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September 2014: Garden Party in aid of Friends of Monze

Bridgend Quakers held their annual garden party on 20 September this year. We  served  probably the best cream teas ever and had lots of cakes, jams, chutneys and books on sale. Liz presented a display of her lovely flowers and country scene paintings for sale.

The weather was fine and we were entertained in the Meeting House's colourful garden by Weapons Of Mass Percussion, a Bridgend based group which appropriately played African drums and taught us African song, fun was had by all joining in dancing and singing to their rhythms. Many thanks to WOMP and we hope they are able to attend more events in the future.

The garden party was held to raise funds for Friends of Monze. Deana spent 2 months in Zambia this year and returned with lots of interesting new craft supplies to show and sell.

We had an illustrated presentation about the ways we are helping relieve poverty in Monze, Deana told us:-

“I was able to help the PTA and our partners secure land donated by the local Headman and Chief for the community to rebuild Lushomo School. There are now 400 children attending the school, about half are orphans due to HIV/AIDS. The children are taught in shifts at present with some classes taught outside as there is not enough room in the school.  We arranged some training in permaculture gardening for the teachers so the children can learn to grow food for their needs now,  to generate income and to teach the children valuable life skills for their future.  

Friends of Monze helped a group of farmers who grow peanuts to purchase a peanut butter making machine. They brought the machine to our house one day by ox cart as we had electricity. In 2 hours 144 jars of delicious peanut butter were made, and toddlers who had arrived on their mothers backs were busy sampling this nutritious food. The group have now sold 170 jars even before the labels have been printed. 30% of the profit will go to help orphans, the sick and elderly in their community.”

The garden party raised a whopping £540 which will go to help our friends in Monze, a big thank you to everyone who helped to make the day enjoyable as well as raising much needed funds.

Deana Owen

Click here for more information about Friends of Monze.

Some events that Bridgend Quakers have been involved in recently (and not so recently!)

Monday 13th July  2009 saw Peter Davies take his allotted place in the Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Anthony Gormley’s “One & Other” project.

We had a good experience. Meeting for Worship was held beside the plinth where many passers-by asked questions

and were interested in what we do. Leaflets supplied by Friends House were virtually all used up and passing

children loved the balloons!. Around 100 Quakers from London and other parts of the country joined the ten from

Bridgend. The event sparked interest in The Friend, in the local newspaper in Bridgend and on the London Quakers

website. One Friend who came along was moved to write a poem “Plinth of Peace” to mark the event, which was published in The Friend. One Friend introduced herself as the first Quaker to marry in Bridgend Meeting House and

she is pictured below with Anne and Pete.

2009: Peter in Trafalgar Square