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International perspectives

We were reminded at our gathering of NFPB members and other Friends, in Lancaster on 12th May, of the maxim to ‘think globally, act locally’. At the meeting we heard about the work of the International Peace Bureau (IPBhttp://www.ipb.org/ ) , of which we have been a member for many years but without being very actively so.

NFPB Huddersfield gathering

When early March snow prevented our members’ meeting that month from going ahead, trustees agreed to plan one or more additional NFPB events. The first of these was held in Huddersfield on 14th April, with local Friends joining in and providing warm hospitality to the approximately 18 participants. A second will take place in Lancaster on 12th May.

Joint appeal to government on nuclear disarmament efforts

Northern Friends Peace Board has joined with others in sending an open letter to the Foreign Secretary calling for active and constructive engagement with multilateral nuclear disarmament processes, stating that

Snow stops play - but peace must go on

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NFPB was due to meet on 3rd March in Carlisle. As we approached the weekend, however, it became clear that – well, that roads and rail routes to the city and to the Meeting House were unlikely to be clear. Emails sent to all our members two days before managed to reach nearly all with the announcement that we would not be going ahead with a meeting on that date. Friends locally and further afield were grateful to have this decision made.

One-person peace banner kits now available again

NFPB one person banner

We are grateful to NFPB member Allison Challen for her work in putting together a new set of kits with the fabric and instructions for making your own one-person banner.

These were initially the idea of Caroline Westgate and we have sold kits for the last 16 years,with Friends adapting them for different purposes.

Building peace, from local to global

Report of NFPB’s meeting in Darlington on 14th October

The remit of NFPB is to promote ‘peace in all its height and breadth’. The range of issues addressed at our most recent meeting in Darlington shows the continuing relevance of this brief.

Talking Peace Postively

This was the title of a workshop we facilitated at Colwyn Bay Meeting House at the beginning of Quaker Week, on 1st October. The workshop was attended by local Friends and Attenders, as well as participants from peace and Amnesty groups. Looking at current peace challenges and concerns, the group was encouraged to explore differences in our understanding and in our responses, and to identify some of the root causes of violent conflict.

NFPB at Yearly Meeting Gathering

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Northern Friends Peace Board will be at Yearly Meeting Gathering at the University of Warwick from 29th July. We are offering two short workshops (linked, but also possible to do separately). The details of these are given below. Please note, these details are slightly different to the information given in the Events Listing.

We shall also have a stall at the Groups’ Fair on Tuesday evening. We look forward to meeting with Friends from around the country.

Public Statement on the Adoption of The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

NFPB member Janet Fenton, with Tim Wallis representing Quakers in Britain, were present in New York during the negotiations to agree a Treaty to prohibit Nuclear Weapons. On Friday 7th July 122 states agreed this treaty and our Friends were part of a multi-faith group that issued the following statement:

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Public Statement on the Adoption of The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons

Hope in challenging times

NFPB members met in Dumfries on 17th June. More than 30 Friends were present, including a number from Dumfries and from Castle Douglas Quaker Meetings. We met on the same day that a large demonstration was taking place in New York, with women calling for a ban on nuclear weapons.

NFPB members in Dumfries

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