Newsletter August 2018

Hereford Quakers Newsletter

August 2018

“We seek a gathered stillness in our meetings for worship so that all may feel the power of God’s love drawing us together and leading us.”

(Advices & Queries 8)


Thursday 2nd

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Sunday 5th

10.30 Meeting for Worship 12.00 Business Meeting

Tuesday 7th

19.00 Churches Together in Hereford go bowling!

Thursday 9th

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

Sunday 12th

09.45 Reading QFP: Chapter 11 10.30 Meeting for Worship

Thursday 16th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Sunday 19th

10.30 Meeting for Worship

Thursday 23rd

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Friday 24th

14.00 Experiment with Light

Sunday 26th

09.45 Reading QFP: Chapter 12
10.30 Meeting for Worship & Children’s Meeting, followed by bring & share lunch

Thursday 30th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

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

Reading Quaker Faith & Practice

12th August – Chapter 11: Membership
26th August – Chapter 12: Caring for one another

Tuesday 7th August
Churches Together in Hereford invite you to come bowling! One-hour session at 19.00, at St Martin’s Bowling Club (behind Asda), Belmont Road, Hereford HR2 7JE. Indoors if wet. Refreshments provided. All welcome – no experience required!
More information from Sheila Milne.

Book Club – Thursday 9th August
This month’s book is Sword at Sunset, by Rosemary Sutcliffe. The book for September’s Book Club (on Thursday 13th September) is Annie Proulx’s That Old Ace in the Hole.

Friday 24th August, 14.00 – 15.45

Experiment with Light

Libby Hudson writes: Experiment with Light is an attempt to re-create some aspects of the experience of early Friends. It could be described as a form of guided meditation, or reflection, or a form of prayer. As with worship, it is rooted in silence, with some element of worship-sharing at the end.

All are welcome. If, after one or two sessions, you decide this practice is not for you, there is no need for any explanation or apology – it doesn’t suit everybody.

From Ledbury Meeting:

On Sunday 5th August, we will not hold Meeting for Worship as too many of our Members will be away. On Sunday 19th August, we shall be having a bring-and-share meal after MfW.

We are always glad to see you on the days we do hold MfW (usually first and third Sundays at 11.00).

Dates for your Diary

Friday 7th / Saturday 8th and Friday 14th / Saturday 15th September

Heritage Open Days

Wendy Meaford writes: The meeting house is now registered for this nationwide event. The event is running over more days this year and will be open on:

Friday 7th September, 14.00 – 17.00
Saturday 8th September, 11.00 – 17.00 (along with Ride and Stride)

Friday 14th September, 14.00 – 17.00 Saturday 15th September, 11.00 – 17.00

We will be offering teas, scones and cakes as last year, so some help with this during these times would be very welcome. The pretty china went down well, so yes please some of this again, as well as small tables. As before there will be information sheets for visitors to read and a self-guided tour of the building.

I am going to do more on the publicity locally this year, so maybe we can increase our number of visitors!

Saturday 8th September

Ride and Stride – Meeting House open

Contact Ruth Stanier to offer assistance with stewarding

Sunday 16th September

Area Meeting, Clun Valley

White Poppies – the Collateral Damage Project

We have some dates planned for drop in craft sessions:

  •   Thursday 6th September, 10.30 – 12.15, with the invitation to join Meeting for

    Worship too

  •   EITHER Wednesday 12th OR Wednesday 19th September, 14.00 – 16.00 (more

    volunteers needed to host these sessions, please)

  •   Tuesday 18th September, 19.00 – 21.00

    Do please join us for one or more sessions, help to spread the word to crafty friends & family and others likely to be interested (a poster will be available soon), and help with craft supplies. Contact Liz Chave for more information.

    Education Meeting

    Jane Straker writes: We have no particular plans for an Education meeting in August, but we would like to ask Friends to consider an idea suggested by Susanna Grunsell. A few years back a play about conscientious objection written by our Friend Jan Arriens was read at The Pales and much enjoyed. Susanna has asked Jan’s permission for us to do a reading of it in Hereford. As it is about a Tribunal during the First World War it might be appropriate to plan to read it in November, but we can be flexible about the

    date. We need eight Friends to read the different parts, ideally three women and five men, so we are looking for volunteers willing to read through in advance to prepare for a reading one Tuesday, when we might invite others to join our Tuesday evening education session. If you’re interested, please contact Julian Rutherford or me, and if it seems we can find the readers we will arrange to get copies of the script to everyone.

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

Please submit copy in writing for the next newsletter (September 2018) to the editor, Liz Chave – by 20th August.