Newsletter – November 2018

Hereford Quakers Newsletter

November 2018

“It was hard enough to discover that I was a child of God, but to understand that the bigot and the murderer were also children of God was an even more difficult journey.”

(Maya Angelou)


Thursday 1st

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Saturday 3rd

10.00 Spiritual Day, Leominster

Sunday 4th

10.30 Meeting for Worship 12.00 Business Meeting

Tuesday 6th

19.30 Education Meeting

Thursday 8th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch 19.30 Book Club, 56 Broomy Hill
19.30 Olivier Peace Lecture, Ludlow

Friday 9th

14.00 Experiment with Light 19.30 Millichap Peace Lecture

Saturday 10th

10.30 Area Meeting

Sunday 11th

09.45 Reading QFP: Chapter 20 10.30 Meeting for Worship

Thursday 15th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Sunday 18th

10.30 Meeting for Worship

Thursday 22nd

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Friday 23rd

14.00 Experiment with Light

Sunday 25th

09.45 Reading QFP: Chapter 13
10.30 Meeting for Worship & Children’s Meeting, followed by bring & share lunch

Monday 26th

19.30 Speed Sisters Film (PSC)

Thursday 29th

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

11th November – Chapter 20: Living faithfully today 25th November – Chapter 26: Reflections

Friday 9th November
Friday 23rd November
Experiment with Light will now run on the 2nd and 4th Friday afternoons (14.00 – 16.00) every month. All are welcome, but if you are new to the group, and want to discuss the format beforehand (it doesn’t involve two hours of sitting still in silence) please talk to Libby Hudson, Colette Priestley or Julia Parker-Harris.

Saturday 3rd November

Herefordshire InterFaith Group – A Day of Spiritual Contemplation, Conversation, Song & Dance Green Lane Methodist Church, Leominster, 10.00 – 16.30
Cost: £15 (concessions £8) For more information, see:
To book: Karim 01981 500764 or Frances Biseker 01568 612 406

Tuesday 6th November

Education Meeting – Travels in Malaysia and Borneo, with Tom Scott

During his working life as a senior lecturer in biochemistry in the University of Leeds, Tom visited countries such as Ghana, India, Malaysia, Jamaica, Sudan and South Korea, usually to help with the organisation of courses and to teach. These visits generated a love of travel and an interest in other countries, and Tom has continued to travel since his retirement. Highlights of four trips to Malaysia will be presented in this illustrated talk.

Thursday 8th November
Book Club – Train Dreams, by Denis Johnson

Thursday 8th November

The Olivier Peace Lecture – Untold Stories: Peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland

an evening of strange, hopeful and challenging stories, with Paul Hutchinson
Broad Street Methodist Church, Ludlow
There will be an opportunity to have tea with Paul afterwards. Contact John Cherry for tickets and further information on 01584 890905.

Friday 9th November

Millichap Peace Fund Talk: Peace, Police, Youth, You: Case Studies from Northern Ireland a talk by Paul Hutchinson
Stalls & refreshments from 19.00, talk begins at 19.30
Admission free – donations welcome

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Saturday 10th November

Area Meeting, Hereford

Offers of assistance – including setting up the room, and hosting and provision of refreshments, would be welcomed by Ruth Stanier.

Paul Hutchinson will speak in the morning on The truths of the matter – meditations from a peace practitioner

Paul Hutchinson is the Founder/Director of Imagined Spaces. He is a mediator, therapist, film-maker, story-teller and peace-practitioner, and former director of Corrymeela (2009-14), Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation centre.

Monday 26th November

Speed Sisters

Checkpoints set up by the Israeli military & social expectations don’t stop members of the Middle East’s first all-women racing team as they speed between the cities of the West Bank in high-octane car races. Refreshments from 19.15, film showing at 19.30 Donations to the Hereford Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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Dates for your Diary

These are the provisional dates for Area Meetings in 2019 Saturday 12th January – Ludlow
Saturday 9th March – Brecon
Saturday 11th May – Almeley-Wootton

Saturday 8th June – Fellowship Day at The Pales Sunday 14th July – Ross
Saturday 14th September – Ledbury
Saturday 9th November – Hereford

QFP 13.20 Within our meetings there are many tasks which need to be performed and many responsibilities to be taken. What service can YOU offer?
Our nominations committee (Christina Fox, John Meaford, Jane Straker and Dominic Walker) would welcome offers of service for the many roles and tasks to be done to keep our Meeting running smoothly – either offering yourself, or suggesting others you consider well-suited to the tasks, and worth asking.

Charitable Appeals for 2019

Pat Gundrey writes: Please contact me on 01432 376914 or if there is any charity, other than the obvious national ones, that you feel would be

helped by our support in 2019.

Presents for prisoners at Usk Prison for Christmas

Susanna Grunsell writes: A small collection is to be made this year by those of us who visit the prison on a regular basis and are aware of some men who have few or no visits from family or friends, during their time there. We are collecting the following items: soap, deodorant, shower gel, men’s socks and small bars of chocolate. If you would like to donate any of these things for us to take, please put them in a marked box in the Meeting House on 11th or 18th November. Thank you very much. I know the men will be so grateful.

White Poppies

You might like to know that 97 white poppies were posted from Hereford to Friends House for inclusion in the Collateral Damage Project. The installation is on display at Friends House, London until 21st December. A wreath of white poppies will also be included in Remembrance commemorations at St John’s Methodist Church in Hereford.

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

Please submit copy in writing for the next newsletter (December 2018) to the editor, Liz Chave – by 19th November.