Monday, 15 January 2018

Appointments for service in the meeting 2018-2020

Welcome to 2018, and the start of a new triennium for appointments in the meeting. There have been some changes: we thank those Friends who are now laying down service, and those who are beginning something new or continuing in a previous role.

These are the appointments from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020:

o   Clerks’ team : Jennifer Barraclough, Suzette Hubbert, Mahalla Mason (also correspondence clerk) Sharon Watson 
o   Treasurer: Ruth Slade
o   Finance Group: Ruth Slade, Suzette Hubbert, Adam Noble, Jennifer Barraclough
o   Nominations Group: Jennifer Barraclough (convenor), Rae Cather, Don Mason, Lesley Morris
o   OSAM trustee: Jennifer Barraclough
o   Representative on OSAM nominations group: Ann White
o   Rota organisers: Mahalla Mason, Liz Edwards
o   Special collections: Rae Cather, Caroline Bing, Adam Noble, Allan Carr 
o   Library: Sharon Watson, and Liz Edwards to assist 
o   Health and Safety, Safeguarding: Stephen Mohammad 
o   CTiW representative: Lesley Morris  – second name required in due course
o   Data Recorder: Judy Taylor 
o   Funeral advisors: Lesley Morris, Jennifer Barraclough
o   Care of children:  Caroline Bing (actual children’s meeting provisions suspended for the time being)

o   Convenor of Spiritual and Pastoral Care Group: Mahalla Mason

Friday, 22 December 2017

Meetings for worship over the Christmas and New Year period

We will be holding our normal Sunday meeting on 24 December, at 10.30. There will not be a meeting for worship on Christmas Day, and we will meet again on Sunday 31 December.
Witney Friends send loving greetings to all those who have worshipped and worked with us during the course of 2017, with particular thanks to the Methodist Church for its hospitality.

More photos from the shared lunch

Thanks to Roshan for more photos from our shared lunch on 3 December.


Monday, 4 December 2017

Christmas shared lunch 3.12.17

We enjoyed another shared lunch on 3 December, with the pleasure of music and carol singing, and the delightful company of 10-month-old Ada! Thanks to Yvette, Lesley and Keith for the ukelele playing and carols accompaniment, and to everyone for delicious food and warm company.






















Minutes of November meeting for business

WITNEY LOCAL QUAKER MEETING
Minutes of a meeting for worship for business held on Sunday 5 November 2017 at 11.30 am in the Bethany Room, Methodist Church, Witney.
11 Friends were present. During opening worship, §19.48 from Quaker Faith and Practice was read.
37/17 Dates of events 2017 and 2018
We have confirmed the following dates:
2017
·        3 December  shared lunch and celebration
·        10 December Spiritual and Pastoral Care Gathering (to follow meeting for worship)
·        24 December meeting for worship as usual; no meeting for worship on
§  25 December
2018
          Dates of meetings for business:
·        4 February
·        4 March
·        3 June
·        1 July
·        7 October
·        4 November
This pattern accommodates disruptions due to Easter, bank holidays and YMG, amongst other factors.

38/17  Use of legacy from Sue Bowers
We have received information on various options, including a day visit to Hawkswood, a day visit to Friends House, a ‘song and silence’ event tutored by Mark Russ from Woodbrooke on Saturday 14 April, and a Sunday gathering at Charney Manor.
We agree to email Friends in this meeting with the two latter options, to ask for preferences, and to bring this matter back to a later meeting for decision. We wish to invite Friends from Charlbury and Burford to join us, and ask the clerks to contact them with these possibilities.

39/17  Treasurer’s report and 2018 budget
a)    Finances 2017: income has remained steady. We anticipate a surplus of £2181, due to low expenditure and surplus reserves brought forward from 2016.
b)   Donations 2017: we agree the following donations
·        BYM - £300
·        Young Friends General Meeting - £300
·        Quaker Council for European Affairs - £200
·        Quaker Homeless Action - £200
·        Base 33 - £225
·        Citizens Advice Bureau Witney - £200
·        Rohingya appeal (via Disasters Relief Committee) - £1500
We approve the reserving of £1000 to support a new CTiW initiative on homelessness in Witney, and ask representatives to a forthcoming meeting on this matter to report back to us.
c)    2018 budget: our treasurer has spoken to the proposed budget. We approve the budget, including an increase of £50 in our annual rent for the Bethany Room, to represent an inflationary increase for 2018.

