YMG, 2017 Visit to the NMA

The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA)is on the edge of the National Forest in Staffordshire It is about a 40 minute journey by coach from Warwick University. The NMA is home to over 300 memorials including the Quaker Service Memorial which was designed by Rosemary Barnett FRBS of Staffordshire Area Meeting, it is located about 15 minutes walk from the entrance

The visit to the NMA will be for the whole day. The site is free to enter and is suitable for families. There is a cafe where you can buy food and drink. The NMA is a large, open level site. Suitable footwear for walking, protective clothing for rain and heat are advisable.

The NMA’s website www.thenma.org.uk gives full details of the facilities which are available, including those for visitors with restricted mobility.

The Quaker Service Memorial to those who served in the Friends Ambulance Unit and Friends Relief Service in WW2 is located at the NMA. Quaker Service Memorial trustees will be on hand to advise and lead groups to the memorial for a short meeting for worship . There will also be the opportunity to join a walk in the arboretum which will include visiting memorials such as Shot at Dawn,Christmas Truce.

George Fox would have passed the site of the Arboretum after his imprisonment in Derby (1650) on his way to Lichfield – six miles away – which he denounced as “the bloodie city” following a vision in its market place. A fuller account of this incident with reflection on its significance, drawn from his Journal, will be presented for those interested at 2.45 pm.

Friends who are attending YMG should book at YMG. www.quaker.org.uk/ym

Friends who are not attending YMG are very welcome to join us on the day and do not need to book. Please meet at 10:15 in The Founders Room at the NMA..