Marazion

 

Business Meeting DatesEventsNotices: Article By Tony Fitt

 

Meeting for Worship: Sundays at 10.30am.

Children’s Meeting first and third Sundays at 10.30am all welcome

Address:
Friends Meeting House
Beacon Road
Marazion
TR17 0HF

Getting there: Meeting House is 100 metres up Beacon Road, which joins main road by the Godolphin Arms Hotel. Bus: No 17 or 2 to Marazion Square. No parking at the Meeting House, (except for Disabled Badge Holders). Nearest Car Park on seaward side of main road. Charity car park at West End of village.

Contact: Laura Martin (Clerk)

Email :

laurammartin@hotmail.com

or

Alethea Wigzell (Assistant Clerk)

01736 763269

aletheawigzell@btinternet.com

 

Treasurer:

andrew.moth@btinternet.com

 

Marazion Meeting House exterior

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First Sunday in each month at 12.00

 

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Date

18th-24th September

An Exhibition on War & Peace

1-am -5pm daily   Admission Free   All Welcome

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quakers-Remembering-World-War-One/2997257...

 PRESS RELEASE

 

 

Cranks or Heros?  Telling untold stories of WW1

Thursday May 15th is International Concientious Objectors Day.  As a movement which testifies for peace, Quakers in Britain have chosen this date to begin marking the centenary of WW1.  Using social media to tell hidden stories of COs in WW1, an online storytelling project, "The White Feather Diaries" will feature 5 Quakers, bringing alive their dilemmas, their courage and the coat of following their conscience, from the outbreak of war in 1914 to the introduction of conscription in 1916.  "The White Feather Diaries" will go live on august 4th 2014.

White feathers were handed to those who refused to enlist, as a sign of cowardice.  Quakers were among those COs, some of whom chose other ways to serve, some were imprisoned, tortured, ridiculed or sentenced to death.  Some joined the Friends' Ambulance Unit (FAU) and chose to go to the frontline unarmed to collect the dead and tend to the dying.  Paul Parker, Recoeding Clerk for Quakers in Britain says of these men that: "they showed courage and not cowardice" and that "pacifism was then, and still is, a brave and difficult decisio, and is by no means passive".

Marazion and Penzance Quaker meetings are planning on holding an exhibition in both Penzance library and at Marazion Meeting House in September to both remember local men who, for reasons of conscience chose not to fight in WW1 and to help promote peace and alternatives to violence and war.

 

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Marazion Quaker Meeting House – A local History Project

The simple stone built meeting house at the top of Beacon Road is the oldest public building in Marazion and it is still in regular use.

How it came to be there is a remarkable story.

George Fox, one of the Quaker founding fathers, travelled throughout Britain and arrived on horseback in Marazion one evening in 1656. The Mayor was rather suspicious of upcountry foreigners, particularly those who were rumoured to believe that all men were equal in the sight of God. As if this was not enough, Fox had a reputation for not raising his hat to anyone, so the Mayor felt obliged to take action!

He gathered all the aldermen and then sent the constables to summon George Fox to come before them at the town hall. Fox declined, saying he did not see why travellers should be troubled at their inn. The constables went away but were soon back again. Fox asked them if they had a warrant and one of them plucked the heavy ceremonial mace from under his cloak and waved it under his nose. In the end Fox sent his companion, Edward Pyot, to see the Mayor and everyone calmed down.

The peace did not last for long because the next morning Fox was arrested in St Ives for having written a pamphlet which had offended a magistrate and the local clergy who also thought that Fox’s hair was too long! The upshot of all this was that Fox was taken by a detachment of soldiers to Launceston Castle and imprisoned in Doomsdale Dungeon, ‘a nasty stinking place’.

That should be the end of the story, but the townspeople of Launceston came to listen to Fox and Quakerism soon spread throughout Cornwall. In 1671 Quakers decided to hold their simple service at the house of John Taylour in Marazion .

Meanwhile Quakers were not allowed to bury their dead in a public cemetery because of local opposition, so they had their own burial ground at Brea, between St. Just and Sennen. This was a long way to take a corpse from Marazion, so John Taylour gave the piece of land at the top of Beacon Lane for use as a burial ground.

William Roberts was the first to be buried there in 1682. Quakerism was still illegal at this time, and another Mayor of Marazion, Thomas Hill, seized possessions from several local Quakers.

In 1688 there were sufficient Quakers in Marazion for them to be able to pledge enough money to build the present Meeting House. It was completed one year before the Act of Toleration made it legal to do so, so perhaps the people of Marazion had become less hostile to the new worshippers by then.

The Meeting House then settled down to 200 years of much less eventful progress, but in the 19th Century, the rise of Methodism led to a decline in our numbers. With less use and less maintenance the roof gave way in 1879 but a thoughtful legacy from Devon arrived just in time to restore the roof. Meetings were held every other week during the 1930s and 1940s but in 1962 the gas lamps were replaced by electricity and a kitchen cum Children’s Room and toilets were added.

This led to Marazion Playgroup using our meeting house and garden in the 1970s which was a delight for everyone. The number of local Quakers has increased and by the 1990s our meeting had grown so much that we sent some Quakers off to Penzance to reopen the worship there.

Local Quakers still hold their simple Meeting for Worship in Marazion every Sunday at 10.30 and all are welcome to join us. Some of the members live in Marazion itself, but others come from as far afield as St. Ives, St. Just, Hayle and the Lizard. Once a year we are joined by others from all over Cornwall for an Area Meeting at Marazion which fills the meeting house and spills over into the garden.