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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.

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


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.

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)

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

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)