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If you would like to see what a Quaker Meeting is like, just find one that is convenient for you and turn up – you will be very welcome! 

Bristol Quakers meet in seven locations in Bristol area:

Upcoming Events

What is Extinction Rebellion? Why a normally law-abiding Bristol Professor got himself arrested @ Redland Meeting House
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Talk by Professor Colin Davies, Friday 8th February, 7.30pm at Redland Meeting House, Hampton Road – Free event – All welcome

If, like me, your heart sinks when you think about the enormity  of the problems climate change is causing, then I hope that these thoughts also give you some degree of optimism.
I had vaguely heard about Extinction Rebellion when they blocked 5 London bridges in November. They are quickly gaining supporters across the globe. I heard their call to “be part of the 3.5%” but I didn’t really understand this until I watched this fascinating short TED talk https://youtu.be/YJSehRlU34w and I more fully realised the power of non-violent, direct action. I hope that other Quakers too will listen to this TED talk and come to Redland Meeting to find out more about Extinction Rebellion and what we, as Quakers and inhabitants of planet Earth at such a crucial time in history can do.  This feels like a natural path for Quakers to take. Quakers have been using non-violent direct action and rebelling against injustice for centuries.   My first grandchild is due at Easter and this call for “rebelling for life and love” has gained even greater significance and urgency. This, for me, is Quaker Faith in Action.
Professor Colin Davis of Bristol University has kindly agreed to give an introductory talk about Extinction Rebellion and the importance of non-violent direct action. It’s a whistle-stop tour of the latest science on accelerating climate change and why he supports Extinction Rebellion and their rapidly-growing movement. See this link for information:- https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/news-opinion/extinction-rebellion-university-bristol-arrest-2337525.amp
This talk is being organised by Bristol EarthQuakes, a newly-formed Extinction Rebellion affinity group (mainly made up of Quakers).
With the publication of the UN’s IPCC Report on Climate Change and, as David Attenborough has said, us facing “our greatest threat in thousands of years”, we are running out of time.  Governments and corporations need people to push them to act – and act fast.  Extinction Rebellion has given me hope that we can together help make those in power take the right path.
Yours in Friendship and hope

Jo Flanagan

To book  your place

Please register via the Evenbrite Event page here. The event is free and open to everyone, Quaker and non-Quaker.
Youth Project trip to London to hear Greta Thunberg speak @ Friends House
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Greta Thunberg, the catalyst for the global Student Strikes 4 Climate is coming to the UK to speak to parliament, along with other student protestors.

Greta will be speaking at Friends House on Monday 22 April in the afternoon.  We would love to get together a group of Young Friends to go and connect the south west with the global movement.


–          Monday 22 April, approx. 10am – 7pm

–          Meet at Bristol Temple Meads or Bath Spa train station (timings tbc)

–          Take trains to Friends House to hear Greta Thunberg speak.

–          Free lunch at Friends House and a snack on the way home.

–          This news is hot off the press and yet to be made public. Exact timings will be confirmed soon.


FREE! We are fully subsidising this trip.

Sign up:

We have limited places, so please let me know ASAP if you would like to come on this trip, and no later than Sunday 14th April.

If you haven’t already completed a consent form, please ask your parent/guardian to do so here.

As with previous events, you are welcome to bring a friend. Please let me know if you plan to so we can get in touch with them to sort out consent forms etc.

We realise it is short notice, but hope some of you will be able to make it.

For more info and to sign up, get in touch with kirstyp@quaker.org.uk

Kirsty Philbrick
Youth Development Worker

Quaker Life

Visit to 1652 Country, birthplace of Quakerism
Apr 29 – May 3 all-day

Roger Angerson is leading a trip to 1652 Country for Frenchay Local Meeting in April/May.  There are still seven places left, which we would like to offer to Friends from Area Meeting. 

A full itinerary is available from Roger, but a concise version follows:

Monday 29thApril
travel from Frenchay to Abbot Hall, Grange over Sands, arriving about 4.30pm.  Evening meal, welcome gathering and setting the scene talk.

Tuesday 30th April
Visit to Firbank Fell, Brigflatts Meeting and Quaker tapestry in Kendal.

Wednesday 1stMay
Visit to Swarthmoor Hall, Swarthmoor Meeting and Sunbrick Burial Ground.

Thursday 2ndMay
Free day with many possibilities for further visits: Ulverston market town; Barrow in Furness boatbuilding town; Grange over Sands; Silverdale RSPB reserve Leighton Moss; Lancaster; or enjoying the hotel swimming pool.

Friday 3rdMay
return to Frenchay

The trip, costing £436, promises to be interesting and informative, and will give you the opportunity to experience the places and landscapes that formed the backdrop to our early Quaker history.  Doing so in the company of caring and friendly companions adds to the appeal of the trip.

If you would like to join this trip, early booking is essential, so please contact Roger Angerson on 0117 9569490 or Jenny Griffin on jennygriffin@live.com by Sunday 20thJanuary at the latest.


Quaker Family History Society event @ The Library, Redland Meeting House
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

for family historians with Quaker ancestors from the British Isles.

Spring One Day Regional Meeting


11.00     Welcome – QFHS Chair, Oliver Pickering

11.05    A History of Redland MeetingRoger Sturge

11.25    JS Fry & Sons – a Rough GuideAlan Freke

12.20    The astonishing success of early Quakerism in BristolJonathan Harlow, University of the West of England Regional History Centre

12.55    Lunch (not provided). Tea/coffee will be available.

1.40    Bristol Area Meeting’s Library and ArchivesChristine Tollerton, Bristol Area Meeting Librarian

2.10     An opportunity to examine books and photographs in the Library, guided by Christine Tollerton

2.50    ‘An ancient Friend of good memory’: the lives of John (c1630-1710) and Margaret Heale (c1630-1683) and their familyStephen Bumstead, QFHS committee member

3.25    The Yorkshire Quaker Joseph Wood (1750-1821) visits Bath and Bristol Friends, Janet Pickering

4.00     Final discussion, tea/coffee, and depart.

There is a charge of £10 per person payable on the day.

To book
To avoid disappointment please book your place in advance. Contact: info@qfhs.co.uk or – Margaret Page, 39, Manor Avenue South, Kidderminster, Worcs., DY11 6DE

Youth Project Local Support Group BBQ @ Bedminster Meeting House
Jun 10 all-day
Open to all Young Quakers and adult Quakers with an interest in joining the youth project steering group.
Open surgery with Paul Parker (Recording Clerk) @ Horfield Meeting House
Jul 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Organised by the Quaker Youth Project. Come and meet Paul Parker and share your questions with him directly.
Quaker Any Questions with Paul Parker, organised by Bristol Young Quakers @ Horfield Meeting House, Bristol
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Food and networking: 6.00 – 7.15pm
Event: 7.30 – 9pm.

Inspired by the climate summit in Friends House in April, young Quakers are organising their own ‘Quaker Any Questions’ with Paul Parker, Recording Clerk. Other speakers include Rosie Thayer (Peace activist) and young Quakers, ably compered by Mark Smalley (ex BBC producer).

So put the dates in your diary, and start thinking of insightful questions for our all Quaker panel.
All welcome to attend.
So we can be well prepared, with plenty of chairs and refreshments, please sign up for any/all parts of this event at https://forms.quaker.org.uk/qaq

Look forward to seeing you!

Youth Residential @ Hill House, near Stroud
Jul 13 – Jul 14 all-day
Open to all 11-18 year olds (including those who are new to Quakers) – contact kirstyp@quaker.org.uk for more info