Celebrating 300 years

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THE Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) are celebrating 300 years of worship at the Friends Meeting House in Wisbech’s North Brink.

The Quakers, the second oldest Christian community in the town, are holding a number of events at different venues to mark this milestone.

The Meeting House is opening its doors tomorrow (Thursday) from 11am to 2pm and Friday from 11am to 3pm. It is also open as part of Fenland Heritage weekend.

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday there will also be short meetings from noon to 12.30pm to celebrate 300 years and for people to find out what Quakers do in their meetings.

There will be an exhibition about the Quakers of Wisbech in Wisbech Museum with some exhibits not normally seen by the public and at the library there is an exhibition about the Quaker Peace testimony which is 351 years-old.

On Friday at 7.30pm at Peckover House dramatist Linda Ekins is producing a play called The Lady on the £5 Note which tells the story of Elizabeth Fry. She was a Gurney before she married and her family and the Peckovers were friends.

On Saturday at 7.30pm at the Angles Theatre is a play about Thomas Clarkson called Nine Parts a Quaker by the Plain Quakers.