We have decided to suspend Meeting for Worship for the foreseeable future in the light of the government’s advice about avoiding all non-essential contact, especially for those in vulnerable groups, which includes all aged over 70.
This evening we have received a message from Friends House that this is their advice too. Here is part of what they said:
“We advise meetings not to gather in person while the current social distancing guidance is in force. Current guidance is that everyone should avoid all large gatherings and any gatherings in smaller places (such as cinemas, restaurants, pubs). Government statements have made clear that religious gatherings are included in this category. Many faiths and denominations have announced they will cease public acts of worship.”
They note that meetings will need to think about how they maintain their community when they are not meeting face to face, and how important it is to stay in touch by other means, e.g. over the phone. We will certainly be trying to maintain contact with everyone by phone and email.
We will also be looking at possibilities for using IT to create “virtual” meetings for those who would like to try this. Friends House has some information on this and is actively working on how they can support meetings. Some Friends might like to set aside time for silent reflection at home, especially on a Sunday morning, knowing that some other Friends will be doing the same and will be with them in spirit.
How long it will be before we can restart Meeting for Worship, we don’t know. But even if we are not able to meet on a Sunday, let us continue to support each other in spirit and in practical ways until the situation improves.
Wishing you all good health,
Clerk, Hemel Hempstead Local Quaker Meeting
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.
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.
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 : email@example.com 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]
Front 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
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
SUNDAY MAY 19TH: 2.30pm
Johann S Bach
+ 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.
TICKETS £12 : Contact: Roger Ramsden 07770971218
or firstname.lastname@example.org PLEASE QUOTE: ‘May 19th’
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: