News & Events

Regular monthly events:

Shared lunch held now since January 2019, every three months on the last Sunday of the month from just after noon onwards at the Meeting House.  Please check Notices / events below for exact dates.
Any Questions alternates with Preparative Meeting (our business meeting) on the first Sunday of each month.  Any Questions is an informal gathering for people to bring questions of any kind about Quakers and the Society of Friends.
Book group meets every other month on a Friday evening at the Meeting House, dates as below.

British Yearly Gathering (BYG) 2017 Warwick University : Epistle : please search for main Friends Meeting House website for links to the Epistle, Salter and Gorman lectures, transcripts and summary of the 2017 Swarthmoor Lecture delivered by Catherine West MP.  This latter lecture transcript can be purchased as a booklet from Friends House, Euston.

Forthcoming events

Meeting for Sufferings has issued a statement on the refugee crisis The link is: http://old.quaker.org.uk/news/quakers-urgently-call-safe-paths-refugees

Hertford & Hitchin area meeting have adopted Syrian Refugees as a concern. Call for St Albans Quaker group to adopt this as a concern and join the network. A key issue is housing which is being co-ordinated through a housing steering group where other areas (such as St Albans / Luton and Leighton AM) are invited to join.

Please also see the circulated document from Irene Austin (St Albans Amnesty & Herts Welcomes Syrian Families).  For further specific details please see Gordon or Debbie.

Burial Ground Victoria Street Planning application:  update : This was considered at the Trustee meeting on the Tuesday 29 August 2017 and comments from the Trustees were then submitted the next day, on Wednesday 30 August 2017, to the Council.  To look at the application online, use : https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/planning/Searchforplanningapplications/  Reference:  5/2017/1060.

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Friday 22nd – 24th March QPS Conference : Swanwick Conference.  For Friends who want to know more about the work of Quaker Peace & Service.  Please let your interest in attending known to Jenny Knox.  Possibility of having expenses met, including travel costs if you are appointed as an Area Meeting representative.

Saturday 23rd March : 10am – Pro-Remain march: London.  A number of Friends from St Alban’s will be going and anyone who wishes to join should meet at St Alban’s station at 10am. 

Saturday 23rd – 24th March : Noon – 3pm – Hertford Meeting – will be showing a collection of 13 paintings called ‘The Life Of George Fox’ in their Meeting House.  These paintings are by the contemporary Quaker artist John Goodey and tell the life of George Fox.  Free admission and some refreshments will be available.

Sunday 24th March  : (fourth Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Friday 29th March : Quakers across Europe are holding a joint meeting for  worship at the time of the expected UK departure from the EU The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) is inviting all Friends to join as individuals or Meetings. To register to connect with the online meeting on 29 March: visit: www.QCEA.org/BrexitMeeting.

Sunday 7th April : (the first Sunday of the month) is food bank collection day.  Please bring along your contributions to the Meeting House; items requested:  pasta sauces, UHT milk, toilet rolls, laundry and cleaning products, baby wipes, squash.

Friday 12th April : Charney Manor – Finding out about Quakers.  Weekend events for newcomers to Friends.  Details on the table.

Sunday 14th April : (second Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Friday 26th April : Glenthorne Quaker Centre –  Finding out about Quakers.  Weekend events for newcomers to Friends.  Details on the table.

Saturday May 11th – Saturday June 1st : St Alban’s Sustainablity Festival : Fliers on the table.

Sunday 26th May : 12:15 :  Shared lunch at the Meeting House.  All welcome.  Future three monthly shared lunches to happen in May, August and November 2019, last Sunday of these months.

Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June : Fliers for BYM, Friends House monthly mailing on the table.

Penelope and Roman hope to start a discussion group based around the book ‘A new earth’ by Eckhart Tolle.Their initial idea is to get a small group of 6+ people interested in meeting informally fortnightly – to read a few set chapters in advance and then to have a free flowing discussion on these topics.  Speak to either if you are interested.

Inclusion and diversity survey from Friends House:  Friends and attenders are asked to complete this online survey.  It is completely anonymous and the results will be collated for  BYM.   Please complete the survey by 28 March 2019: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/quakersurvey 

Quakers across Europe are holding a joint meeting for  worship at the time of the expected UK departure from the EU The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) is inviting all Friends to join as individuals or Meetings. To register to connect with the online meeting on 29 March,visit: www.QCEA.org/BrexitMeeting.

Finding out about Quakers. Weekend events for newcomers at Charney Manor 12-14 April and at Glenthorne Quaker Centre 26-28 April. Details on the table

How and why did I become a Quaker:  Request for information from a researcher, Richard Baimbridge.  Full details in the green letter on the table.

Help needed please:  Brian Rodmell has just moved to  live in a care home, Clare Lodge, 8 Battlefield Rd, to be near one of his sons. He would be grateful if someone could give him a lift to and from Meeting. He will need help getting into and out of the car. If you can help please will you let Stella Leigh know.

Being Friends Together this has been developed by Woodbrooke and Quaker Life to help Friends in meetings to develop spiritually, both as individuals and meetings. It is available online for anyone in meeting. Please contact the clerk for more info.

Two Housing booklets – “Principles for a Just Housing Policy” and “Housing: our Spiritual Concern” are available please contact Paula Harvey on 020 7663 1036 for copies.

One of the new ways to connect British Friends with Friends worldwide is via the Online Quaker World Relations Committee Network.  To join the Network contact: Marleen Schepers, marleens@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1143 Further information at: www.quaker.org.uk/qwrc  

There is now an on-line forum at onlinequakers.org.uk for anyone with an interest in Quakers.  Topics since Yearly Meeting have included the Swarthmore Lecture, the possible revision of Quaker Faith and Practice and the meaning of membership.  Established Quakers can offer some answers to enquirers.

Elders are encouraging Friends to take up courses focussed on enhancing the various roles within Meeting such as Elders, Overseers, Clerk etc.  Please speak to an Elder for this and for funding agreement.

Traidcraft has just launched its Fair Necessities appeal help smallholder farmers around the world to grow more, earn more and eat more. The British Government will match all donations pound for pound. Donate on www.traidcraft.org.uk/double(external link) or you can text DOUBLE to 70500 to donate £5.

Teachers of English needed for Syrian Refugees: If you are interested in either teaching or volunteering, please contact Gill Searle at Gill.searl@pcvs.co.uk    Please note that we were given the wrong email address last week. This is the correct one.


Information in the Meeting House Foyer

Economic inequality a Quaker concern

Young Quaker – this issue looks at Peru and at the General election

Newsletter produced by Quaker Committee for Christian & Interfaith relations – concentrating on Quaker/Muslim Relations

St Albans Credit Union: Application Forms available on the table.

Amongst Friends (Europe and Middle East section of FWCC)

Current copies of The Friend, Quaker News, Friends Quarterly, Quaker Voices

A form for Friends to add their names to protest against the use of drones in the Middle East.

Quakers growing together as a sustainable community.  Useful websites: www.quaker.org/sustainability
www.woodbrooke.org.uk/goodlives

The collection for March is for Rennie Grove Hospice Care