Please join us for a VIGIL to celebrate, reflect on and question ways to save our beautiful planet from Climate catastrophe. On Friday 29th September at 3pm, for an hour, at the grass field on the Linney, Ludlow.
This will be a silent gathering but, as in the manner of Friends, people can speak for a short while if moved to do so.
After much discernment, and a great deal of time spent planning and considering options, Southern Marches Area Meeting has now arrived at a resolution which we think will ensure the future of the Pales as a place of great spiritual and historical significance to Quakers*. With the support and approval of Friends Trust Limited, The Pales was gifted to the Welsh Charity Addoldai Cymru (AC) The Welsh Religious Buildings Trust in July 2023. Quaker burials, interments and scattering of ashes in the Pales Burial Ground are safe guarded by the Deed of Transfer. AC is keen that other Quaker gatherings, for example Fellowship Days and the occasional Meeting for Worship can take place, with their prior approval. It is hoped that Friends might be involved in other community activities based at the Pales such as gardening days and pilgrimages. All enquiries about the Pales should now be directed to Addoldai Cymru, The Welsh Religious Buildings Trust.
Christine Moore, Trust Manager, writes
“As many of you will know, the Trust has to date acquired 10 Nonconformist chapel buildings across Wales and as the 11th building within our care, the Pales’ future will be secured for the Welsh nation. It will continue to be an accessible asset for many years to come, both to the local community and to Quakers, a new chapter in the life of this historic building. The Trust receives a small grant from the Welsh Government (CADW) that supports our day-to-day management, but we also rely on donations and membership of the ‘Friends of Addoldai Cymru’. If you are interested in supporting us, please find more information about subscription on our website:
To arrange use of the building in the future, please contact Addoldai Cymru at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01656 734940.
Registered Charity 1084030 | Company Limited by Guarantee 3870343 Registered in Wales For more details about the background of gifting the Pales to AC see the article in The Friend published 4th August 2023
The local ecumenical ‘Caring for Creation’ group will be marking Earth Day on April 22nd by hosting an exhibition of panels from the Quaker Arts Network entitled The Loving Earth Project. The project celebrates some of the wonderful things threatened by growing environmental breakdown: people, places and creatures. It is helping people to engage creatively and constructively with these issues, without being overwhelmed. It’s also a way to share positive examples of change and why people have taken action for the sake of love for our beautiful planet.
The exhibition was of 50 panels from the Quaker Loving Earth project, four from an Area Meeting weekend away where children decided what they wanted to say , and three from crafters local to Ludlow. It was displayed at Ludlow Methodist Church in Broad Street in the cafe area and church, where there was good footfall already and which was close to the town centre of Ludlow. It ran from Friday 21st to Tuesday 25th April and was stewarded by people from Quakers, the Methodists and St Laurence’s Anglican Church ( who had an art exhibition already booked when this idea was first considered).
It proved to be very successful. There were 30 to 40 people per day who visited, which was due to a wide advertising plan. All the Loving Earth project cards and books on sale went and many gave donations to the exhibition. There were very interesting conversations had and a range of panels chosen as peoples favourites. Lots of feed back forms now need to be looked at and considered toward any further action which the group can do.
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