Challenging Militarism


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 issues that we have been addressing, and /or that our members are active on.

Recent news/resources
We use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to share information and news on these issues, and also publish a ‘Round-up’ of peace-related news and information on these and other current issues.

h3. Nuclear weapons

We seek to raise awareness of the current opportunities for promoting action on nuclear disarmament, focusing on the UK’s nuclear weapons in particular and on international efforts to ban nuclear weapons. We draw on the activities of other groups working to this end, such as those linked with ICAN in the UK, and the Network of Christian Peace Organisations.

Links to related organisations

CND – Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament | Scottish CND | Christian CND | Nuclear Information Service | Acronym | Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom | Nukewatch | Trident Ploughshares ,

h3. Militarisation

The presence and involvement of armed forces in schools, and in other places and activities that are particularly aimed at children and young people is on the rise and very problematic. Quakers are active with others in raising awareness of the policies and practice behind the growth in militarisation and seek to act and to support those taking action on these concerns.
Some relevant links: Forces Watch | Quakers in Britain | Child Soldiers International | Peace Pledge Union | Veterans for Peace UK | War Resisters International .

h3. Arms trade

NFPB members are active in national and local campaigns. In particular, during 2019 they are preparing with other Friends for taking action and witnessing at the DSEI arms fair in early September. Roots of Resistance is providing information, resources and support for this Quaker preparation and action.

For information and resources about the arms trade and about local and national campaigning activities visit Campaign Against Arms Trade

h3. Military spending

We have been involved in promoting the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS), an international initiative of the International Peace Bureau and other groups. The campaign encourages action particularly during April each year, the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS). A statement for the 2019 GDAMS is here

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Our work

Overall aims

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 and specific activities in relation to a number of the concerns raised and considered at these meetings.

Social media

Information on the range of concerns of our members is shared via our Facebook page and via Twitter

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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Stop fooling with nuclear weapons

Monday, April 1, 2013

Time to Scrap Trident: Stop fooling with nuclear weapons, Protest at Aldermaston organised by CND 12 noon to 2pm


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