Ashburton

 

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Meetings for Worship: 

            

     Sundays 10:30 am

    

     Our Meetings last for around an hour 

All are welcome: refreshments with opportunities for questions and conversation afterwards.

Children & Young People:

     All ages are welcome every Sunday.
     Planned activities are usually on the
     2nd Sunday of the month. 
 
     For details please contact:
     Christina Langrish on 0780 793 1603
 

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.

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Parking:

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: 22/01/2019

 

Ashburton Meeting House

  Ashburton Meeting House from the garden of Seasons Cottage, April 2014

 

Clerking Team: ClerkAshburton@gmail.com

Jennie Osborne
Jacqueline Vann
Stephen Sterling

Ashburton Elders:  Pip Harris, Margaret Baker

Ashburton Overseers:  Christina Langrish, Margaret Baker

Treasurer:  Michael Baker

Children’s Meeting:  Christina Langrish  0780 793 1603

Bookings Clerk: Margaret Baker
(margaret.baker@scolty.com)  tel: 01364 654518

Meetings for business are held approximately every six weeks. Please see below or contact the clerking team for details.

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LBM Dates

The next discussion group will be on Sunday 2nd July 2019 (after Meeting for Worship)
12 to 1pm, followed by a simple lunch should you wish to stay.

The next Local Business Meeting will be on Sunday 30th June 2019 - after Meeting for Worship (around 11:45 am).

Following our first meeting to review "How is our meeting doing?" we held on 23rd June, we hope to circulate a summary of the responses to the questions so far, and to continue discussing these on Sunday 2nd in the discussion group. 

 

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A brief history of Ashburton Quaker Meeting

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.

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Hiring the Meeting House

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 margaret.baker@scolty.com or telephone 01364 654518.

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The main upstairs Meeting Room

The Jill Crossman Room (children's room)

Some Ashburton Friends

A few Ashburton Friends waiting for the completion of the building in July 2013

 

Ashburton kitchen

The Jill Crossman Room showing the kitchen area

 

 

Ashburton Quakers Library Catalogue

 

At the bottom of this page you will find an attached the library catalogue of Ashburton Quaker Meeting.

For a small Meeting, we hold a surprisingly wide range and large number of books and other publications, now in excess of 200, across a range of subjects touching on Quaker history, testimony and concerns and interests.  The collection is held in the Meeting House in Foales Court, and there is a simple borrowing and return system.
If you do not worship at Ashburton Quaker Meeting, you are most welcome to borrow any of the books if you live locally. Please contact the clerks who will arrange for you to put in touch with our librarians.