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Stoke Quaker Meeting

In the late 17th century, a small group of Quakers were meeting in private dwelling houses in Keele.  Despite the general decline in Quakerism in the 18th and 19th centuries, Quakerism in the Stoke area grew significantly in the 19th century and a Quaker Meeting was established in Aquinas Street, Stoke in 1831. This grew in the second half of the century to become the largest meeting in the county, accounting for almost three-quarters of the Quakers in Staffordshire. That Meeting House has long since closed, but the burial ground that was attached to it still remains. Just prior to World War II, land was set aside for a new Meeting House in Priory Road, Newcastle.  However, the war intervened and the new (prefabricated by necessity) Meeting House was not completed until 1952. This continued in use until about 1988, when Friends purchased the a property in Miller Street, Newcastle, that was being vacated by the Staffordshire Football Association. Its conversion into the present Meeting House was completed in 1990. During the intervening period (1988 to 1990) Friends met in rented accommodation.


Meeting for Worship.   Held every Sunday from 10.45 a.m. to 11.45 a.m., followed by tea / coffee and biscuits. 

Bring and Share Lunch   We usually have a bring and share lunch after Meeting for Worship on the last Sunday of the month.  All are welcome.  

Children and Young People.  Children and young people are welcome at our Meeting.  We have a Children's Meeting and regular All Age Worship.      

Changing Perspective - Meetings for Learning
Meeting for Worship is one of the pillars of Quakers, but it is only the beginning of a journey, not the end destination. The destination is to knowingly live in the presence of That Which Is Eternal. You could call it God, or simply Love, or True Self, the ground of being, or lots of other names. I prefer just to call it Presence. A Presence which is aware, which sees and acts from the perspective of Wholeness and Oneness, rather than the perspective of a me , a me which is centred on the body and mind, believing this me is separate from the rest of creation. We need to learn and teach each other from the perspective of Presence. This is why Meeting for Learning ( QF&P 2.82) is another pillar of Quakers. One which has perhaps been neglected, one upon which we need to build on going forward. This change in perspective does not happen overnight, the perspective of me has been reinforced upon us by our culture. Increasing so in recent times, our modern society is built upon it! Meeting for Worship is the beginning of seeing the change of perspective, but we need to share the insights we receive from the Universal Presence of our Inner Light if we are to change the world we live in, in fact, if we are to save the world from the destructive perspectives of powerful mes who live in ignorance of Presence.

So please come and join in our Meetings for learning which will take place on a Monday evening at 7.30pm at Stoke Meeting House. The first meeting being on the 5th February 2018.

Enquiries. Contact Shirley or Hugh Torrens (Tel..01782 750689)

e-mail stokeontrent@quaker.org.uk



Location.  Quaker Meeting House, 2 Miller St., Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1QJ.  


   Map of Newcastle-under-Lyme showing location of the Meeting House & Bus station

Parking. There is parking for about 10 cars at the rear of the Meeting House.  In addition there is a public car park behind the Meeting House accessed from King Street (entrance by the Borough Arms Hotel).

Directions by car.  Nelson Place  (see map) is on the Newcastle Dual Carriageway Ring Road, on the eastern side of the town. From Nelson Place take the A53 (King Street) towards Hanley.  This is initially a one way street and you need to stay in the left-hand lane to avoid having to turn right towards the A52). Continue on the A53 and in about 200 yards you will see a 'Quaker Meeting House' signpost pointing into Miller Street.  Turn right into Miller Street and you will find the Meeting House at the end on the right.

Arriving by public transport.  All busses stop at Newcastle bus station but if you are coming from Hanley or Stoke you can get off before the bus station .

From Hanley.  The No. 4 and No. 4A buses from Hanley approach Newcastle along the A53 (King Street). Press bell as you pass the New Vic Theatre on your right and get off at the stop before Miller.  The No.101 bus from Hanley approaches Newcastle along the A52. Get off by the Jubilee Baths, just before the Nelson Place roundabout.

From Stoke/ Stoke Rail Station. As you leave the railway station, the bus stop is on the left on the opposite  side of Station Road. Get on any bus going to Newcastle. Get off by the Jubilee Baths, just before the Nelson Place in Newcastle.

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