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Ride for Equality and the Common Good
On 22nd July a very special cycle ride will set off from Swarthmoor Hall in Cumbria.  Organised by Kendal and Sedbergh Quakers, the Ride for Equality and the Common Good commemorates a journey made by Margaret Fell in 1660 to deliver a petition to the king, Charles II, for an end to the persecution of Quakers.  This summer’s journey also has a social objective: 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 broadly follows Margaret Fell’s journey, passing through Yorkshire and the Midlands before arriving in London on 3rd August.  Participants, who include both cyclists and people travelling on public transport, will be welcomed for a coffee break at Airton during their third day of riding.

Malhamdale basks in the heatwave!
June 29th.  The past couple of months have been unusually warm and dry, with just a few days of rain.  Along with most of the country, our corner of the Dales is enjoying sultry temperatures in the high twenties, almost cloudless skies and very little wind.  If you’re out and about for a walk or cycle, remember to take plenty of water with you – overheating and moisture loss can be a hazard in these conditions.  If you’re passing Airton you can always pop into the Meeting House for a quiet break off the beaten track in the shade!

Vacation Orchestra to visit Airton
On Sunday 26th August, students from the Vacation Orchestra’s (VaCO) Summer Course will swing by Airton to give a recital in the Meeting House.  Look out for notices and watch this space for further details.  See for more information about VaCO.

The General Data Protection Regulation has now come into effect, which means that any organisations using your details to market to you requires your consent to do so.  Airton Friends Meeting do not direct market and only uses personal information provided by people making bookings for the purpose of administering those bookings.  Details are securely stored and destroyed after three years.  We will never share your details with any third party unless you explicitly request or give consent for us to do so.

Nature in the burial ground
The burial ground at the Meeting House has always been a haven of tranquillity.  Now Airton Friends would like it to be more of a haven for wildlife as well – so this year we’re running an experiment by leaving the back boundary of the garden un-mown and planting wildflowers native to the region and suited to the soil conditions here into the resulting strip of meadow.

Grass normally out-competes wildflowers; however, the lawn in the burial ground is not especially vigorous around the edge, which is shady and damp.  It’s already a haunt of Snowdrops, Bluebells and at the time of writing, a carpet of Celandine.  We’ll be adding wild Primulas, Knapweed, Ox-eye Daisy and Ragged Robin to name a few.  We hope that by encouraging these species we’ll also be providing fodder for pollinating insects and other bug life so important for the ecology and health of the wonderful Yorkshire Dales landscape.

Drop in during the year to see how it’s progressing!