17 March 2019

Quaker events

  • Sat 16 March, 10am-3pm at Redland Meeting House, ‘Heard or Hurt?’ Bristol Area Meeting Study Day exploring the challenges of speaking plainly without hurting others. AM Business Meeting follows at 3pm.
  • Sat 16 March, 6pm, Quaker Film Club followed by sharing supper.
  • Sun 17 March, 10am, Meeting for Learning in the Library. What’s inside the bookcases in the upstairs Library? Books that represent a wealth of Quaker heritage and wisdom. This interactive session is led by Christine Tollerton (AM librarian) and Fiona Hamilton (Redland librarian).
  • Sun 24 March, 10.15-10.45am, Singing Before Worship in the Library. We now have a full set of 15 Quaker song books. All welcome.
  • Sun 24 March, first meeting of a new Young Adult Friends Group at Redland Meeting House, beginning with worship at 11am, followed by lunch, talk and games. Please contact Hirad Babakhani for full details – and with offers of any unwanted games.
  • Sun 24 March, 6.30 – 9.30pm, Redland Quakers celebrate Europe. Music from the In Accord choir, spoken word (in at least four languages), singing and dancing – as well as country-specific European food for sharing. Free event, with donations to Bristol Refugee Rights advice service. Further information from Fiona Hamilton and Tom Allport, who are still looking for helpers on the night (including someone willing to provide a welcome at the door from 6-6.45pm).

Other news and events

  • The Quaker Peace Lecture last Saturday was well-attended and deeply interesting. If you missed it, there is a chance to catch up with Stuart Parkinson’s key ideas and information on the website of Scientists for Global Responsibility:
    An audio-recording of the lecture will be made available soon.
  • Wed 20 March, 7.30pm, Ben Ryan, Head of Research Theos, on ‘Immigration in a post-Brexit Britain’ at Christ Church Clifton, BS8 3BN (third of the Churches Together Lenten Lectures).
  • Tues 26 March, 10.30am onwards, coffee morning for Friends in the Old Library at Sidcot School. There will be an opportunity to tour the school and you can also stay for lunch (£2 donation). Claire Herford will be attending, so please contact her if you are interested in car-sharing.
  • Sun 14 April, 7pm, Redland Meeting House, filmed performance of the play ‘Semites’ followed by discussion of Israel/ Palestine issues led by Peter Brill and Ben Nathan from the local Jewish community. This event is primarily for Bristol Quakers.
  • Meeting for Worship is held at Avenue House every Sunday, from 11am – 12 noon (including coffee and half an hour of worship).  Redland and other Bristol LMs send members to attend and support the meeting. Extra volunteers are needed on the first Sunday of each month. If you would like to help on 7 April, 5 May, 2 June or 7 July, please email Sue Tuckwell – or just go along and take part. You will be warmly welcomed.
  • Friends Southern Summer Events are advertising their summer residentials for 2019: Junior Gathering for 11-14 year olds at Leighton Park School and Senior Conference for 15-18 year olds at Sibford School, both from 17-24 August. Full information at .
  • BYM March mailing invites applications from those interested in becoming Ecumenical Accompaniers in Israel/ Palestine in 2020 (3 months service – and from those interested in becoming QPSW peaceworkers for one year ( ).
  • Sad news from our neighbours at Aid Box Community: problems with the building in Waverley Road have now made service delivery impossible. Over the past two years more than 400 refugee and asylum-seeking families and individuals have been helped by the ABC Free Shop, so new premises are urgently needed (together with funding for the move). Please contact ABC directly with any suggestions (c 2000 sq ft needed, with good transport links).
  • Marian Liebmann’s reports from Rwanda are posted on the noticeboard next to the Quaker world map. Episodes 4 and 5 now available – and Marian herself is due back on 15 March. (Welcome home!)
  • Gaie Delap is collecting unwanted wool and crochet hooks to support her crochet project with women refugees at the Malcolm X Centre. Please bring wool and hooks along and leave in the wool-gathering box in the foyer.
  • Redland Business Meeting (3 March) received a comprehensive list of the organisations which hire rooms at our Meeting House, prepared by Bill Thatcher. It was agreed that this information should be shared with the whole Meeting, as a reminder of the valuable role of the Meeting House within our local community (follow-up to our December ‘visioning’ minutes). The list is attached to these Notices, for your information.


  • Hilary Mayne and Isobel Clark, on mediation and reconciliation aspects of the work of Quaker Peace and Social Witness.


 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.