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

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Sunday 15th September : 10:30 – Junior link event, Watford FMH – all families are invited to attend their Sharing Harvest’ all age worship meeting  from 10.30 – 11.30.  We will begin by working together to make food for a harvest lunch, then reflect on our harvest food during our meeting for worship.  Food prepared during all age worship will be served in our harvest lunch and everyone is welcome.  Please bring a small contribution of food to share at the lunch.  You are invited to give a donation towards Friends of Hlekweni for your lunch.  Please contact Emily Janes if you wish to attend: emilyhjanes@googlemail.com 

Monday 16th September : 7:30 – Randles Discussion Group.  Two articles from The Friend have been distributed for us to discuss.

Thursday 19th September : 8pm – Abbey Theatre – a charity preview, in aid of The Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline,  of two plays by Alan Bennett put on by The Company of Ten at the Abbey Theatre.

Sunday 29th September : (fourth Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Sunday 29th September : 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 20th – Monday 30th September : Autumn Artist and Music Retreats at Centre Quaker in Congenies, France.  Details on Meeting House table.

Friday 11th October : 7 for 7:30pm – Peaceful protest to effect change.  A panel discussion at Harpenden Meeting House, 12 Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 1PD.   A panel of local activists will discuss the role peaceful protest can play in bringing about change.  There will also be refreshments afterwards, and an optional half hour-meeting for worship at 9:30pm.

Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th October 2019 : Music Week.  Further details in email sent separately.

Sunday 13th October : (second Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Sunday 13th October : 2 – 4:30pm – Hemel Hempstead Meeting House – AM Meeting for Learning on ‘Finding Our Next Steps in Rejuvenating and Strengthening Our Meetings.’  This is aimed at:  Hearing the voices of our children, young people and their families; hearing about practical ideas that have been tried in other Local Meetings; joining in ‘how-to’ group discussions;·hearing how by doing what we already do, but slightly differently, it can have a broader appeal across the generations.

Monday 21st October : 7:30 – Discussion Group meets on the third Monday of each month at the Randles’ house.

Wednesday 23rd October : 7:45-8pm – Marshalswick Baptist Church : There is No Planet B, a talk, organised by Churches Together and given by  Mike Berners-Lee.  Marshalswick Baptist Free Church, Sherwood Avenue, St Albans.

Friday 1st November : 7:30pm – Book Group in the library.  The book is ‘Silence of the Girls’ by Pat Barker.  This can be borrowed from St Albans library. Ask for Quaker Book Group.

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3-13 September: Art the Arms Fair Art produced from all over the world will be shown and sold in a two week long exhibition in London in opposition to the arms fair, taking place at the same time.  Further information in separate email.

Local Meeting Clerks’ Monthly Mailing, August 2019:  to access this, visit   www.quaker.org.uk/mm-aug19 

Autumn Artist and Music Retreats at Centre Quaker in Congenies, France:  Artist Retreat  – Friday 20th to Monday 30th September 2019  Music Week – Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th October 2019.  Further details in email sent separately.

Monday 30th September Friday 4th October : During Quaker Week, Experiment with Light are holding a series of five online meetings for meditation.  They will on the themes of: privilege (Monday), sustainability (Tuesday), peace (Wednesday), diversity (Thursday) and simplicity (Friday).  To receive a link to a meeting go to www.experiment-with-light.org.uk/events.htm

Gardening Group. We hope to form a group that would take an interest in the development of the Meeting House garden. Speak to Valerie Coast if you would like to join.

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.

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 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 September is for Medical Aid for Palestinians