Author Archives: Susan Seymour

Hampstead online meeting for worship

This is to let you know that next Sunday 22nd March, there will be an online meeting for worship for Hampstead Friends, available to anyone who has a computer or a phone.

The meeting will be open for you to join from 10.30 a.m. It will begin in the manner of Friends at 11.00, and will be closed by the elders at 12.00. After that, the line will remain open until 12.30.

The elders this time will be Geoffrey Durham and Shelley Lea.

If this first experimental meeting works well for us, we hope to hold Sunday meetings in this way until Hampstead Meeting House re-opens. We are indebted to our Friend Paul Seed for setting it up.

To join the meeting:

Click on this link:
meeting ID: 221 986 028 #

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust trustee recruitment

I am trying to get the word out to more Friends about the trustee recruitment opportunity at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. I have been a trustee there for over 15 years. It is my most valuable and enjoyable form of Quaker service.

The online information is here (and on the homepage and vacancies section of the website):
Also on the home page

And here is a video of trustees discussing their roles:

An article and advert was in The Friend on 17 January.

We are looking for more ethnic diversity, but all forms of diversity, age, geography, skills and profession are important. The closing date is 24 February.

I do hope you will consider this, and pass it on to others you may know who could be interested.

Singing workshop

Singing Workshop 
25 January 2020, Friends House, London 
Join Leonora Davies and Elena Browne for a day at Friends House as we
explore how to use singing in children’s meeting, all age worship and
beyond. This is an event for all ages. Those under 18 will need to come
with an adult who will be responsible for them during the day.
The cost is £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s. A packed lunch will be
To book your place, please complete the online form at 
Aleks Zawadzka,, 0207 663 1013

Retreats at Golders Green Meeting House

A reminder that our next Day Retreat is to be held Saturday 30th November 10.30 – 16.00.

The morning will be held in the framework of a guided retreat.

The days are open to anyone who welcomes the opportunity to spend time in silence, simply BEING in nurturing surroundings.

As well as being a beautiful building, Golders Green Meeting House is situated on the edge of ancient woodland and participants are welcome to walk in the woodland. Please bring with you any reading material you might find helpful. You may want to prepare by reflecting in advance on what you would like to glean from the day.

Please bring a lunch item to share, or a packed lunch. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day. A donation of £10 is suggested towards the costs of hiring the meeting house for the day.

Enquiries to Harry 07770 772939 or Jean 07826 101454

Details and the dates for next year are here Retreat Days 2020

We look forward to seeing you

Harry and Jean

Towards a good death

The concern over Death & Dying that came out of Hampstead to NWLAM is going to MfS which is gathering this weekend 4-6 October at Woodbrooke.

Juliet Prager the Deputy Recording Clerk did not include the attached document in the briefing material (only the Minute) but suggests it goes on the NWLAM website so that Representatives to MfS can view it. Here it is.

Towards a Good Death

Quakers at Arts the Arms Fair

When the arms fair returns to London in September, Art the Arms Far will be back too. We are organising two weeks of art, music and poetry to expose the arms fair. We’d would love for you to visit the exhibition, attend an event, or volunteer to help us out, if you are able and willing.

We know that the arms trade, peace and conflict is an issue many f/Friends are passionate about, and some young f/Friends have been involved in the organisation of Art the Arms Fair.

Here is a poetic contribution from Robert Ilson of Hampstead Meeting.

A Tale Too Often Told

My dearest friend acquired a gun

I did not want to be outdone

And got one too.  We both were proud

To stand out from the gunless crowd

And felt protected from assaults

Our lives seemed perfect, free from faults


Until one day we disagreed

Our voices rose.  We felt a need

To flaunt our weapons, did not fear

The horror that was looming near.

His bullet failed ; mine hit its mark

My friend fell into Death’s long dark


I live yet cannot cease to grieve

My sadness will not ever leave

But is there no one else to blame ?

Yes ! There’s one more must bear the shame :

He who oblivious of their harms

Makes money out of selling arms

                        Robert Ilson