This is what we sent to Churches Together Around Ludlow, a short account of what we knew about how some Friends get involved in life in and around the town:
As Friends endeavouring to take our place in our local community, we find ourselves in our homes and our jobs alongside our neighbours, so when we asked each other how we are involved in our local community, people emphasized the ways we live in and around the town – sharing with one another things like plants and books, ideas and information about what’s going on, trying to support one another. We’re pleased that our building is hired by groups who welcome its quiet location for activities like yoga, meditation, study, healing and also gentle fun music for the very young and their parents. We try to put love into action in peace work, social care, climate change and sustainability concerns. We have made our Meeting House as environmentally green as we can. We have recently established an annual Olivier Lecture named after two Quakers who taught us all so much about peace making. Our weekly collections support the work of other groups – including some local charities – and they often remind us of the good work that’s going on around the globe.
Some Friends are able to take their place in local groups, for example as regular volunteers or board members in charities (Citizens Advice, HomeStart, Working Together Café, South Shropshire Furniture Scheme and Rockspring, hospital visitors, trolley service or chaplaincy team). We also volunteer for Wesleys, Ludlow 21, Ludlow Women’s Centre, Oxfam, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Hereford Samaritans. Some contribute to Westhope College, Ludlow College, Ludlow Town Council (one as Mayor for the last two years), Ludlow and South Shropshire tourism groups, as a Town Guide, in the Local History Research Group, in gardening groups and the Local Produce market, the University of the Third Age, South Shropshire Inter-Faith Forum and CTAL.