Amongst the huge crowd at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Leighton Buzzard on 11.11.18 were a small group of Quakers who had come to witness for peace and to lay a wreath of red and white poppies.
Though there was long list of those who were to lay wreaths, The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) was not mentioned. But the wreath was laid anyway.
The ceremony was dominated by a militaristic parade, with standard bearers of all ages, from war veterans to Brownies. There were a few in the crowd wearing white poppies, or both white and red poppies.
Here are some of the photographs taken on the day.
Carpet tiles are to be laid in the Small Meeting Room on Friday 3rd March. We hope this will improve the experience for users of the Meeting House.
On Thursday 2nd March the light over the wrought iron gates will be reconnected and the light over the door with the key pad will be changed to one with a sensor so that it will be easier to enter the key code and come in to the building.
Today we discovered a bird’s nest next to the Meeting House door. There are four chicks being reared. We think they are blackbirds. They do not seem to mind people going in and out. We found them charming and enthralling!
A very successful Open Garden Day saw dozens of visitors enjoying the garden as well as tea and cake! Thanks to all who came and helped. Here is a selection of pictures of how the garden looked on the day.
On Tuesday 17th May the Recording Clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting, Paul Parker, spoke at an open meeting at which were about twenty Friends from the area. He described his faith journey in Quakerism and his role as Recording Clerk, then went on to explore ways in which Quaker service (ministry) can be offered in the world by individuals and collectively. He sad that though living a Quaker life is rooted in worship characterised by silent openness in which ministry is offered, it should also be expressed in action. He illustrated this by drawing on Quaker work in prisons, attempts to influence Government policy on refugees, campaigning against the renewal of Trident, and the commitment to be a low carbon, sustainable community. He asked each person to consider what their ministry might be and each local meeting to discover its ministry as a group. In a question and answer session the issue of membership and outreach was pursued. Paul was thanked by Jean Roucoux, an elder of Leighton Buzzard Meeting, for his inspiring and challenging visit.
Those who participated in the Quiet Day on Saturday 21st November had a variety of activities available to explore the theme of ‘Live Adventurously’. There were plenty of spaces to meditate, to contemplate, to read, to knit, make a collage, write, or just sit and be still, being open to inspiration. There were six of us participating in the morning. We began with silent worship, and then had an introduction to the theme from Judy which encouraged us to take stock of the experiences, gifts and skills we have, so as to be ready for future adventures. Most of the morning was then spent in silence using the resources placed around the Meeting House. We had a short time of sharing our experience before lunch, when two people had to leave.
We shared a silent lunch. Then in the afternoon, Terry spoke to the theme and helped us focus on the future, to be open to whatever lies ahead. There were more activities and resources added to those already available, to use in a longer period of silence. Afterwards we again shared our experiences. We ended with silent worship. We all found the day very fruitful and there is a strong feeling among us that we should have another such day next year.
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.
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.