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Quaker values at the heart of being British

Quaker values are at the heart of what it means to be British, it was claimed by a Conservative politician in a Westminster Hall debate last month. Tony Baldry, the member of parliament for north Oxfordshire, was taking part in a debate about teaching British values when he drew on the Quaker faith for inspiration.…

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Quaker Social Action tackling funeral poverty

The issue of funeral poverty has been highlighted by Quaker Social Action this month as they raised the issue of high funeral costs on BBC Radio 4’s consumer programme, You and Yours. Speaking on the programme, funeral poverty campaigner Heather Kennedy said: “There’s this Victorian legacy of shame around not being able to give someone…

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TV fame for Quaker cake

A Quaker cake is set for TV fame today as it appears in the BBC television programme, The Great British Bake Off. Tottenham Cake was invented by a Quaker baker, Henry Chalkley. A regular sponge cake, the Quaker Tottenham Cake’s stand-out feature is its lurid pink icing. The icing traditionally features mulberries from the burial…

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Quaker mentions, 2013, part 2

Putting aside all the media coverage Quakers have received over same-sex marriage, the recent revelation about the nation’s favourite churches and every article that can’t help mentioning which banks were formed by Quakers, Quakers continue to pull in media coverage nationally and locally and often in passing. For example, there was a long feature in…

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Gun nuts identify Quakers among enemies

The American lobbying arm of the Quakers, the Friends Committee for National Legislation has been revealed as one of 500 organisations and people on the pro-weapons National Rifle Association’s so-called “enemy list“. According to the FCNL website “Friends seek peaceful and nonviolent solutions to personal and societal problems at all levels. The seeds of war…

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Quaker mentions, 2013, part 1

by Jez Smith A long-intended rarely written Nayler article this, aiming to cover Quakers mentions in the public consciousness and media. First up this week is Tracy Chevalier’s new novel, The Last Runaway. The protagonist is a British Quaker, Honor Bright, who moves to the US in the mid 1800s and helps slaves reach freedom.…