Quakers in Yorkshire
Easter Settlement 2024
Hope, seeing light in the darkness
Hope has been a central theme of the Quaker story since the 1640s. When the first Friends huddled in private homes, barns and woods, they discovered a new world opening up in their silent waiting. Stories of Heaven and paradise were felt as present unfolding realities. By exploring our hopes from the past, the present, and for the future, this Easter Settlement is an opportunity for Friends to find vision, refreshment and renewal.
Speaker – Ben Wood, theologian and author of “The Living Fountain”.
Easter Settlement is a gathering for Friends of all ages at
Cober Hill Guest House, Cloughton, Scarborough, YO13 OAR.
Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April
(you are welcome to stay on until Tuesday 2nd April)
What is Easter Settlement?
Easter Settlement provides an opportunity for us to strengthen our spiritual base as part of a wider Quaker family. The weekend programme is a mixture of reflection, discussion, worship and fun. Single people and families, those new to the Society of Friends and established Settlers are all made welcome.
What is this year’s theme, “Hope”, all about?
Our world faces multiple crises including conflict, escalating poverty, and runaway climate change. Faced with these existential challenges, kindling hope feels like an outlandish activity. But as Quakers, our Worship encourages us to search for the light of the future midst the darkness of the present.
Easter Settlement 2024 will consider the many-sided character of Quaker hope through some searching questions: How do we discover hope? What should we hope for? Where does our hope for the future come from? Over the weekend we will hear stories of new green shoots, share our cherished visions, and reflect on the best way forward into uncertainty and possibility. In our minds will be the gifts of Spring and warming Easter fire as we face new chapters in our lives and in our Quaker story.
What else happens at Easter Settlement?
A typical day at Easter Settlement includes sessions or workshops in the mornings and early evenings. On Saturday afternoon free time gives the chance to explore the area, independently or on guided walks, to share skills and interests, to continue discussions or to relax, read or sleep. Sunday afternoon will have one session.
After the evening meal we have social time and a variety of activities will be on offer. There are also poetry reading groups, Tai Chi, hymn singing and an Easter Egg Hunt for the younger ones.
Further Information contact
Pauline Leonard (07931-841-527) firstname.lastname@example.org
Cober Hill Conference Centre is set in gardens half a mile from the beach and the Cleveland Way cliff path. It is close to the village of Cloughton, about six miles north of Scarborough on the Whitby road. The X 93 Whitby bus from Scarborough Railway Station stops at the Red Lion, just outside the gate. There is ample car parking space. Travel details will be sent with confirmation of booking.
Cober Hill, Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorks, YO13 0AR.
Accommodation is en-suite in the main house. Parents and carers are fully responsible for their children at all times .
Costs and booking
Charges for Easter Settlement include accommodation with full board from Friday evening meal until Monday 4.00 pm (3 nights) or Tuesday breakfast (4 nights).
|Charges include VAT
Age at Settlement
|Price per Person
|Fri – Mon
|Fri – Tues
|0 – 4 years
|5 – 13 years
|14 – 18 years
|Dog (see brochure)
|£50.00 pp or full payment if less
|Balance payable by 1st March 2024
Quakers in Yorkshire welcomes donations towards its work.
Arrivals and departures
Please arrive no sooner than 3.00 pm on Friday 29th March. Tea and hot cross buns will be served at 4.15 pm.
The welcome for newcomers is at 4.35 pm; for under-18s, their parents or carers at 4.55 pm; and Home Groups at 5.15 pm, followed by the evening meal at 6.30 pm. After that, please see the programme.
Easter Settlement will end on Monday 1st April at about 4.00 pm. Those who wish to stay for Monday night will leave after breakfast on Tuesday 2nd April.
If the cost would prevent you from attending Easter Settlement, contact the Clerk or the Convener of Pastoral Care Friends of your local Meeting to discuss the possibility of a bursary.
We encourage everyone to pay for Easter Settlement 2024 by bank transfer no later than Friday 1st March 2024
Account name – Quakers in Yorkshire
Sort Code – 40-52-40
Account number – 00019549
Please ensure your name and E.S. (for Easter Settlement) is clearly indicated on the transfer form.
If this is too difficult for you contact Pauline Leonard for support – 07931-841-527 or email@example.com
You will receive an emailed acknowledgement on receipt of your booking form and payment. Any refunds are only made in exceptional circumstances and in accordance with Cober Hill cancellation policy.
This year it is very important that we have your booking by 1st March.
Places cannot be reserved until the deposit is paid.
If you need support to book on line contact
Jeff Beatty on 07765-632-633 or Martin Schweiger on 07760-311-406 and they will talk you through the booking form.
Cober Hill welcomes a limited number of well-behaved dogs that are kept under control and are not a nuisance to other guests.
Do not leave your dog alone in the bedroom; a charge will be made for any damage caused. Dogs are not allowed in the public rooms or in the dining rooms. And we ask you to use a poop scoop in the gardens. Please also remember that as not everyone likes dogs and some are allergic to them, you may be asked to limit your activities if accompanied by a dog.