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Croydon Friends Calendar

Update of 18 June

Sunday 18 June: The Bundle (Journeymen Theatre)
13:30 (tea from 19.00) to 15.00 at Wanstead mh. The company that creates Quaker themed plays and performs them for us wherever there’s enough floor space will bring their latest production to Wanstead Quakers. The Bundle shows us some of the background to our inhospitable environment for asylum seekers and a sense of the head dominated politics which have created our system. It's shocking, with flashes of painful humour.
See Newsletter and www.londonquakers.org.uk/events
Tuesday 20 June: World Refugee Day
18:30 - 20:30 at Friends House Euston. Refugee Week is the UK’s largest festival of arts, education and cultural events to celebrate the contribution of people who have sought sanctuary, and to encourage understanding between communities. To mark World Refugee Day, contributors to the new-writing anthologies Refugee Stories, A Country of Refuge, and Over Land Over Sea discuss their first-hand experiences of seeking sanctuary in Britain. Chaired by Lucy Popescu (Former Director of English PEN Writers in Prison Committee). The event will include a book-signing.
Wednesday 21 June: Sanctuary in the Arts (Panel)
18:30 - 20:30 at Friends House Euston. Continuing the week's theme of how to build a culture of hospitality rather than an environment of hostility, Actor/playwright Gaël Le Cornec, author Gulwali Passarlay (The Lightless Sky) and film-maker Sue Clayton (Goldsmiths College) will discuss how the arts can help people think differently about people seeking sanctuary. The event will include a book signing.
Thursday 22 June: People and Planet
The next meeting of the ‘People and Planet’ group will take place next Thursday, 22 June and there will be an informal discussion led by a Member of the Refugee and Migrant Network Sutton. The group would also like to hear about our experiences in Croydon. This will be at Sutton Meeting House at 7 for 7.30pm.
Thursday 22 June: Sanctuary in Fiction (Panel)
18:30 - 20:30 at Friends House Euston. In order to discuss the role that novelists can play in building a culture of hospitality, novelists Sita Brahmachari (Red Leaves), Jason Donald (Dalila), Tim Finch (House of Journalists) and Roma Tearne (The Swimmer) will discuss the representation of immigration in fiction. The event will include a book-signing.
Saturday 24 June: Open day
We will be opening our Adult School Hall to the public from 2-4pm as part of Croydon Heritage Week.
Sunday 25 June: Arias and Graces (Concert)
2pm at Croydon mh. Four singers, including our Friend Isobel Lane from Streatham and Brixton Meeting, and a pianist will give a recital of operatic and light music in aid of Roko Academy in central Kenya. This is a primary school for orphaned and disadvantaged children and also works with the local community on a variety of projects. This will follow our usual shared lunch and begin at 2pm.
Sunday 25 June: Sanctuary Sunday at Friends House
11.00 - 17.00. Meeting for Worship (11am – 12 noon, George Fox Room). Based in stillness and silent waiting, Quaker Meeting gives space and time to listen and reflect. Challenging Immigration Detention Panel (1pm-3pm, George Fox Room)
Saturday 1 to Wednesday 5 July: Refugee Tales - the Walk of 2017
09.30 Saturday to 18.00 Wednesday. Walking from Runnymede to Westminster and sharing tales until there is an end to Indefinite Immigration Detention in the UK.
July 1st: Runnymede to Walton
July 2nd: Walton to Kingston
July 3rd: Kingston to Brentford
July 4th: Brentford to Hammersmith
July 5th: Hammersmith to Westminster
Join the Walk for a day, the weekend or the whole walk. Each evening of the walk celebrated writers read new tales of the refugee and detainee experience. Further details at http://refugeetales.org.
Saturday 8 July: London QLGF meeting
5.30pm in the Library at Westminster Meeting House. This is a slightly later start time than usual, and we have the opportunity to extend the meeting later than usual too, as attendees see fit at the time. The discussion this month will be in 2 parts: London Pride is on Saturday 8th July - come and sign up for your armband to walk as a Quaker (while stocks last!),and/or volunteer to help with the tea and coffee on the afternoon of the march (from 3.30pm) and revive tired walkers and watchers who seek us out In light of the approach of Pride, a discussion on QF&P 10.19. Is there a 'best of' understanding of what community is or should be? The launch text for this part of the discussion is given below. How can we respond to this, and any other, challenge of belonging to a community? All are welcome - and we look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday 9 July: Meeting for Worship for Business
Croydon's monthly business meeting from 12.15. All welcome
Saturday 15 July: Board Games Afternoon
14:30 to 17:30 at Finchley mh. You are invited to attend FREE Board Games at Finchley Quaker Meeting House, 58 Alexandra Grove N12 8HG. Lots of games will be available but we welcome you to bring your own. (You are responsible for your own games.) Please bring snacks (crisps etc.) to share.