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Just This Day: 22nd Nov 2017

Posted by Admin (Margo) on October 18, 2017 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

An invitation to discover and share


Sacred Music

Sacred Dance

Inner stillness

through contemplative prayer and meditation


Wednesday 22nd November 2017


Join any session: arrive 5 - 10 minutes before it starts

Free admission, no booking necessary

VENUE: Quaker Meeting House,

Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5HF


10.00: Welcome and introductions: to each other and to the day

10.30: Quaker ‘Experiment with Light’ with John Senior

11.50: Julian Meeting

12.35: Sacred Music with John York Skinner

12.55: Lunch (bring your own, as silent as feels appropriate)

1.40: Buddhist Meditation with John Senior

2.45: Sufism and Dances of Universal Peace with Karim

3.30: Silence: in the style of Friends’ Meeting for Worship

4.00: Thanks and farewells

For further information please ring

01597 870277

The Pales as a resource of the Area Meeting

Posted by Admin (Margo) on February 27, 2017 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

From 2016 the Pales is seen as a resource of the Area Meeting.

Trustees, the Pales Development Group and Area Meeting are anxious to make it clear that the Pales is open to all constituent Meetings to use for retreats, away days, Meeting for Worship, study days, etc.




Following Trustees concerns and Minutes T17/05 from now on all current information about Pales will be available on AM website so from now on the Pales website privately sponsored and developed by Margo Swiderska with input from Pales wardens Lynda and Martin Williams will remain only a historical resource.

Following 17/16 Minute (28th February 2017) from now on the meeting is recorded as Llandrindod Local Quaker Meeting (not Llandrindod & Pales Quaker Meeting).



Our practice of holding one Meeting for Worship a month at the Pales is not affected by any change of name or by any of the above. We meet at Pales every 3rd Sunday at 3 pm.

Barrow Pilgrimage

Posted by Admin (Margo) on February 19, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Barrow Pilgrimage

Easter 2017

Monday 10th to Thursday 13th April 2017

Quakers in Kendal and Sedbergh Area Meeting are concerned that recent changes to the welfare state are deeply wounding to the very fabric of our community and are hitting those who are the most vulnerable in our society.

This challenges our belief in equality, peace and social justice.

We welcome you to walk with us:

• As a sign of our common humanity and our solidarity

with the poorest and most vulnerable.

• To support our belief in an inclusive society in which all

are considered of equal worth.

• To show support for our welfare system.

• To show willingness to pay a level of taxation that will support

the care and dignity of all.

Our journey will take us from Sedbergh via Kendal, Rookhow and Ulverston, with accommodation arranged en route. Our walk will end at Barrow Tax Office with a period of silent witness and a symbolic offering of money for the Welfare State. We will make a collection for this where we walk and stay.

Contact us Sally 07939569559 or Andy on 07815547292 or email [email protected] if you wish to join us for all or part of the walk, or

if you can offer space to sleep, or refreshments, or transport for those less able to walk the 15 – 20 miles each day. Leave your phone number if no reply.


Taking action for the Common Good

on behalf of Quakers in Kendal and Sedbergh Area Meeting

Art at the Pales

Posted by Admin (Margo) on February 12, 2017 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Art at the Pales

13th June

10:00 – 16:00

Abstracting the Landscape with Lois Hopwood

cost £25 each day,

includes workshop and refreshments,

bring a picnic lunch.

Gardening Days at The Pales.

Posted by Admin (Margo) on January 1, 2017 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Gardening Days at The Pales.


Three dates have been agreed for Gardening Days at the Pales.


19th March, 18th June and 19th November 2017


The day will start at 10.30 with gardening in the grounds. This may involve weeding, planting or pruning; in fact anything that needs doing.Please bring your own gardening tools and suitable clothing.


There will be a shared lunch at 1-00. Please bring along food to share.


There will be community time after lunch, an opportunity to catch up on the latest news from the local Meetings.


At 3.00 we will hold Meeting for Worship in the main Meeting Room.


We look forward to welcoming you to The Pales.


Pales history day: provisional programme.

Posted by Admin (Margo) on January 1, 2017 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)



Pales history day: provisional programme.


Thursday 14 September 2017


10.30 welcome and coffee


11.00 Christine Trevett: Early Quakers in Wales and the significance of Quaker women.


11.50 Gethin Evans: Quakers in Wales part 2




2.00 Martin Williams: the Pales story


Linda Williams: the Pales school;


3.00 Geraint Hughes: Geraint Hughes: the diary of Thomas Atkins:life at the Pales c 1900


3.45 Discussion


Earth and Economy

Posted by Admin (Margo) on November 3, 2016 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Earth and Economy is the newsletter of the Economic Justice and Sustainability team at Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW).

