Notices 8th May

Dates for the Diary

Thursday, 12th May is the next Interfaith Food & Friendship Meal to be held between 6 – 8 p.m. At St Andrew’s in Psalter Lane. Please bring any kind of food to share – all are welcome.

On Saturday, 14th May a vigil will be held at the Barkers Pool cenotaph between 4 – 5 p.m. for International Conscienctious Objector’s Day.

Sunday 15th May is very busy – it’s All Age Worship, where we have a semi-programmed meeting for worship in the main meeting room.

The Gardening Support Group is meeting next Sunday, the 15th, at 11.45 in the Library. Then on Saturday 21st, there will be a Gardening Work Group from 11.30 to 2.30, with a shared lunch.

Area Meeting will be held on the afternoon of 15th May at Hope Valley Meeting, the Quaker Community at Bamford. It starts at 1.15. Agenda items include a consideration of the decriminalisation of possession, for personal use, of all drugs, the criminal justice, the Britain yearly meeting Sustainability Conference and the Quaker Life conference.

The next Inner Quest session has been moved to Sunday 22nd May after Meeting for Worship; it will be on the theme of “What am I doing when I am holding somebody in the Light?”

Other notices: looking further ahead.
Hathersage swimming: Sunday 5th June 5 – 6pm. We will have sole use of the pool and everyone is invited – we hope you will want to join us to make it more fun – and to make it financially viable! Tickets are £4 adults and £2 for children in advance – and will be on sale after meeting today and for the next few weeks from Rosie Carnall or Mark Lallemand. We are keen to break even so please do buy a ticket – any excess proceeds will be given back to meeting funds. Any remaining tickets will be on sale on 5th June after meeting at a slightly increased price (£5/£3) – buy early to save money! You can also email Rosie (rosiecarnall@yahoo.co.uk) to request tickets too.

On the weekend of October 14th / 15th, we’re hosting several events here at the Meeting House to tie in with the Off the Shelf Festival: on Friday 14th at 7.30 the Journeymen Theatre Company will put on a play entitled “Feeding the Darkness”, which looks at state-sanctioned torture. This will be followed by a meeting on Saturday 15th of the Friends’ Historical Society, including a lecture by David Boulton called “Christ’s banner and the Red Flag” – a study of the links between the religious and the international socialist roots of conscientious objection in the 1st World War. Then we return to another performance by the Journeymen Theatre Company called “Red Flag over Bermondsey” – a look at the life of radical Quaker, Ada Salter. There will be further details nearer the time, but we hope that friends will keep their diaries clear for these exciting events.

We’ve had notices from two local charities offering training and looking for help: firstly, Nightstop, a project to offer overnight accommodation to homeles teenagers in host families, is looking for volunteers – please see the clerks for more information: there will be an article in Sheffield Quaker News about this; secondly, ASSIST are offering us all the chance to do their “Asylum – the basics” training course – coming up on the afternoon of 7th June – the course is designed to give an overview of the situation for asylum seekers in the UK: what their rights are and what issues they face – there is a £15 charge for this and booking is essential. More information will be circulated by email and is on the central table.

News of Friends
John Moore of Bakewell Meeting died on 30th April – he and his wife Dorothy attended this meeting some years ago. A celebration of his life will be held on 23rd May at the Whitworth Centre in Darley Dale at 1 for a 1.30 start – contributions of poetry, music and readings are welcome. It would be good to co-ordinate lifts to this, so perhaps liaise with Keith Burdett or Laura Kerr if you want to attend.