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WELCOME FRIEND! ~ ENTRE AMIS ~ ENTRE AMIGOS ~ ONDER VRIENDEN ~ BLAND VENNER
UNTER FREUNDEN ~ YNTER KERENS ~ AMONG FRIENDS
Saturday 21st February 2015
St Austell Meeting House
High Cross Street, St Austell PL25 4AN
Welcome to a family friendly day to explore
¿EUROPE? WHERE? ~ WHAT? ~ WHY? ~ HOW?
¿A QUESTION FOR QUAKERS?
Principal speakers will be
Molly Scott Cato Green Party MEP for the South West
Ian Beeson & Simon Bond both from
Quaker Council for European Affairs– QCEA
11.00a.m. start ~ finish around 4.00p.m.
Bring and share European dishes vegetarian lunch
Refreshments available throughout the day
The Meeting House is right next door to the bus & train station
Limited parking at Meeting House, pay & display parking very close by.
Accommodation too for Friends travelling long distances
Our day will also support a children’s programme
Please ensure you contact us with names & ages of children
on or before FRIDAY 6th FEBRUARY latest. Contact details below
This will enable us to prepare exciting age-appropriate activities!
Contacts Chris Middleton: email@example.com / 01726 813 501
Jill Bennett: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01395 512 195
DEVON & CORNWALL QUAKERS GATHERING
WELCOME FRIEND! ~ ENTRE AMIS ~ ENTRE AMIGOS
ONDER VRIENDEN ~ BLAND VENNER ~ UNTER FREUNDEN
YNTER KERENS ~ AMONG FRIENDS
No Man's Land
1. Well, how'd you do, Private William Mcbride?
2. And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind?
3. The sun's shining down on these green fields of France;
4. And I can't help but wonder, now Willie Mcbride,
Copyright Eric Bogle
A sanitised version of that, omitting some of the more uncomfortable anti-war sentiments, was adopted by the Royal Brtish Legion as this year’s poppy appeal song.
White Feathers & White Poppies – the duality of man(kind)
The Great War may be now outside of living memory, but it is still part of our inherited memory and collective DNA. Whatever the understanding of those who lived through it, the first world war has come to symbolise all that is dreadful, pointless and impersonal in industrialised conflict. It is for this reason that the commemoration of the war is important; not as a historical event, or sepia tinted exercise in nostalgia, but as a consideration of the nature of conflict itself. Our folk recollection of it is also singularly English in perspective; from Kitchener to Blackadder and all that came in between. This means that any such consideration is personal, questioning and emotionally involved. It could be divisive and conflicting – which is perhaps how it should be.
White Feathers and White Poppies.
The White Feather
The White Poppy
They strongly felt that the national expression of grief and reflection on Armistice day had become a largely militarized solemnification on Remembrance Sunday – that the feeling of ‘never again’ was being gradually forgotten and old attitudes to conflict were re-asserting themselves. They saw the officially sanctioned red poppy as now inextricably linked with this and wanted an alternative voice and symbol.
In 1936 the Peace Pledge Union took on the sale and production of white poppies and in 1938 over 36,000 were sold. They continue today, despite opposition from some in the British Legion, the Daily Mail and elsewhere. Margaret Thatcher made public her ‘deep distaste’ for them and recently a boy scout was ordered to remove his white poppy as it was ‘not an appropriate symbol for Remembrance day’, which rather misses the point…