West Somerset Area Quaker Meeting
The West Somerset area includes Bridgwater, Ilminster, Minehead, Spiceland (in Devon), Taunton and Wellington.
Although it is now possible to open our Meeting Houses for worship, the advice from Quaker Life is not to be in a hurry to do so. The guidance they provide "9 steps to re-opening" which all Local Meetings should have seen by now need to be carefully thought through and the Trustees kept informed. At the time of writing none of our Meeting Houses has opened for Meetings for Worship. Taunton proposes to do so later this month, Wellington is opening for one Meeting for Worship on Sunday 5 July and will then not meet again until Trustees are satisfied that our insurers have notified us our plans are acceptable. Minehead has no plans to open at the moment. The Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea and Ilminster meetings in rented accommodation are considering their risk assessments.
Spiceland Meeting House is open for Meeting for Worship on Sunday at 10.30am following Government Guidance. Face Coverings must be worn inside the Meeting House and social distancing rules followed at all times. This Meeting for Worship is a blended Meeting with Zoom available to those who wish to attend remotely. Please feel free to contact us if you would like an invitation to join on Zoom, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taunton Meeting House has reopened for Sunday mornings Meetings for Worship from 7th March. There will be a 45 minute meeting each Sunday at 10.30 with restricted numbers. Those wishing to attend to notify the elder in advance. We will continue with zoom meetings also except on the 2nd Sundays and we plan to hold blended meetings on the 4th Sundays
The situation is fluid. We all need to wait and see what happens after the easing of lockdown, with the example of Leicester in mind. It would be sad to open for Meeting for Worship and then have to close again. Please contact the person whose details are given for each Local Meeting for up-to-date information about re-opening.
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