next
Or contact: Sahdya Darr on 020 7663 1108

7 January   Brief talking time    Sunday after MfW

A short review of plans for 2018: our Tercentenary Year is upon us.

13 January    New Year Party – the big talent show!   Saturday Noon to 3:00

Shared lunch, quiz and hat competition

See the poster on the bulletin board and add your talented ‘turn.’

Anything you enjoy doing can be turned into a performance. Be inventive.

15 January  Dacorum Interfaith Network annual celebratory meal   Monday 7.30 pm

All welcome at Mazza Indian Restaurant, Marlowes, opposite old council building.

To book your place, please email normanspink@hotmail.com

 

 

Clerk’s Notices for December 2017

In our garden

Take a stroll any time of the year.Look cl osely.

Photo Collage by Roger Ramsden

 

12 December Elders and Overseers Meeting Tuesday 7:30 pm

17 December Programmed Meeting for Worship Sunday 10:30 am

A mix of silence, readings, music and contributions from the children.

After Meeting, there will be mince pies with our coffee.

25 December Christmas Day Meeting for Worship Monday 10:30 to 11 am

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Looking Ahead to January 2018

7 January Brief talking time Sunday after MfW

A short review of plans for 2018: our Tercentenary Year is upon us.

13 January New Year Party – the big talent show! Saturday afternoon

Anything you enjoy doing

can be turned into a performance.

Be inventive.

 

Clerk’s Notices for November 2017

4, 5 November People not Borders   Saturday & Sunday 2:30 – 4 pm

We will host a travelling mixed media exhibition concerned with refugees.

Included are the young peoples’ picture book, I Am Me, with textile pieces,

The Immigration Handbook by Caroline Smith (poet working with asylum seekers),

a press-button song about Calais by Minnie Birch, a short UNICEF film,

a short film about Berko Rocks and People not Borders,

and self-portraits by young Syrians now in the UK.

12 November Meeting for Business   After Meeting for Worship  Sunday

Nominations!

19 November Area Meeting at Milton Keynes   Sunday 2 – 5 pm

Area Meeting Report by the Trustees

It’s always a valulable experience to be among

Area Meeting Friends during these thoughtful considerations.

Please let Audrey know if you will attend.

               Milton Keynes Quaker Centre, 1 Oakley Gardens, Milton Keynes MK15

19 November  Interfaith Week  Sunday 12 – 4 pm

Join the Dacorum Interfaith Network to celebrate Interfaith Week. Different faiths of Dacorum will be in one place on one day to celebrate our beliefs.

Everyone is welcome whatever your faith.

At these times it is more important than ever to

increase understanding of the various Faiths and Cultures that make up the fabric of our 21st Century Society.

Stalls from different faiths will share information, cultural dances and much more…

See Suzanne about our stall – volunteers needed to collate material and meet and greet.

Adeyfield Community Centre Queens Square, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4EW

Parking is available and accessible.

 

Clerk’s Notices for October 2017

1 October – Apple Day Practice –  Sunday, after MfW

One of our main 2018 Tercentenary events will be a day in the Autumn

having a community party pressing juice from our apples.

We need practice. After a shared lunch, we’ll press apples and collect the juice.

We’ll even drink it!

8 October – Britain Yearly Meeting Summer Gathering Reflections  –  Sunday 2-5 pm

A discussion at our Meeting House led by Area Meeting.

The programme starts with Worship, followed by stories from participants describing

Summer Gathering. There will be a video, some small group work,

and facilitated Worship Sharing Groups.

We will reflect and evaluate: Where is the Spirit? And where is the Spirit leading us?

Closing Worship.

Please let Audrey know if you plan to attend and Alice if you can help with tea afterwards.

14 October – Quaker Activist Gathering –  Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

What does our Quaker faith prompt us to do in the world?

Join Quaker Peace & Social Witness and US Friend and activist George Lakey

for a day of sharing, workshops, networking and movement building.

Takes place at LIFT Islington, 45 White Lion Street, London  N1 9PW

More information? Kristin Skarsholt Tel: 020 7663 1121 or BYMEvents@quaker.org.uk

4, 5 November – People not Borders at our Meeting House – Saturday & Sunday 2:30 – 4 pm

We will host a travelling mixed media exhibition,

created out of a concern for refugees.

