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Meeting for Worship: Sundays at 10 am. Meeting lasts for an hour and is followed by at least half an hour for tea, coffee and conversation. All are welcome, whether Quakers or not. If you haven't been to a Quaker Meeting for Worship before, click here.
Mid-week Meeting: On the last Wednesday in the month we have a Meeting for Worship for 45 minutes, starting at 12.30 pm. At 1.15 pm we have sandwiches, tea and chat, see Events below.
Evening Meeting: There is also a Discussion Meeting on the third Tuesday in the month, starting at 7.30 pm, see Events below.
Children’s Meeting: There is no children's meeting at present but of course children are welcome. We have a spare room (the library) below the meeting room. Please ring Kay Nicholson before you come with children.
-Treasurer : Richard Raggett
-Friends to advise on Burials and Cremations : Patricia Castle and Kay Nicholson
-Librarian : John Fell
-Room Bookings and weekly collections : Patricia Castle
-Premises Committee : David Williams, Wendy Miller, Bill Cramer
-Newsletter : Carolyn Burch and Lisa Vickers
-Convener of mid-week Meeting for Worship : Rosemary Berrington
It's not easy to get to Tavistock without a car on Sundays, due to the lack of public transport. We come to the town from most points on the compass and some of us who have cars have spare seats, and are happy to give lifts to Meeting members and visitors whenever possible:
Taxi sharing is another possibility. If none of this works for you please ask the elders or the overseer for help or advice.
view map showing long stay car park, Meeting House, town centre, United Reformed Church
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|Our local business meetings ('preparative meetings') are normally held after Meeting for Worship at about 11.15 am on the Sunday before each Devon ('Area') meeting, see here|
Mid-week Meeting for Worship. Everyone is welcome at the Meeting House on the last Wednesday of each month, including complete strangers, for a mainly silent Meeting for Worship starting at 12.30 pm and lasting for 45 minutes. There aren't many of us, so just push the door and come upstairs, between 12.15 and 12.25 pm. At 1.15 pm those who have brought sandwiches stay on to have lunch together, with tea or coffee and time to talk. It can be a good time to ask any questions you may have about Quakers/Friends, and have a general chat. See also below.
EVENTS IN MAY AND JUNE 2013
Quaker event dates are in red
Friday 3rd and 17th May: The Meditation Group will hold their sessions at the Meeting House from 7.30pm until 9.00pm.
Tuesday 21st May: Discussion Meeting, 7.30pm at the Meeting House.
David Oddie, one of our members, will lead a discussion evening by talking about the recent work done by the Indra Congress. In particular their project linking young people in Beit Jala, West Bank with their peers in Derry, Northern Ireland.
6th June,2.30pm, Friends House, Euston Road, London: World War 1 Centenary - Remembering War Preparing for Peace. Further information from Claire Poyner, Network for Peace 07794 036602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Moon Sunday, 30th June: A Trustee from Devon Area Meeting will attend and following worship will explain the new set up for local and area meetings finances and the Trustees' role
URC Discussion Evenings take place every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the URC Church and we are invited to join them.
The Meeting House can be hired: The main space in the Meeting House is at first floor level and consists of two spaces separated by a straight flight stairwell (steep stairs). The south end space includes two benches and a kitchen area with sink, refrigerator, counter top and cupboards, fully equipped for serving drinks and light refreshments (no hob or oven, but there is a microwave). The north end space (the Meeting Room proper) has benches and chairs around the wall - all can be moved. It has a non-adjustable hearing loop for those who have a hearing aid with a T position. It also enables deaf people in the downstairs room (see below) to listen-in to the ministry, talk or discussion upstairs. There is no partition between the spaces upstairs but the kitchen area can be hidden with a curtain. The Meeting Room measures 16ft 11in (5.15m) long x 13ft 2in (4m) wide, and the overall size of the first floor is 33ft (10.09m) x 13ft 2in (4m).
