On Wednesday 25th May the Quiet Garden will be open to all visitors from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
There is no charge, just enjoy the tranquility of the space.
Come and enjoy the peaceful stillness of the Quaker garden. Sit and contemplate the flowers and trees. Walk slowly and meditatively using the spiral walkway. Read in a secluded corner. Friends will be around if you wish to talk, or have a cup of tea.
The Friends Meeting House dates from 1787 and is the local Quaker place of worship. The garden is a walled burial ground, with gravestones dating from 1820s, which now form a path around a central grassed area. In the middle is a small spiral meditation walkway. There are borders with mature trees, some areas with flowers others left as a natural habitat for wildlife. This secluded area is now part of the Quiet Garden Movement.
We will also be taking part in the Open Garden Day on 17th July (12-5 in the afternoon).
Leighton Buzzard Friends have joined the worldwide Quiet Garden Movement.
The Quiet Garden Movement is a global network of over 300 gardens in homes, churches, hospitals and schools. Quiet Gardens are made available by local hosts for people of all ages to experience silence, and spend time in prayer and contemplation.
We are delighted to be joining the worldwide Quiet Garden Movement. In joining we mark the importance of silence together in natural surroundings and will be exploring the health and spiritual benefits of taking regular times of quiet in nature.
The Quaker garden is behind the Meeting Nouse in North Street. It is both a burial ground and a large grassed open space surrounded by borders and mature trees. At the moment there is a spiral walk laid in the centre for a simple meditation exercise. The garden is open all year round and there will be special occasions from time to time. Please look out for details.
Anyone interested in learning more should contact the Clerk at LBClerk@virginmedia.com].
“The Quiet Garden Movement is about giving people permission to step back and experience a sense of stillness and wonderment,” said founder Reverend Philip Roderick. “We live in a world where we are swamped by methods of communication and yet we find ourselves unable to communicate. Silence is the missing and vital ingredient. Even as little as five minutes can be restorative and healing.”
The world’s largest study into the links between rest and wellbeing, published in 2016, showed that ‘being alone’ and ‘in the natural environment’ were rated in the top three most restful activities .
We have chosen Medicine sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders) as the Charity to support from February to April this year. Resources will be available soon in the Meeting House and a donation box is on the table in the Large Meeting Room. more details about MSF can be found on their website https://msf.org.uk/
The Trustees of the Leighton Buzzard Almshouses (charity no. 1118085) invite applications from individuals who would like to be considered for appointment as a resident to one of the almshouses in North Street. The dwelling consists of a one-bedroom house, suitable for a couple or for individual occupancy. An application pack can be obtained by emailing or writing to the relevant address below. Applications should be returned no later than 5 March 2021. The Clerk to the Trustees C/o The Parish Office All Saints Church Church Square Leighton Buzzard LU7 1AE
Though we may be separate, not able to meet in person, remember we belong to a community of shared values: a commitment to truth, equality, simplicity and peace, and above all a care and concern for each other. How could you reach out to others to show your love for them?
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.