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Dorchester Quaker Local Meeting

All events take place in the Meeting House in Holloway Road unless otherwise specified. Please see other pages of the website for directions.

Meeting for Worship each Sunday in the Meeting House 10.30am All Welcome.

June

2nd June Meeting for Worship 10.30

8th June AREA MEETING REIMAGINED building our wider spiritual community

Dorchester Meeting House
9.30 for a 10 am start. What’s Area Meeting ever done for us?
Is it time to re-imagine our Area Meeting? How might we better support it? Join the conversation! Bring a picnic lunch to share. Optional walking tour of Dorchester in the afternoon followed by a cream tea. Please let us know if you are coming or would need to join us on line email: elderdorchgroups@email.com

9th June Meeting for Worship 10.30

14th June Fun and Food at 5.55 in the Meeting House.

16th June Meeting for Worship 10.30 followed by an Eldership and Pastoral Care meeting for all starting at 11.45.

19th June 12.30 Midweek meeting for Worship followed by shared lunch (bring and share).

Friday 28th June –  Friends Looplet Walk organised by Matthew. Please alert the Clerks using the Clerking email clerks.dorchester@gmail.com if you would like to participate or tell Matthew directly at Meeting.

LOOPLET WALK

Friday 28th June.

I propose we meet at Kingcombe Nature Reserve and walk in the reserve before having lunch at their very nice cafe.   Kingcombe Visitor Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester Dorset DT2 0EQ

I have been able reserve tables for lunch and they have asked that we prebook our meals at the cafe before setting out on the walk. 

We will do a figure of eight walk starting from the Centre and passing back via the Centre in the middle of the walk so that those who would prefer a shorter route can join us at that point. 

Thus the proposed timing are:

1045 Meet at Kingcombe Nature Reserve Centre and prebook our lunches at the cafe

(For those who want to join the longer walk  of about 2-3 miles)

PS the café opens at 10:30 if anyone would like to arrive a bit earlier for a coffee before we set out. 

1100 Set out on the longer walk

1200 Return to the Centre to collect those who would like to join the second part of the walk (of not more than a mile).  Could those in this group please go to the café first and pre-book your lunches

1300 Return to the centre for lunch. 

They have a course running at the Centre that day and have asked if we can park in the overflow carpark just up the road (and carshare as much as we can). 

Churches Together in Dorchester (on which Quakers are represented) report that The Storehouse Church are hosting sessions for Body, Mind and Spirit and focussing on Fitness Training with a qualified personal trainer.

Future dates are: 

June 7th, 14th,  22nd 28th. (Fridays 9-10am, Saturdays 10.30-11.30am) £2.50 per person per session

Local Quaker Business Meeting

These are held every two months and all are welcome to attend. The Clerking team are currently Marigold, Mike and Tess who share the Clerking responsibilities (clerks.dorchester@gmail.com). Please contact one of them if you have an item which you want to be included in the agenda for LQBM. Minutes are taken at these meetings so please ask an Elder if you would like to see them.

OTHER EVENTS OR OPPORTUNITIES YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN 

Quakers are part of the World Wide Family of Quakers and the Around Europe Newsletter has articles from various aspects of Quaker activity across the Europe and Middle East Section latest issue of Among Friends. https://www.fwccemes.org/file_download/518/Among_Friends_159.pdf

Individual Quakers are involved in a range of social action activities and some are mentioned here.

You are invited to attend the  Restore Nature Now march on 22nd June in Central London. 

Restore Nature Now is a collective call for urgent action to reverse nature’s destruction before it’s too late. The march will be made up of 150+ nature and climate organisations including Zero Hour, The Wildlife Trusts, CPRE, Wildlife and Countryside Link, Extinction Rebellion, Friends of the Earth and well-known campaigners Chris Packham.  Here is a link for further details:

The Marchrestorenaturenow.com

There is a bus going up to London from Weymouth and Dorchester. This is the link to book a place on the coach or for further info you can contact:

 Caz: de-net@hotmail.co.uk tel: 07540 997717

Please book your place on the bus at:

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/extinctionrebelliondorchesterweymouthandportland/1250295

For those interested in the demonstrations and protests in relation to Israel and Palestine, there is a Dorset Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Contact dorsetpsc1@admin or dorsetstopthewar@gmail.com 

The  Quaker Socialist Society meets online from time to time – and had a recent meeting on how we promote Quaker values in state schools and private Quaker schools.  Prof Francis Green spoke about his book on private schools: Engines of Privilege.  See the Quaker Socialist Society website for further details.

We encourage Friends to see a Lecture by Revd Munther Isaac, a Palestinian Christian on https://quakersocialists.org.uk/.