The subject of January's debate was, 'How is Woking Borough Council going to protect vulnerable residents from the forthcoming cuts? It took place at a change of venue for this series, the Woking United Reform Church in White Rose Lane.
The debate was, perhaps unsurprisingly, well-attended: 50 people in the hall and eleven on Zoom. There were five speakers, four Woking Borough Councillors and a teacher and National Education Union member, representing a wide range of local political opinions. Some were focused on trying to do what they could within the spending constraints imposed by central government while others felt that we should protest against them.
At our January Quaker Faith and Practice session we agreed to start a series of evenings looking at quotes from George Fox and how they relate to the Quaker testimonies. The first one will be in February on Equality.
The Woking Debates, which Woking Quakers support, are now in their twelfth year. They aim to encourage active participation in our community by looking at underlying issues facing us. This year six talks have been planned so far on the following subjects:
27 January - How is Woking Borough Council going to protect vulnerable residents from the forthcoming cuts?
24 February - Will A.I. do away with work?
23 March - What can be done about the water industry?
27 April - Why is there still famine?
25 May - Prison: are there more effective ways of reducing crime?
29 June - Why do we allow refugees into our country?
The venue for these talks is different from previous years: they will all take place at the United Reform Church in White Rose Lane GU22 7HA