Fundraising campaign underway to refurbish Quaker Meeting House
A fundraising campaign to raise €400,000 to refurbish and extend an historic Cork city building — the Quaker Meeting House at Summerhill — is underway.
Work is scheduled to begin in the summer of next year, but as of now, the Cork city and county Quaker community is planning its latest series of fund-raising events throughout the autumn and winter.
The group is raising the funds required to rewire the building, install new toilet facilities, provide access to those of limited mobility, improve insulation and install double-glazed windows.
On top of that the community which in the Cork region, currently numbers about 150 members, also plans to extend the building to provide a social and catering area.
The total estimated cost of the work on the Meeting House, which is near the Capwell Bus Depot and was originally built in 1939, is just under €400,000 according to Denise Gabuzda, a member both of the Quaker community and of the fundraising committee which launched the drive last winter and is currently planning a range of new fund-raising events for the coming weeks and months. “To date we have run a range of events including several concerts, a sale of secondhand household goods, and a silent auction,” she said.
On Culture Night on September 22, the group will hold an exhibition of art by people within the Quaker Community.
Access to the exhibition, which will be at the Quaker Meeting-House, will be free, but there will also be a silent auction of some works on display.
This will be followed by a number of fund-raising concerts.
On Thursday, November 23, a benefit Cookery Demonstration will take place at Ballymaloe House by acclaimed chef and best-selling author Darina Allen who is also member of the Cork Quaker Meeting.
Plans for the work are now at the detailed design stage, and it is hoped that construction work would commence in the early summer of 2018.
The work is being carried out to meet the needs of the Cork Quaker community, which she says is vibrant and growing.
“The recent growth of Cork Quaker Meeting has led to the need to expand and refurbish the Quaker Meeting House at Summerhill South. The “Religious Society of Friends”, to use the full name for the of the art- Quakers, came into being in 1652, and had already made it to Cork by 1655. The size of the Quaker Meeting in Cork grew fairly steadily until it reached a peak of about 300 full members in the early 1800s, after which the numbers began to gradually decline. This led to the decision to move from the large Quaker Meeting House on Grattan Street built in the early 1800s (now the HSE Building), and to construct the current smaller Meeting House, located next to the 17th century two-acre Quaker Burial Ground in 1939.
More information about the Cork Quaker Meeting’s building project and how to donate to the project can be obtained by emailing email@example.com or at the website https://quakers-inireland.ie/quakermeetings/ munster-connaught/cork/