Issue 06-04-2018

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Thought for the Week: Goodness and gratitude

FREE 5 Apr 2018 | by Jill Allum

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London has been in the news in recent years. In 1982 the medical staff there saved the life of my daughter of twelve. Pip had chickenpox and, unlike my three sons, had very few spots; but as she deteriorated rapidly we found out it had...

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The Nobel Peace Prize

5 Apr 2018 | by Rowena Loverance

The Quaker Memorial at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire. It includes a quote from the original Nobel citation. The artist is Rosemary Barnett. | Photo: Barry Turner, NMA.

It is a moving experience to read the citation for the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Quakers in December 1947 – especially the stress it places, not only on half a century of relief work in the wake of war, but also on acknowledging the motivating spirit behind it. The...

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New series: God, words and us

5 Apr 2018 | by Hilary Johnson and Robin Bowman

God, words and us... | Photo: skodonnell via iStock.

The publication God, words and us, edited by Helen Rowlands, and sent to all Meetings in Britain, is comprised of different sections:   Telling our individual stories, remembering to bring our whole selves (rational, emotional and spiritual) to the conversation.   Sharing experience of core Quaker practice, followed by the language of ...

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Links and logos

5 Apr 2018 | by Juli Salt

A view of the Grampians. | Photo: Hilary Gaunt / flickr CC.

Fifty-six Friends came from all over Scotland to gather on 10 March in Edinburgh Meeting House for General Meeting for Scotland. The furthest a Friend travelled this time was from Orkney off the north coast of Scotland. My journey, by comparison, was quite short. It is a mere five hours door...

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Housing initiative launched in Tunbridge Wells

FREE 5 Apr 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

The Meeting house in Tunbridge Wells. | Photo: Dugan Cummings.

Friends at Tunbridge Wells Meeting House in Kent opened the doors of its social housing project for young people last month.

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White poppies honour those killed in Yemen war

5 Apr 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

A white poppy in the Collateral Damage Project exhibition. | Photo: Yee-Liu Williams.

The not-for-profit organisation Independent Yemen Group has added white poppies to the Collateral Damage Project in honour of those killed in the war in Yemen and to mark the third anniversary of the conflict.

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Heritage boost for Pendle Hill

FREE 5 Apr 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

Pendle Hill Area Meeting is assisting in a partnership aimed at reconnecting local people with Pendle Hill, where George Fox had a vision of ‘a great people to be gathered’ in 1652.

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Friends join CND Easter witness

5 Apr 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

Quakers from around the country were among those who gathered at the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire on Easter Sunday to mark sixty years since the first Aldermaston march.

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United States tour for CO play

5 Apr 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

A Quaker playwright from Wanstead Meeting, Michael Mears, is to show his play This Evil Thing in Buffalo this week as part of a five-week tour of the United States. The one-man play, which was stage-designed by Winchmore Hill Quaker Mark Friend, is about Britain’s first world war conscientious...

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Exeter Friends march for Europe

5 Apr 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

Quakers campaigning to stay in the European Union took part in the South West March and Rally for Europe in Exeter last month organised by Devon for Europe.

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Quaker sculpture opportunity

5 Apr 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

The IMOS Foundation is inviting expressions of interest from Quaker sculptors for a new sculpture park at the site of a ruined church, Hope All Saints, in Romney Marsh in Kent.

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Film celebrates Quaker family

5 Apr 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

A documentary about the history of a well-established Quaker family will be premiered next week.

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Protest at Cardiff arms fair

5 Apr 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

Many Quakers protested against the DPRTE (Defence Procurement, Research Technoology and Exportability) exhibition in Cardiff last week as part of the Stop the Arms Fair protest.

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Poetry workshop at The Pales

5 Apr 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

A Quaker poet is to lead a poetry workshop at the historic Pales Meeting House near Llandegley in Wales. Stevie Krayer will lead the workshop on the theme of ‘Special Places’ in English, but Welsh will be welcome. Her publications include three collections of poetry and she also co-edited, with...

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Recognition for Repair Café

5 Apr 2018 | by Rebecca Hardy

Horsham Repair Café in West Sussex, with which local Friends are involved, was shortlisted for one of the ‘Green Heart Hero Awards’, presented at a ceremony at parliament on 13 March.

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Joan Baez

5 Apr 2018 | by Helen Johnson

On the face of it, Jeremy Paxman’s interview with Joan Baez, broadcast recently on BBC Radio 2, could have been a straightforward plug for her current, and seemingly her last, major tour and her new album (Whistle Down the Wind). But the choice of interviewer seemed interesting, almost provocative… after...

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Acting on conscience

5 Apr 2018 | by Phyllida Gardner

Press censorship came into being as part of the Defence of the Realm Act, which was passed on 8 August 1914, four days after the outbreak of the first world war. In the autumn of 1917 regulation 27C was introduced, stating that it was illegal to print, publish or distribute anything that might...

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Eye - 06 April 2018

5 Apr 2018 | by Eye

A new marriage panel Yealand Meeting is creating a new Quaker Tapestry panel on marriage, local Friend Thelma Holt has told Eye. Keith Triplett, an organiser for the project, was interviewed for the local Area Meeting newsletter and talked about the background to the idea: ‘I went into the Meeting...

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Letters - 06 April 2018

5 Apr 2018 | by The Friend

Faith and harmony I offer this response to Cap Kaylor (23 and 30 March). I think of Jesus as one of my ancestors. He was essentially Jewish in the same way as I consider myself. The Light that he brought to the world, the Light that early Friends recognised and current Friends...

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