Quaker A-Z: I is for Inventories, Insurances and Inclusiveness

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I is for Inventories, Insurances and Inclusiveness

Inventories and Insurances

Inventories and Insurances seem to go together – Inclusiveness perhaps less so.

Insurances are of course another of those matters where I will advise that professional guidance should be sought.

Contents

If the Meeting House contains valuable antiques (furniture, books, etc.) make an inventory with photographs to help the police if they go missing; things like TV sets, videos etc. can usefully be marked indelibly with the postcode. Some insurance companies offer lower premiums if specific security precautions are taken: ask for their advice. Know where all your keys are; the police like to have a list of keyholders. Identify any problems of security which may occur when the Meeting House is actually open.
Handbook for the Care of Meeting Houses 1996

Most people when thinking of an inventory will think of a list of the contents in the Meeting House with a monetary value attached. That list of contents often has no use except as mentioned in the quote above in case of problems. That sort of inventory is very useful and should be created and maintained by Premises committees.
However, inventories also give everyone a chance to consider what is currently in the Meeting House and to decide if it meets their requirements. “Is it useful or thought to be beautiful” to paraphrase William Morris.
Clutter isn’t a good thing no matter where it is. It is easy for it to build up in cupboards and rooms and not been seen by the regular users. Digging through the cupboards and creating space may enable the meeting to give away excess to bless someone or somewhere else or inspire an activity to use some of these materials up.
This is also a chance to work out which items/records are not needed any more, should be archived somewhere else or to realise which have been moved somewhere else and either be retrieved or that location noted. For example the discovery that one meeting’s financial records were held in an office where an ex-treasurer’s father-in-law used to work before he retired…
As a warden I more than once decided that I was indirectly decluttering other people’s houses by creating space in the Meeting House. As once shelves were cleared people felt able to bring in more records or files.
Do remember that some files and records should be stored securely without easy public access.

Inclusiveness

Inclusiveness is another complicated subject – it is important to ensure we remember that each person will have their own requirements and wants when it comes to being included. These wants and needs will change as they go through life, but thankfully so many features put in for one person or group can be used or enhance the usage of the building and grounds by others.

For more spiritual resources I do recommend Qf&P Chapter 10 “Belonging to a Quaker Meeting” especially 10.20 where George Gorman muses about how religion is about relationships between people…

But in this post I’m going to talk about ways to ensure that all members of the Meeting feel valued and included.

Some building changes will be more expensive and time consuming…

You Tube video of sesame steps

But thankfully ensuring the meeting and its building are inclusive to all members doesn’t mean just wheelchair ramps. I mentioned these sorts of things in E is for Equality with concern about the Equality Act for 2010.

To quote the beginning of Advices & Queries 18

How can we make the meeting a community in which each person is accepted and nurtured, and strangers are welcome?

and to paraphrase the meaning of Qf&P 10.10 where Peggy McGeoghegan says “If we take seriously the nurture of our children in the worshipping group, we must start by re-appraising the whole life of the group.”

  • Could someone who is smaller or less able than others open the gate to come into the garden or enter the building?
  • Once inside could they (where it is safe) reach the interior door handles and locks?
  • Do you have appropriate cups, crockery for children and are various dietary requirements considered during your refreshments?
  • Do you have left handed scissors and kitchen tools?
  • Is there a large text version of Qf&P or other leaflets available? Or magnifying sheets?
  • During notices do you ensure that Quaker jargon is clarified?

This can mean ensuring that coat hooks are low enough for children to reach, that foot stools for sinks and hassocks for chairs are available for anyone who needs them; that handles and soap dispensers are easily used by those lacking mobility and of course that signage is good.

Balby Meeting have produced an introductory leaflet which explains in simple language about the meeting, photos and names of its members – including guide dog Cassie. The leaflet also has brief descriptions of what might happen when you visit.

  • Does your meeting consider all members when reappraising both the building and the life of the meeting?
  • What has your meeting done that worked well?

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Quaker A-Z: H is for History plus Health & Safety

FMH Muswell Drawing

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H is for History plus Health & Safety

History

In B is for Buildings I mentioned writing down a history of the building to act as a corporate memory for Premises Committee.

