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NEWS & VIEWS
Milford Haven Quakers - What's happening.
This year for the first time since the start of the Covid Pandemic Pembrokeshire Peace Group felt confident enough to put on a candle boat ceremony at sunset to commemorate Hiroshima day.
It was held at the Picton centre Haverfordwest on August 6th from 8pm onwards. Candle boats were made and launched on the Cleddau.
There was food and hot drinks for which there is no charge was made, although there was a donation bucket for Pembrokeshire Peace Group for those who wanted to contribute.
The candle boats were launched at sunset, (approximately 9.15pm) and recovered after the event by the kind participation of "Paddle West".
As often, a number of Quakers were present.
CELEBRATION OF COMMITMENT
August 13th 2022
There will be a Celebration of Commitment (a form of marriage for those not wanting or needing a legal contract) for two of our Attenders, commencing at Lydstep, and then proceeding to our Meeting House at about 12.00, where, along with the couples family and friends, we shall gather to uphold witness the pledges they make one to another.
Qf&p 16.01: “For the right joining in marriage is the work of the Lord only, and not the priests’ or magistrates’; for it is God’s ordinance and not man’s; and therefore Friends cannot consent that they should join them together: for we marry none; it is the Lord’s work, and we are but witnesses.” George Fox, 1669
PAINTING THE MEETING HOUSE EAVES
June 24, 2022
Work has now been completed on painting the eaves.
At our next Meeting for Business we shall consider exterior signage flanking the main entrance and elsewhere.
CUB- SCOUT VISIT
A party of Cub-Scouts visited the Meeting House and heard a little about the Quakers as part of their "World Religions" badge. They took part in a period of gathered silence, learned about our Testimonies and asked many questions.
We are pleased to once more welcome a Zen Buddhist group to the Meeting House. They will be holding their meditation session on Wednesday evenings. All are welcome.
SUTTON BURIAL GROUND SIGN
19th April 2022
The rescued sign from the Sutton burial ground has been repainted and is now ready to be returned. We are so grateful to the Lambston Residents Association for their help with maintaining this historic site.
The sign has now been returned and will be remounted at the entrance.
In this edition:
News from Meetings: Swansea
Dementia Friendly Meetings
Silent Vigil for the climate at the Senedd
Quakers in West Wales Asylum Concern
Working towards Anti-Racism
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
We held a well attended "Being Quaker: Living Quaker" day across the whole of South Wales Area Meeting via Zoom. We have embraced our support for:
Quakers are holding a monthly silent vigil on the steps of the Senedd in support of action on climate.
40TH ANNIVERSARY OF DECLARATION OF NUCLEAR FREE WALES
Pembrokeshire Peace Group invited us to the opening of the Haverfordwest leg of the CND Cymru NFW40 exhibition on the 6th of June. Haverhub, Quay St. Haverfordwest, hosted an important exhibition for 5 days from June 6th to 10th. It launched at 5pm on Monday and was open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday onwards.
Forty years ago in 1982, all councils in Wales ,with public support , signed an anti-nuclear declaration, declaring themselves nuclear free zones and stated that the people of Wales wished to live in peace without the threat of nuclear war. This welsh national exhibition, with photographs and banners, is about this historic event and encourages our present councillors to renew that pledge.
The exhibition is particularly relevant at the moment because last year the United Nations banned the possession of Nuclear Weapons and made them illegal. A terrible war is raging in Europe with threats to use nuclear weapons. Britain is now increasing its stock of these weapons despite the fact that there are already more than enough to destroy all life on the planet.
1st August 2022
Quaker Bolivia Link works with poor rural communities who live in the Andes on the Altiplano, at heights of up to 4,000m. Conditions here are challenging and the climate is becoming more unpredictable.
We were founded in 1995 by a group of British Quakers who had been on a study tour to Bolivia and were inspired by Bolivian Quakers.
In Bolivia, we have a sister organisation, Fundación Quaker Bolivia Link, founded by Bolivian Quakers to take action to address the poverty they had witnessed. They work alongside the Bolivian people respecting their knowledge and expertise.
Together we’ve worked with these communities to build over 500 greenhouses and construct over 55 water supplies, some of them with irrigation systems.
A clinic was built by Lake Titicaca and we have supported agricultural development and animal husbandry programs.
We have the support of many individual donors in the UK, Germany, Ireland and the United States. Over 250 Quaker Meetings have donated to us.
CLEARING AWAY THE BRAMBLES
15th June 2022
The overgrowth of brambles in the rear gardens has been cut back and the area is beginning to recover.
We now need to plan how we maintain and use the space.
Suggestions are most welcome.
A number of graves have also been uncovered. It would be good to make a record of them.
SWAM MEETING FOR BUSINESS
12th July 2022
The minutes of SWAM's July's Meeting for Business are now available from our Clerk.
In addition to routine business, there were reports on:
SWAM session held on 8th June reflecting on Yearly Meeting 2022.
SWAM session on inclusion and diversity.
Report from Meeting of Friends in Wales held on 25th June.
Report from Symud Ymlaen/Moving Forward.
Report from Meeting for Sufferings.
SWAM right keeping of policies and procedures.
Administrative support for area meeting
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.7
Be aware of the spirit of God at work in the ordinary activities and experience of your daily life. Spiritual learning continues throughout life, and often in unexpected ways. There is inspiration to be found all around us, in the natural world, in the sciences and arts, in our work and friendships, in our sorrows as well as in our joys. Are you open to new light, from whatever source it may come? Do you approach new ideas with discernment?
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
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.
Available for Download from our Google Drive
Our Winter Party 2021
Because we could not meet in person we created a scrapbook to share
A QUAKER ODYSSEY
Maida Barton Follini
The migration of Quaker Whalers from Nantucket, Massachusetts to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Milford Haven. Canadian Quaker History Journal 71 (2006)
ABIAL FOLGER'S DIARY
The Dairy of Abail Coleman Folger 1806 – 1811
1806 - 1811
CLEMENCY & STEPHEN GRIFFITHS
Clemency and Stephen were members of Milford Haven Local Meeting from 1949 until their deaths in 2010 and 2015
QUAKERISM IN HAVERFORDWEST
This is a report from Pembrokeshire Life about the history of Quakers in the Haverfordwest. It was the Meeting which the Milford Haven Quakers attended until their own Meeting House was opened in 1811.
STARBUCKS OF MILFORD HAVEN
An article from Pembrokeshire Life about one of the founding Quaker families of Milford Haven
MAES Y MYNYDD
A report from the Western Telegraph about a place where many Quakers gathered before leaving Wales for Pennsylvania in the late 1680s. Photos from the visit made by Milford Haven Quakers.
A piece written by Margaret Lewis about her life and the part played in it by Quakerism.
MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Each month we record the proceedings and discernments of the Meeting and file them on line.