9 December 2018


Quaker events

  • Sat 15 Dec, 5pm (note earlier time), Quaker Film Club in the Library. All-age shared meal, followed by the film. All welcome, please bring food. If you are able to bring about £3 to help pay for the licence, that would help – but come anyway!
  • Sun 16 Dec, 10am, Meeting for Learning in the Library. Clio Khan, Bristol correspondent for the Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations, will speak on ‘The changing face of faith – interfaith work in Bristol and Britain’. All welcome.
  • Sun 16 December, 12.30pm, Redland Christmas Lunch (with entertainment). Bring some delicious food to share. Please will Redland’s entertainers contact Mark Smalley MC to offer performances of any kind for our all-age audience.
  • Tues 25 December, 10.30 – 11.15am, Christmas Day Meeting for Worship at Redland Meeting House, followed by tea/ coffee. Hilary and John Mayne will host this Meeting, to which Friends have been invited from the other Bristol Local Meetings.

Other news and events

  • Visioning the future of our Meeting House: thank you to the 64 Friends who helped to   create such a rewarding Meeting for Worship for Business last Sunday. The outcomes of your discernment have been circulated as minutes of the Meeting, and are available on the display board downstairs. Our Local Meeting for Business will decide some ‘next steps’ on 3 February, 12.30pm.
  • Tues 11 Dec, 7-8.30pm, ‘Exploring Cotham and Clifton Community Sponsorship’, introductory meeting organised by Loubaba Mamluk (Citizens UK) and David Stephenson (vicar of Cotham parish church and St Paul’s, Clifton), for neighbouring churches and other community groups. A local opportunity for Redland Friends to join a government-sponsored scheme to support Syrian refugee families. General information about the scheme is on
  • Sat 15 Dec, 11.30am, installation ceremony for Blue Plaque commemorating Bristol’s pioneer suffrage campaigners, at 3 West Mall, Clifton BS8 4BH. All welcome – and there’s a crowdfunding page at
  • Sat 15 Dec, from 10am, Extinction Rebellion nonviolent environmental ‘action’ starting from Cabot Circus. For more details, see XR’s Facebook pages. James Deane from Central Meeting would like to make contact with local Quakers who are supporting Extinction Rebellion.
  • Bristol Area Meeting QPSW Group is planning to address environmental challenges during 2019. The Annual Quaker Peace Lecture will be given by Dr Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility, on Saturday 9 March 2019 (Reception Room, Wills Building). Title: ‘Science for a secure and sustainable future’. The Bristol AM day conference in October 2019 will also have an environmental theme.
    Planners and helpers are needed for both these events.  Please contact Julia Bush if you would like to get involved.
  • Inclusion and diversity: a survey for Quakers in Britain. We are encouraged to fill in an online survey from the new BYM Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator, Edwina Peart, aiming to help the Quaker community become more inclusive. See
  • 22-24 March 2019, QPSW Spring Conference at Alfreton, Derbyshire.  Bristol Area Meeting will fund two representatives and Bristol QPSW Group is seeking Friends who who would like to be nominated for attendance.
  • English language programmes next summer at the Centre Quaker de Congenies in the south of France: retreats for Artists, Musicians and Writers. See website for full information:


  • Heather Lister for Caring for Christmas (

A Funeral Notice for David Rayner will be given at the end of  Local Meeting:

Funeral in the manner of Friends to be held at Canford crematorium at 2.15pm on Monday 10th December, for David Rayner who has been a longstanding attender at Redland Meeting, together with his wife, Sally.  All are welcome and there will be refreshments afterwards at the family home in Westbury village (40 Passage Road).  Family flowers only and there will be a collection for the Julian Trust for which David worked tirelessly for many years. Sally says there is no formal dress code, apart from warm and comfortable!

If any Friends are able to help on the day with ushering, lift sharing and, most important, to help afterwards with refreshments, please contact Melanie Mackintosh by phone or email asap.

 Julia Bush, clerk, Redland Local Quaker Meeting

Please send notices for next week to Julia by end of Friday, and include ‘Notices’ in the email subject line. If you would like to receive a copy of the Notices by email, let Julia know.

MfW = Meeting for Worship; AM = Area Meeting; LM=Local Meeting.

Email contact addresses: At present, we do not usually publish email contacts on the Redland website unless the owner requests they be included in order to protect their owners from possible spam – you can find most in your Redland List of Members and Attenders.