Peterborough Quakers
Peterborough Quakers

Notices for January 2019

Our Quiet Morning will be led by Danina Stefan on the theme Living Unanswered Questions.  Lunch will be provided after this and donations invited towards its cost.  This quiet morning occurs every month on the second Friday.  


Coffee & Company

Please support these new weekly coffee mornings as and when you can.  Intended for our wider community, they are open to friends, family and anyone in the neighbourhood.


The Sustainability Theme is the Sharing Economy. 

There are many ways of sharing or passing on time, skills, equipment and excess.  Benefits can be:

  • stronger communities
  • reduced costs and storage needs
  • less landfill and incineration
  • savings in energy and production resources

We are all familiar with sharing our time by volunteering. ( 32-34 Cromwell Road, PE1 2EA offers volunteering opportunities.)  We have probably also shared resources from public libraries, charity shops, car-boot and garage sales, and even toy libraries or tool-hire companies.

We may already use websites such as for the sale of goods & services or, a British online classified ads & community website, for buying & selling or and that facilitate giving.

Further websites to try are: and (car-share and lift-sharing); (staying in someone’s house); or (sharing excess food). 

Locally, take spare food for a community meal to Park St Baptist Church (Mondays). You can check out Peterborough’s approach to this sharing economy at:

.  Through the Council website,, businesses or organisations can share facilities, spare resources or skills.  

An excellent summary of other sharing ideas, from parking to work space, and from delivering a parcel to walking your dog, can be found at


Look for detailed notes and handouts on the Garden Room noticeboard.


New Library Books   


David Runcorn’s The Language of Tears: their gift, mystery and meaning sets tears in the context of the Christian spiritual tradition and, far from seeing them as an embarrassing sign of weakness, values them as rich ‘springs and streams’ that ‘shape the landscapes of our lives’.


We have now filled several gaps in our collection of Swarthmore lectures, housed on the top bookshelf. 


These new volumes are:

Steps in a Large Room: a Quaker explores the monastic tradition 

    (Christopher Holdsworth, 1985)

Broken for Life: making tomorrow’s society better for life 

    (Jocelyn Burnell, 1989)  

Being Together: our corporate life in the Society of Friends 

    (Margaret Heathfield,1994)

Playing in the Presence: Genetics, Ethics and Spirituality 

    (Jackie Leach Scully, 2002)


We ultimately hope to complete our collection of Swarthmore lectures by obtaining lectures from: 1913-14, 1916-24, 1927, 1931-33, 1938, 1948, 1951, 1984, 1986, 1993, 1996, 2005, 2014.  Some are out of print.  A few wartime volumes may never have been published.  Donations will be most welcome of any unwanted copies you may have. 



Peterborough Quaker Meeting House

21 Thorpe Road


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Sunday 10.30–11.30 am


Wednesday 7–7.45 pm


Children’s meeting is held on the second Sunday of every month.





For details of study groups, meditation, social events and other activities see 'Calendar' and 'Events in 2019'

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