You can sign up to receive a monthly e-update and/or a twice-yearly paper newsletter.

Earth and Economy monthly e-updates contain:


  • regular updates on QPSW's work
  • current opportunities and ideas for action
  • news from Quakers and meetings around the UK
  • upcoming events


Read the lastest e-update

Read the example of Earth and Economy October (PDF)

Subscibe to the Newsletter.

Junior Yearly Meeting 2017

Posted by Margo S on October 10, 2016 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Junior Yearly Meeting 2017

29 July - 5 August 2017, Coventry

Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) is a welcoming, exciting and thought provoking event for young people aged 14-17 (born between 1.9.1999 and 31.8.2002, inclusive).

Whether you've been a Quaker all your life, or have recently discovered Quakerism, JYM offers everybody the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and engage with spiritual ideas.

Date & time

Start: 14:00 on 29 July 2017

Finish: 11:00 on 5 August 2017


Yearly Meeting Gathering 2017

At University of Warwick



United Kingdom

For more information contact:

Thais De Oliveira

Telephone: 020 7663 1013" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

Radical Spirituality: the early history of the Quakers

Posted by Margo S on October 10, 2016 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

invitation to quaker course

Radical Spirituality:

the early history of the Quakers


The course will take place online and will consist of a variety of elements. These include videos filmed in and around what is called ‘1652 country’, the area that Quakerism really took off as an organised mass movement. We visit the key sites of Pendle Hill, Firbank Fell and Swarthmoor Hall. Other films look at the place of travel for early Quakers and the significance of the movement starting in the north of England. We learn about the people, the places and the ideas associated with the start of Quakerism. There is text to reflect on and audio clips to help us ‘hear’ the writing more easily. In Week 1 of the course we’ll reflect on the civil war context and provide an introduction to Quaker founder George Fox’s life.

There is still time to invite friends and colleagues to enrol on the course and take part alongside you. Having the support of people you know can really enrich the experience of studying online.


There will be plenty of opportunity to interact with other learners within the course, which we strongly encourage. In the meantime, you can use the hashtag #FLquakers to find and contribute to any discussions on social networks.


We would really appreciate it if you could take some time to fill out this short pre-course survey.


The course is due to begin on 3 October 2016. We will contact you again a week or so before the course starts, and will also send a welcome note as soon as we get underway.

extensive FAQ page.

weekend at The Pales 23-25 Sept 2016

Posted by Admin (Margo) on August 19, 2016 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A residential weekend at The Pales

in Mid-Wales for younger Ffriends 18 – 35.

23rd to 25th Sept. 2016


An opportunity to experience the atmosphere of this historic Meeting House and to be involved in planning for the future of this important part of our Quaker heritage. Set high on the hills overlooking beautiful Welsh countryside this location is the perfect base for exploration, both physically and spiritually.


Southern Marches Area Meeting is seeking guidance on how the Pales can be made self-sustaining through imaginative use of the amenities already available on the site and how those facilities can best be improved to encourage greater usage.


There is an area of level ground for camping and room in the Meeting House for camp beds and sleeping bags. There are toilet and shower facilities; Basic cooking facilities are also available.


Website –


You can download a flier for the weekend by clicking this link.

For information and booking please complete the form on




Friday afternoon – arrivals and arrangements

Saturday – exploration of the area on foot and by vehicle. Evening campfire and barbecue.

Sunday – Meeting for Worship. Shared lunch. Afternoon discussion and sharing of ideas for the future development of facilities at the Pales.

For information and booking please complete the form below.

This is the 'Weekend at the Pales" form. Please can each participant/camper complete this form if you are 18 - 35 and are joining us on 23rd, 24th,25th September 2016.

The UNKNOWING in Llandod @ 7pm, 1st Thurs

Posted by Admin (Margo) on June 16, 2016 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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A group

seeking a shared Spirituality through Silence,

sharing, seeking and experiencing - without defining.

1st Thursday at 7 pm each month.

Facebook: Unknowing_Llandrindod

We believe: that there is something more than money, power and status.

We have respect for all faiths and draw wisdom from many sources.

We explore: Into the silence we each drop whatever we've brought which expresses a theme previously decided.


2nd June

7th July

4th August

All welcome

Britain Yearly Meeting 2016

Posted by Admin (Margo) on March 31, 2016 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Yearly Meeting 2016


Yearly Meeting 2016 will be held over the late May Bank Holiday weekend in Friends House, London 27-30 May.

We will be continuing to look at how we live out our faith in the world, starting through hearing our stories. And we will look at how we recognise and respond to the promptings of the spirit to act in the world, and how we know and use our gifts.

