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Our Quaker Garden

One of the hidden gems of Leighton Buzzard is the Friends Meeting House Garden, out of sight behind the Meeting House, which is itself tucked in behind houses on North Street. It is a burial ground, but also a quiet place to be still and find peace.

For the last three years it has been part of Leighton Linslade Open Garden Day. This year two hanging baskets created by St Leonards School were part of the display. Some new planting meant that it was recognised as an ‘improving’ garden.

Hanging baskets
Hanging baskets

Last Friday a small team of volunteers was working hard to remove more nettles and clear more ground for further planting. The garden is open, we hope you will find it and enjoy it’s calm and pleasant atmosphere.

Friends Garden
Friends Garden

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Quaker Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating a wedding anniversary
Celebrating a wedding anniversary

It is not often that we have a wedding in the Leighton Buzzard meeting house, and this is not a wedding, but it is the fortieth wedding anniversary of a  couple who were married here. Sue and Norman with family and friends gathered for a meeting for worship on the 16th August. It was the first time for many years that the Meeting House was so full. There were about eighty people present, spanning the generations. The partitions were opened so that all could be accommodated.

Partitions opened for the wedding anniversary
Here the partitions are opened for the wedding  anniversary

Open Garden Day

Wheelbarrow
Wheelbarrow
Hanging baskets
Hanging baskets
Flower trough

All the preparations for the Leighton Linslade Open Garden Day as part of the town’s involvement in Anglia in Bloom were well rewarded. The visitors, including adjust and children, enjoyed the newly planted areas as well as the beds left in a more natural state. There were activities such as a tree search and making bee hotels. Two special hanging baskets are being displayed on the newly installed post by the door to the small meeting room. They were created by St Leonard’s School and are a delight.

Visit by Kenyan Quakers

We have recently received two visitors from Kenya, Joshuah Lilande and Churchill Malimo. They were in the UK for a planning meeting of a world-wide Quaker conference in Peru next year. But we’re also visiting a number of Quaker meetings, including Milton Keynes and Leighton Buzzard. Several Friends met with them at the Meeting House and while we were there we shared spin a short act of worship.

Visitors from Kenya
Visitors from Kenya