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Find a Quaker Meeting near you

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

Diverse Doors Open Day @ Bristol
Feb 24 all-day

This is an annual event, offering the opportunity to visit a range of places of worship. It aims to give a flavour of the many faiths in the city of Bristol. Last year a total of 16 places of worship opened their doors. In addition, 7 of the 16 venues formed a designated ‘Faith Trail’, each representing a different faith.At each of these 7 core venues there was an opportunity to participate in a discussion. If you would likeyour place of worship to be part in next year’s event, please get in touch. Contactinfo@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk or call 07789 040267.

Quaker Peace Lecture: Science for a Secure & Sustainable Future, given by Dr Stuart Parkinson @ Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building
Mar 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Sixth Annual Bristol Quaker Peace Lecture

Science for a Secure & Sustainable Future, given by Dr Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility

Science and technology have brought major benefits to humankind. But they have also brought enormous threats – from nuclear warheads to robotic weapons and from climate disruption to mass extinction. Science and technology can help create a fairer society – but too often they are used to entrench inequality and injustice. In this lecture, Dr Parkinson will examine how society uses and misuses science and technology – and highlight ways in which we can reshape our relationship with these powerful forces to help bring about a more secure and sustainable society.

Dr Stuart Parkinson started his career as an electronic engineer in the arms industry before ethical concerns led him to pursue a PhD in climate science and then move into policy and campaign work across science, technology and ethical issues. He has authored and co-authored numerous reports, including ‘Offensive Insecurity’, ‘Soldiers in the Laboratory’, ‘Science and the Corporate Agenda’, ‘UK Nuclear Weapons: a catastrophe in the making?’ and ‘Shale Gas and Fracking: examining the evidence’.

Organised by Bristol Quakers
Hosted by University of Bristol

Lent Conversations 2019: Faith in the Public Square – Immigration in a Post-Brexit Britain @ Christ Church Clifton
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Ben Ryan, Head of Research at Theos as he explores what the future of immigration might look like post Brexit. This free event is part of the Churches Together in Clifton, Cotham and Redland Lent Conversations 2019 series.

For more information see: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lent-conversations-immigration-of-post-brexit- britain-tickets-58017391580?aff=erelexpmlt

Festival of Ideas Lecture @ Wills Memorial Building
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Free, but booking on Eventbrite required

Britain has often found groups within its borders whom it does not trust, whom it feels have a belief, culture, practice or agenda which runs contrary to those of the majority. Muslims are the latest in a long line of ‘others’ to be given the label of ‘the enemy within’. How did this state of affairs come to pass? What are the lessons and challenges for the future – and how will the tale of Muslim Britain develop? Sayeeda Warsi draws on her own position in British life to explore questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of ‘British values’.

Visit website Eventbrite and enter Warsi in the search box for events in Bristol.

Lent Conversations 2019: Faith in the Public Square – Women, Work, Society and Church @ Redland Park URC
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join The Right Reverend Viv Faull, Bishop of Bristol as she explores themes ranging from work through to women’s place in today’s society. This free event is part of the Churches Together in Clifton, Cotham and Redland Lent Conversations 2019 series.

For more information see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lent-conversations-women-work-society- church-tickets-58017606222?aff=ebapi


Annual Civic Inter-Faith Celebration @ Lord Mayor’s Chapel
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

7 for 7.30 pm

Arranged by Bristol Inter Faith Group on behalf of the Lord Mayor, Cllr Cleo Lake. This year the theme is Conflict Resolution and will consist of contributions by various Bristol faith communities, including Quakers.

All welcome, admission free

Protest the DPRTE Arms Fair
Mar 28 all-day

The DPRTE arms fair, which was chased out of Bristol in 2013, then energetically protested for several years in Cardiff, announced it was moving to the NEC near Birmingham. But just over a month before it was due to open, it’s announced it’s relocating again to Farnborough, in Hampshire.

The announcement came after the new Birmingham Stop the Arms Fair group had planned a day of creative actions against the event. This shows that protesting, or even planning to protest, does work!

Read more here: https://blog.caat.org.uk/2019/02/08/success-arms-fair-chased-out-of-birmingham/

On Thursday 28th March, join us to protest this much-chased arms fair at Farnborough

Bring banners whistles and other creative stunt gear

Transport from Bristol

Meet 7.00am outside the Colston Hall (off the Centre) Bristol
Other pickup near M32 possible by arrangement
Return Early evening.

To reserve your seat, text 07711-214-168


Split travel costs.

Lent Conversations 2019: Faith in the Public Square – Faith and Civic Duties @ Redland Park URC
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, as he explores what faith and civic duties look like in today’s world. This free event is part of the Churches Together in Clifton, Cotham and Redland Lent Conversations 2019 series.

For more information see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lent-conversations-faith-civic-duties-tickets- 58017851957


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