Newbury Quakers meet in the Meeting House in Highfield Avenue every Sunday at 10.30am. If you arrive early we have a pleasant garden in which to walk or sit. There are usually 12 to 16 members who attend regularly and we always welcome visitors and invite them, if they wish, to introduce themselves to the gathered meeting. Our Meetings for Worship are, in the main, silent, but anyone may speak as the spirit moves them.
If you join us and it is your first experience of a Quaker Meeting, then we invite you to read one of the guides during the Meeting. Recently it has become our practice for our Clerk, after the hour of worship has been concluded by two friends shaking hands, to ask if anyone would like to contribute to "Afterwords"(Thoughts about what has happened during the Meeting for Worship, but which members did not feel appropriate to air during the meeting.)
We always have coffee and a chat after the Meeting at which time you can find out details about our reading group, our library, our garden and our activities on behalf of the local community. Newbury Quakers are a self supporting group financially, but we always provide an opportunity for those who wish, to contribute to charitable causes or to the Meeting expenses. Members will always be willing to answer your questions about the Society of Friends in general or our Local Meeting in particular.
We have two young families within the Meeting and our arrangements for children are centred on their needs. If you would like to bring children to Meeting (we love them to come) please let us know so we can provide suitable activities.
There is disabled access to the Meeting House and a disabled toilet. There is ample parking behind the Meeting House, that can be used on Sundays only.
If you are looking for a quiet, secluded venue for a small meeting (regular or one-off) of any kind, please contact our Lettings Officer on 01635 867692. Our rates are very good and we enjoy sharing our lovely Meeting House with other groups.
Highfield Avenue is a small road, off Mayor's Lane, lying behind the bus station at the Market Street end of the Kennet shopping Centre. By car, turn off the A339 towards the town centre, at the roundabout by Sainsbury's. Go over the first mini-roundabout, left at the traffic lights, and follow the road round, bearing right into Market Street. Mayor's lane is on your left, fifty yards in. The Meeting House will be straight ahead of you, behind a large chestnut tree.
From the station, on foot. Exit on the Town side (East) and walk up Cheap Street and bear left. Market street (see above) will be on your left after Whitehorn's bakery.
Use this journey planning website to plan your journey using any form of public transport. The postcode for the meeting house is RG14 5DS. Phone us on 0118 950 7736 if you need help.
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