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Leeds Press Release 11/09/14

Books for the Homeless 

Feature article in the YEP 

and Quiet Word (page 3)


Leeds Quaker Press Release 14/07/14

30 foot pink scarf

On Sunday 13th July, Ilkley Quakers rolled out at 30 foot long pink scarf at the Quaker Meeting House on Queens Road.  Leeds and  Ilkley Quakers  have been busy knitting the scarf as a part of a peace protest against Trident Nuclear Weapons.  Nationally, thousands of people   are currently involved in knitting and crocheting pieces of a pink scarf that will stretch seven miles, as part of the Wool against Weapons initiative. The scarf will be rolled out between the atomic weapon factories at AWE Aldermaston and AWE Burghfield on Saturday 9th August, the anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on the Japanese city on Nagasaki, in 1945.

Quakers have a long history of working for peace and were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for the work of the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) during the Second World War.

Ilkley Quaker,  Brian Meara was a member of the FAQ during the war and said “I remember the horror of hearing about the Atomic Bombs being dropped on the Japanese cities and remember praying for World Peace.  People have forgotten about how big these bombs were.  I hope the pink scarf helps to make a good impression and people realise that Trident does not bring peace”

Leeds Quaker Press Release 13/04/14

A close shave!

Robert Keeble, had his first shave in 25 years  at the Quaker Meeting House on Woodhouse Lane, Leeds on Sunday 13th April 

The ‘shave’, with the initial cuts made by garden shears, was to raise funds for the cost of transforming the Quaker Meeting House garden to make it more sustainable, with new raised vegetable beds and fruit trees planned to replace some of the existing shrubs.   Over £150 was raised on the day.

In 2011, Quakers in Britain agreed to become a ‘Low Carbon Sustainable Community’.   Leeds Quakers have installed solar panels on the roof, a new heating system and improved the insulation.  These measures have helped to reduce the energy use by more than half and in 2013, the Meeting House generated more electricity than it used, so some Quakers now joke that they are going to worship at the ‘Power Station’! 

In 1988 Robert was doing voluntary work at the Quaker Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, where he met his future wife, Lea.    When they first met Lea  told him “I like men who have breads”. Robert promptly grew one and has never had a shave since then.   They moved to Leeds in 1990.

Robert Keeble  said “ I was a bit worried that the shears were getting too close to my chin, but thankfully, no one made any mistakes.  If I don’t get used to being without a beard, I might let it grow back again and have my next shave in another twenty five years’ time!  

Lea Keeble said “I only wanted Robert to tidy his beard, but he wanted to raise some money for the changes to the garden.  Our son was really shocked to see Robert without the beard”

Jill Page said “ I have never cut anyone’s bear or hair before – it was good fun”



Leeds Quaker Press Release 01/01/13

Going  banana’s!

Leeds Quakers Support Fairtrade fortnight

On Friday 1st March, Leeds Quakers promoted Fairtrade Fortnight by dishing out Fairtrade banana’s outside the Quaker Meeting House, opposite Leeds University on Woodhouse Lane. From 8am to 10am, seven hundred and fifty people walking to the University and Notre Dame College were able to enjoy a gift of a banana  - some ate them straight away, whilst other kept them for later. 

Following the success and popularity of the ‘Quaker’ banana give away which is now in its fifth year with a total of over 4000 bananas having been given away,   Leeds Universities Chaplaincy Team, supported by the Quaker Chaplin, Robin Fishwick, also gave out Fairtrade bananas on Leeds University Campus.  Robin and his team of helpers were able to distribute 1000 bananas.  Robin said “It’s not a completion, but a matter of working together to support Fairtrade”

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 25th February to 10th March.  Fairtrade is a simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices.  It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.  Fairtrade aims to enable to poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives.