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> commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Exeter Quakers are holding a vigil on Sunday 9th August at the Peace Tree in Southernhay, to mark the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Exeter Quakers will organise a socially distanced peace vigil on Sunday 9th August, 10.45 to 11.15am, at the Exeter Peace Tree in Southernhay, opposite the United Reform Church, exactly 75 years since the second atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6th and 9th August 1945 killed up to a quarter of a million people, half instantly leaving shadows of some people etched on the ground. Ever since they have been a reminder of the immorality of nuclear weapons.

The vigil will take place in front of the Japanese Cherry Tree planted by the Lord Mayor of Exeter in February 2005 to mark Exeter joining mayors of towns and cities around the world, including 90 in the UK, to declare a commitment to work for a nuclear free world. The organisation, based in Hiroshima, declares:

"We pledge to make every effort to create an inter-city solidarity, transcending national boundaries and ideological differences, in order to achieve the total abolition of nuclear weapons and avert the recurrence of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki tragedies."

As Quakers we hold working for peace as one of our core testimonies and have been prominent in the peace movement in Britain and around the world. 

The event will be introduced by Exeter Quaker Laura Conyngham, who will recall her powerful visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For further information please contact Ian Martin on 07980 301058 or Laura Conyngham on 01363 773000.

Other local groups across the UK are organising similar events - details are on the CND website (together with an online exhibition about Hiroshima and Nagasaki): click here to read more.

> Peace Shop update

The Peace Shop remains closed as we feel that we are still unable to make the premises "covid secure" for the safety of our volunteers and our customers. We think that an important part of achieving this is to have a card reader machine so that we can take contactless payments, but are having some difficulties in obtaining one. The first company we signed up with subsequently told us that they couldn't take us as a customer because of the nature of our business (they don't support non-profits or political organisations). We are still actively seeking a provider.

In the meantime, if any supporter would be interested in buying something from the shop, such as a mug, t-shirt or one of our new steel water bottles, please do get in touch. We may be able to post to you, or deliver by hand within Exeter, depending on the circumstances. Please email: if you're interested.

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Thank you all for your continued support of the campaign.

With all best wishes,
in peace, and for peace,

TJ Milburn
Chair & Organising Secretary
Exeter Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

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