Pales June Newsletter 2019


The Pales Newsletter – May 2019

From the Pales Management Group

  • Report on The Beetles featuring Jeff Beatty.
  • Art Workshops programs.
  • Fellowship Day at the Pales.
  • Taizé at the Pales
  • Walk and Sing with Sue Harries
  • Tailpeace

Jeff Beatty and the Beetles.

On Wednesday May 15th a select number of amateur entomologists(around 8) participated in Beetle Day and had a most enjoyable and instructive time – the day was well prepared by Jeff Beatty; samples of insect

life that had made their way into strategically placed paper coffee cups were examined, and nets were employed to sweep the shrubbery for more insects. The grounds of the Pales offer an interesting variety of habitats and some useful discoveries were made regarding the differences between open grassland and woodland. It was instructive to discover very little pond life (apart from a single newt), and this led to a discussion about how to improve conditions there by adding oxygenating plants, more stones, and possibly some shade. The pictures show just how much fun and education was available – there will be another opportunity to study this small world in the   Autumn when Jeff plans to repeat the exercise to see what changes occur through the seasons, and there is the prospect of repeating the exercise in a year’s time to build up evidence over  a longer period.









Art Workshops with Sandy Craig.

There is still time to book your place on one or all of these exciting Day Courses when Sandy will take you step by step through the processes involved with each different technique.

Each workshop costs £20 individually or £50 for all three booked together.

Please note that each event has a list of materials and tools required to participate in the workshops fully.

Full details are on the Pales website –

Drawing Workshop – please click here.

Printmaking Workshop – please click here.

Painting Workshop – please click here.

To book a place on any of these workshops please complete the booking form – please click here.


Fellowship Day at the Pales – 8th June.

Jeff Beatty writes – The day will have two or more parts to it and we will have lunch together.  Please bring your own, but possibly a cake or cakes to share for tea.

We will gather at 10.00 for a 10.30 start in the Meeting House.  The morning session will be on the important ‘intersection between sustainability and spirituality by using spirituality as the guiding hand in the quest for sustainability’. The afternoon will be on more practical aspects, which will work for those who can only join us at lunch time or afterwards.

We will have lunch at 1.00 (packed lunches) and start the afternoon session around 2.00.  Members of Extinction Rebellion will join us then and there will be games for younger Ffriends and a new one at the design stage.

Peter Hussey and I are very much looking forwards to the day and perhaps I will camp, too.


Taizé at the Pales with Susie Ennals – 16th June.

In March 19 people braved the wild windy weather on Saturday 17th March to come to the Pales for a day exploring the music and spiritual messages from the village of Taizé, in France. On the 16th June there is another opportunity to take part in this uplifting exercise in more clement weather. Once again Susie will lead a group through the songs and  chants from the Taizé tradition, most of them in 4 parts.  

You can book a place on this uplifting event through the Pales website – please click here.


Walk and Sing with Sue Harries – 2nd July.

Sing your Heart out. 10am  – 4pm


A day of singing with Sue Harris

Learning, short accessible songs and ditties by ear.

Creating luscious harmonies and compelling rhythms.

Taking our songs into the garden and using them on a singing walk in the afternoon.

Our theme will be birds, flowers and trees.

Please bring lunch to share.

We suggest a voluntary donation of £20, to be paid on the day.

You can download a poster for this event – please click here.

Book through the Pales website – please click here.


Future Events.

The following have been arranged and others are being planned for later in the year.

June 5th/12th/19th

Art Days (proposed charges £50 for three days or £20 per day) – booking available through the website – please click here.

June 16th

Taizé at the Pales – a day exploring and singing – please click here.

July 2nd

Walking and Singing with Sue Harries – please click here.

July 20th

Summer Concert with The Klezmonauts – please click here.

August 15th

Green Art for all ages – please click here.

Sept 22nd

Open Pales Peace Choir Day

Sept 29th

Annual Lecture – Quakers in Action – Prison Work, by Ruth Moore-Williams


The PMG have taken further steps to improve the accessibility of the Pales. The website now lists, under Information, all the transport options available to make a visit possible and more eco-friendly. We are also listing local establishments that offer accommodation. We hope to supplement this information with guides to other local attractions.

We have also produced a new flier to help promote the Pales as a venue for a Day Out for families and groups. The leaflet will distributed to other local attractions and hotels etc. nearby. If you know of a venue that would be prepared to display the leaflet then it can be downloaded here – – or you can ask a member of the PMG for printed copies.

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