There is of course so much relating to the history of the Meeting as a community, than a building…

  • Have you asked other members of the meeting to share their memories of the Meeting?
  • Created a way to share those memories with newer members and attenders?
  • Considered creating a scrapbook archive that can be looked through and added to by each generation of members/attenders/children?

2014 03 21 shared mealsThis doesn’t have to be complicated – print out any Life & Service reports to slip into plastic page protectors for example.

An easy addition could be just a photograph or two a year – ask around as members may have taken some or be willing to take some.

A brief note of any highlights (births, deaths, membership matters, social events) would be fun to look back on.

Ring binder photo albums can hold a variety of different types – holding A4 paper, photos etc.

2014 03 21 newspaper clippingsAdd in photos of the children’s latest play, a shared meal, or carol singing and you’ll have wonderful material in years to.

It may even inspire new activities!

Perhaps you can sense that I am an enthusiastic scrapbooker and memory keeper. Don’t know what that means? See the Life Artistry tab above.

One project I enjoyed at Muswell Hill was taking head shots of current members and attenders as part of a Centenary Scrapbook.

I resized the photos to 3″x4″, printed two to a 6″x4″ photo and cut apart. We used paper and card trimmed to 6″x4″ and created a stack of cards inspired by the recent “I’m a xxxx, an xxxx and a Quaker” posters.

2014 03 21 I'm a 6x4Discovering little titbits about each other creates fellowship and much laughter as the cards are read and shared. These were slipped into plastic pocket page protectors which were put into the Meeting’s scrapbook album.

Health & Safety

Again as I mentioned in F is for First Aid this is a concern that often slips into the background…

until someone drops hot tea down themselves or is cut whilst chopping veggies for soup…

The basic requirements are that you have a Health & Safety policy that states that your Premises Committee follow all appropriate rules/legislation and that someone has the responsibility for checking that you are.

As well as that policy I’ve presumed you have a first aid box, an accident book and again that someone has the responsibility for checking those and replenishing stocks if necessary. Plus ensuring that basic H&S rules such as fire exits aren’t blocked, assessments of risk have been done etc.

Not sure what those rules are? The Health & Safety Executive website has a handy H&S ABC section.

Two tips I brought back from the very useful Woodbrooke & Quaker Life course, ‘Managing Your Meeting House’ were:

1) Have Health & Safety as a standing agenda item for Premises – even if all you can report is that nothing has been reported.

2) Put copies of your risk assessment on a wall or noticeboard for hirers. Those who need them won’t have to ask if you have one and those who haven’t thought about such things will be reminded.

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  • What have you done to share the history and traditions of your meeting with new attenders and members?

Quaker A-Z: G is for Garden

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G is for Gardens

Many Meeting Houses have gardens or burial grounds or both…

QUAKERS BURIAL GROUND

photo by Leo Reynolds

During the Woodbrooke “AM Properties: Spiritual & Strategic Resources” course I attended last year several Trustees brought up burial grounds as a problem.

‘Tis a complicated subject with many variations – so I’m not going to get into the technical legalities of burial grounds and their maintenance.

Nor am I going to attempt to enthuse you about gardening – although it is a passion of mine. Especially in urban areas, outdoor space can be a big draw for hirers of the building, as well as making the building look more inviting.

I mentioned in C is for Choices & Changes that I had told the hirers about Minute 36, what the Meeting hoped to do to reduce its carbon footprint and some practical changes that would be happening.  I also put copies of the minute and other information up on the garden noticeboard – this has guidelines on the garden and its usage.

I was able to talk about how the organic, wild life friendly garden is managed, why the various areas exist and how doing this both improves bio-diversity and reduces our carbon footprint at the same time.

Whilst each group may feel that composting their tea bags and left over biscuits may not be much, they can see that combined with the other groups it does make a difference.  Ensuring that there is a display of what those differences are – for example photos of the apple harvest or pond wildlife can encourage visitors.

Good garden design can make all the difference to the usage and maintenance of the space. Maintenance and some new flowers can also help tremendously.

2013 06 Cotteridge gardenCotteridge Meeting House had their garden designed by a professional gardener Debbie Arrowsmith, who was able to combine a busy Pre-School play area with a quieter meditative space which appears when the play things are all packed away.

