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Quakers prepare to launch new ‘inreach’ materials

FREE 21 October 2009 | by Joe Mugford | 0 comments

Becoming Friends, a specially developed education programme for new Friends and enquirers, has now successfully completed trial runs in Meetings across the country and is ready to launch in early 2010. It came about as a joint enterprise between Quaker Life of Britain Yearly Meeting and Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre after...

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The rising cost of living longer

FREE 14 October 2009 | by Philip Barron | 1 comment | 1 comments

In 1948 life expectancy in the UK was sixty-six for men and seventy-one for women. Now the national average is seventy-seven for men and eighty-two for women. For the first time, there are more people over the age of sixty-five than there are under eighteen.  While the fact that more...

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What moves you? Leicester Quakers demonstrate their faith

14 October 2009 | by Rachel Carmichael | 0 comments

Children with the lord mayor. | Rachel Carmichael

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Mount School gets new head

14 October 2009 | by Friend web | 0 comments

Julie Lodrick. | Photo courtesy The Mount School.

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Quaker testimony to simplicity leaves lasting mark at Scottish university

14 October 2009 | by Friend web | 0 comments

Opening of the labyrinth at Stirling | Photo courtesy University of Stirling

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Peace activists blockade NATO base.

14 October 2009 | by Friend web | 0 comments

| Tim Nafziger

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Climate change action

14 October 2009 | by Joe Mugford | 0 comments

Flashmob in Parliament Square. | Robert van Waarden.

Quaker involvement with climate change campaigning has been on the increase in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December. In particular, this involvement has recently been galvanised by two international movements: ‘350’, which aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce carbon dioxide in...

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Early years curriculum exemption refused

23 September 2009 | by Friend web | 0 comments

The first parental exemption request to the compulsory Learning and Development Requirements of the English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum has been refused.  Frances Laing, a member of Wirral and Chester Meeting, received a letter from her child’s state-funded school saying: ‘The school feels… it would not...

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Bournville connections celebrated at Rugby Meeting House centenary

23 September 2009 | by Nick Matthews | 0 comments

Rugby Meeting House | John Hall

On 19 October 1909, the Rugby Advertiser reported that, a ‘Mrs WM Darby, of Birmingham, formally opened a new Friends’ Meeting house, which will be available for Adult School purposes’. The paper liked the new building. ‘The new Meeting house is of a pleasing design, and reflects much credit upon the architect,...

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Saving the bees – an update

23 September 2009 | by Philip Barron | 1 comment | 1 comments

Honey bee | Wolfpix/flickr CC:BY

Despite an international campaign on their behalf, the plight of the world’s bees remains critical. Apart from producing honey, these industrious insects play a vital role in pollinating food plants and an estimated one-third of our human diet depends on their efforts.  As reported in the Friend (19 June)...

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