Centenary Resource Pack

We have produced this set of materials and ideas for Quaker Meetings and other groups and which we hope will provide stimulus in thinking about how the Quaker peace witness in the past can inform and inspire our action and concern now. There is a variety of resources, which will be of interest to different people. The contents are listed below.

A pack is being sent free of charge to each Northern Quaker Meeting. Additional copies are available on request to Meetings outside of the Northern Friends Peace Board area and for Northern meetings wanting more than one set. We would appreciate a contribution of £5 per pack for these additional sets. The materials will also all be available on our website at www.nfpb.org.uk/centenarypack

We would very much welcome responses and feedback about how you use the materials in the pack, and also continuing input into our thinking and action on Quaker peace concerns over the coming years.

Contents of the pack
(see bottom of page for links to download these as PDFs)

  • Suggestions for workshops, discussions and reflections
  • Illustrated booklet on our 100 year history
  • ‘What shall we do?’ – text of a leaflet published by NFPB on the outbreak of war in 1914
  • Poster design flyer and examples of some NFPB posters
  • ‘A burning, living faith’ – a short play written by NFPB member Jo Alberti
  • Four short historical essays
  • Information sheets about related publications and our display

Centenary Display at Yearly Meeting

As part of a set of resources that we have produced to mark our centenary, we have a ten-panel display . The full display is on show during Britain Yearly Meeting in London over 24-27 May. The display is on show in ‘William Penn 2’, which is on the second-floor of Friends House

Based on a time-line of the 100 years of our activities up to this year, it features illustrations from posters to photographs, giving a vivid picture of how Quaker peace concerns and activities have developed and changed over the years.

The display is being leant to Meetings around the North during 2013 and used at NFPB meetings and events.

Read more here: www.nfpb.org.uk/display100

We shall have a table at the groups’ fair on Sunday evening and an interest group meeting on Saturday, 17:30 – 18:30 in the QPSW offices.

More information is available from:
[email protected]
01204 382330
NFPB, Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton BL1 2AS

(and the link for our centenary activities www.nfpb.org.uk/projects/centenary)


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.

Peace in all its height and breadth

[ A report of this conference is at: http://nfpb.org.uk/CentConfReport ]

A day-conference looking at current & future peace priorities and marking the centenary of Northern Friends Peace Board

Saturday 15th June 2013 10.30 – 4.15

Friargate Quaker Meeting House, York

The world of today is very different to that of 1913, when Northern Friends Peace Board was founded.  Concerns of militarism and peace-building continue, however.  The conference will  be a time for learning, for meeting and talking with others and for identifying opportunities and resources for action.

File attachments: 
PDF icon Leaflet & booking form846.47 KB
PDF icon A4 conference poster842.18 KB

An invitation to..... Design a Poster for our Centenary

Over the past 100 years the Northern Friends Peace Board has published hundreds of Peace Posters.

Can you design a poster for peace today?

If so we would love to see your work and if your design idea is chosen, we will publish it, with the help of a professional graphic designer or illustrator if needed.

This is open to Friends of all ages but we especially want to encourage young artists!

All designs by 30/11/13 to the NFPB office at: [email protected] or Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton BL1 2AS

File attachments: 
PDF icon poster_design_flyer.pdf1.29 MB

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.


Posters from the NFPB archives
This is a Flickr collection of just 30 of the posters from the several hundred in the NFPB archives


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.

Walking the Walk - 100 years of peace witness

This event has now taken place. See reports here: http://nfpb.org.uk/walkreport and http://nfpb.org.uk/walkmessage

h3. From Richmond Castle to Menwith Hill, North Yorkshire
Saturday 29th June – Friday 5th July 2013

(Sunday 30th June – Thursday 4th July for day participants)

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.

We aim to gather a core party of 18 Friends (16 walkers and two drivers) who will do the whole route. NFPB Members have this first opportunity of booking for the full week. It will also be possible for other people to join on a day basis and we are considering the best ways of enabling this wider participation. Designed to be gently-paced, the walk will cover approximately 35 miles over five days. The route is very beautiful and full of variety, including Yorkshire Dales moorland, valleys and woods. The distance will be covered in sections of varying lengths, the longest stretch being no more than about 8 miles. You will be able to walk in a small group at you own pace. A minibus will take you to the beginning of each day’s section and collect you at the end, returning you to our base for the week.

See updated information in more detail

The walk will begin and end with an act of witness:

1 An open-air Meeting for Worship in the grounds of Richmond Castle.

2 We join the annual ‘Independence from America Day’ demonstration outside the Menwith Hill base, organised by Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases.

The core party of 18 F/friends will be based at ‘Bivouac’, nr Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JZ http://www.thebivouac.co.uk .

Bivouac provides luxury camping (‘glamping’) accommodation in 4- and 5-bedded yurts, in an exceptionally attractive location. It is run as a low-carbon sustainable community. Almost totally ‘off-grid’, it has an attractive restaurant and well-appointed toilet blocks. Vegetarian food (breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals) will be provided, cooked by the chef at Bivouac. The party will gather at Bivouac on the afternoon of Sat 29th June and depart from there on the morning of Friday 5th July. The cost for walkers in the core party will be £280 per person. That includes your shared accommodation for six nights, all meals, and minibus transport. If you are able to be one of the minibus drivers your expenses will be subsidised (exact cost to be negotiated). To secure your place, PLEASE COMPLETE THE BOOKING FORM ENCLOSING A DEPOSIT OF £25 (payable to Northern Friensd Peace Board). The balance will be payable by 31 May 2013.

NORTHERN FRIENDS PEACE BOARD, Victoria Hall, Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AS

File attachments: 
PDF icon Walking the Walk information159.78 KB
PDF icon walkleaflet2.pdf217.82 KB

Centenary Candle

We have had a number of candles made with our logo in gold-coloured lettering to mark our centenary.

These have been made by the Quaker-run business ‘White Rose Candles’ in Wensleydale. They will be available at our events during the year and can be bought from the NFPB office.

They are £4.50 each and postage and packing is £2.50. Please make cheques payable to Northern Friends Peace Board

Download an order form here

File attachments: 
PDF icon candle_order_form.pdf111.33 KB


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