Welcome to Ifield Quakers
5 Langley Lane, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 0NB
Gillian Pitt, Clerk 01293 528943
Linda Palmer, Room Bookings 01293 526530
Meetings for Worship take place every Sunday morning from 10.30 – 11.30.
All are welcome to attend, and to stay afterwards for coffee, tea, biscuits and a chat in this historic Grade I Meeting House (one of the first purpose-built Meeting Houses), where meetings for worship have been held since 1676.
The timber-frame stone-clad Meeting House was built in 1676, partly from recycled materials, as an extension to Robert Robinson’s cottage (c.1450), and it has remained largely unchanged. A few later alterations have been made since, for the convenience and comfort of Friends, including, in 1822, a temporary wooden partition to separate the men’s and women’s meetings, a small kitchen lean-to in 1969, and two toilets (one with disabled access) in 2010. Further information about the history of the building can be found at the British History on Line and the Wikipedia websites.
Camfield, which is now an independent hostel for the homeless of Crawley, was started by Ifield Quakers in 1972 in the modern brick building behind the Meeting House. Friends still play an active part in its organisation by serving on the Camfield management committee, and assisting staff and residents in many ways. We share social events, but Camfield residents share our Thursday table tennis sessions, use the paddock for football, and are free to enjoy the peace and beauty of our Quiet Garden, as do all local residents.
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