Included will be the young peoples’ picture book, I Am Me, with textile pieces,

The Immigration Handbook by Caroline Smith (poet working with asylum seekers),

a press-button song about Calais by Minnie Birch,

a short UNICEF film, a short film about Berko Rocks and People not Borders,

and self-portraits by young Syrians now in the UK.

 

Clerk’s Notices for September 2017

 

Clerk’s Notices for August 2017

 

Further examination of notes made recently show the real oldest existing headstone to be that of Elizabeth Philippa Sheppard.
She died in 1838, aged 4 years.

 

7 August – Spirit of the Old Town Ghost Walk  Monday 8 pm

Kim Black, the creator of the Ghost Walks, is keen to work with us

and develop some new Quaker characters for her immersive theatrical experiences.

She would also like to develop a series of outdoor vignettes for our Apple Day in 2018.

Let’s support the Walk and learn some more

about the Cranstones and our environs.

Suzanne can fill you in. Book at www.spiritoftheoldtown.co.uk.

7 to 18 August – Quaker Tapestry Exhibition at Friends’ House

21 panels on display. Shall we go in a group?

Let Audrey know if you are interested.

20 August – Meeting for Learning

Exploring the Light – Quakers as Children of Light.

This second session led by Sonia Waterton

will be changed to

a new date, time and place.

Please pay attention to annoucements and emails.

Mental Health in Quaker Meetings Please participate in this on line survey.

The form should take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete.

They are looking for responses from MfW and individuals.

https/forms.quaker.org.uk/ql-mental-health-survey

New Woodbrooke Brochure available Ask Audrey or Angela for details.

1 August Elders and Overseers Meeting Tuesday, 10.45 am

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Elizabeth Gurney Dimsdale,
in long silk dress and Quaker bonnet,
saw some urchins trying to ring a house bell, so she kindly rang it for them.
They immediately ran away!
After a moment’s hesitation, she too ran away.
From More Quaker Laughter, W. H. Sessions.

 

A girl with almond eyes whispers sweet songs to her beloved

under the enchanted pomegranate tree.

In a garden of jasmine blossoms, a young man, his cheeks like honey-dew, fills his true love’s glass with enchantment.  In a dark place, a flower has wilted, spoiled by poisonous hands.  

The songs and stories of the Middle East and Mediterranean are infused

with sensations, fragrances, tastes and colours.

Weaving together traditional and original songs, poems and stories,

German/Egyptian singer Merit Ariane

is joined by Iranian qanun player Nilufar Habibian,

British multi-instrumentalist Jon Banks

and storyteller Rosie Hilal.

Admission £10, family concessions, all profits to charity.

Please also join us if you can for a Refugees at Home event on the 3rd July at:

Welwyn Garden City Quaker Meeting House
Backhouse Lane
AL8 6SP

7pm for cake and a 7.30pm start.

Here is their website for more information:
http://www.refugeesathome.org/

With all best wishes,

Herts Welcomes Syrian Families

1 Calton Avenue

HertfordSG14 2EP

Copyright © 2017 Herts Welcomes Syrian Families, All rights reserved.

Concert to raise funds for Refugee Charities

Refugees At Home event

 

Clerk’s Notices for June 2017

17 June – Saturday at Watford Meeting House 11.00 – 4.30 pm

150 Church Rd, Watford WD17 4QB

Song and Silence – Area Meeting all-age singing workshop, led by Mark Russ from Woodbrooke.

Join us for a day that will be lively and loud, meditative and moving – bringing us together in song and silence. We will finish with a short meeting for worship.

A crèche/children’s drop-in space will be available, though children can attend the workshop for part or all of the day.

Link group will be attending. No charge for under 18s.

You are asked to pay what you can afford, ranging from £5.00 – £40.00. Bring food to share for lunch.

There will be a simple supper and an evening round the fire in the garden

Please contact Emily Janes on emilyhjanes@googlemail by Friday 9 June to book in advance.

Do you require a space in the crèche? Do you wish to stay for supper?

Please advise Audrey if you are planning to attend.

25 June – Meeting for Learning

Immediately after Meeting for Worship. To last 45 minutes.

Exploring the Light – Quakers as Children of Light.

Led by Sonia Waterton.

27 June – Elders and Overseers Meeting, Tuesday, 10.30 am

2 July – Meeting for Business

Looking ahead to 4 & 5 November

Created out of a concern for refugees, a travelling mixed media exhibition will come to our Meeting House.

