Quakers’ new home is at the heart of the community

Pendle Hill Area Quakers on the steps of the new Meeting House.
Pendle Hill Area Quakers on the steps of the new Meeting House.

Quakers in the Ribble Valley have a new home, in the heart of Clitheroe.

The group left their historic Meeting House in Sawley last August and have been renovating Eastham House on New Market Street, ensuring full disabled access and lower energy consumption.

The first public meeting was held there recently with Quakers coming from all over Lancashire to try out the newest Quaker Meeting House in Britain.

The response was very positive.

Wendy Hampton, clerk of the Clitheroe Quaker group said: “The old meeting house was lovely and in very beautiful setting. It looked out at Pendle Hill, an historic site for Quakers, but whilst it was perfect for the Quakers who built it in the 1770s, what we have now is perfect for the Quakers who live in this area today.”

Warm and inviting and close to public transport, it is also visible.

Ben Dandelion, and Elder of the group, said: “We don’t want to be hidden away and part of our decision to move was a desire to be where the people are. As well as our distinctive silent worship, we are known for our commitment to peace and social justice and we need to be at the heart of the town to try to make a difference. We hope in time to be running lots of activities.”

Quakers began in the north west of England in the early 1650s. They have always believed in spiritual equality, see everyone as a minister and base their worship in silence, out of which anyone present may speak when moved by the Spirit.

The new building includes a conservatory ideal for tea, coffee and a chat, the meeting room, a children’s room, and a kitchen. Worship is every Sunday at 10-30am for an hour and on the first Tuesday of every month at 10am for half an hour.

For more information, call Wendy or Ben on 01200 426266.