THIS MONTH'S CHARITY
Cruse Bereavement Care was founded in 1959 in Richmond upon Thames and is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Our vision is that all bereaved people have somewhere to turn when someone dies.
Our mission is to offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.
Our values: At Cruse Bereavement Care we are Responsive, Compassionate, Respectful, Supportive and Innovative.
Cruse offers telephone, email and website support. We have a Freephone national helpline and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people. Our services are provided by our network of 5,000 trained volunteers and are confidential and free. Cruse also provides training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work. Read our latest Annual Review to find out more about the impact of our work.
Cruse Bereavement Care is committed to being a diverse and inclusive charity that is accessible to all sections of society.
The origins of Cruse
Our 60 Years of Cruse timeline tells our story from our beginnings running clubs for widows from our founder's house in Kew, to a charity with an international reputation Find out more, including where we got our name, how we have helped in times of crisis, such as after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, and how we have expanded to support hundreds of thousands of people each year. ReadMore
NEWS & VIEWS
Milford Haven Quakers - What's happening.
MEETINGS FOR BUSINESS
5 October 2020
THE LOVING EARTH PROJECT
13 April 2020
The idea of making textile panels which can be exhibited if we wish and can travel to be displayed at the International Climate conference in Glasgow.
The idea arose at a conference on climate change at Swarthmore Hall. Some lovely textile panels were made. The project is now being supported by Woodbrooke.
People were asked to respond to three questions:-
1.What or who do you love that is in danger from environmental breakdown?
2.How do you and your lifestyle contribute to that threat?
3. How can you be part of the solution? Small things make a difference!
We are asked to make a design in any way using textiles of any kind on a 30 centimetre square. It should have a border around which I think should be at least a centimetre and I would make a bigger border at the top in case we want to hang it or put a small rod through it. ( probably about 4 or more centimetres).
The design could be knitted, crocheted, appliquéd, embroidered, a fabric collage applied to the square with glue if you don’t like sewing! Etc,?!
I would invite the other Meetings to join us and we will have an exhibition at Milford Haven Meeting House and then it could travel to other venues before going to Glasgow—-if that is a what you would like. Please invite your non-Quaker friends to join the project!
There is a website & Facebook page: LovingEarthProject
Best wishes and please let me know if you are going to have a go.
11th September 2020
Work has started to improving the drainage to the front of the building. The aim is to help dry the walls by lowering the ground water level next to the foundations. A French drain is being installed. It will not be possible to visit the Meeting House whilst the work is being done.
AN INVITATION TO HOPE AND DREAM: STAGE 2 OF SWAM SPIRITUAL REVIEW.
1st October 2020
We are now ready to go on to answering the question:-
How would you like to see SWAM in one year’s time? What is your dream?
We have included the following links from the Simpler Meetings Project and Ben Pink Dandelion’s Swarthmore Lecture “Open for Transformation” which may give you some inspiration. They are worth watching.
The spiritual review group have created a blog where Friends can share ideas on their dreams and ideas for the future of SWAM.
During stage one of the SWAM Spiritual Review a number of themes came up and this blog enables you to post you ideas and dreams for the future. Each theme has a separate page so you can enter your comments and read others.
I am hoping you will engage with this and promote it amongst your contacts.
The web address is: https://swamspiritualreviewblog.wordpress.com/
Thank you in anticipation.
Brian, Joan and Pam (Spiritual Review group) Just to remind you, the primary purpose of Area Meeting is to:
Develop and maintain a community of Friends, a family of local meetings who gather for worship, mutual support, administration, learning, deliberation and social life which can make its meetings enjoyable occasions and build up the spiritual life of its members’ 4.02 QF&P
The way this is achieved is up to us all to discern.
The Spiritual Review group
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE IN SWAM
3rd October 2020
Nominations Committee wishes to draw attention to three opportunities for service in SWAM, each of which will suit someone with particular interests or skills.
We ask interested Friends to contact their representative on Nominations Committee or its clerk:
*Hedyn: A vacancy arises for a member of the editorial team with responsibility for design and layout and for arranging publication of the printed copy.
Custodian of Records: We invite expressions of interest from people who may have experience as librarian or archivist or who are drawn to learning a new skill.
Website Content Provider: An opportunity arises to serve on the Website Committee as a Content Provider (working with one other). This is a temporary position to stand in for one of our Friends who is prevented by work commitments. We are looking for someone who is available immediately, and who might perhaps be interested to offer further temporary service as needed and as convenient to them.
Quakers do not stand apart from the world but have a history of being involved, joining with other to bring about change.
True godliness don’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavours to mend it: not hide their candle under a bushel, but set it upon a table in a candlestick.
William Penn, 1682
ADVICES & QUERIES
Each week an Advice & Query will be posted here
Since 1682 it has been our practice to ask "How the Truth has prospered amongst them (Quakers) since the last yearly meeting, and how Friends are in peace and unity?"
That question has evolved into our 42 Advices and Queries. Each month one is chosen to be read to the Meeting for those present to reflect on. Periodically they are revised in the light of contemporary experience. They are challenges to encourage examination of your spiritual life.
Each week one of the Advices and Queries will be posted here. Please take time to read and consider how it bears on your life.
Advices & Queries No. 18
How can we make the meeting a community in which each person is accepted and nurtured, and strangers are welcome? Seek to know one another in the things which are eternal, bear the burden of each other’s failings and pray for one another. As we enter with tender sympathy into the joys and sorrows of each other’s lives, ready to give help and to receive it, our meeting can be a channel for God’s love and forgiveness.
A History of Quakers in Pembrokeshire
by Stephen Griffiths
£4.95 plus postage.
Stephen Griffiths was a member of our Meeting form 1949 until his death in 2010 at the age of 101. He taught for many years at Pembroke Grammar School. He was born and raised in Blaenau Ffestiniog and wrote several books and articles in his native Welsh.