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Trident: alternative alternatives

With the Goverment’s Trident Alternatives Review being published, we thought it would be useful to pull together some of the other alternatives and useful background documents for a nuclear free Britain and world.

Walkers' message delivered at Menwith Hill

Statement from Northern Friends Peace Board Walk of Witness
at Menwith Hill, CAAB Independence From America Day, 4th July 2013

We are a group of Quakers from the Northern Friends Peace Board, an organisation dedicated to the ‘active promotion of peace in all its height and breadth.’ This year we are celebrating our centenary.

Over the past five days we have walked the 35 miles from Richmond Castle to Menwith Hill, linking two significant sites of peace witness which span our hundred years.

From past to present - walking for peace

at the start of the walk

On 30th June, nearly 70 people gathered in the grounds of Richmond Castle for a Meeting for Worship. Sixteen of these were members of a group walking over the following 5 days to Menwith Hill, also in Yorkshire, marking the centenary of Northern Friends Peace Board. Others at Richmond that day came from Quaker Meetings over a wide area of the North.

Walking the Walk

This weekend on 30th June Friends will gather at Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire for a Meeting for Worship, and to mark the start of our centenary Walk of Witness, Walking the Walk. The walk will link two sites that reflect the continuity of active concern and witness expressed throughout our history, from the imprisonment of conscientious objectors to the military infrastructure and policies that shape the UK’s relationship with the rest of the world today.

Origins

Centenary Conference - report

‘In marking the centenary of the Northern Friends Peace Board we wanted to use the inspiration of the past to take us on into the future of peace-making.’ With these words Jenny Hartland welcomed the 85 Friends who had gathered for the day in York Friargate Meeting House to mark the founding of the Board in 1913.

Exciting time for NFPB centenary events and resources

This coming six weeks will provide a number of opportunities for Friends to learn about and contribute to our centenary celebrations.

Call for a new approach to our common security

Press Release:

On the day when World Military Spending for 2012* will be announced, thirty nine organisations will come together to promote the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (15 April 2013). These include Pax Christi, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Quaker Peace & Social Witness, Christian Ecology Link, Student Christian Movement, Northern Friends Peace Board , War on Want and Campaign Against Arms Trade.

Warm welcome in Sheffield

This first meeting of the Board in its second century – at Sheffield Central Quaker Meeting House, on Saturday 9th March – was attended by Representatives from as far apart as North of Scotland, Nottingham, West Cumbria and North Wales. We were joined and hosted by Sheffield Friends throughout the day, providing plentiful supplies of tea, coffee and cake and a Friendly welcome.

Walking the Walk

Cell at Richmond Castle which housed Conscientious Objectors

To mark 100 years of Quaker peace witness in the North , NFPB is organising a walk of witness from 29th June to 5th July. The walk begins at Richmond Castle, where the ‘Richmond Sixteen’ (conscientious objectors in WW1) were imprisoned and ends at Menwith Hill, the US Air Force electronic communications base on the North Yorks moors. It links two significant sites of peace witness which span the Northern Friends Peace Board’s first hundred years.

Cake, memories, friendships and looking forward

NFPB's birthday cake

Northern Friends Peace Board marked the centenary of its formation with a party at the newly refurbished Manchester Meeting House. Set up after a peace conference of Quakers in the North in January 1913, the Board has undertaken a variety of work with and for Northern Friends, supported by funding and representatives from throughout the North of Britain.

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