Quaker Arts Network

an informal group of Quakers with interest in the arts (broadly defined), run on a voluntary basis. All those in sympathy with their aims are welcome to join the network.

Quaker Service Memorial Trust

A memorial to commemorate the work of the Friends Ambulance Unit and the Friends Relief Service has been built at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire. The Trust works collaboratively both with the Education Co-ordinator at the National Memorial Arboretum, and the University of Manchester, Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute to provide educational materials. The Trust has an exhibition about the FAU & FRS which is available for hire.

Supporting us financially

Most of our funding comes from Quaker Area Meetings with an additional amount coming from charitable trusts and from supporting individuals and groups. A letter from our Treasurer to Area Meetings, regarding financial contributions for 2019, is here

All financial contributions – however great or small – make a real difference to our ability to continue providing such services as this web site and those activities described elsewhere. See our Annual Reports for information.

  • One-off donations are always welcome. If you are posting a cheque, please send with the donations form downloadable below – and remember to complete the Gift Aid section if that is appropriate.
  • BACS payments : Our account details are 50140004 Sort Code: 08-90-86.
    Please put your or your Meeting’s name as a reference and email us on [email protected] to notify that a donation has been made.
    If you would like Gift Aid to be added to your online donation, please complete and send the relevant part of the donation form downloadable below.
  • A Standing Order can mean a regular flow of income for us and make things easier for you. If you would like Gift Aid to be added to your standing order donation, please complete and send the relevant part of the donation form downloadable below. And see above for our account details if you are setting up the standing order online.
  • Give As You Earn – payroll giving via Charities Aid Foundation – a flexible tax-effective way to get money to charity.
  • Might you think of leaving a legacy? Download a leaflet from the link at the bottom of this page The work of peace is a long term responsibility, and this is a way of ensuring that it can continue after your death.
    (For advice on this visit Britain Yearly Meeting guidance notes on making your will.)
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The Naked Anabaptist: the bare essentials of a radical faith

Friday, April 5, 2013 to Sunday, April 7, 2013

Compassionate Communication

Monday, October 15, 2012 to Thursday, October 18, 2012

At Glenthorne Quaker Centre . A workshop led by Sarah Ludford. Do you want to communicate in a way that supports peace? To book on this course, contact: Glenthorne Quaker Centre Tel: 015394 35389 Email: [email protected]


Publicity, information & outreach

Reports, updates & newsletters

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UPDATES: Brief summary of recent NFPB activities

Annual reports

Financial statements

Other documents

In more detail

(revised 2017)
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Northern Friends Peace Board (NFPB) is a body set up by Quakers in the North of Britain. Our members are representatives of all Area Meetings in the North (from Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire to the North of Scotland), along with Friends co-opted to serve for specific purposes.
Our members number around 60 people in total and we employ a full-time Coordinator and a part-time Administrative Assistant. Our office is currently based in Bolton.
Since 2017 we have been a Quaker Recognised Body.
Funding comes chiefly from Northern Area Meetings and Local Meetings, with additional support from grant-making trusts, legacies, sales of resources and donations from individuals.

A bit of history

Initially a concern just of some of the Northern English Quarterly Meetings (we were set up in 1913 ), our supporting membership soon expanded to include Friends in Scotland, in North Wales and in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, who have continued to support us since. The Quarterly Meetings were replaced by General Meetings in 1967 and at this point the responsibility for providing Representatives to, and funding for, our work was passed onto the Monthly Meetings in the area covered. In 2007/8 these became Area Meetings.
The conference that set us up minuted that the Board was to….
‘advise and encourage Friends in the North, and through them their fellow Christians and citizens generally, in the active promotion of peace in all its height and breadth.’

The work of the Board has inevitably varied over this time, but common threads throughout are:

  • Provision of information, comment and thinking on topical peace concerns, including work on exploring the conditions necessary for building peace in the world.
  • Publicising peace-building as an alternative to prevailing military-orientated thinking.
  • Supporting individuals and organisations in responding to current challenges — including those people facing compulsory military service, both during times of war and afterwards.
  • Making Quaker peace concerns visible and bringing Quakers together to reflect and to develop insights and thinking.
  • Building bridges between individuals and groups.
  • Being a forum for the sharing of local experiences and information peace action and peace promotion.

