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Peterborough Quaker Calendar


March 2018


For further information or transport needs contact

Daphne Lynas (01733 756446) or Chris Rowell (01778 344049)


Few events involve financial cost.  If even a modest outlay is difficult contact an elder, overseer or the clerk.  We should hope to cover the expense from the Meeting’s funds.

Meeting for worship takes place every Sunday from 10:30am to 11:30am and every Wednesday from 7—7:45


                                                Events are at the Meeting House unless otherwise stated.

Sun 4th

12 noon

Business Meeting —any non-members are welcome if they tell our clerk that they wish to attend.




Tues 6th

7—9 pm

New Economy session 5, booklet 4, detailed below




Fri 9th

10 am —1.30 pm

Quiet Morning —a time for contemplation, detailed below.






9 am

10.30 am

Shared Breakfast

Children and Young People’s Meeting





7—9 pm

New Economy session 6, booklet 5




Sat 17th


Area Meeting Away Day (half-day conference) at Brampton Memorial Hall: ‘Our Response to our Canterbury Commitment’.  All are welcome.  Details below.





7—9 pm

New Economy session 7, booklet 6




Sun 25th

12 noon

Business Meeting (avoiding Easter) —any non-members are welcome if they tell our clerk that they wish to attend.



7—9 pm

New Economy session 8, booklet 7




The Appeal is for Buddy Bags, providing essential items for children in emergency care.


New Economy Meetings

You are still welcome to join any of the sessions, which discuss issues raised in the New Economy booklets published by Quaker Peace and Social Witness.  Our final four sessions, all on Tuesdays, are on March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th in the garden room.  Please read booklets in advance.  Some spare copies are available and they may also be downloaded at  For more information, ask Catharine or Noël.


Quiet Morning

The theme Hope Springs Eternal: some reflections on spring and hope will be introduced by Alison Langford Lunch is provided afterwards and donations invited towards its cost.  This quiet morning occurs every month on the second Friday.


Area Meeting Away Day

This will be led by the Friends House Sustainability Coordinator.  Arrrive at 10.30 for a 10.45 start, with conversation continuing over sandwiches.  Contact Dorothy Ball if you would like to share transport.


Note for next month, Sunday, April 8th, when the film Etched by Silence: a pilgrimage through the poetry of R S Thomas will be shown after a bread and soup lunch.


New Library Books this month explore our Quakerism and/or our testimonies.

The Lady’s Slipper by Deborah Swift, a Quaker living in Cumberland, is a real page-turner, a novel set in Lancashire around the eponymous rare orchid in the days of George Fox and imagining the dilemmas of Quakers facing persecution as they tried to be true to their testimonies.

In A Quaker Book of Wisdom Robert Lawrence Smith offers us ‘life lessons in simplicity, service, and common sense’, urging us to pay attention to the Spirit’s first command, to be good at life.  As Friends say, ‘Let your life speak.’

Then two publications offer us the chance to deepen our understanding of our peace testimony:  a) David Gee’s Holding Faith: creating peace in a violent world asks what committing to peace means and how this commitment might shape our relationships with one another, ourselves and the earth.  We need to face up to violence, to understand it and to create peace.  b) The Quaker Council for European Affairs has just published Building Peace Together: a practical resource, a remarkable analysis of and assembly of tools for peacebuilding, which it presents as ‘everybody’s business’.  To paraphrase, sustainable peace cannot be imposed from outside.  The peace process must turn stakeholders into agents, build social cohesion and foster reconciliation.  The digital document is attached with this calendar, but hard copy will also be in the library shortly.

Virginia Moffatt’s Nothing More and Nothing Less, using the powerful film I, Daniel Blake (already in our library) helps us question the suffering in our society.  The causes of injustice and oppression are examined and illustrated.  Each of the five study sessions, on themes ranging from compassion to resistance, includes suggested clips from the film, reflection points and discussion starters, a Bible reading and prayers, and suggestions for positive practical responses to society’s injustices.

The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies (editors Stephen W Angell and Pink Dandelion) offers comprehensive coverage of the history, theology and sociology of Quakerism.


Advices and Queries for March

21   Do you cherish your friendships, so that they grow in depth and understanding and mutual respect?  In close relationships we may risk pain as well as finding joy.  When experiencing great happiness or great hurt we may be more open to the working of the Spirit.

22   Respect the wide diversity among us in our lives and relationships.  Refrain from making prejudiced judgments about the life journeys of others.  Do you foster the spirit of mutual understanding and forgiveness which our discipleship asks of us?  Remember that each one of us is unique, precious, a child of God.


The bright field



I have seen the sun break through

to illuminate a small field

for a while, and gone my way

and forgotten it.  But that was the pearl

of great price, the one field that had

the treasure in it.  I realize now

that I must give all that I have

to possess it.  Life is not hurrying




on to a receding future, nor hankering after

an imagined past.  It is the turning

aside like Moses to the miracle

of the lit bush, to a brightness

that seemed as transitory as your youth

once, but is the eternity that awaits you.


                                               R. S. Thomas



Peterborough Quaker Meeting House

21 Thorpe Road


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for further details.



Sunday 10.30–11.30 am


Wednesday 7–7.45 pm


Children’s meeting is held

on the second Sunday of

every month





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