For over a hundred years Yorkshire Quakers have come together over the Easter period to spend a few days living in an all age Quaker community. While there have been numerous changes the basic content of the time spent together has remained similar with periods for worship, sessions considering particular topics of interest to Quakers, outdoor walks and social activities. As Local Meetings have tended to reduce in size the Easter Settlement experience has become richer, providing a community dynamic that many individual Quaker Meetings can no longer provide.
Each year there is a different theme, led by one or more invited speakers. The theme usually allows learning, discussion and exploration of something relevant to Quakers living in the world today.
Easter Settlement has for some years been based at Cober Hill, Cloughton near Scarborough. There is accommodation for around 90 people depending on how the rooms are used. There are a number of twin rooms so asking people coming on their own to share makes it possible to accommodate more Settlers.
Recent years have seen a subsidy from Quakers in Yorkshire to encourage families and younger people to come. Overseers should note that this is a good occasion for encouraging Attenders, especially those with families.
A small committee plans and makes the arrangements for Easter Settlement with the programme being made available in January each year.
Early booking is advised because once all the accommodation is full the only option is attending as a day visitor.
Easter Settlement 2021 Building a better world
Easter Settlement in 2021 will be different: it will be by Zoom and will comprise a series of daytime talks followed by discussion and discernment based on, perhaps, Climate Change, Sustainability, Green Recovery, Covid19, Racial (in)Justice, Consequences of Brexit, the future of the Society or a similar subject.
Evening sessions will be for introductions and social exchange. Settlers will be asked to register and then be able to access all or any of the talks or social sessions. Registration will commence in March once the programme is finalised.
We warmly welcome children and young people. Some sessions will be open to everyone and some aimed at specific groups.
If you are interested in helping or giving a talk please contact Pauline Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0113 278 6351 in the first instance.
Settlers who booked for a ‘live’ Easter Settlement in 2021 have had their booking transferred to 2022 when there is a better chance that Cober Hill will be able to take us. If you wish to change this booking please contact the QiY Treasurer Chris Petrie.
For further information about future Easter Settlements contact Pauline Leonard (0113 278 6351) email@example.com