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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June 25 to 30 July:  William Penn’s Legacy 300 years on:  various events at Jordans meeting house.  Notice on the table or www.jordansquakercentre.org 

July 13 – 15:  Quaker London Link Group will be staying in our meeting house, over the weekend.

Sunday 15th ​July :  Churches Together in Marshalswick are holding two events:

5pm an open air service at Heartwood Forest, park in the car park, there will be people there and bring a picnic.

6 pm The Bazil Meade Gospel Music Academy Choir are singing at Marshalswick Baptist Church.

Friday 20th July – 7:30 :  Discussion group  at the Randles.  Details have been circulated.

Saturday 21st July :  Penn-Mead trial – A rare opportunity to see Nigel Pascoe’s one man re-enactment of the landmark trial. Jordans Quaker Centre, Notice on the table, www.jordansquakercentre.org

Sunday 22nd July : (fourth Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Sunday 22nd July – 1pm : Meeting picnic in Highfield Park.  An all age picnic to be held in Highfield Park.   Directions to the car park [by YMCA AL4 0DB] will be available on the day and someone will be in the car park to direct people to the picnic site.   Please bring your own food and drink and any tables and chairs and rugs you can transport.   There is a sign up list on the table for those who will have spaces in their cars to give lifts.   Would people who want a lift, please contact these people to ask for a lift.   If you will not be at meeting on 22 July but wish to come to the picnic please contact Stella Leigh for directions.  There will be no shared lunch this month.

Tuesday 31st July to Saturday 11th August Area Meeting Camp:  Full info on the table or contact Kim Goode by email:  bim@waitrose.com.  Camp is popular, so booking asap is advised.

Wednesday 1st August : Harpenden meeting house, lunchtime. “Ride” for Equality and the Common Good – from Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria to 10 Downing Street [Sunday 22nd July to Friday 3rd August 2018]   They are following in the footsteps of an early founding member of Quakers, Margaret Fell.  A group of Quakers has decided to literally “get on their bikes” or on alternative transport: mobility scooters as well as buses and trains, to make their way to Downing Street to “speak truth to power”.    Full notice on the table.

Sunday 5th August : (second Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Sunday August 5th : (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.

August 18-25: Junior Gathering & Senior Conference are week long Quaker gatherings for young people (11-14 and 15-18).  Notice on the table or  http://fsse.org.uk/   

Saturday 22nd September : all day event : Meeting retreat at Jordan’s Friends Meeting House.  Please sign up on sheet on 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 July is for St Albans Mediation Service