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Refugees Then and Now
9th-17th May 2015
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day, and in support of Christian Aid Week, Amersham Quaker Meeting House in Whielden Street is hosting a talk and exhibition about refugees in 1945 and today.
At the end of WWII more than 11 million people on the European continent found themselves stranded far from home - former Nazi slave labourers, liberated prisoners-of-war and concentration camp survivors, as well as East Europeans fleeing westwards to escape the Soviet Army. .
When The War Was Over tells the story of these refugees, whom the Allied governments labelled as Displaced Persons (DPs). The exhibition, developed by Manchester and Nottingham Universities, will be open daily from 9th to 17th May. Admission is free. .
Seventy years on, new humanitarian crises around the world are bringing refugees to our shores, but attitudes to refugees have shifted. On Sunday 10th May, starting at 2pm, a two-part presentation will given an insight into the lives of refugees then and now. Admission will be by donation to Freedom from Torture.
Inner Peace, Outer Peace: where to start
Sunday 28th September 2014
For six months of this year, the Amersham Quaker Meeting House in Whielden Street was closed to allow an extension to be built that would make our historic building more accessible and of more service to our friends and our community.
The building work is now complete, and we would like to invite everyone to join us in our reopening celebration on Sunday 28th September. .
In keeping with the Quaker Peace Testimony, our theme is 'Inner Peace: Outer Peace. Where to Start?'.
As well as a chance to look round the historic Meeting House and its new facilities, there will be an exhibition of panels from the famous Quaker Tapestry, and a revival of the 'Ask A Quaker' exhibition held earlier this year in the Amersham Community Centre. .
Our guest speakers for the day are Diana and John Lampen of the Hope Project, and they will be speaking at 5pm. The day will close at twilight with a laser light display in Friends Meadow, behind the Meeting House.
Ask a Quaker
4th-6th February 2014
On January 6th, Amersham's 17th Century Quaker Meeting House closed for six months to allow some work to be carried out so as to make the whole premises user friendly, but Amersham Quakers are not disappearing!
We will continue to hold our mid-week Meeting - The Quaker Taster - on the First Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm in the Weaving Room, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, to which everyone is welcome .
To kick off this new phase in our 350 year history, we will be holding a series of ASK-A-QUAKER DAYS Tuesday 4th, Weds 5th and Thursday 6th February in the Weaving Room, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue
Curious about Quakers? Interested in debating our stance on issues such as peace building ... human rights ... crime and justice? Then please drop in to view an exhibition on our beliefs and activities, add your voice to our 'Twenty Answers,' or just to chat. You'll find refreshments, some lively discussion and a very warm welcome.
Spring Festival of Light and Music
Saturday 10th March 2012
On Saturday 10th March, the Quaker Meeting House and Meadow on Whielden Street, Old Amersham were transformed, for one night only, into a place of magic and mystery when Amersham Quakers held a Spring Festival of Light and Sound in aid of Chiltern Youth Projects (CYP). A laser light display filled the trees with stars and sent mysterious images meandering across the meadow.
Inside, in a room lit only with ultra-violet light, people sat around a beguiling artificial campfire to watch the hand-painted images of wildlife that hung from the walls, and wrote messages to one another with the glowing letters scattered over the floor and chairs.
Music was provided by the folk group, Element 15, a talented group of musicians from Aylesbury Quaker Meeting. Visitors to the Festival could also enjoy a sausage sizzle and drink hot spiced apple juice.
A big group of youngsters from CYP's Saturday Youth Group came to join in the fun.
Watch for details of National Quaker Week, 1-9 October, 2011
2011 Bucks Heritage Open Day will be held on Sunday 11th September.
Many of our Meeting Houses will be open to visitors. Events varying from concerts to cream teas will be laid on. We
are also planning some guided walks between Meeting Houses, taking in
sites of historic Quaker interest along the way.
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