Whilst chatting with the gardeners at Friends House, I discovered they have to be careful of the height of plantings – to prevent people using that semblance of privacy for various anti-social behaviours. Instead they’ve redesigned the area to create height and interest in different ways.

Contrasted to another gardening chat with the Warden, where their main vandals were local cattle…

Did you know that there is a Quaker Gardens Project? The Project ran a course at Woodbrooke offering help and advice on using the space to ensure that our Quaker values and testimonies are on show here as well in our buildings. Woodbrooke’s grounds are wonderful – and draw visitors in to their open days who not only enjoy a brief glimpse at this urban oasis but also learn a bit more about Quakers and organic gardening at the same time.

At a Wardens Talking event we discussed ways to use the garden for outreach – such as joining with a local gardening or green group to arrange an open day – especially if there are strong connections with the Meeting already. The group might be able to offer additional people on the day, plus marketing directed at a completely different group.

This sort of joint event could even be arranged in a Meeting House where there isn’t much garden – apple identification, seed swaps etc. are all indoor events.

Horfield Meeting in Bristol managed to convert their rather small and dingy outdoor yard into a space complete with planters and Quaker made tiled mural – a place to stop and admire whilst waiting at the bus stop rather than ignore.

Horfield courtyard

Whilst if you have been blessed with ample green space you could consider using part of it to grow vegetables or fruit, as a memorial area or even create a peace garden [link to peace garden project]. Woodbrooke hold open days which attract many people into the space to enjoy the garden but also to learn a little bit about Quakers too.

  • What have you done to attract people to your outdoor space?
  • Have you considered the usage and maintenance of that space as a way of demonstrating Quaker values?

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Quaker A-Z F: Fair Trade Churches & First Aid

2012 02 23 1st aid drawer

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F is for Fair Trade & First Aid

Fair Trade Churches

Fair Trade Fortnight was 24 February – 9 March 2014 this year – did you do anything?

A Meeting House can become a Fair Trade Church – a small but significant step towards a fairer more equitable society.

How? Thankfully that is fairly easy, you may discover you already qualify at least in part.

Your Meeting must agree to the following:

  • Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after Meeting for Worship and in all meetings for which you have responsibility
  • Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit
  • Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible

The Meeting will get a certificate which you can display in the kitchen. Some meeting houses also have fair trade products available to sell. Others just ensure that the supplies they use are Fair Trade.

The Fairtrade Foundation Churches scheme is supported by Quaker Peace & Social Witness centrally, but each Meeting can join in with the Fair Trade Church campaign.

F is also for First Aid

It isn’t until something happens that it occurs to us to ask… “Is there anyone in the Meeting who has an up to date first aid certificate?” The old question of a doctor needs too much clarification on occasion!

First aid again is another of those not so interesting but necessary items overseen by Premises and building management committees.

One of the useful tips I picked up on a first aid course was to sign and date the accident book when checking the box’s contents. Just to show that you were there – and to prevent anyone from entering an accident that you weren’t aware of.

Did you know there isn’t any legislation saying what you should have in a first aid box - although the HSE do supply guidance free to download. Note: you shouldn’t have tablets or medications in there or be giving them out.

  • Is there a first aid box in the meeting house?
  • When was the last time the contents were checked?
  • If you hire space to other organizations do they use your first aid kit?
  • Do you have any guidance for them or the Meeting on where it is and what to do if there is an accident?

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Quaker A-Z E is for Equality & Environment

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E is for Equality and Environment

Environment

Here I’m not thinking of our green and pleasant land, but around the Meeting House inside and out.

According to Quaker Faith & Practice – Elders have a responsibility to ensure ‘the right holding of MfW’ and ‘to be responsible for the quiet gathering of the meeting for worship in order, reverence and harmony, for the arrangement of seating‘.

Whilst Premises have the responsibility to ensure that the meeting isn’t doing that gathering whilst balancing gingerly on unsafe chairs or dodging leaks.

However it is a joint effort to ensure that the building and its surroundings looks as the Meeting would like it to look, as with any place clutter and unorganised areas can start to build up without anyone having the responsibility to sort, purge and clear them away.

