Fundrais­ing cam­paign un­der­way to re­fur­bish Quaker Meet­ing House

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

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 cork­month­ly­meet­ or at the web­site https://quak­ers-inire­­er­meet­ings/ mun­ster-con­naught/cork/

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