Welwyn Garden City meeting house reopens after refurbishment

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 May 2015

The reopening of the Friends' Meeting House in WGC

The reopening of the Friends' Meeting House in WGC


A meeting house in Welwyn Garden City has reopened after an eight-month refurbishment.

The Welwyn Garden City Quaker Meeting House, which is 90 years old, in Handside Lane, was given a makeover thanks to a legacy left by Margaret Nickalls, of Barleycroft Road.

The building now has more community space, with two larger meeting rooms, an improved lobby area and a much-improved kitchen.

More than 100 people went along on Saturday to see the building opened up again.

John Spielman, who has used the meeting house since, as he says, “before I was born”, declared the refurbished building open.

A ribbon was cut by the oldest and youngest Quakers – Greta Harris and Freda Whiting, both in their 90s, and Freya Bewley, one, and Elkie and Alec Lowe, four and six.

Member Elizabeth Fowler, in her 80s, said: “It was lovely to welcome so many interested people into our cheerful refurbished Meeting House. The afternoon was a great success after so many people have worked so hard on the project.”

Anyone interested in hiring rooms in the refurbished Meeting House should call 01707 328402 or email wgcquakerwardens@gmail.com for more information.

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