  • Have you ever asked yourself or others in the Meeting how the Meeting House should look? Looked as a prospective visitor or hirer may?
  • What does that quote mention of ‘order, reverence and harmony’ let alone the seating look like for your Meeting House?
  • Does the Meeting House meet the needs of all of the various types of user groups and still maintain a sense of peace?
  • Are there ways you could address any problem areas and create a more harmonious and serene space to worship and work in?

Equality

Recently one of the most interesting (and frustrating) aspects of managing a Meeting House has been around Equality. Both in relation to Disability Access and trying to balance all the needs/wants of each group with different ages and practical requirements, in a building which was built well before such concerns was common place is not uniquely Quaker – many other churches and historic buildings struggle with such things.

There are various rights around access and equality that are legislated about. More details on those can be found at the Government’s ‘Creating a Fairer and More Equal Society‘  pages. But to quote one very frustrated disabled Quaker,

“I just wish people would remember that disabled doesn’t mean wheelchair user!”

Ramps, lifts, evacuation concerns and hearing loops may all require professional advice. As well as a disability advisor or architect who can be questioned on specific instances or concerns that you might have about your building. I’m not going to attempt to offer any advice on such things.

But here are a few other tips I found useful that are simple and cheap to implement.

1) Ensure all door frames and doors are a different colour to the surrounding walls.  This gives someone with partial visual impairment a large rectangle to aim at.

2) Have a variety of different types of chairs, some with arms, some without, some taller and some shorter. If at all possible allow people to choose their own chairs, with cushions available for those who need them (one meeting has a basket of fleece rugs too as several of their elderly Friends were feeling the cold), and perhaps footstools. Consider where else you can supply such things – for example left handed scissors and can openers were donated at a previous meeting I attended by a left handed Quaker.

3) Offer different lighting options – a task light by the library desk where people want to read/write for example or under kitchen cupboards where people are preparing refreshments.

4) Supply photographs of drawer or cupboard contents as well as labels. As it was pointed out you shouldn’t presume that people can read your (often small) labels, or can read English…

It also meant the cupboards and drawers were tidied out thoroughly before we took, printed and laminated the photos. These are used and commented upon by people who can read and see perfectly well but find the photos easier.2014 02 05 kitchen photo cupboards

  • What steps have you taken to ensure that your building is suitable for all?
  • Did you find professional advice useful?
  • Have you produced any leaflets or guidance to improve access or equality among members and attenders?

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Quaker A-Z D is for Dangers

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D is for Dangers

I don’t want to suggest that there are unsuspecting dangers lurking around every corner – but there are a few things I’d like to suggest that each Premises committee should consider.

What are the dangers that you might be most concerned with?

  • Fire
  • Accidents
  • Decay or lack of maintenance which causes the building to become unsafe
  • Loss of hirers and therefore income
  • Loss of volunteers and therefore needing to hire people to do the same work

Then how to solve these:
Most risks can be avoided with some practical preparation and common sense.

Fire and other Risk Assessment templates are easily available from the HSE website with guidance and questionnaires to work through.

Did you know ROSPA do surveys of the building and garden if you want a professional viewpoint. Otherwise ensuring you have appropriate H&S policies and procedures should protect yourself and others.

Be careful to differientiate between things you have to do legally and those that you want to do and what others might suggest you do…

Insurance is always a good idea to protect assests.

Ensuring that each building is surveyed professionally on a regular basis – commonly every 5 years ‘a Quinquennial Survey’ plus more often – at least annually by members of the Premises committee.

Consider ways to build a relationship with your hirers, ask questions to see how that relationship is (doesn’t have to be as formal as a survey), find ways to add value to encourage them to stay with you.

Have a back up plan of how you would run the organization if you didn’t have volunteers and think of ways that your volunteers feel supported and appreciated. (There will be more about this when we get to V!)

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Quaker A-Z: C is for Choices and Changes

Cleaning Cycle

Photo by Garry Knight from Flickr.

C is for Choices and Changes (+ Cleaning)

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Perhaps not a very interesting title but have you ever thought of the Meetings Choices, Changes and Cleaning as a form of Outreach?

