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the Friend INDEPENDENT QUAKER JOURNALISM SINCE 1843
CONTENTS – VOL 168 NO 18 3-5 News 3 Nuclear weapons fire up candidates ahead of general election 4 Ex-offenders win right to review of life on sex offenders register 5 New green house paves way for eco-revolution 6 The pressure of forming a Local Meeting
Loraine Brown 7 Comment
Roland Carn and Jez Smith 8-9 Letters 10-11 Gathering at Ashgrove
Diana Roantree 12-13 Arts 12 Towards mutual affirmation
Harvey Gillman 13 From painful origins new writing brings hope
Joan Cuthbertson 14 Junior Yearly Meeting epistle 15 ‘It has really changed me’
Peter Griffin and Lottie Dodwell 16 q-eye: witness
Judy Kirby and Ian Kirk-Smith
Cover image: Ashgrove Quaker burial site. Photo: Chris Stotesbury. See page 10-11. Images on this page: Proceedings from the Ashgrove pilgrimage in 2000. Photos: Gwynne Stock. See pages 10-11.
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the Friend, 30 April 2010