Newsletter April 2018

Hereford Quakers Newsletter

April 2018

“Creating simplicity often makes the heart leap; order has been restored, the crooked made straight. But order is understanding that things cannot be made simple, that complexity reigns and must be accepted.”

(Marina Warner)


Sunday 1st

10.30 Meeting for Worship 12.00 Business Meeting

Thursday 5th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Sunday 8th

10.30 Meeting for Worship

Wednesday 11th

19.00 The Business Plan for Peace – Building a World without War (Millichap Peace Lecture)

Thursday 12th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch 19.30 Book Club, 56 Broomy Hill

Sunday 15th

10.30 Meeting for Worship

Tuesday 17th

19.30 Education Meeting

Thursday 19th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Saturday 21st

10.30 Peace Building in our Quaker Community

Sunday 22nd

10.30 Meeting for Worship

Tuesday 24th

11.00 Poetry at The Pales

Thursday 26th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Sunday 29th

10.30 Meeting for Worship & Children’s Meeting, followed by bring & share lunch

Events are at the Friends Meeting House, 21 King Street, Hereford HR4 9BX unless otherwise stated

From 14th March until 29th April, the Weeping Window exhibition will be at Hereford Cathedral. As part of a self-guided walking tour around the city, there will be a Peace Council exhibition and information about conscientious objectors on display in the Meeting House. For times of opening, and opportunities to act as stewards, please listen for notices at Meeting for Worship.

Book Club – Thursday 12th April
This month’s book is The Telling, by Ursula le Guin. The book for May’s Book Club (on Thursday 10th May) is Rory Clements’ Holy Spy.

Wednesday 11th April, from 19.00

The Business Plan for Peace – Building a World without War (Millichap Peace Lecture) – Dr Scilla Elworthy
Scilla Elworthy has devoted her life to Peace Building. She was the founder
of the Oxford Research Group, a non-governmental organisation she set up in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, for which she was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. She served as its executive director from 1982 until 2003, when she left that role to set up Peace Direct, a charity supporting local peace-builders in conflict areas. In 2003 she was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize. From 2005 she was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson in setting up The Elders. She is a member of
the World Future Council and in 2012 co-founded Rising Women Rising World, a growing, vibrant community of women on all continents who take responsibility for building a world that works for all.

Her talk will outline practical and proven steps which would lead to a peaceful world and ways in which we can all play a part.
Admission free, donations invited.

Tuesday 17th April

Education Meeting – Preparation for Britain Yearly Meeting

We will consider the questions posed by those Friends considering the proposed revision of Quaker Faith & Practice, looking at:

  •   our relationship with Quaker Faith & Practice, and how we use it.
  •   favourite passages
  •   what excites us & what worries us about possible changes.Jane Straker writes: At AM in Llandrindod we had some discussion and the view was expressed that we need to add some passages reflecting the experiences of Friends over the last 30 years. Many Friends would be reluctant to lose anything – does the book just have to get bigger? We felt the availability of digital updates might affect how we approach it, though some Friends felt it could be useful to revert to a former practice of separating the procedural bits which need more regular updating from the passages of a more simple spiritual nature – so two volumes.

Saturday 21st April

Peace building in our Quaker community

A workshop with Rhiannon Grant from Woodbrooke
10.30- 16.30
How does a pacifist community handle conflict? During this day, we’ll look at how we respond to disruptive disagreement both as individuals and as a group. Conflict is part of life, and we will explore ways to live with it as a known and even positive force. Please book your place with Jane Straker by 19th April.

Tuesday 24th April

Poetry at The Pales

From 11.00, workshops and readings with Stevie Krayer

Dates for your Diary

Friday 4th – Monday 7th May

Britain Yearly Meeting

Friends House, London
For information, please see

Saturday 12th May

Area Meeting at Almeley

Saturday 9th June

Fellowship Day at The Pales

Friday 22nd June

Night of the Churches

Saturday 23rd June

A Midsummer Concert at The Pales

Saturday 21st July – Saturday 4th August

Quaker Camp

Contact Mikki Pullen for information.

Hay Festival

If you are willing and able to support the Quaker presence at Hay Festival (24th May – 3rd June), please ask for the information and form.

This month’s appeal is for Peace Direct, a charity founded by Scilla Elworthy and Carolyn Hayman in 2003. It focusses on supporting grassroots peacebuilders in areas of conflict in various parts of the world who are local to the conflict and have a clear vision of what needs to be achieved through non-violent means. Peace Direct funds this work, promotes it and learns from it. For more information, see

Bookings Calendar

Judith Baresel writes: The bookings calendar for the meeting house is now on line and anyone can consult it; Friends may find it helpful if planning an event to be able to see which rooms are free on the date they are thinking about. To access the calendar go to, click Local Meetings, click Hereford, then click Bookings Calendar. I hope Friends will find this useful.

Bamford Quaker Community

Ruth Stanier writes: I recently spent a weekend at the Quaker community at Bamford, in North Derbyshire. The Quaker community is in lovely countryside on the edge of Bamford village in the Peak District, with good rail access from both Manchester and Sheffield. In addition to the opportunity to visit on a self-catering basis for spiritual or

physical refreshment or to follow a personal retreat, there is a programme of events. The full programme is on the website The members of the community write: “Our facilitated events over the year all include elements of reflection and worship. We consider participants to be part of the community while here, and this brings a unique and valued personal quality to our retreats.” They are keen for Friends around the country to be aware of what is on offer.

The weekend I went to recently was about living in community, and previously I went for a week organised for people wanting to help in their 11 acres of land, which they manage for food, fuel and biodiversity. I enjoyed both, and can recommend participation in these retreats. The food is excellent, the company is excellent and the countryside is beautiful. Do ask me if you would like to know more, or see the leaflets in the racks.

For further information about Quakers, please contact: Clerk: Ruth Stanier –

Please submit copy in writing for the next newsletter (May 2018) to the editor, Liz Chave – by 23rd April.