Included will be the young peoples’ picture book, I Am Me, with textile pieces illustrating it,

The Immigration Handbook by Caroline Smith (poet working with asylum seekers),

a press-button song by Minnie Birch about Calais,

a short UNICEF film, a short film about Berko Rocks and People not Borders,

self-portraits by young Syrians now in the UK, and more.

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A mother had taken her small son to Meeting for the first time,
and after they had been sitting for a little time without anything being said,
the little chap asked in an audible voice: ‘Mother, why are they all sitting so silently?’
The mother hushed the child.
Shortly afterwards a Friend rose, and began,
‘Our first speaker this morning has put before us a most important question.’
From More Quaker Laughter, W. H. Sessions

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Clerk’s Notices for May 2017

Sheena Millington, visiting our garden in February, was pleased to see the well-clipped ornamental Box that she had planted many years ago. Now, our fruit trees are still in bloom.

7th May:   Meeting for Business

14th May:    Area Meeting, Watford

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Friends Meeting House, 150 Church Rd, Watford WD17 4QB

Topics include a report on Children & Young People in the Meeting.

Special event: Junior link in the morning and creche in the afternoon

All families are invited to the Junior link event. There will be all-age worship on the theme of ‘Unity of Creation’ from 10.30am. There will be a small amount of pre-prepared ministry and the theme links to Chapter 25 of Quaker Faith and Practice. Bring your own lunch and stay for Area Meeting in the afternoon. A crèche/children’s drop-in space will be run for the afternoon. Contact Emily Janes on emilyhjanes@googlemail.com to book a place.

Please advise Audrey if you are planning to attend Area Meeting

21st May:    Meeting for Learning

Immediately after Meeting for Worship. To last 45 minutes.

Roger Ramsden will lead us in a simple exercise with questions that generate discussion: We all make judgments and assumptions on the basis of information available to us. How would our assumptions be improved if we could always use the views and perceptions of other people? What are the origins of prejudice? Why do we choose to stubbornly hold on to our preferred view of the social world? How do we decide who to vote for? Does Quakerism encourage us to be more open to change? What are the core values of Quakerism?

23rd May:    Elders and Overseers Meeting, Tuesday, 10.30 am

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At a business meeting on a very hot afternoon, the door was left open.
A hen walked in and proceeded to walk up the middle aisle toward the Clerk’s desk.
The Clerk asked, ‘And what hast thou to lay before the Meeting?’
From More Quaker Laughter, W. H. Sessions

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Clerk’s Notices for February 2017

Sunday 12th

Area Meeting at St Albans 2.00pm

“Militarisation of our Schools” *

Monday 13th

Dacorum Interfaith, Quaker Meeting House 7.30pm

“Artificial Intelligence & Humanity-what implications for faith?”

Dacorum Interfaith Network promotes mutual respect, understanding,

acceptance, trust and friendship between communities

of different faiths and beliefs in Dacorum.

They meet 10 times a year. Google it for more.

Sunday 19th

Children’s Meeting 10.30am

Silent worship and creative activities based on Quaker beliefs

Saturday 25th

The Kindlers Workshop at Friends House 10.30am to 5.00pm

“Prayer & Healing”: A Kindlers workshop led by Frances Crampton and Gill Sewell.

Deepening Worship: journey into the heart of the Quaker way. An experiential day to open the spirit.

Prayer will be expressed in a variety of forms as we explore our desire for healing, thanksgiving and help.

10.00 refreshments for 10:30 start. 16:30 tea for 17:00 finish.

Sunday 26th

Shared lunch followed by “The Life of our Meeting”.

Our Clerk will present, realistically, our Meeting as it is now.

Members of the Tercentenary committee will present, optimistically,

the plans for our commemoration in 2018.

Planning ahead:

Sunday 5th March

Meeting for Worship for Business

Sunday 12th March

Area Meeting at 2.00 pm

*More on Militarisation in Schools

St Albans Quaker Meeting House

Sunday, 12 February 2.00pm

Introductory Talks

From the Ministry of Defence to the Classroom – The Rise of Militarisation

Ellis Brooks, QPSW  The Unseen March – Short film on militarisation

Challenging Militarism in the Context of the Peace Testimony – Don Rowe

Conscientious Objection and Peace Education – Simon Colbeck

Workshop Sessions

The workshops will explore the three areas in more depth