Please register your intention to attend Yearly Meeting here (offsite link).

See also post on the forum

3 pm every 3rd Sunday MfW at Pales

Posted by Admin (Margo) on December 8, 2015 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

From now on

we meet at the Pales Meeting House

again every 3rd Sunday

at 3 pm

All welcome.


(we will not meet on 1st and 5 th Sundays until spring or until further notice)

Llandrindod MfW at 11:30 am

Posted by Admin (Margo) on May 23, 2015 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Meeting for Worship

every Sunday apart from 3rd

 at Llandod Meeting House

at 11:30 am (not 10:30 am),


at 3 pm at the Pales on the 3rd Sundays.

All welcome.


not until spring: Pales MfW on 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday at 3 pm

Posted by Admin (Margo) on May 9, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Until further notice we will not meet on 1st & 5th Sundays.

we meet at the Pales Meeting House

every 1st, 3rd & 5th (when applicable) Sunday

at 3 pm

All welcome <>

Posted by Admin (Margo) on April 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Because of the change to our Area Meeting name we are changing all Area Meeting email addresses from to

The new addresses are all functioning and should be used from now; the addresses ceased to function.

This means that you will also need to change any Area Meeting and Friends email addresses in your Address Book or Contacts to This can be done by simply replacing the part with - all names and roles remain the same. As all the data for personal email addresses has recently been collated for the 2015 List of Members and Attenders we are hopeful that all the addresses are correct

The new website of Southern Marches Area Quaker Meeting is

(CH. R)


"New Expressions of Quaker community"

Posted by Admin (Margo) on December 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (2)


Quaker Life have produced a new resource designed to help meetings explore fresh and creative approaches to being a Quaker community that is more open and accessible and to increase our visibility within the wider community, and how we might create transformational relationships with other community groups. It encourages Friends to engage with some stimulating and challenging questions about how we might find new ways of making Quaker worship and community more open and accessible in our localities, especially among those who currently find it inaccessible.

The Quaker Life resource which is called "New Expressions of Quaker community" is designed to be worked though in three sessions:

1. My journey into Friends,

2. Understanding ourselves and the communities around us,

3. Shaping possibilities for the future.

Please get in touch if you are interested.

Pales re-thatching completed

Posted by Martin on November 10, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Pales Re-Thatching


Autumn 2014


Last thatched in 1989, the roof had gradually become covered in moss and, although attractive in its own way, 25 years on, there was a concern that the straw was now retaining lots of water and breaking down.

Three master thatchers had visited; discussed the choices from heather to water reed and given quotes for the re-thatch. Phil Hallsworth from Shrewsbury was chosen as thatcher and Nick Salt was appointed as architect. The total cost for the project was estimated at £32,000. So in summer 2013 the wardens began the process of fundraising. A large number of trusts were approached and approximately £14000 was raised. It was a big blow when CADW (Welsh Heritage body who have always given 40% towards building projects at Pales as is a listed building) said they were unable to help due to their funding cuts.

So, in Spring 14, an appeal was launched and the wardens wrote to all 450 plus meetings in the UK. In July the appeal leaflet was included in “The Friend” …and then we waited with baited breath for responses. We needn’t have worried. What a wonderful community the Religious Society of Friends is! What an affirmation of love, support and true concern for each other’s Meetings and needs. We received a flood of letters daily for 3-4 months, many included personal stories of their experience of, and love for, The Pales. We felt so humbled by the generosity as cheques from £5 to £1500 arrived each morning. It kept us busy but has been a real privilege to respond personally to all these wonderful givers. The good news is that we have now reached the financial target without costing Southern Marches Area Meeting a penny!

The work itself was due to start in August. Needless to say, there was a hold up. When the thatcher finally arrived he worked for one day and then went off with a back injury and then a summer holiday. We were worried about the weather closing in. However, by the beginning of September the work had begun and we were blessed with sunny weather.

The old thatch was stripped away; the timbers sprayed for furniture beetle; large amounts of insulation inserted as required by building regulations, to line the sloping roofs and a new fire alarm system was installed. Then finally the thatching began. The reed is water reed and has been sourced from Hungary (the thatcher tells us that its quality is superior to Norfolk reed which has been damaged by environmental deterioration). It looks so beautiful – thick and honey coloured.

Meetings for Worship continued uninterrupted by the thatching which was finally finished in early November 2014.

So, do come and see your newly thatched historic meeting house in Radnorshire. It is hoped that despite all the wind and rain thrown at Pales in its exposed spot at 1180ft in the Welsh hills, that it will now be even more cosy and keep a roof over Quakers’ heads for another 40 to 50 years.

Lynda and Martin Williams

(See the photos in Photo Gallery)