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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LONDON KLEZMER QUARTET: SUNDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2019

2.30 pm:

HEMEL FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, 1 THE ALLEYS, HP2 5ZB.

London Klezmer Quartet

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 : roger.ramsden@ntlworld.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]

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Digging and building our New Wall

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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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Apple Day play brings our history to life

The Spirit of the Old Town’s Kimberly Black as Elizabeth Stirredge

 

Quakers and friends from other community groups got together on 29th September to celebrate the last weekend of a long hot summer in a garden ‘Apple Day’. The event was to mark the occasion of three hundred years of the establishment of the Quaker Meeting House in Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town. 

The event attracted dozens and drew in members of the Friends of Jellicoe Water Gardens who made the meeting house garden the final destination on their heritage walk along the Gade.  People of all ages basked in the Indian Summer sun, and enjoyed freshly pressed juice from the two trees in the garden, which was established as a walled burial ground for the Quakers in 1718.   

The highlight of the afternoon was an outdoor performance by Spirit of the Old Town of a short three-act play specially commissioned for the event. Called ‘300 Years in Hemel’ it explored the rich lives of three historical figures who lived and worked in Hemel Hempstead. Kimberly Black, founder of Spirit of the Old Town Productions, wrote and directed the play and performed the role of Elizabeth Stirredge, a Quaker prophetess who came to Hemel Hempstead in 1688. Her stirring monologue recounted her encounter with King Charles where she blamed him for the persecution of Quakers and other non-conformists around that time.  She leaves behind a published memoir, and is buried in the old Quaker burial ground in Wood End, which is now the site of a planned new housing development.

Joseph Cranstone Junior (1793 – 1878) and his son,  Lefevre Cranstone (1822 – 1893), were two Victorian Quakers whose lives made an impact on their local community and the wider world.

“Man of Iron”, Joseph, played with passion by Mark Crane, told the audience of his work setting up the iron foundry in the Old Town and his contributions to the local civic life and urban landscape. Lefevre, played by Tom Watkins, was an artist who left the town and the Quaker meeting to marry a non-Quaker and seek his fortune by travelling to the  US and Australia. His social documentary paintings of scenes of daily life are now on display in galleries and the US White House. ‘Lefevre’ told the poignant story of leaving his wife Lillia and children behind in Hemel Hempstead where she established a school in the town. Lefevre died in Australia.

Joseph Cranstone Junior was buried in the garden in an unmarked grave. The afternoon took on a greater resonance when  his final resting place was revealed to be the exact spot where Mark Crane was due to deliver Mr Cranstone’s final monologue. Mark said afterwards, “I felt the hairs at the back of my neck go up. It was an emotional moment!”

Around 20 kilos of apples were pressed and squeezed through the course of the afternoon and every drop was drunk.  After the show, Clerk of the Meeting, Audrey Pitchforth thanked the Spirit of the Old Town saying, “We have read the history but seeing the actors made the names come to life. It made us all realise that they were real people and it was very moving.”

The Apple Day was part of a series of events organised by the local Quakers in their tercentenary year. They have included a pilgrimage to the original burial site beyond the town boundaries in Wood End, a special Meeting for Worship and musical events. The final event will take place on 28 October at 7pm – a performance by the London Klezmer Quartet. The complete history of the Quakers to the present day in Hemel Hempstead is recorded in an anthology of writings called “We Go Deep” which is on sale at £5.00 from the Quaker Meeting House, St Mary’s Road.

Mark Crane and Tom Watkins played Joseph and Lefevre Cranstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting ready for Apple Day

We are busy collecting apples off our two trees ready for pressing on Apple Day, 29 September.

There has been a bumper crop this year, but the apples are falling very early so we are wrapping them carefully to keep them fresh.

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