Why Have a Meeting House?

Wherever a few are gathered, in whatever premises, Quakers can hold a meeting for worship; and Friends individually or in small groups can pursue their concerns with success. However, many of us find that the presence and effectiveness of the group is extended immeasurably by having its own meeting house. Sooner or later the meeting will want its premises to serve such needs as these:

  • As a place for the local Meeting for Worship,
  • As a place for Area Meeting,
  • As a physical Quaker presence in the neighbourhood,
  • As a centre for outreach,
  • As a place to call others to Quaker concerns.

A house-group can fulfil only the first of these, no matter how effective the group is as a meeting for worship. A hired room may serve the next one as well, but cannot extend its facilities beyond that. The fact of owning its own premises will enable the meeting to do all these things, at times and in ways of its own choosing. However ownership necessitates the acceptance of responsibilities. If we are to be seen as an enlivening presence in our community we must take up these responsibilities seriously, so that we speak not only through our lives, but through our buildings too.

(Handbook on the Care of Meeting Houses 001.4)

- there so many things that Meetings and Premises committees do because they are good or necessary things to do. But have you ever thought to ensure, that where the Meeting is doing something because it feels led to do so, or is joining with other Quaker groups to support something, that other people know that you are doing them for those reasons?

One example is that usage baseline that Meeting for Sufferings asked each Meeting to calculate after Yearly Meeting at Canterbury. As a warden I sent out a brief email to each user telling them of the practical changes (recycling in the main lobby etc.) that would be happening and asking them to join in with them.

We also weighed all of the landfill, recycling and compostable material leaving the building for several weeks to get an average. This had an unexpected side affect – our main hirer was so appalled at how much was being thrown away by their group, that they altered their policy not only at our building but at their other sites.

Twin Toilet

Photo by Amanda Slater from Flickr

This is somewhere that we can learn from larger Quaker building management – I was tickled whilst on a course to discover that Woodbrooke have twinned their toilets, a talking point and a way to express Quaker values in a fairly subtle way.

Friends House list their values and use a tagline ‘holding an event here won’t cost the earth‘ as part of their reasoning as to why you should hold an event there.

These values are visible enough in the Quaker Centre that they were commented on during a meeting I held there. As the only Quaker – I answered questions which led on to a discussion of the Canterbury Commitment and general Sustainability.

  • Does your meeting only use environmentally safe cleaning materials?
  • Have you made specific choices about how you run your building/garden, hold and organise events or who you collect money for?

Any of these can be a reflection of our beliefs and values that could be shared with others in a non-boastful way.

This sort of outreach is aimed at educating people to what Quakers find important and about the values that we corporately share. To repeat the quote above

“As a place to call others to Quaker concerns… If we are to be seen as an enlivening presence in our community we must take up these responsibilities seriously, so that we speak not only through our lives, but through our buildings too.”

Specifically things we do because we are Quaker rather than just moderately-nice-people…

Looking around your Meeting House -

  • What sort of values does your Meeting House reflect and share?
  • Do you have lists of, or information about and Newsletters from the causes supported by collections?
  • What changes could you implement that could help your Meeting House explain its Quaker values more clearly?
  • What does your Meeting do that expresses these values clearly?

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Quaker A-Z: B is for Buildings

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B is for Building Records and Tours

Building – perhaps if you read the last post you suspected that B might be for Building. However, I’m going to concentrate on two bits of caring for a building that I often see forgotten.

Building Tours

Two different sorts here – the first is the one that is developed to sell each room or space that you let to prospective hirers.

Have you thought about what should be included in any tour? What points to be sure to raise as you walk around. A list to read from can ensure that nothing important is forgotten. A leaflet to hand out with the main points summarized can be very helpful too.

The second is – have you ever thought of doing a “Getting to Know your Meeting House” tour for local Friends and Attenders?

Empowering them and educating them to the important bits of their building – such as where the toilet paper is kept, where to find cleaning supplies or even the carol sheets?

Not only will it mean that people will feel able to sort out small problems without resorting to the warden, but also that they may feel more ownership of the building.

Combining it with some other issue – such as sustainability or ‘what colour should we paint’ can also add interest too.

