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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

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


Action against Climate Change – Titanic Performance @ Cascade Steps (City Centre end of Docks)
Apr 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Come along –

Enjoy a powerful and moving performance and show your support for the Extinction Rebellion actions against climate change

Using the sinking of the Titanic as a metaphor for the imminent crisis we are all facing, the dockside performance will take place against a large painting of the Titanic disaster. The performance will include actors dressed as national and international politicians re-arranging the deckchairs whilst a flash mob of musicians play 1912 music as the Titanic/Earth sinks.
The action will be silent, apart from the musicians and a giant foghorn and a rousing rendition, at the end, of ‘Abide with Me’ (with alternative words provided on the day!)

Take part –

The Action is highly choreographed and we will need around 20 placard holders for the narrative placards that will lead down to the ‘stage’.

We also need people just to come along to blend in with the crowd that will gather, in amongst which, the musicians will be hidden.

Please note – The action is weather-dependant as the musicians have expensive musical instruments so please check the Bristol XR website, 24 hours before the event.


This is an Extinction Rebellion Performance Action led by the EarthQuakes (mainly Quakers) and Evergreens XR Affinity Groups, together with the Insight Ensemble.  (Watch Insight Ensemble here)


We are hoping that this Performance Action can also be recreated in London the following week on Tuesday 16th April – watch this space…..

Semites – in their own words @ Redland Meeting House
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Semites - in their own words @ Redland Meeting House

This workshop is based around filmed extracts of a theatre performance using the words of Palestinians and Israelis talking about their lives – past, present and future. The powerful narrative aims to help audiences gain a greater understanding of a Middle East situation which is rarely out of the news, but with a focus on dialogue and listening to the feelings behind the words.

The workshop will be facilitated by Peter Brill, Trustee of Bristol-based charity Salaam Shalom, and Ben Nathan, Executive Producer, Interviewer and Actor in the London and Bristol performances of ‘Semites’.

Previous workshops have led to wide-ranging discussion of these topics:

• The balance of views and ideas

• A change from specific language of conflict to wider nuance of regional politics

• The creative process in putting ‘Semites’ together

• If/ whether change is possible in the region

• What voices are missing from the production and what happens next

This workshop is hosted by Redland Quaker Meeting. All Bristol Quakers are warmly invited to come and to bring their friends.

There will be a retiring collection for the interfaith peacebuilding work of Salaam Shalom.

submitted by Julia Bush

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.


Ceilidh fundraiser with music by Broken Biscuits @ Redland Meeting House
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Ceilidh fundraiser with music by Broken Biscuits @ Redland Meeting House

Organised by the EarthQuakes XR Group.

Come strip the willow and Dosey Doe to the mighty Broken Biscuits Ceilidh Band and caller Angus Morrice for this Extinction Rebellion fundraiser event. 

Tickets are on the door at £7 (full) and £5 (concessions).

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