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BYM joins call for Gift Aid relief

27 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has joined a campaign calling for a temporary increase in Gift Aid to help charities struggling with a sizeable drop in fundraising income due to the pandemic.

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Quakers campaign to ‘Build Back Better’

FREE 20 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers have been organising action to support the Build Back Better (BBB) campaign that was launched in April to galvanise a green and just recovery from the pandemic. Rebecca Woo, campaigns and advocacy coordinator for Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM), told the Friend that the New Economy group is also planning...

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Disley Meeting ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner set on fire

FREE 20 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The vandalised BLM banner at Disley Meeting | courtesy Bridget Dunbar

A Black Lives Matter banner installed outside Disley Meeting House was set on fire last week. The incident on 10 August left part of the garden and banner damaged. Bridget Dunbar from the Meeting told the Friend: ‘Disley is a small Meeting, part of East Cheshire Area Meeting, and Friends did...

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BYM consults staff to reduce costs

20 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has been consulting staff over a wide range of cost-cutting measures as it announced the Covid-19 pandemic ‘has had a significant effect on its finances’.

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Quaker MP says Covid-19 financial support ‘not enough’

20 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Quaker and MP Ruth Cadbury has written to the chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak to call on the government to ‘fix the gaps’ in both the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The MP for Hounslow said that she wrote to the chancellor after...

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Roots of Resistance changes name

20 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Roots of Resistance (RoR) group that mobilised hundreds of Friends to protest against last year’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair has changed its name to Quaker Roots. The group said it made its decision after ‘a long period of discernment’ and ‘primarily in response to...

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VJ Day 75 plans ignore nuclear bombings

FREE 13 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Peace Pledge Union (PPU) has strongly criticised British ministers after Boris Johnson failed to mention the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki when announcing plans for VJ Day 75 (Victory in Japan).

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Exeter Friends in Hiroshima peace vigil

FREE 13 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Exeter Quakers held a socially distanced peace vigil exactly seventy-five years after the second atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

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Friends House to reopen

13 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Friends House in London will reopen from September 1, it was announced last week. The site will be open for meetings of up to thirty delegates and the cafe will also be reopening from the same date. Meanwhile, the self-catering accommodation of Swarthmoor Hall in Cumbria is also reopening from 14 August....

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Black Lives Matter banner set on fire

13 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner installed by Quakers outside a Meeting house in the US was set on fire, in a third act of vandalism this summer.

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