Newsletter July 2018

Hereford Quakers Newsletter

July 2018

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

(Maya Angelou)


Sunday 1st

10.30 Meeting for Worship 12.00 Business Meeting

Thursday 5th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Sunday 8th

09.45 Reading QFP: Chapter 5 10.30 Meeting for Worship

Thursday 12th

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

Saturday 14th

10.30 Area Meeting, Ross

Sunday 15th

10.30 Meeting for Worship

Tuesday 17th

19.30 Outreach Meeting

Thursday 19th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Saturday 21st

Quaker Camp begins

Sunday 22nd

09.45 Reading QFP: Chapter 6 10.30 Meeting for Worship

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

Reading Quaker Faith & Practice

8th July – Chapter 5: Other Quaker groupings 22nd July – Chapter 6: Yearly meeting

Ledbury Meeting – Sunday 1st July
The Burgage Hall in Ledbury will be in use for Ledbury Poetry Festival, so our Meeting for Worship will be in a Member’s house. If you were thinking of coming, please contact Susan Hepnurn (01531 634575) or Laurie Moye (01684 593020) or either of us by email, for more details.

Book Club – Thursday 12th July
This month’s book is A Fringe of Leaves, by Patrick White. The book for August’s Book Club (on Thursday 9th August) is Rosemary Sutcliffe’s Sword at Sunset.

Saturday 14th July

Area Meeting at Ross

Outreach Meeting – Tuesday 17th July
Wendy Meaford writes: This is a meeting to decide the way that Hereford Meeting will conduct its outreach in the coming months.

To assist, Friends House have sent new material. Also those of us who were on the stand at the Hay Festival have experienced the outreach there recently, so have thoughts and observations.

The meeting house will be open to the public in September, for the Heritage Open Days. This is not a religious event, but the public who come are interested in the building, and hopefully some may be curious about what we do / what we are as well.

Quakers don’t do outreach in the way that some churches do, we don’t want to reach out and grab people. We do want to give out information and talk to those who are interested to enable them to find out more about us. Better that we correct the Quaker Oats connection and, “Oh, I thought you started in America”!

Before the meeting there will be tea and coffee from 19.15 for those that would like it. Hope to see you there.

Saturday 21st July – Saturday 4th August

Quaker Camp

Contact Mikki Pullen for information.

Dates for your Diary

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

Heritage Open Days

Contact Wendy Meaford

Saturday 8th September

Ride and Stride – Meeting House open

Contact Ruth Stanier Sunday 16th September

Area Meeting, Clun Valley

Our Appeal in July will be for SHYPP – the Supported Housing for Young People Project. Since 2001, SHYPP has provided 16 – 25 year olds across Herefordshire with housing,

training and employment opportunities. SHYPP has an exemplary reputation in engaging those with additional needs, including care leavers and young people with mental health needs, drug and alcohol issues, as well as chronic low self-esteem and low confidence. You can find more information about SHYPP at

White Poppies – the Collateral Damage Project

Liz Chave writes: Following the recent sojourn of the Weeping Window in Hereford, I invite you to consider involvement with this project – to make white or cream poppies in textiles (sewing, knitting, crochet) for display in a national exhibition in November. This will commemorate the 17 million people killed and 20 million injured in World War One, and the millions killed since. Chillingly, these days, 90% of war casualties are civilians.

I have in mind hosting some times at our Meeting House during August and September when we could gather to make poppies, have a mug of something, and have a sociable time. I’m hoping we could manage a Tuesday evening, a morning, an afternoon, and maybe a Saturday or Sunday – so here’s what I think we need to make it happen:

  •   A couple of hosts for each session (and I’ll be one of these when I can be available)
  •   People to come and make a poppy or two
  •   Spare white or cream wool (4 ply or double knitting preferably)
  •   Black or purple buttons
  •   Black or purple thread
  •   Lengths of lace or pieces of white or cream fabric – felt for example
  •   Loans of knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing needles, scissors

    If you’re not a knitter, crocheter or stitcher, please consider providing some of the materials, or offering finance for their purchase.

    You don’t have to come to any of the sessions to join in – but we will need to get all of our poppies to Friends House, London before 15th October, so please make sure you either send them yourself, or give them to me at least a week before, so I can sort our parcel out!

    You can find out more information, and download some patterns at the Peace Pledge Union website – and @whitepoppies2018 on Facebook. (There may still be some leaflets in the Meeting House.)

    If you would like to be involved, please let me know. I won’t book any rooms until I’m sure there’ll be more than two of us! I would like to extend an invitation to join us more widely as well – so we might consider this as another opportunity for some Quakerly outreach……

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