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.  Happened in May, August and November 2019, last Sunday of these months.
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

Request from Meeting for Sufferings:  they would like to arrange a display of the Society’s  progress with our Yearly Meeting commitment to work towards becoming a low-carbon, sustainable community.  Any examples (words or pictures) about what local Friends are doing in relation to the climate emergency would be welcome  jayne.c.meadows@gmail.com

Sunday 3rd November : Noon : Preparative Meeting (PM) Quaker Business Meeting.

Thursday 7th November: 7:30pm – a discussion on Suicide Prevention as part of World Mental Health Day at St Alban and Stephen RC Church, 14 Beaconsfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RB.   See flyer on the Meeting House table.

Sunday 11th November : (second Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Monday 18th November : 7:30 – Discussion Group meets on the third Monday of each month at the Randles’ house.  We are looking at ‘Being lucky’ – a recent article in The Friend.

Sunday 24th November : 12:15 :  Shared lunch at the Meeting House.  All welcome.

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

Friday 3rd January 2020 : 7:30 – Book Club – details to follow but likely to  ‘open book’ session.

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British Yearly Gathering (BYG) 2020 Bath University Campus : 1 – 7th August 2020.  Applications through Friends Meeting House from January 2020. 

Request from Meeting for Sufferings:  they would like to arrange a display of the Society’s  progress with our Yearly Meeting commitment to work towards becoming a low-carbon, sustainable community.  Any examples (words or pictures) about what local Friends are doing in relation to the climate emergency would be welcome  jayne.c.meadows@gmail.com

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 November is for St Albans for Refugees