New Resident Friend

Michael Loader and Gail Mason have served as resident part-time wardens for fourteen years and we are very grateful for their service. Fortunately, we don't have to say 'goodbye' to them as they move next door to Green Farm Cottage, which they bought and refurbished. Following a recruitment process and interviews, the Trustees and Management Committee have appointed Lizi Phippen to be the new Resident Friend at Claverham. Lizi is an attender at Clevedon Quaker Meeting. She is a part-time supply teacher in three local primary schools and has her roots and connections in the local community. Lizi has a degree in Design & Photography and she brings a range of practical skills to the position at Claverham, including working with and caring for people with disabilities, decorating and looking after an allotment.  



Cyclists and music camp at Claverham

At the beginning of July, 28 cyclists set out from Bristol on cycling trip of the South West. Their first overnight stop was at Claverham and the evening included discussion on forms of environmental activism. They found the Meeting House a perfect setting for a thoughtful evening, followed by camping in the grounds as well as using the accommodation to its capacity.

A month later, the Meeting House and grounds were full to capacity again as the music camp organised by Pat and David Bass returned to Claverham for the fifth time. Claverham is the perfect setting for summer evenings of shared meals on the patio followed by Elgar, Debussy, Mozart or Haydn in the Meeting House.


North Somerset Arts Week 2017

Claverham Meeting House is one of the venues for North Somerset Arts Week, held every two years. In 2017 it will be held from Friday 28th April to Sunday 7th May inclusive. There will be an exhibition by in the Barn organised by Claverham artist Gail Mason with two fellow artists and an exhibition in the Meeting Room organised by Susan and Clive Hammond-Lovatt, artists from Burnham-on-Sea who attend Claverham meeting.   


Quaker Area Meeting meets at Claverham

History was made as the newly established North Somerset Area Meeting met for the first time in 2011. The chosen venue was our historic meeting house at Claverham. There was a short time of deep shared worship, followed by some necessary routine business. Formal minutes were passed, appointments made and a Governing Document adopted. There followed some free sharing of ideas and hopes for our new Area Meeting. Since then, the quarterly held Area Meeting has met at Claverham once a year and meets at Clevedon, Sidcot and Weston-super-Mare Quaker Meeting Houses for the other three meetings.


Metfords of Claverham Meeting

Joseph Metford 1776-1863We are grateful to Peter Robson from Scarborough for getting in touch through our website and for sending archive material of his ancestors, Joseph and Elizabeth Metford, who attended Claverham Meeting in the mid-nineteenth century. Joseph had been a business man in Glastonbury and Bath who retired to live at Bickley (Cleeve side of Rhodyate Hill) in 1846 and then to Cypress Lodge (now the Old Malt House) in Kent Road, Congresbury. Elizabeth died in 1855 and Joseph became increasingly blind. His son Samuel returned from the United States to care for him and accompanied him on Sundays to Claverham Meeting. 

Elizabeth (Rawes) Metford 1779-1855Joseph held radical political views which embarrassed some more conservative Quakers at the time. He had been a recognised Quaker 'minister', but this recognition was formally withdrawn at a Monthly Meeting held at Sidcot, even though the the younger members presented him with a gift of specially bound Bible in recognition of his service. Claverham Friends seemed to be tolerant of  his egalitarian and anti-imperialist views, which included opposition to the occupation of India and advocating electoral reform.

Sameul Metford 1810-1896Joseph died in 1863 and both he and Elizabeth have grave stones in the burial ground at Claverham. Samuel died in 1896 in Weston-super-Mare.

In 2017, Georgina and Polly Thompson, descendants of Joseph Metford, presented to Claverham Meeting House the specially bound Bible, with a cover beautifully embroidered by members of the Metford family.