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NEWS & VIEWS
Milford Haven Quakers - What's happening.
CUB- SCOUT VISIT
A party of Cub-Scouts are to visit the Meeting House and hear a little about the Quakers as part of their "My Faith" badge. They will take part in a period of our gathered silence.
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.
A QUAKER ODYSSEY
10 February 2022
In a quiet graveyard behind the Milford Haven Friends Meeting House in Pembrokeshire, Wales, stand the gravestones of four Quakers originally from Nantucket Island: Timothy Folger and his wife, Abial Coleman Folger; and Samuel Starbuck Sr., and his wife Abigail Barney Starbuck. Around them lie the graves of other family members and fellow members of the Religious Society of Friends. How did these Quakers come to end their lives in Wales, far from their native island off the coast of New England?
A Quaker Odyssey by author Maida Follini traces the fascinating story of a group of Quaker Whalers on their long journey from Nantucket, to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and finally onto Wales. Quaker House, built in 1785 by these Quakers, is now a heritage site operated by the Dartmouth Heritage Museum, and holds the title of the oldest standing structure in Dartmouth. Dartmouth Heritage Museum is proud to present this newly formatted edition of A Quaker Odyssey by esteemed local writer Maida Follini.
Paperback. 60 pages.
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.
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
For June 2022
Pembrokeshire Peace are asking for help with the following:
Choose a week in the designated month to hold an exhibition - allowing sufficient time for transportation from and to other venues.
Book the venue in Haverfordwest
Collect info and present a display telling the local story.
Involve members, supporters and local key VIP’s -
Liaise with CND Cymru re arrangements and costs for transportation of material to and from their area – and any other practical issues which may arise.
Prepare Press Release and other local publicity
Record the event and send photos/videos for posting to the CND Cymru website/Fb
Lobby Councils to pass a resolution in support of the UN Treaty and sign up to the ICAN Cities Pledge
For more information contact Pembrokeshire Peace
1st May 2022
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CLEARING AWAY THE BRAMBLES
15th April 2022
The overgrowth of brambles in the rear gardens has been cut back.
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.
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.12
When you are preoccupied and distracted in meeting let wayward and disturbing thoughts give way quietly to your awareness of God’s presence among us and in the world. Receive the vocal ministry of others in a tender and creative spirit. Reach for the meaning deep within it, recognising that even if it is not God’s word for you, it may be so for others. Remember that we all share responsibility for the meeting for worship whether our ministry is in silence or through the spoken word.
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.