Collection this Month
Our collection is for The Teapot Project- local charity recycling with special emphasis on not wasting out of date food- linked to the Cycle cafe in Ipswich
If you wish to donate but can’t attend at the Meeting House, please send a cheque to Rachel Bach made out to “Ipswich Quakers”. Please send this before the end of the month concerned.
Red And White
Nobody picks a red rose when the winter winds howl and the
white snow blows among the fences and storm doors.
Nobody watches the dreamy sculptures of snow when the summer
roses blow red and soft in the garden yards and corners.
O I have loved red roses and O I have loved white snow-
dreamy drifts winter and summer-roses and snow.
Film night- May 26th- 7 pm start in the library- To Kill A Mockingbird.
Gregory Peck plays Atticus Finch, a white widowed lawyer defending a black man accused of raping a white woman in the deep south of the USA. The story is seen through the eyes of his daughter, nicknamed Scout. The running time of 2 hours 4 minutes cannot include all the nuances and subtleties of the original novel but this is still a very powerful film. Subtitles are available.
A Visit to Bressingham Gardens and Railway Museum, Diss
on Saturday 1st July 2017
We are organising a day trip to this pleasant place which was founded by Alan Bloom who was a Quaker.
There are the fantastic gardens to visit plus the railway museum and four narrow gauge and standard gauge railway lines plus a working old-fashioned galloping horses roundabout. There are six Bressingham Gardens in total and include two world famous and distinctly personal gardens. These are Alan Bloom’s Dell Garden, son Adrian Bloom’s Foggy Bottom Garden, also a spectacular Summer Garden, a Fragrant Garden, Adrian’s Wood and a Winter Garden.
Our plan is to depart from the Meeting House at 10am. Eric Walker is organising the visit. If we get 12 people then we can get reduced price tickets. Invite your family and friends.
Adults: admission to gardens and museum and unlimited rides on the railways £9.50. children 3 to 16 £8.00
Eric needs payment by June 15th.
Please say if you can go in your own car and how many spare seats you have or if you would like a lift, please tell Eric: firstname.lastname@example.org
IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO ERIC IF YOU CAN BOOK WITH HIM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Everyone seeks happiness, joyfulness, but from outside – from money, from a big car, from a big house. Most people never pay much attention to the ultimate source of a happy life, which is inside, not outside. We can become a reservoir of joy, an oasis of peace, a pool of serenity that ripples out to all of those around us.
The Dalai Lama
Regional Gathering takes place three times a year in various venues throughout Essex. They take place on the last Saturday of February, June and September. Any members and attenders can go and enjoy the Friendship offered.
Our February event consisted of a drama by the Journeyman Theatre who depicted various graphic scenarios concerning torture.
Saturday June 24th Chelmsford MH, continuing our commemoration of WW1, Janet Scott of Hartington Grove Meeting will develop our understanding of the impact of WW1 particularly on Friends by sharing her research from this period. Her series of articles is appearing in The Friend.
Saturday 30th September Saffron Walden MH: The world faces turbulent times post Brexit and Trump. Juliet Prager, deputy recording clerk, will lead our exploration of the issues, what Friends are doing and how we might respond corporately and individually.
Feeding the Darkness
QCAT (Quaker Concern for the Abolition of Torture) appointed the Journeyman Theatre to carry out this drama which has had great success with 6th Form students in schools. About 15 Friends and 20 members of Amnesty International and Campaign Against Torture participated in the afternoon which concluded with a discussion of the issues raised.
The performance was a series of “ministries” (monologues, duologues and poems) written from extensive research into torture which is state approved. Lynn and Dave Morris brought us face to face with the insidious nature of state crime and the state sanctioning of torture; with the vulnerability of some of those trained to be perpetrators; with the complicity of governments, and with the role of global trade in the perpetration of torture. A denial of state sanctioned torture is a form of passive acceptance.
We were reminded that the perpetrators are also victims and damaged; of the essential role of medical personnel to monitor the use of torture, and of the trauma and suffering which results. Torture is used by governments to extract information, to intimidate and control opposition, and becomes almost acceptable by the blurring of the boundary between interrogation and torture. The language used is of utmost importance as the word “torture” is not used but “maximum duress” is preferred by governments.
The Quaker position on torture is laid out in the 1976 Hamilton Declaration and the UN Convention on Torture (1965) Article 1, which are now clearly being abused by UK and world-wide governments.
Dave explained that applause at the end was not appropriate but we had a period of silence to reflect. The play was followed by an illuminating time of discussion and comment during which F/friends responded actively and emotionally.
What can we do to make inroads into this darkness?
• Campaigning and protest letters to press and MPs can bring responses and we are encouraged to keep ourselves informed and to be active. Only 5 letters to an MOP about the same subject causes them to ask questions.
• Protesting at the Arms Fair and Yarlswood.
• Spreading the word to young people and getting them engaged as they have a keen sense of injustice and feel as though they are global citizens.
• Protesting at the small firms who each have a small piece of manufacture of the overall jigsaw of the arms trade or torture implement, particularly in the Birmingham area. Knowing that we in Britain are implicit in this industry and informing people of this.
• At least 30% of asylum seekers here in the UK have been tortured and need long term therapy; we can help by offering some sort of “normalisation” to help them recover and regain parts of themselves which have been lost, by volunteering to be a listening ear, offering classes in yoga, cooking, crafts, gardening etc.
• Coming together and feeling the strength of other people. Talking about it helps.