Quakers and Boomerangs: Local history

Proposed new project to research the fascinating story of Quakers in our area.

Many of you may already know that the famous artist, Ruskin, established a museum for the people of Sheffield in Walkley in 1855. You may not know that its first curator, Henry Swann, was a Quaker. Swann was a vegetarian and one of the first people to introduce the bicycle into this country. He also tried (without success) to popularise a new athletic exercise of boomerang throwing.

Swann is just one of a fascinating line of local Quakers about whom most of us know very little. However, we do have extensive Quaker archives – in our own meeting house and in local libraries. One Sheffield Quaker is currently wondering whether any Friends would be interested in setting up a group to research the fascinating story of Quakers in the area.

This might result in a publication and/or a series of exhibitions which would make useful outreach material. Maybe this proposed project could also incorporate some of the research which Friends have recently undertaken into conscientious objection in Sheffield?
It’s not likely that anyone else, other than Quakers, would embark on such a study. If you think you might be interested, do ask for further details at the Meeting House office, eg by email. office@heffieldquakers.org.uk

This project is being advertised in our latest printed newsletter but we never give personal details of individuals, such as names and email addresses on this website.

Transition to a low carbon society…

Very interesting report presented to Area Meeting at Bamford on Saturday 7th June

At Area Meeting we consider reports from Friends who have attended various conferences and events. On Saturday 7th June, at Bamford, we had a summary of a very interesting report on a conference on the subject of moving towards a low-carbon society. Read on here for the start of that report….

Transforming Ourselves: Transforming the System
Creating transition to a Low-Carbon,Sustainable Society – how do we do it?
Gathering at Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire
7th – 9th March 2014

This being the first large Quaker gathering I had attended, I was intrigued to see how it might work. As we
gathered for dinner on the first evening, there was a murmur of polite conversation. Seven of us sat down
together – all strangers to one another. Politeness continued through the soup course. Then, as we tucked into vegetable kievs, the topic of recent documentaries on the First World War arose. One of my companions maintained strongly that Max Hastings’ view was essentially correct – Britain did the right thing in entering the war, there was no real choice. Needless to say, not everyone agreed – and the conversation gained an “edge” to it.

“Ah, good,” I thought – controversy! That’s what we’re going to need this weekend.

So how do we create a transition to a low-carbon, sustainable society? Finding answers to this question is at the heart of the Canterbury Commitment, made at the 2011 Britain Yearly Meeting in Canterbury. What’s been happening since then? Where are we now? Where are we going next? These were the questions posed by Lis Burch, Clerk to the Gathering, before we retired for our cocoa on Friday night. I had the distinct sense that Lis would keep us – over 100 of us – firmly on track over the next two days.

To read the whole report, go to the website for Sheffield and Balby Area Meeting (reports tab) or click here:


Funding for Quaker Outreach Work

Maybe you could obtain some funds to help run your outreach event?


Do you know that funds may be available from Quakers in Yorkshire for outreach events?

The Quakers in Yorkshire (QIY) Outreach Projects Committee (OPC) was set up in 2013 to promote outreach, to receive grant applications and to provide funding assistance. Accountable to the QIY Trustees, the OPC comprises one representative nominated by each of the area meetings in Yorkshire and a Clerk/Convenor nominated by the committee in consultation with the QIY Nominations Committee. All these Friends are appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire. The role of the Area Meeting Representative is to make Friends in their area aware of this fund and to advise on the application process.

This guidance is available to any Friend or Attender within the area covered by Quakers in Yorkshire.

The completed Application Form should be sent to: Annabel May Webb who is the Clerk of the Outreach Projects Committee, Quakers in Yorkshire – for her email address please contact Kathleen Wallace, Area Meeting Rep for OPC.

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