The Autumn 2019 Newsletter is now available.
The Trustees’ Report for 2018 is now available. Click the image above to view or download.
The Area Meeting accounts for 2018 are now available. Click the image above to view or download.
On May 14th 2019, the trustees of the historic ‘Park Street Mission’ in Gloucester, made substantial donations to two of the three local organisations chosen as beneficiaries. The money came from the sale of the historic building in Park Street, Gloucester, following closure of the Park Street Mission. The building has been a place of worship for over 340 years, with Edith Sessions, a Quaker and the first woman magistrate in Gloucester, setting up the ‘Park Street Mission’ there in 1880.
The money has been donated to Stroud Women’s Refuge and The Family Haven, and a presentation will shortly be made to The Nelson Trust. This is in accordance with the original Trust Deeds which specifies that, if the Mission ever was to be closed and the building sold, the money should be used ‘as the trustees see fit’ or – preferably – be given to the ‘Home of Hope’ in Gloucester (also founded by Gloucester Quakers).
The Home of Hope was a refuge for unmarried mothers (mostly women in service who had been ’taken advantage of’) situated on part of the area now occupied by Gloucester Royal Hospital. Its site is now occupied by Hope House, part of the hospital, promoting sexual health and helping victims of sexual violence.
As The Home of Hope no longer exists, the trustees have honoured the original intention by selecting three local organisations who help ‘vulnerable and hurt women and their families’ to receive the proceeds of the sale. We feel sure that Edith Sessions would approve of their choice.
The Spring 2019 edition of the Area Meeting Newsletter is now available.
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Gloucestershire Quakers are a Sanctuary Area Meeting. Local Meetings at Cheltenham and Nailsworth are as well. This means we are committed to creating a culture of welcome for all those seeking sanctuary in Britain, by
– joining local efforts to oppose the ‘hostile environment’
– exposing the destitution and suffering caused by the present system
– confronting racism wherever we meet it
– campaigning for justice in the laws on detention and deportations
We support http://www.garas.org.uk who work with refugees and asylum seekers in Gloucestershire.
The new Area Meeting Newsletter is now available.