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Meetings for Worship:
Sundays 10.30 a.m.
1st Thursday in each month 7 p.m.
Our Meetings last for an hour on Sundays and 45 minutes on Thursdays.
All are welcome: refreshments with opportunities for questions and conversation afterwards.
Children's Meeting Times:
2nd Sunday in each month 10.30 a.m.
For details please contact Children's Convener, Pip Harris, on 01364 652478
Meeting House Address:
Quaker Meeting House, Foales Court, off North Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7QE
Please note that Foales Court is a narrow alleyway leading east off North Street between two shops.
Ample parking is available in the Ashburton central car parks, to the west of North Street. This is currently free on Sundays and after 6.00 p.m. on weekdays.
Free disabled parking is available in North Street outside the Silver Lion jewellers for periods of up to 2 hours.
Last updated: 23/2/2017
Ashburton Meeting House from the garden of Seasons Cottage, April 2014
Jennie Osborne (email@example.com)
Michael Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) tel: 01364 654518
Ashburton Elders: Pip Harris, Margaret Baker
Bookings Clerk: Margaret Baker (email@example.com) tel: 01364 654518
Meetings for business are held approximately every six weeks. Please see below or contact the clerks for details.
The next Local Business Meeting will be on Sunday 5th March 2017 - after Meeting for Worship.
Nationwide Quaker Day of Healing
Saturday 18th March 11 – 4 pm
The Friends Fellowship of Healing (www.quaker-healing.org.uk) is organizing a day of healing. An event running from 11 – 4 will take place at the Meeting House. All welcome. People may come and go staying for as long or as short a time as they wish. There will be refreshments, optional comfort breaks and opportunities for conversation. For more information contact Mary Yeatman on 01364 652001
Report for Devon Area Meeting, 12 November 2016
As the dark days of winter descended last year we knew that our Friend Adrian Foote would not be with us for long. He had suffered a chronic illness for most of his life, but it was the unexpected return of cancer that gave him only a few months to live. He continued to attend Meeting regularly for as long as he could. He always had something fresh and illuminating to say after Meeting. Even when he spoke on matters he felt deeply, he always managed to do so with a lightness of touch.
Not long before his death, a group of us met in the Meeting House at his request to listen to readings and music he was fond of. He and his wife Gillian used the last weeks of his life to plan his funeral which was arranged through Heart and Soul funerals. The funeral and his burial at the Sharpham Natural Burial Site were attended by some of us from Meeting.
In May, at rather short notice, we were one of about 30 local organisations to be invited by the mayor to take part in an event in St. Andrews Church held to celebrate the completion of major refurbishment to the floor and lighting. A display giving an account of Quakers locally and in the wider world was put together hastily and enthusiastically. We had many interesting conversations with local people.
Our next event was the holding of a public meeting in the Town Hall when our Friends Nick Cox and Richard Smith put the Quaker case for remaining in Europe. This was attended by Friends from Ashburton and neighbouring Meetings with about an equal number of members of the public.
We are at the moment planning for an informal evening of poetry, music and song in the Meeting House on the One World Week theme of ‘Including you, acting together for one world in peace’.
Our children’s class generally meets once a month and we love to hear their accounts of what they have been doing. The children of one of our families have been attending Luton and Leighton Area Meeting Camp since they were very young. However increasingly we are finding that there are other activities for them to attend to on Sundays - like friends’ parties! We are exploring other ways in which we can become more of an all-age community.
We have a continuing stream of congenial hirers using our Meeting House, which contributes to our financial stability and to our presence in the community.
Although we are feeling increasingly confident as a relatively new meeting and have a growing core of people who feel they belong with us, we nevertheless struggle to fill the basic roles of a Quaker Meeting especially as some of us have significant Quaker roles outside the meeting. Whilst this helps us to feel part of the wider Quaker family it does require stamina!
Ashburton Meeting was set up in 2004 as an offshoot of Totnes Meeting, following a Quaker wedding in St Lawrence Chapel, which uncovered an enthusiasm in Ashburton for a distinctively Quaker expression of spirituality. In its early days Friends met once a month on Thursday evenings mainly in rented accommodation, but sometimes in a Friend's home.
In 2009, following a bequest from a Newton Abbot Friend, Rachel (Jill) Crossman, an old hall in the centre of town was purchased. Formerly a Plymouth Brethren Chapel and more recently a wood store for the local ironmongers, much work needed doing on it. After extensive refurbishment funded by generous gifts and loans from Quakers up and down the country, many Local Meetings and a number of Trusts, including the central Meeting Houses Fund, the new Meeting House was opened in September 2013.
On 1st January 2015 we became an independent Local Meeting within Devon Area Meeting. We are still a relatively small Meeting with an average of 10-12 adults present at Meeting for Worship on Sundays. Visitors and newcomers are always welcome. There is a Children's Meeting once a month.
The recently refurbished Meeting House, situated in the centre of the town, is ideally suited for letting to groups whose activities are in keeping with Quaker principles.
The main space is the Meeting Room on the first floor and is served by stairs and a lift. This room provides a tranquil space with views up to the surrounding hills. Yoga and meditation groups find it suits them well but it can also easily accommodate meetings where 30 to 40 people can be seated comfortably. With its beautiful north facing windows it would also be suitable for small exhibitions. There are tea and coffee making facilities on this floor. The Meeting Room measures approximately 24ft long x 21ft wide.
Downstairs is a pleasant lobby area, two toilets (one of them fully accessible) and the Jill Crossman Room which has a fully equipped kitchen with seating and some tables. The Jill Crossman room measures approximately 18ft long x 12ft wide. There are full kitchen facilities.
Larger groups have found that hiring the whole building can suit their needs.
For enquiries and bookings, please contact Margaret Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01364 654518.
The main upstairs Meeting Room
The Jill Crossman Room (children's room)
A few Ashburton Friends waiting for the completion of the building in July 2013
The Jill Crossman Room showing the kitchen area
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