Beekeeping in a Quaker Garden

I’ve been a beekeeper for over twenty years and have been beekeeping  at the Friends Meeting House in Southport for at least eighteen years. My records from the Quaker bees start in 2005. I’ve enjoyed my time there. The garden is a lovely peaceful place and the friends have always been kind, considerate and understanding.  The neighbours too have mostly enjoyed having colonies so close. Though swarming […]

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Life of the Southport Meeting 2023

Time moves on so quickly, and it is now time to write about the Life of our small Meeting here in Southport. Below are two short contributions. One from our Friend Marcia, who has been with us many years and makes an enormous contribution to the Life of the Meeting. The second is a short report from our beekeeper. Sadly due to her retirement we […]

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Quaker Week 2022: What Does Being a Quaker Mean?

Southport Friends, as part of Quaker week 2022, discussed what being a Quaker means to them, personal Quaker commitment and Quaker personal experience. Gerard Hughes Short talk by Gerard Hughes on “What Quakerism means to me, and how I live my Quakerly life”. I would like to start by explaining why I became a Quaker in the first place. I became a member in 2020 […]

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A Letter from Margaret

Dear Friends, I hope you are all keeping well. As correspondence clerk I thought I would send you a short note about what has been happening at the Meeting House since we reopened in May 2021. It has been lovely to be able to attend Meetings in person again, knowing that we are as safe as we can be because of Michael’s diligent work in […]

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Report on the Life of Southport Meeting: November 2021

Our Meeting is a small Meeting in size but we have had a few new attenders of late. They have been warmly welcomed and continue to worship with us. Unfortunately, 2021 saw the continuing Covid pandemic have a severe effect on the Meeting. We started Online Meetings to continue our worship together and these proved to be very successful. Following the relaxation of regulations in […]

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Thoughts from Gerard

I am sat here on a Friday evening with our dog Ziggy on my lap trying to keep him calm listening to Classic FM. Fireworks outside so unnerve him. The other one, Freddy, is totally chilled out on the sofa with Margaret. I don’t know what I like most about Quakers! Is it the lack of hierarchy? I dislike hierarchy, why do some individuals think […]

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Beekeeping At the Quakers 2021

Second year of Covid 19 It’s been a very strange season of beekeeping. In fact the BBKA (British Bee Keeping Association) has sent a message around about mixed reports of the season. They have asked members to send in details of swarms and honey harvest. My year began in January when I checked on the two colonies for stores. Just in case I fed them […]

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Some of you may know that I have recently started a branch of AndysManClub in Preston, Lancashire. AndysManClub was started in 2016 by Luke Ambler, a well known Yorkshire Rugby Player, when his brother in law, Andy Roberts, took his own life on a Monday. Luke had been at a family get together only the week before and Luke recalls talking to Andy. Andy was […]

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Access to Religious Texts Online

Southport Friends may find the following resources useful for personal worship and study while access to the Meeting House materials is limited: Quaker Faith & Practice Online: A searchable online Bible:

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Quaker Reflection: January 2021

May you always remember that the obstacles in the path are not obstacles – they are the path. Today I have been looking through and sorting out my Documents Folders, especially the poems and readings I was considering when planning Matthew’s funeral. A lot of wise words. And then a particular one (above) struck me as relevant to our present situation. It would be easier if our […]

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