News & Events

Regular monthly events:

Shared lunch held on the Last Sunday of the month from noon onwards at the Meeting House.
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.  Film club now happens occasionally at the home of Penelope; see postings for details when it happens:
Please let Pat Grimes know if you wish to make any changes to your entry in the Meeting House contact list, or if you wish to be added to it.

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.

Printed Meeting contact lists : Please bring £3 in change, as these are now available to pick up.

Burial Ground Victoria Street Planning application:  update : This was considered at the Trustee meeting on the Tuesday 29 August and comments from the Trustees were then submitted the next day, on Wednesday 30 August, 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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Thursday 1st November : 12:30 – 1:30 : Thinking Lunch at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans AL1 3XQ    Drinks are provided but please bring your own sandwiches. Dr Nicolas Small, the Chair, Board GP Hertsmere, NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group will be talking about the NHS: 70 years old.  Health and Social Care in Hertfordshire and Beyond.

Friday 2nd November : 7:30 – ​Book Group meets in the Meeting House library which will discuss  ‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  The action takes place in Nigeria, the United States and London.  There are five copies available at the St Albans Central Library:​  ​ Mention that you belong to the Quaker Book Group.

Saturday 3rd November : 9:30 – 4pm – What can we do with what we’ve got?  Friends Meeting House at New Barnet.   Offered to Friends around N London.   Free, but booking required.  Full details in the notices on the table.

Saturday 3rd November : 10:30 – 16:30 – Experimental worship  Woodbrooke on the Road.  Friends House, London.  Donations requested.  Free creche.  Full details to book and for the creche, in the notices on the table.

Sunday November 4th : (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.

Sunday 4th November : 12:15 : Preparatory Business Meeting at the Meeting House.

Monday 5th November : closing date to book for an Invest in Peace event  on Wednesday 14 November, 7pm.  Organised jointly by the  Board of Deputies of  British Jews and  the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. St Albans Masorti Synagogue and Marlborough Road Methodist Church invite you to hear the stories of two peace activists: one Israeli and one Palestinian. Free, booking via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/invest-in-peace-st-albans-2018-tickets-50362188662

Sunday 18th November : (second Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Sunday 18th November :  2pm : Area Meeting for business : location TBA.

Sunday 25th November  : (fourth Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Sunday 25th November : 12:15 :  Shared lunch.

Sunday 25th November : 2:30 pm : Meeting to celebrate the life of  Lois Jenkin, in the Meeting House, followed by refreshments.  Please let Naomi know if you can help set up the tea, etc, before the meeting, or help serve afterwards.  There will not be any provision for children.

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 October is for Children of the Andes