Challenging Militarism

Meeting for Worship - outside RAF Waddington

Sunday, April 14, 2013

2.00pm Meet at ‘pull-in’ area near main entrance to Air Base (About half a mile north of Waddington village).
The Meeting for Worship is being organised by Don Sutherland, and any queries can be addressed to him. phone number is: 01522 829951.


We will list here a small selection of paid and unpaid opportunities for Quakers peace work and related activities. Please contact us if you have an opening that we might publicise here.
Peace Education School Speaker – Greater Manchester – Voluntary
Details from CND

For news of events, from courses to demonstrations, public meetings to workshops, go to our calendar page

Towards Zero - charting a path towards a nuclear weapons free world

Saturday, April 20, 2013

UNA South Lakes & Lancaster, and UNA Youth Lancaster Uni – conference at The Storey Institute. Lancaster Dave Webb, CND and Luckshan Abeysuriya, UNA UK, 11am – 2.00pm Book in advance via [email protected]

Militarism in Schools - Stockport Peace Forum

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

with Emma Sangster, speaker from Forces Watch. At Stockport Quaker Meeting House, 7.00pm -.9.00 Please note change of time

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: and

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 .

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

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Challenging militarism

These are some of the current key areas of concern with links to relevant resources and websites. We also regularly add news and links on our Facebook and Twitter pages and a range of events and activities on our calendar page:

Nuclear weapons/Trident

NEW – Feb 2019: Briefing from the Network of Christian Peace Organisations

Arms trade and disarmament

Militarism in Society

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Current concerns

NFPB was set up to ‘advise and encourage Friends in the North, and through them their fellow citizens, in the active promotion of peace in all its height and breadth’. Our members meet during the year in full members’ meetings and we undertake projects in relation to a number of the concerns raised and considered at these meetings.

The Board membership and its meetings are also a points for discussion, reflection and information sharing on a range of other peace concerns. This part of the website is a place for information about some of these.

If you are a Facebook user, this is also place where information on the range of concerns of our members is shared. Our Facebook page is here

Pilgrimage for Peace and Economic Justice

Sunday, May 19, 2013 to Saturday, July 20, 2013

A primary aim of the 2013 Pilgrimage, from Iona to London, is to focus national public attention on the Coalition Government’s proposal to spend many billions of pounds renewing Trident while continuing to slash NHS, education and social welfare budgets

Resources and materials

Our archives are a rich source of visual and written materials. Working through these has inspired us and helped us to get a better understanding of the pattern, scope, inspiration and people behind the peace activities of Northern Friends Peace Board since 1913. We are producing a range of publications and resources that both celebrate this work and, we hope, provide ideas, inspiration and challenge for future work. The following is a list of the materials, some of which will be available to download in due course and others to purchase. A good number of them will be in a pack for Local Quaker Meetings and others

  • Display – ten panels in a variety of sizes illustrating the history of NFPB
  • Historical essays – written by a member of our project group, drawing on information in our archives – see (see also the text of a talk given at the Peace History Conference in Manchester, September 2013)
  • Tea-towel – produced on organic fair-trade cotton and based on an earlier poster design
  • Candle – hand-made in Yorkshire, with our logo
  • A play – “A Burning, Living Faith”, written by NFPB member Jo Alberti and reflecting on some of the key strands of peace concern over the period of NFPB’s history
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