Challenging Militarism

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 - detailed itinerary

from Richmond Castle to Menwith Hill, North Yorkshire

30th June to 4th July

Sunday 30th June

11.00am Gather at Richmond Castle (grid ref NZ 172 007)
11.00 am – 12 noon Visit the museum which features the COs’ prison cells.
12.30pm – 1.00pm Meeting for Worship in the open-air in the castle grounds.
1.10 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch
2.30 pm Meet at lay-by on Range Rd near Catterick golf club, southwest area of Catterick Garrison, near Alma Barracks (grid ref SE 167 968) Walk through Catterick Garrison training ground to Constable Burton(grid ref 167 909)

Monday 1st July

10.30am Meet at Constable Burton village green (grid ref SE 167 909)
Walk to Jervaulx Abbeycar park (grid ref SE 168 856)

Tuesday 2nd July

10.30am Meet at junction Newstead Lane and A6108, near Jervaulx Abbey car park (grid ref SE 170 853) Walk to junction of Ripon Rowel Walk and Kirby Moor Rd, approx 3 miles west of Kirkby Malzeard (grid ref SE 203 736)

Wednesday 3rd July

10.30am Meet at junction of Ripon Rowel Walk and Kirby Moor Road, 3 miles west of Kirkby Malzeard (grid ref SE 203 736) Walk to Brimham Rocks car park (SE 208 646)

Thursday 4th July

10.30am Meet at Brimham Rocks car park (grid ref SE 208 646) and walk to main gate of ‘RAF’ Menwith Hill Station on Menwith Hill Road (grid ref SE 202 578)
Join CAAB event ‘Independence From America Day’.

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.


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.

The Peace and Anti-War Movement on the eve of the first world war - lessons for today 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013 to Saturday, September 21, 2013

8th National Peace History conference, in Manchester . This year’s Conference focuses on the years just prior to WW1 and the lessons for today. – info via and flyer/booking form from:

Aid not Arms for Syria

Thursday, June 13, 2013

meeting organised by Bolton Stop the War/CND with speakers Dr Shameela (Syria Relief) and Neil McAlister (Bolton STW) 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House, Silverwell St, Bolton

Independence from America

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Annual Demonstration organised by Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases
Speakers, food, entertainment. 5pm – 9pm approx. – and joined by NFPB Centenary Walkers, at end of their walk from Richmond

Public meeting - Nuclear Disarmament - International Perspective

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

7pm Wellington Church – Glasgow Scottish CND is inviting everyone on 25th of Jun, at 7 p, in the Wellington Church (Library) to join the public meeting: Nuclear Disarmament – International Perspective.
Speakers: – Allan MacKinnon (former chair of SCND) reporting on recent NPT conference; – Veronka Tudhope (vice-chair of SCND) reporting back on recent Abolition 2000 conference.


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