Greener Waldringfield

Greener Waldringfield is a resource for local wildlife, gardening and other groups

and individuals who share an interest in the environment and sustainability

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Following on from Armistice Day, which this year commemorated 100 years since the end of the first World War, Greener Waldringfield held a Peace and Remembrance Day.

 

This was a day of reflection and meditation on civilians who have been displaced or killed by war, inspired by the Peace Pledge Union’s White Poppy initiative.

 

 

Betsy Reid referred to The Preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO. “Since wars begin in the minds of men and women, it is in the minds of men and women that the defences of peace must be constructed."  

 

“At this time of remembering the millions of those killed in the wars of the last hundred years, we need to work to end current conflicts and to prevent future wars and suffering.”

 

       

 

 

 

The day opened with a  Quaker Meeting for Worship, open to Quakers and non-Quakers, which was a valuable time to quietly centre ourselves before the day's events.

 

We were delighted that Bruce Kent was able to attend and talk about his life and work. He was joined by Sara Medi Jones of CND.

 

Their talk was followed by reflections on remembrance from Jonathan Ruffle, whose Radio 4 drama Tommies had just ended after four years.

 

Kirsten Bayes of Campaign Against Arms Trade spoke movingly about the civilian casualites in Yemen.

 

Lunch was provided by Abdul from  Ipswich-based Syrian Falafel.

 

The afternoon rounded off with a thoughtful selction of readings by Janet Dann, and a Chinese Brush Painting workshop.

 

Please send in your thoughts about the day, and any photos you might like to share.

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