Welcome to Ifield Quakers
Our Meeting for Worship is held at 10.30 am on Sundays.
Some other activities of Ifield Friends:
Peace and Social Witness:
5 Langley Lane, Ifield, Crawley,
We apologise for not updating the website lately. Life has been very full with last minute meetings with our architect and the builders. It has also been too full for Ifield Friends to organise the promised formal opening of the Quiet Garden and the big party for our donors – besides the drought in the South East has meant that our new Garden is struggling to survive.
and, although there may be more structural work to be done on the horizontal beam and the window lintels on the North side of the
building, we are putting that off till next year and when more
investigations have been carried out.
We find it difficult to think of adequate words to thank all our kind friends and our grant funders whose generosity has made the restoration of our beautiful meeting house possible, but we think of you all the time.
plaster board is covering the walls and the old electricity
installations will be upgraded to current safety standards when the new
fire alarm system is installed.
The builders are bashing us about…
The new doorway between the meeting house kitchen and the cottage
The original cottage kitchen in the process of being transformed into a toilet for the disabled
Original timbers (with evidence of woodworm) over the door between the the Library and the cottage
Progress on Building Works
Ifield Meeting House has been little altered since Quakers began worshipping in it in 1676. As one of the oldest purpose-built meeting houses in the country its historic importance is now recognised by its Grade I listing.
However, after 334 years of continual use, of being battered by wind and rain, and with woodworm and death-watch beetles gnawing at its timbers, this old building is undergoing major structural surgery.
The stone window arches and masonry on the front of the building have been stabilized, much of the concealed timber framework replaced with stainless steel girders. Repairs to the original oak timber frames completed and the glazing is back in place.
Ifield Friends thank all those individual Friends and Meetings who have contributed so generously to our appeal for funds to repair and improve our Meeting House. We also are very grateful for the support of other organisations, such as the National Churches Trust, the Gatwick Community Trust, Biffaward, and the W. F. Southall Trust among others. Thanks to them and, thanks to our own West Weald Area Quaker Meeting, we are now going ahead with the next stage…
Our specialist builders, Alfred Cox & Sons (Brighton) Ltd., have finished the most urgent repairs to the front of the meeting house and will start work again on the 6th December. With all the necessary rules and regulations satisfied, they will start to alter the building so that we can have toilets inside the building (what a joy it will be not to have to cross the yard in the rain). Then we can arrange
to install a new fire escape and fire alarm system.
Ifield Friends are working on plans for a Quiet Garden that will be open to the public. It will be as natural as possible, but will be carefully managed to make it an accessible, beautiful place and a habitat for wild flowers, butterflies, insects, and wildlife. We have some foxgloves and a few other plants lined up waiting to be
planted out and there is a small pond and some old apple trees.
However, if you have any garden furniture (benches, tables, chairs, or
birdbaths etc.) or suitable plants would you please contact us.
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