Event report: March 15th meeting with Amanda Jones, CEO of Shropshire Supports Refugees

In this event report, our newsletter editor Frances Lloyd summarises the informative talk given by Amanda about how her organisation is working to support refugees who come to live in Shropshire.

Amanda started her talk by telling us about her background. She had worked with children with disabilities and those in care during her 20s and 30s. She then had a baby and found she had time on her hands. She was horrified when she saw footage of the camps at Calais where 10,000 people were living in tents with accompanying violence and hunger. She read that Kate Bedano had decided to take a caravan to Calais and was inspired to do the same. She gathered funds and the WI in St. Albans offered to renovate it. Meanwhile Amanda took thousands of pounds worth of items to Calais. She was very shocked by what she found in the camps which were completely lawless and where many vulnerable children were living.

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Event report: February 15th meeting with Dr. Colin Kelcey – “Mary’s Warning”

In this event report, our newsletter editor Frances Lloyd summarises the presentation given by Dr. Kelcey about Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein.

Colin’s talk, illustrated with videos and pictures, was about Mary Shelley, her novel Frankenstein, the science at the time and how that science has progressed in the present day.

Mary was born in 1797 to Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. Both her parents were great philosophers her mother being a feminist and her father a writer of political tracts. Mary’s mother died soon after her daughter was born and this coloured Mary’s life. Mary was highly intelligent and she used to sit in when friends of her father’s such as Percy Shelley, a poet, and Erasmus Darwin, a physician, would visit the house.

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Next meeting: Assisted dying – the U.K.’s next great liberal reform?

A talk by Marie Yates, Dignity in Dying’s Lead Campaigner for Shropshire

With 84% of the public supporting the choice of assisted dying for terminally ill adults, Dignity in Dying campaigns for choice, compassion and dignity at the end of life.

When death is inevitable, suffering should not be. Along with good care, dying people deserve the choice to control the timing and manner of their death.

At the Friends Meeting House, St. Mary’s Lane, Ludlow
Tuesday 19th April, 2022 at 7.30 p.m.

All are welcome.

Next meeting – Refugees: a talk by Amanda Jones, CEO of Shropshire Supports Refugees

At the Quaker Meeting House, Ludlow
Tuesday 15th March at 7.30 p.m.

Stories of refugees are frequently in the media nowadays and, living in the rural Welsh Marches, can tend to isolate us from their plight. Amanda will talk about the global refugee situation and what can be done to help support the refugees who come to live in Shropshire.

All are welcome.

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