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The Meeting House has a new resident…

…and it’s a musical one!  Supplied by Yorkshire Pianos, the second-hand Welmar upright is in great condition and ready to fill the building with music.  We will be using it for musical performances initially to fundraise towards its own purchase cost and its upkeep, generally by donations taken at non-ticketed events.  The first such event is on Saturday 22nd September at 7.30pm, when Simon Watkins will give a varied recital of piano music from Bach to Kabalevsky.

Meanwhile don’t miss the Vacation Orchestra’s visit on Sunday 26th August, when students from the Vacation Orchestra’s (VaCO) Summer Course will swing by Airton to give a recital in the Meeting House.  See for more information about VaCO.


Ride for Equality and the Common Good
On 24th July a phalanx of cyclists taking part in the Ride for Equality and the Common Good descended on the Meeting House for a pit stop.  Tracing a journey made by early Quaker Margaret Fell in 1660 from the north of England to London, the Ride’s objective was to call for a change in the attitudes of those in power towards the role of welfare in maintaining social equality by highlighting the effects of recent cuts upon society’s most vulnerable people – effects that the petitioners believe amount to a contemporary form of persecution against people least able to defend themselves.  The route passed through Yorkshire and the Midlands before arriving in London on 3rd August, where a petition was handed in at Downing Street.