This can be useful for members of Premises who may only be concentrating on the bits they see regularly or if they are new may never have known about.

Building Records

Both those from the building and any additions or changes, but also those which slowly help to create a fuller picture.

For example:

  • Do you have a set of up to date drawings?
  • Would you be able to calculate the floor area or the square meterage of each room or the entire building from them?
  • Do the records you have include where the utilities and drainage are – and where they run to?
  • Does the stopcock work and does anyone know where it is?
  • Are meter readings taken regularly?
  • If so are they recorded anywhere that anyone looks at them and can notice trends?

I love photographs – but have also found them invaluable for tracking and recording changes to buildings. Internally and externally as well as the progress of any works that may be happening. With digital cameras you can easily provide a fairly full photographic record of each room and aspect of the building and grounds.

This may not be the most riveting read once it is complete – but it is extremely useful. Obviously ensure that copies are kept somewhere that they can be accessed and not just on one person’s computer.

There is nothing more frustrating than having a shaft dug through concrete – which is meant to reach a drain at 4.6m, but instead hits an unexpected live cable at 3.9m stopping the works… or perhaps that is just me?

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Quaker A-Z: A is for Advice

2012 09 12 apple close up

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A is for apple and also for

Advice

Where do you get advice about how to be a Warden or a member of Premises or a Trustee with responsibility for buildings?

Starting off the series with a serious post.

One of the reasons for starting this blog was that this IS the most common question.

“I’ve just become a Trustee, or agreed to serve on Premises… where do I find out what I should be doing?”

Hoping that by collecting answers to such questions in a easily read and searchable format would be helpful.

I presume that they’ve spoken to other members of the committee. Plus hope that there is a mentor or similar, who can hand on advice and specific information – that corporate memory that I’ve blogged about before.

First port of call is (as in so many things) at Quaker.org.uk where there is useful advice for Trustees, members of Premises Committees both in their capacity as managers of buildings and as managers of staff or volunteers. Plus of course for Wardens. There are staff at Friends House who support Quakers working in and for local meetings:

Employers
Wardenship
Trustees

Next I always recommend joining the Wardenship E List run by Quaker Life – where you can ask questions and get answers and views from people who have a wide range of experience in all sizes of Meeting Houses & Area Meetings all being run in slightly different ways from a team of paid staff to one very part time volunteer.

Everything from – notification of scam artists; discussions about filing contracts; storage of bulk cleaning supplies; plus serious discussions about new legislation and employment matters.

Finally there is an annual conference ‘Managing Our Meeting Houses’ run at Woodbrooke which is not only a good place for new Trustees, Premises Committee Members and Wardens but also for more experienced people. I know several very experienced Wardens who went and were pleasantly surprised to learn, as well as network and share good practice.

Plus of course there are people who are able to give professional advice – who are available on a consultancy basis or as employees. Quaker Stewardship Committee can help too – they’ve produced a useful manual about the care of Meeting Houses as well as a set of Advices and Queries on Stewardship.

Hopefully you’ll find the answers you seek – and then be able to share that knowledge on to the next round of questioners!

Finally – remembering a salutatory piece of advice I was once given -

 ”remember that the results of well meaning, but bumbling amateurs, may lead to more costly repairs in the long run.”

Did I forget anything?
What else would you add to this list?

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An Explanation of the Quaker Alphabet Blog project for 2014

I’m joining in with the Quaker A-Z blog event – where all sorts of Quakers from all walks of life are coming together to share ideas.

Linked only by our Quakerism and the format of publishing blog posts A-Z.

In 2013 Rhiannon Grant, Stephanie Grant and Gil Skidmore wrote a blog post each week on Quaker-related subjects in alphabetical order, two posts for each letter. I enjoyed these so was pleased to be invited to join in this year.

I’m inspired by a previous project I’ve done, which was in turn inspired by “The Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life“, so am viewing this as an “Encyclopedia of a Wardening Life”.

In other words – I’m viewing this as a bit of a hodgepodge of ideas and views – some serious and others… well as a bit of fun. To browse through all of the posts click on the Quaker A-Z link is the side bar or here in this post.

Hope you enjoy it!