Latest News


Swarthmore Lecture 31 July 2021: Tom Penny (20/7/21) 
Tom Penny, journalist and member of Blackheath Meeting, will give the 2021 Swarthmore Lecture online on 31 July at 19.00. His title is Kinder Ground: Creating Space for Truth. For more information and registration: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/research/swarthmore-lectures/
 
Report published of special SE London area meeting in preparation for COP26 (30/6/21) 
Blackheath Quakers organised a special meeting of SE London Area Quakers on 13 June to prepare for COP26. Presenters from the meeting covered the background to COP26, and biodiversity, population and migration in the context of climate change. Read the report of the meeting. 

Charney Manor away weekend cancelled:  (30/6/21)
The meeting has decided with regret to cancel the planned residential weekend at Charney Manor from 3-5 September.  

Study groups (07/6/21)
Our Monday evening study groups have resumed with a focus on Advices & Queries. We plan to continue for eight weeks. Anyone who would would like to lead a session with a favourite A&Q please contact Jo Keogh.  They start at 19.30 and continue until about 20.30. 

Death of Martin Jenkins (14/5/21)
We regret to announce the death of our Friend Martin Jenkins, a long standing member of this meeting. 

Tom Penny to give Swarthmore Lecture 2021
Blackheath Meeting's Tom Penny will give the 2021 Swarthmore Lecture: Kinder Ground: Creating Space for Truth. His topic is truth in the era of fake news, and he will draw on his 29 years’ experience as a journalist. Date: 31 July. The lecture will be livestreamed as part of Britain Yearly Meeting. 
Announcement from Woodbrooke
 

Death of Trevor Dannat
The architect of our remarkable meeting house, Trevor Dannat RA, died on 16 February 2021 at the age of 101. A local man, Dannat took an interest in the meeting house into his 90s, sometimes joining us for London Open House.
Full obituary

Charney Manor Weekend
Our weekend away to Charney Manor has been rescheduled to run from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th September.  It will give us time to see how many will have had the vaccination. Should the situation be favourable we can go ahead with the weekend.  We can make our final decisions in July.

Death of Esta Finlay
Our dear Friend Esta Finlay died in January from Covid. She had been unwell for some time.


Stansted 15 (29/01/21)
Friends will be pleased to have seen in the news that the Stansted 15, who broke into Stansted Airport in 2017 to stop a plane deporting people to Africa from a UK detention centre, have won their appeal against conviction under counter-terrorism legislation.  One of the 15 is Lyndsay Burtonshaw who works for Turning the Tide at Quakers in Britain.

Meeting House Closes (14/1/21)
The Meeting House has closed again as a precaution during the pandemic. We will re-open as soon as it is reasonable to do so. In the meantime, we welcome Friends and visitors to our online Meetings for  Worship on Sunday from 10.30 to 11.30 and on Wednesday from 19.30 to 20.00. Contact us if for more information. 

Winter study groups resume (4/12/20)
We are delighted to have a new series of discussion meetings underway. The sessions take place on Zoom on Monday evenings from 7.30 and last between an hour/an hour and a quarter.