The room on the ground floor measures 13ft 4in (4.06m) x 12ft 11in (3.95m). It can be used for meetings of up to five or six people. It does not have its own kitchen facilities. There is no WC in the building but a public facility can be accessed nearby at any time. Please ring 01822 610556 if you would like to have information on the hire charges or view the accommodation.
Carbon Reduction: Quakers in Britain decided in 2011 to become a 'Low carbon community'. As a first step, all local Meetings are calculating as a base line, the amount of carbon they put into the atmosphere now as a result of getting to Meeting on Sunday or on other days and home again, as well as the amount produced by heating and lighting the Meeting House, both by them and by any tenants during the week. They are also asked to consider what they can do to reduce this amount of carbon, and to take action to do that.
Quaker Peaceworkers: Our contributions to Quaker Peaceworkers will help to support the staff in Geneva - Adam Drury is working on the disarmament programme and the other peaceworker is building on the office's successful work on protecting the rights of women in prison around the world. The Quaker Office provides a long-term commitment to research and concerns and works to bring "the voices of the voiceless" to the world's greatest political forum. See also here.
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In April we started a discussion evening on the second Tuesday each month, usually attended by up to ten people, and have discussed this year: what brought us to Quakers; on more than one occasion the steps we need to take to reduce our carbon footprint as a Meeting; what Advices and Queries mean to us; Discernment; and ‘Journeying in the Heartlands’. We had a talk by a guest from the local ecumenical Green Team; listened to and discussed a recording of a talk by the new Recording Clerk; and listened to and discussed the talks by Stuart Wallis of the New Economics Foundation and Symon Hill of Ekklesia at the Paths to Change gathering held at Exeter in September. This last was about changing economic systems worldwide and the need to persuade politicians that we must live within the limits imposed by the planet's natural systems and resources.
On 16 June the Meeting hosted a Devon & Cornwall Gathering which marked the start of planning for an all-age residential weekend at Sheldon a year later. This was followed in the evening by a performance of 'The Chocolate Paradox', a play by Plain Quakers, at the United Reformed Church in Tavistock.
In October we had an Open Day at the Meeting House for enquirers and started two once a month evening meetings about Quakerism, for Attenders.
By November about 19 to 21 Friends, Attenders, visitors and first timers were attending Sunday Meetings regularly (in 2005 it was about half a dozen).
The Forgiveness Project: Many members of the Meeting were involved in mounting a major exhibition in the Town Hall from 24-26 February, which was preceded by smaller exhibitions at other venues in the town. Camilla Carr and Jon James spoke at the URC on Tuesday 22 February about their imprisonment for 14 months in a basement in Chechnya.
Sunday 23 May. Camilla Carr spoke about the Forgiveness Project. See http://theforgivenessproject.com/ for information
Tuesday 23 March. We invited the leaders of Christians Together in Tavistock (TACT) to the Meeting House for a social evening and information about Quakers in Tavistock
Sunday 27th September: Adam Drury, one of our two peaceworkers at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva, talked to us after Meeting for Worship about the work.
28 November: a few of us were in the Meeting House from 12 to 4pm, to join in 'Just this Day'. Click here to see what it was about. It was mentioned in the Tavistock Times but as far as I know no non-Quakers came. It is an annual worldwide event, perhaps we can draw in more people next year.
24 November: Acoustic cafe event in aid of Quaker work in Uganda. A really good evening, many in the Meeting helped, the Parish Church Centre was very full. Financially very successful too.
28 October: Alison Prout from Friends House gave a talk about human security in the world.
14 October: Quaker Quest training day, over 20 of us including Friends from Plymouth, Okehampton and Totnes. We later decided not to 'do a Quaker Quest'.
29 September: the beginning of our National Quaker Week, with a stall for one day in Tavistock's Pannier Market, and the Meeting House open in the morning on that day and every day the following week, with a large new 'Quakers here' banner above the entrance.