The latest Meeting for Sufferings Handbook updated in January 2017 (PDF) contains information to help representatives and alternates. Hard copies of the updated version will soon be available from Graham Spackman.
Papers for meetings are sent out about two weeks before each meeting. Each time, you will be sent information about registering.
Please contact Graham Spackman if you have any questions about practicalities.
The clerk is Anne Ullathorne of Central England Area Meeting, and the assistant clerk is Margaret Bryan of York Area Meeting. They are assisted by the Deputy Recording Clerk.
The Arrangements Group
The Arrangements Group facilitates and simplifies the working of Meeting for Sufferings. It advises the Clerks on the forward agenda, keeps under review the way information and papers are presented to the Meeting and the general conduct of the Meeting, monitors implementation and advises on the timing of any formal consultations.
The Support Group
The Support Group provides eldership during Meeting for Sufferings, and oversees some practicalities.
A checklist for Meeting for Sufferings
A warm welcome from your Support Group!
Before the meeting
- Register your intention to attend at forms.quaker.org.uk/sufferings
- Read the documents in advance
- Discuss items with Friends in your Area Meeting if possible
- Contact Ann Banks if you would like to join the group of reps, trustees etc for a meal on the Friday evening (meet at reception at 6.45pm). Ann's email (posted here with her permission) is: email@example.com
- Please take the time to read the Meeting for Sufferings Handbook (PDF). Check the diagrams on page 11 to make sure you know how to hold the microphone so that you can be heard.
- Remind yourself of Advice 13 (offsite link)
On the day
- This meeting will be held in the Large Meeting House on the Ground Floor
- Toilets are on the far side of the Large Meeting House
- The Waldo Williams suite (the old rooms 7, 8 & 9 or Bloomsbury suite) will be used for the refreshment room and for the lunchtime gatherings.
- The secure cloakroom is between the male and female toilets on the far side of the Large Meeting House
- Ada Salter 3 (the old room 12 or Endsleigh E) – if you wish to contact someone in the support group (until 9.50)
- In the corridor outside the Waldo Williams suite, collect printed papers if you wish and any later additions and leaflets. This is also where to leave your expenses form and receipts at some point before you leave
- If you're late the doorkeeper will show you to the Ada Salter room (the old rooms 10 & 11 or Endsleigh C&D)for worship and you'll be able to join the main meeting at 10.30, just before the start of business.
In the meeting
- Please leave the ends of the rows free for those arriving late.
- Maintain the silence in the room during the shuffle breaks. If you wish to talk at these times go out and through the double doors onto the landing.
- Use electronic devices only for the documents related to the meeting and make sure the sound is turned off. Try to minimise any disruption to those around you. Make sure your mobile phone is off or on silent.
- Support Group members are responsible (among other things) for eldership and oversight. Group members can be recognised by the yellow on their badge. Two elders sit to the right of the clerks' table during the meeting.
When you return to your own meetings
We hope you will have had an inspiring and enriching experience during Meeting for Sufferings and that you will be able to enthuse and stimulate your meetings back home.
The Wifi code at Friends House is @BritishQuakers.
Where to stay, apart from local hotels
Members of Hampstead Meeting offer bed and breakfast for Friends attending Meeting for Sufferings. They charge £15 which covers the costs and also contributes to meeting funds.
Contact Mary Barnes on 0207 485 3850.
Agenda mailing – can you help?
We would appreciate any offers of help in preparing the Meeting for Sufferings agenda mailings (collating and envelope-stuffing). All travel expenses are paid and a free three-course lunch in the Friends House Restaurant is provided. Please contact Graham Spackman.
Contacting the Support Group
Please contact Graham Spackman for contact details of:
- Ann Banks, (Convenor) Brighouse West Yorkshire AM
- Sylvia Boyes, Craven & Keighley AM
- Joan Bulmer, Kingston & Wandsworth AM
- Debbie Cates, Cambridgeshire AM
- Judith Mason, Banbury & Evesham AM
- Angela Pivac, Thaxted AM
- Gillian Turner, South London AM