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Thank the Quakers and Clarks for the Glastonbury Festival

In case you’ve ever wondered who to thank for the Glastonbury Festival, it seems that as well as Michael Eavis and his family, it’s the Quakers to whom you should be grateful. In the build up to the 2014 event The Guardian ran an article with festival organiser Michael Eavis answering questions from famous people.…

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Two thousand people set to attend yearly meeting

The organisers of the annual meeting of Quakers in Britain, Yearly Meeting Gathering, have announced that this year’s event in Bath in 08/2014 is so full that people not booked to attend must not come. Over 1,900 people are booked to attend the event, meaning that the number of Quakers gathered together in Britain will…

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Quaker company comes under fire for sexist signs

Over 10,000 people have signed a petition calling on a historically Quaker-owned company to end its sexist signs promoting boys and girls shoes. C&J Clark International Ltd, known as Clarks, has faced widespread criticism from shoppers who object to the slogans in its stores that say “Because boys test their shoes to destruction, so do…

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Ian Kirk-Smith shares insights from life as a Quaker and a journalist

Former broadcaster and current editor of The Friend Ian Kirk-Smith shared insights from his career in the media on Friday night at a public lecture at The King’s Hospital School in Dublin, as Quakers gathered for Ireland Yearly Meeting. Ian Kirk-Smith drew on his diverse experiences across anthropological fieldwork, writing, radio production and film directing…

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Quakers renew support for young Zimbabweans despite college closure

Quaker support for young Zimbabweans is set to continue, it has been announced, despite the forthcoming closure of the The Hlekweni Friends Rural Service Centre in Zimbabwe later this year. Friends of Hlekweni, the British charity that supports the activities around Hlekweni near Bulawayo in southern Zimbabwean, has made the announcement that their support for…

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Gloucester Quakers active in the heart of their city

Gloucester Quakers win award Quakers in Gloucester have been given a double boost recently as they have celebrated the reopening of their meeting house and the city’s Gay and Lesbian Community has named them as their “person of the year”. Gloucester Quakers’ 19th century meeting house was gutted by fire in 09/2012 after an arson…

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European Quakers focus on free trade agreements

A programme assistant, Chris Diskin, from the Quaker Council for European Affairs is set to tour Quaker meetings in Britain to help Quakers to explore the negative impact of Free Trade Agreements on economic justice. Chris Diskin’s work in Europe focuses in particular on the European Union-US TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and the…

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Quakers protest at BP and British Museum relations

A group of Quakers held a meeting for worship in the atrium of the British Museum today as part of a protest against the museum’s connections with multinational oil company BP and to highlight concerns about climate change. As well as bearing placards calling on the museum to end its relationship with BP, some of…

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Quakers speak out on poverty

Quakers in Britain have adopted a statement on “government cuts: welfare benefits”, which is to be used as a “starting point for meetings as a basis for action and speaking out” as well as for reflection, according to the decision-making body Meeting of Sufferings, which met on the first Saturday of the month in 04/2014.…

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Online postgraduate Quaker courses launched

Two unique studying opportunities have been announced following a link up between Britain’s top Quaker study centre and a leading English university. Woodbrooke’s Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies has set up an innovative and interdisciplinary collaboration with Lancaster University, is offering the first online postgraduate courses in Quakerism: a Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies; and…

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