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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300 years of Quakers in Hemel Hempstead: Our Pilgrimage to the old Quaker burial ground

We are delighted to be celebrating three hundred years since the establishment of the Quaker Meeting House and burial ground in Hemel Hempstead in 1718.

Easter Pilgrimage to the Old Burial Ground at Wood End, April 2018

Our first celebration was a pilgrimage to the site of the former meeting house and burial ground on the outskirts of town. Friends braved the cold, wet weather of an April Easter Monday. We stood silently on the patch of ground where it is believed the earliest Quakers are buried. The graves are unmarked. The site is in a field adjacent to the boundary between Dacorum and St Albans.

We travelled to Wood End by minibus.

Friends stood in silence on the site of the unmarked graves.

A team of Friends walked back to the Meeting House down the Nicky Line.

We were all looking forward to a cuppa …

There was a delicious spread waiting for us at the meeting house.

 

 

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13 January 2018 Hat Party and Talent Show

Plenty of food was brought by many, so first we ate.

Still seated, each table worked together on two assignments. First we nominated a fantasy set of responsible Quakers to fill the duties of caring for the Meeting. Harry Potter characters were popular. So was the Cheshire Cat, but he kept disappearing, so we settled for others – especially for Treasurer.

The second assignment was to answer questions set forth in a historic quiz with a question for each 100 years since the Meetinghouse was built in 1718, as well as a prediction for 2118. An optimistic response is pictured. Several other answers speculated on whether or not we will have decided by then what to do about a wall at the back of the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Jean played some delightful short works by Schubert. Right: Dame Clarice expounded on her successes in improving the NHS by installing treatment facilities in Tesco, paid for directly at the till.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Sonia sang Barbara Allan to Roy’s guitar accompaniment. Right: Bob and friend entertained us with ukulele tunes and favourite jokes (groaners!) of  Tommy Cooper.

This year, Alice, our very own dance instructor, taught the basics of the Minuet, appropriate in this year of our 300th anniversary.

 

                                  

Left: Young Bea, showed us how she’s following her mother with her own talented leaps and bounds. Centre: Unable to decide which hat, Roy brought, and wore, four, and told a very tall tale of the resulting adventures. Right: Jean carefully assembled these brooches onto her Quaker hat.

 

 

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‘I Am Me’

 

People Not Borders – I Am Me

at Our Meeting House.

Anne welcomes Sue Hampton, of Berkhamstead Meeting,

dynamic Trustee of People Not Borders.

Alison and Marjorie admire the textile images by Paula Watkins.

Tony contemplates the moving display of digital photographic art

by Greek-based Syrian teenager Abdulazez Dukhan.

The plates were painted by local supporters during Refugee Week

and raised nearly £600 in auction.

Their website describes fully all of the projects supported by People Not Borders.

You can donate ££ or clothing and supplies,

And, adults and school students are invited to join 

I Am Me: The Competition

Explore creatively what it means to be a refugee

 – in poetry, a short story or artwork.

Deadline 10th December.

Find out more on the website.

www.peoplenotborders.org

Buy the book, I Am Me, written by Sue Hampton, at 

https://www.suehamptonauthor.co.uk/product/i-am-me/

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We are hosting an exhibition of work by refugees, poets and artists

on November 4th and 5th 2017

2:30 to 4:30 each day

at the Friends Meeting House, 1 The Alleys,  Old Town Hemel Hempstead.

The theme of the mixed media art exhibition is ‘I am Me’

It seeks to help people understand and empathise with the experiences of refugees from Syria and other places.

Highlights of the show are textile images by Paul Watkins, a children’s book by local author Sue Hampton,

and a display of digital photographic art by Greek-based Syrian teenager  Abdulazez Dukhan.

The exhibition is curated by Berkhamsted humanitarian group People Not Borders.

Hours of opening on Saturday and Sunday are 2.30 to 4.30.

Entrance is free and there will be tea and cake available.

Quaker interfaith representative,  Suzanne Watts says,

“We are delighted to host this show, which is moving and inspires hope in humanity”

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Apple Day 2017

Quakers had lots of fun pressing two varieties of apples from the trees in the garden.

      

Using a scratter to mush the apples the crushed pulp was pressed in the wooden rotary press

and the juice squeezed out through muslin.

 

The taste it was agreed, was ‘like ambrosia’ – incredibly sweet.

The redness of the apple skin gave the juice a dark colour.

Around 8 litres were generated from a couple of boxes.  There was enough for a a couple of plastic bottles to take home for families – all of which was drunk almost immediately.

A dress rehearsal for our tercentenary celebration next year.

What would we do different? Have it on a sunny day.

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Jay Lakhani – Dacorum Interfaith Network

We were delighted to host a event organised by the Dacorum Interfaith Network in September – a talk by Jay Lakhani (standing centre), a spiritual humanist, Hindu and theoretical physicist.  Dr Lakhani explored questions of physical and spiritual identity in the light of recent scientific discoveries.  Being open to the light wherever it comes!

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Farewell, Chris. 30 April 2017

Farewell, Chris.

  

We’ll Miss You.


At our All-Age Meeting for Worship,

Alice and Kerry guided us in creating cards

of Quakerly thoughts for Chris.

Our shared lunch

celebrated Chris’s work

in our Meeting.

It was splendid to see so many old Friends

in the Meeting House again.

May you take our love and friendship

with you as you enjoy

the gathered silence, ministry & fellowship

of your new Meeting.

Keep in touch, Chris. Visit often.

Suzanne took the photos in our garden.

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Welcome Dacorum Interfaith Network

L to R: Paul Sandford, Amisha Patel, Nigel Kidd, Reynold Rosenburg and Norman Spink.

Following the closure of the Civic Centre at the end of 2016, the Dacorum Interfaith Network found themselves without a home, so Hemel Quakers have offered a room at our Meeting House.

Quakers have a long tradition of inter-faith activity and understanding of other faiths is a key element in Quakerism which asks us, “Do you work gladly with other religious groups in the pursuit of common goals?”

Because a Quaker meeting house does not have any religious symbols or imagery, its very plain style easily accommodates use by the wider community.

The Dacorum Interfaith Network meets once a month at 8pm on the second Monday in the main hall until further notice. It is hoped that the Network will eventually find a secular home at the new Forum building, but until then they can enjoy the facilities at the 300 year-old meeting house – now including wifi and digital projection.

For more information about the Dacorum Interfaith Network, email normanspink@hotmail.com or find and join the Facebook group. Hemel Quakers can also talk to our representative, Suzanne Watts.

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