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Celia McKeon’s peace lecture


Rethinking security in a violent world

Does security mean defence:  drones, tanks and barbed-wire fences? Or can it mean building relationships, confronting inequalities and recognising each other’s humanity?

The Olivier Memorial Peace Lecture 2016 was given by Celia McKeon on Wednesday 16 November in Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Celia McKeon has worked internationally as Director of Policy at Conciliation Resources. She was the Quaker representative in former Yugoslavia, and now leads on the Peace & Security and Northern Ireland programmes for the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. mckeon

After the lecture there were questions and discussion.





Ride and Stride event in Ludlow, 10 September 2016

We are opening the Meeting House for Ride and Stride 2016.  We offer a warm welcome, simple refreshments, and a chance for walkers and cyclists to take a breather before moving on. We will open up at 10.00 and be there until about 6.00.

This is a fund-raising event in aid of Shropshire Historic Churches Trust and local churches, supported by about 200 churches in the county. Visitors to the Ludlow Food Festival that day are also welcome to drop in to rest their weary feet.

Details at

Planet-Friendly recipe book from Ludlow Meeting

photo of recipe bookThe Ludlow Meeting Sustainability Committee has produced a small recipe book to tempt people to try new dishes which aim to reduce our impact on our planet. Thanks go to all those who shared their special recipes with us for this book.
There is also a table which gives a rough estimate of the CO2 impact of foods and a short section on tips to reduce our impact even more with cooking methods.
We are asking for donations, but would suggest that £2 a copy would cover the printing costs. Contact Barbara by email on to get a copy.

Militarisation of British schools

Step by step, a military presence is entering schools across Britain. This is part of a conscious strategy to increase support for the armed forces in the wake of unpopular wars. Quakers in Britain have produced The Unseen March, a short film to start a public debate about the militarisation of education.

Made by award-winning Speak-it films (Black GoldWhen China Met Africa), The Unseen March includes candid voices from the worlds of politics, education and entertainment. Perhaps the most powerful message comes from Ben Griffin, a former soldier and founder of Veterans for Peace UK. Ben says, “We’re told that ‘military ethos’ is about teamwork, discipline and duty. In reality it’s about obeying orders without question, removing the barrier to kill and creating a sense of loyalty to an institution, usually through the formation of a gang mentality”.

Watch the film here.


‘The making of a British soldier’ — talk by veteran Ben Griffin on 8 October

Ben Griffin will talk about ‘The making of a British soldier’ on Thursday 8 October 2015.

Ben GriffinBen is a former professional soldier who served with the Parachute Regiment and SAS in Northern Ireland, Macedonia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and he is also the founder of the campaigning organisation Veterans for Peace UK.

He will be talking at Ludlow Assembly Rooms (Oscars), at 7.45. Tickets from the Assembly Rooms, £7.00, concessions £5, students £5.

BEE-FRIENDLY Day, 21 June, Ludlow Meeting House

Sunday 21 June will be BEE-FRIENDLY Day at Ludlow Meeting House. From 12.30 there will be a demonstration hive and a real bee-keeper. You can find out about the importance of bees for pollinating crops and current threats to their welfare.  Bee-friendly plants will be on sale. Activities for children include a puppet show about bees. Free admission and refreshments. All welcome!

More details here.

‘Conscientious Objection in World War I and Now. What lessons should we be learning from those who had the courage to resist the national call to arms a century ago?’

The Olivier Memorial Peace Lecture 2014 was given by David Boulton. His subject was ‘Conscientious Objection in World War I and Now. What lessons should we be learning from those who had the courage to resist the national call to arms a century ago?’

You can read his lecture on this website.


Friends’ Ambulance Unit and Friends’ Relief Service — exhibition now finished

Ludlow Quakers have facilitated an exhibition on the work in World Wars I  and II of the Friends’ Ambulance Unit and the Friends’ Relief Service.  The display is a professionally-produced exhibition made by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester. It is packed with factual accounts, images and the human stories behind the work of the FAU and FRS. The exhibition is in Ludlow Library runs all through November (closed Thursdays and Sundays). Admission free.

Read more here.