Residential Weekend at Belsey Bridge

Residential Weekend at Belsey Bridge

Bury Quakers Weekend Conference
‘Strengthening Our Community Through Sharing’
20 – 22 April @ Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Bungay

We Need Your Help to Plan the Direction of Bury Meeting

For the first time in several years Bury Meeting is holding a weekend away to talk about the current state of the Meeting and to discuss the direction we want it to take.

To help our deliberations, Mike Medhurst, who has been instrumental in guiding the resurgence of Ipswich Meeting, and well-known Quaker, Geoffrey Durham, who was behind Quaker Quest, will be joining us to help focus our discussions.

Internally, Martin Pennock will be running a session on our committee structure so that it works in the best way for everyone.

Who can come: Any friend from Bury meeting is encouraged to attend – member or attender, young or old, long standing friend or recent joiner. We want a broad discussion, with views from a wide range of friends.

When: Friday afternoon to Sunday lunchtime (4pm, Friday 20 April to 1pm, on Sunday 22 April.) If you are unable to commit to the full weekend, you can attend for Saturday alone. However, we would encourage friends to consider attending for the full weekend.

Where: Belsey Bridge Christian Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk. (Transport can be arranged for those without a car).

Cost: The cost of the full weekend ( 2 nights’ accommodation, all meals, coffee/tea and use of conference facilities) is £100 (including £50 subsidy from Bury meeting).
Attendance on Saturday only (lunch, teas/coffees, use of conference facilities) £30.

If you want to attend and need financial support, please speak to Margaret Bennett in confidence.

Why we’d like you to come: As the world evolves and changes, so must our meetings – so that we can continue to be relevant and to address the issues that face us all.

It was agreed that a weekend together, away from our normal routine and the familiarity of the Meeting House, would help us to talk more freely and deeply about our own experience of the Quaker faith and how we would like to see the meeting develop.

By the end of the weekend we aim to have proposals drawn up that we can bring back for further discernment at our Meeting for Business in May.

To Book Your Place: Please contact Margaret Bennett on or 01284 719299 by Friday 6 April.

She will need the answers to the following questions:

DOUBLE BEDROOM Yes/No (shared with?)

Practical Stuff

Venue: Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Bungay, NR35 2DZ (detailed directions on the website)

Contact details: Tel: 01986 892133

Check in: From 3.30pm on Friday 20 April at main reception.
Tea will be served at 4.15pm, and the first session starts promptly at 5pm.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking at the conference venue.

Car Share: If you can offer a lift, or if you need a lift, please contact Alison Fairgrieve who is coordinating this

Transport: Train and bus details are available on the Belsey Bridge website for those not travelling by car.

Saturday evening: We would like to encourage as many Friends as possible to contribute to some light hearted entertainment. So if you’d like to read a poem, tell a joke, play an instrument (an electric piano is available), sing, share a funny anecdote or perform some other form of entertainment, please let Margaret or Kate know so that we can programme you in.

In the meantime if you have any queries or questions, please contact Margaret (01284 719299/ 07979 879588) or Kate (01787 378855/ 07722823903)

We look forward very much to welcoming you on the 20th.



Arrival from 3.30pm onwards

4pm: Register, find room, afternoon tea

5pm: Session 1welcome, introduction, outline weekend

Followed by informal warm-up session

6.30pm: Relaxation prior to dinner

7pm: Dinner

8pm: Session 2 The present state of the meeting

9.15pm: The Epilogue


From 8.00am: Breakfast

9.00am: Session 3Quakers Sharing Experience -Geoffrey Durham

1.30pm: Lunch

2.00 – 5.00pm Free time Afternoon tea

5.00pm: Session 4 Reflections on state of the meeting session.

6.30pm: Relaxation prior to dinner

7pm: Dinner

8pm: Evening’s Entertainment

9.30pm: The Epilogue


8.30am: Breakfast

9.30: Meeting for worship

10.30: Morning tea/coffee

11am: Session 5Bury committee & nominations structure

12.30pm: Session6Review of weekend and future action

1pm: Lunch followed by departure