We are moving to the next phase of our fundraising by launching two campaigns:
We are looking for 20 people to give £20 for 20 months. If you share our vision for the Meeting House, are you able be one of the 20?
FRY FIVER FIFTY
Turn over every £5 note and there you’ll find a Quaker – Elizabeth Fry. If £20 month is beyond your pocket, perhaps you could donate one of those Fry Fivers each month for a year. We have a target of 50 people to join this campaign.
If you are able to do either of the above, please download the pdf below which has details of how to set up a standing order through online banking or by completing the form.
With either option, if you are a British tax payer it would be great if you could complete the Gift Aid declaration and hand it back to Jan, Zelie or Ruth from the fundraising group, or post it to the Treasurer on the address on the pdf.
Twenty twenty Fry Fiver campaign
Many, many thanks.
Cover of new collection
Philip Gross, one of our leading contemporary poets, launched his new poetry collection at the Friends Meeting House, Charles Street, Cardiff, on Friday 6th November.
The evening was thought-provoking and entertaining, deeply human and accessible. We welcomed around 45 people, about one third of whom were Quakers, and needed to put out more chairs.
Love Songs of Carbon is Philip Gross’s 18th book of poetry, and is a coming of age. Recommending this collection, the Poetry Book Society selectors wrote ‘At the heart of all of Gross’s collections has been his deep enquiry into and fascination with the nature of embodiment and existence – what water is and does in The Water Table, the role of language, and speech especially, in identity and the self in Deep Field and Later. Now in Love Songs of Carbon Gross tests and feels his amazed way through the mysteries of the multiple manifestations of love and ageing… ‘
These poems are at home with great shifts of perspective, from the outer edge of science to the sensations at our fingertips. These are love poems, both to the person and to the body itself, even as – especially as – it faces entropy and decay.
There was no charge for the event and the money was raised through collection buckets and the generous donation of Philip’s percentage of all the sales made that evening.
If you missed it, it’s not too late to buy copies of Philip’s poetry books, both Love Songs of Carbon and previous collections. A selection is available on a Sunday morning at the Meeting House and Philip is generously donating the proceeds to the development appeal. Christmas presents solved for literary friends?!
Thank you Jane and Mike for hosting a coffee morning and bring and buy sale at your house during November 2015. It was a lovely occasion and raised over £300, which is amazing for just one morning.
Thank you for all your donations of books, DVDs and CDs. Thank you even more for buying them back from us! We were amazed by the breadth and quality of the books donated. The bookstall will be available to all users of the Meeting House for the foreseeable future. If you have books you would like to donate, please contact Jan via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Auction of Commitments came to an end in October 15. Thanks to all of you who offered commitments and took part in bidding. Bids are now closed and Jan is contacting successful bidders and putting them in touch with the person who has made the commitment.
During the auction Jan had requests and enquiries about commitments “wanted” that Friends are willing to pay for in aid of the Meeting House Development Appeal. So the auction has evolved into a “Marketplace of Commitments.” Please see the relevant blog page for more info.
There are many different ways of fund raising and one of these is to knit, crochet, make by any craft items which can be sold among family, F/friends and at sales events run by our Meeting. Why don’t you give this a go? Multi-task whilst listening to the radio, watching TV, travelling on the bus…
If you cannot make, then donations of wool or money to buy wool would be most welcome. Liz Muir-Edwards is co-ordinating this for us and so if you require any help, wool, patterns and such please contact her via drlizmuir[at]gmail.com (yes, you’ll need to insert an ‘@’ sign – we’re hoping this will prevent Liz getting spam). Also, if you know of any local knitting / crochet groups who knit for charity why not ask them to contribute, or give Liz their contact details and she will do so. Any queries, please contact Liz.