… Friends’ Meeting House Programme …

Join us for silent worship any Sunday at 10.30 am, or for the other events we hold here. Children are welcome! Just let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements for them.


One or two dandelions carried on doing their thing during our mild winter

Shared Lunch Sunday 20 August 2017



In anticipation that are budding apple trees will produce something like this!

All Welcome to join us for Shared Lunch 12 noon to 2pm, on Sunday 20 August 2017, at the meeting house 41 Park Road, Woking.

At the lunch we will be saying farewell to Keith who is going to Israel / Palestine for 3 months service.



Recommended: Film “Arrival”

Irene recently watched the film ‘Arrival’ and was very impressed by it for several reasons.

She wrote, “It is a thoughtful science fiction film about communication (no light sabres or space battles, although there is one explosion, presumably to keep the teenage boys interested!); its main character is an intelligent woman and, despite the story including a bereavement, its message is ultimately positive and life-affirming.”

“For Conscience Sake”, Sunday 13th November 2016

Plain Quakers

“For Conscience Sake”, by theatre group Plain Quakers.

Following the Remembrance Service, Friends participated in a shared lunch followed by a performance of the play “For Conscience Sake”, by theatre group Plain Quakers.

The play explored the choices faced by conscientious objectors in the First World War, against the backdrop of growing militarisation today.

The audience of almost 30 people (including Friends from other local Meetings and some non-Quakers) were treated to an excellent and thought-provoking performance.

All welcome to a Play to be held at the Woking meeting House, Sunday 13 November, at 2pm

The play commemorates the opposition of Quakers and others to the introduction of conscription in 1916 against the backdrop of growing militarisation today.

For Conscience Sake

When Morris, would-be thespian and unrepentant curmudgeon, tries to unravel the story of his grandfather’s heroic exploits in the Great War, he is faced with an unexpected surprise. His unlikely buddy, Albert, unsuccessful author and Quaker enthusiast, attempts to ease the pain by arguing that we should remember the courageous conscientious objectors who resisted conscription in 1916. If more had done perhaps millions of lives could have been saved. Unconvinced, Morris stubbornly defends what his grandfather did for King and Country, until Albert unearths documents in Huddersfield that reveal a disturbing truth.

THE play is set in the present, but looks back to the past where, in a small mill town south of Huddersfield, two brothers are faced with the call to arms. It draws on real events to explore the tensions and confusions that must have been in the minds of the men who resisted conscription when their family, friends, the Press and the government were all pressuring them to bow to public opinion. The Huddersfield area had many such men, and a large number of them spent the war in prison or government work camps rather than compromise their moral principles.

There is usually no performance fee for Quaker meetings, but we do ask for return travel costs by car. We hope that a ‘retiring collection’ could be used to donate to a charity involved in peace work of the meeting’s choice, Quaker or otherwise.

Plain Quakers theatre projects supports the aims QPSW, the Peace Education Network, the Northern Friends Peace Board, ForcesWatch, and Veterans for Peace.

Enquiries and further information from

Plain Quakers Theatre: 28 Thirstin Road, Honley, Holmfirth, HD9 6JG

01484 664258 / 07849884193



Twitter: @PlainQuakers


Book Review : Gathering our Senses by Maggie Taylor-Sanders

Gathering Our Senses by Maggie Taylor-Sanders

Wild geranium like that in our front garden. Photo: Snezhka

Wild geranium like that in our front garden. Photo: Snezhka

This book is written by a Quaker on my Equipping For Ministry course and was her project for the course. It is self published and self financed with some help from her Area Meeting and is an impressive work. Maggie is a non theist but very spiritual person and this book is written from a committed Quaker perspective.

She considers the world is committed to environmental destruction and presents evidence to support this in the first section of the book. More interesting is her next sections on what a balanced sane world would be like. This very much involves a spiritual approach based on Quaker principles.

Even if you do not accept her premise of how desperate she considers the present situation is it is an interesting and thought provoking book of how we could organise a better world. Unfortunately she has few suggestions of how we can get there.

The book can be found in the Woking Meeting library.

Keith Scott