40/17  Nominations  January 2018 – December 2020
We receive the report from our Nominations Group on recommendations for appointments for the triennium 2018-2020. We appoint the Friends named below accordingly:
o   Clerks’ team : Jennifer Barraclough, Suzette Hubbert, Mahalla Mason (also correspondence clerk) Sharon Watson (release Jenny Franklin)
o   Treasurer: Ruth Slade
o   Finance Group: Ruth Slade, Suzette Hubbert, Adam Noble, Jennifer Barraclough
o   Nominations Group: Jennifer Barraclough (convenor), Rae Cather, Don Mason, Lesley Morris
o   OSAM trustee: Jennifer Barraclough
o   Representative on OSAM nominations group: Ann White
o   Rota organisers: Mahalla Mason, Liz Edwards
o   Special collections: Rae Cather, Caroline Bing, Adam Noble, Allan Carr (release Jenny Franklin)
o   Library: Sharon Watson, and Liz Edwards to assist (release Lesley Morris)
o   Health and Safety, Safeguarding: Stephen Mohammad (release Mahalla Mason)
o   CTiW representative: Lesley Morris (release Mahalla Mason) – second name required in due course
o   Data Recorder: Judy Taylor (release Mahalla Mason)
o   Funeral advisors: Lesley Morris, Jennifer Barraclough
o   Care of children:  Caroline Bing (actual children’s meeting provisions suspended for the time being)
o   Convenor of Spiritual and Pastoral Care Group: Mahalla Mason
41/17 Any other business
        Representatives to Area Meeting in Swindon Saturday 11 November:
          Jennifer Barraclough, Sue Hubbert, Mahalla Mason, Don Mason.


There being no other business, our meeting closed with worship at 12.30

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Dates for your diary October 2017

Witney Quaker Meeting.  Dates for your diary. Sep.+ October ‘17

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30th ASYLUM SOUNDS, Witney’s Rock Barn, (in the barn up the slope next to Bill’s) all afternoon and evening to raise funds for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.  Organised by Witney Refugee Action.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30th - SUNDAY OCTOBER 8th
QUAKER WEEK 2017.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 1st 10 am start and Business Meeting at 11.30 am.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 7th 10.30 am Fair at High Street Methodist Church; lots of stalls and the VOICE BOX CHOIR.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 10th Churches Together in Witney Council Meeting 7.30pm.  Venue to be decided.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11th the Healing Group meets at 2.30 pm at 5 Larch Lane.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 21st AREA MEETING’S ELDERS AND OVERSEERS GATHERING, Topic: ‘The nature of Quaker Concern’   in particular Cornwall Area Meeting’s concern on the legality of possessing drugs for personal use.    Organised by Ruth Baker, Rhonda Riachi and Carol Saker.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 28th:  Berks and Oxon Regional Meeting.  11am at Amersham Meeting House:    ‘Supporting young adults in the Society of Friends’.  Oliver Robertson clerking.
MONDAY OCTOBER 30th  the Clerks meet at 11 am at 5 Larch Lane.

Minutes of our meeting for business 3 September 2017

WITNEY LOCAL QUAKER MEETING
Minutes of a meeting for worship for business held 3/9/17 in the Bethany Room, Methodist Church, Witney.
11 Friends were present. An extract from Quaker Faith and Practice, 27,01, was read out during our opening period of worship.
                27/17 Matters Arising :
a.       As in previous years we are to lay a wreath of red and white poppies during the Remembrance Service in Witney on 12thNovember. We appoint Lesley Morris and Yvette Gulland to do this for us.
b.      Quaker Outreach Week is taking place in October.
We agree to buy ‘The Friend’ outreach magazine to distribute to friends which will cost £10 for 20 copies.
We have 10 outreach postcards for Friends to give to non-Quaker friends inviting them to a meeting. Friends are invited to take these home with them to distribute.

28/17 Half yearly finance report

Ruth Slade, our treasurer, gave a summary of the report.
Our reserves from last year are more than expected and our costs are down at the moment. Our surplus could be between £2,000 and £4,000.
We are asked to consider the possible use of this surplus for 2017 and to bring these considerations to the next Meeting for Business in November.
We are committed to giving a basic amount of £300 to BYM.
Sue Bower’s legacy of £500 is still unspent and separate from the figures seen.
We thank Ruth for all her work with the accounts.

29/17 Food Bank request
Witney Local Food Bank has written to enquire whether our meeting would become a referral agency for them. This would involve handing out vouchers to people known to us who are in need and who could then use the vouchers to obtain food from the bank.
We feel that this is something that the meeting would like to take on. Mahalla Mason and Sue Hubbert are willing to be signatories and to hold the vouchers. Friends would then refer to Mahalla and Sue for further information.

30/17 Next S &PC Gathering
The next Spiritual and Pastoral Care Gathering is on Sunday 24th September after meeting for worship. Sharon Watson will offer a mindfulness exercise as a part of this.
  
31/17 A.O.B

a.       The next Area Meeting is on Thursday 7th September at Faringdon Meeting House at 7pm. Nobody is available  to attend this as our representative.
b.      Area Meeting Naming Group for Elders and Overseers for the next triennium. Lesley read the information received from this group describing Witney Meeting. She will update the information re how long we have been a meeting.
 We closed with worship at 12.15