Welcome to Ifield Quakers

Our Meeting for Worship is held at 10.30 am on Sundays.

Some other activities of Ifield Friends:

  • our account is with Triodos Bank;
  • we have a daytime discussion group which meets every six weeks - contact the clerk;

Peace and Social Witness:

  • we write to or contact MPs and the press on these issues;
  • we take part in the Crawley InterFaith Network;
  • we are linked with other churches through Churches Together in West Crawley;
  • we support the
    • Campaign Against the Arms Trade,
    • United Nations Association:
    • Crawley Campaign Against Racism;
    • Crawley Council for Voluntary Service among others.

Environment:

  • we are a Fairtrade Church;
  • we make every effort to save energy both as a Meeting and as individuals.

5 Langley Lane, Ifield, Crawley,
West Sussex, RH11 0NB

Contact:  the clerk - Norman Birch
- on 01444 483933


Ifield Friends found that 2015 was a very interesting and eventful year because the time arrived when we could no longer put off the work on the North Wall that had been looming over us since 2010.   We have done it now – we have dealt with the widening cracks by fitting stainless steel lintels above the windows and reinforcing the ceiling beams, and have made the other repairs to the meeting room ceiling that became necessary after a serious water leak in the room above that occurred almost immediately after we launched our appeal in March 2015.

Our fundraising was extremely successful and we received some very welcome grants and an interest free loan from the Friends Meeting House fund.    Ifield Friends have been amazed by the generosity of Meetings and of individual Friends throughout the country especially in these lean times – so much so that we have “broken even” on the costs.   Most of all we have been warmed and sustained by the many loving messages and encouragement we have received from Friends.

Of course, and as we all know only too well, every time any builders start work anywhere they find other problems to sort out  – and in our Meeting House they found that the bulging plaster above the book shelves in the Library concealed failing timber framework.    However, we really cannot complain too much because it is now clear that the timber framework of our West Wall is part of the much older adjoining cottage which


West side of the cottage at Ifield

dates back to around 1450 and which the Quakers used to support the roof of their new Meeting House in 1676.

So in 2016 we again find ourselves in the expert and experienced hands of Valley Builders of East Grinstead (who completed the work on the Blue Idol) and the same team of professional advisors led by Simon Dyson of HMDW Architects of Chichester.    Listed Building Planning Consent is agreed and work is already under way, with our Area Meeting having most generously agreed to support the cash flow again.

April 2016


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