What we do

The following is a short list of the type of activities undertaken by NFPB over recent years:

  • Organising conferences, workshops and other events, for Friends and others.
  • Producing written publications, from printed to web-based materials.
  • Publicising opportunities for engagement and action on peace concerns, through our membership, through our links with Quaker meetings and through our web-resources
  • Organising and participating in acts of witness.

Since the mid-1980s NFPB has committed itself to:

  • serving as a resource for supporting Friends in Meetings
  • acting as a catalyst for action and thinking on peace, from the international to the personal levels
  • developing ways of working that reflect our Quaker foundation and commitment to peaceful means and ends.

In 1985 NFPB minuted that “we need to be both realistic and visionary”, reflecting on the gifts that individual Friends can each give to the endeavour and to the corporate discipline and clarity that need to be nurtured and developed.

Framework for Action

This grid – agreed by NFPB in November 2013 – maps out the broad themes of our work and, in very general terms, the type of activity we do and might undertake. Any work we do should fit into at least one part of this grid.


Our Current concerns

Some of our work is responsive, acting and reflecting on particular current concerns of our members, whilst at other times we develop work over a more sustained period.

Specific areas of activity as of Spring 2018:

  • Promoting peace building and peace action in our communities – developing and offering workshops for Quakers and others that support reflection and action, recognising that peace is rooted in justice, respect and communication.
  • Nuclear disarmament and arms conversion – witnessing and advocating moves towards nuclear disarmament, both at the local, national and international levels, as opportunities arise, and raising awareness of how people can contribute to this.

If you would like to receive updates and reports by email, please contact us

Networking and communications

We aim to develop and maintain appropriate and effective communication – to and with Friends and beyond – and to build relationships and partnerships with other organisations, networks and key individuals. Through our membership being rooted in different parts of the UK, we have explored the differing perspectives, experiences and opportunities in England, in Wales and in Scotland.
We maintain working links with a number of other bodies, Quaker and non-Quaker. For example, we are members of the Network for Peace, the International Peace Bureau, Scotland’s for Peace and the Network of Christian Peace Organisations. Particularly important is our relations with Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW), where we have cross-representation on its Peace and Disarmament and Peace Education programmes. We also attend Britain Yearly Meeting (at which we offer talks or interest groups when appropriate) and the annual Peace and Service Consultations of the Europe and Middle East Section (EMES)of the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC). Other relationships with individuals and organisations arise through our work.
We have a regularly updated and well-used website, linked with other web-based resources. We produce periodic mailings each year, to Northern Quaker Meetings, to individual Quakers and interested organisations and people. We also try to ensure a visible presence at meetings of Britain Yearly Meeting and other Quaker events when appropriate.

If you would like to receive updates and reports by email, please contact us

Our structure

Our meetings
The meetings of the Board and Executive are held in the manner of Friends, with quiet worship being the context in which discussion takes place and decisions are made. Decisions are minuted at the time, with some additional notes appended to minutes on occasion where a detailed minute is not needed. The Board and the Executive each have Clerks to facilitate this process. Sometimes one person has Clerked both bodies, but more recently the roles have been divided. Our Treasurer is another key member of the Executive, with responsibilities for financial oversight, in consultation with other Executive members and the Co-ordinator. There are normally three or four meetings a year for Representatives, taking place at different parts of the North, usually held at Quaker Meeting Houses. Through inviting speakers and linking up with local Friends’ concerns and activities, our meetings also serve to strengthen Quaker and non-Quaker peace networks.

The role of Representatives
Representatives are appointed by Area Meetings and key parts of their role include:

  • Being a two-way channel of communication between Area Meetings and NFPB
  • Being aware of Friends’ peace concerns and guiding the direction of NFPB’s work.
  • Contributing to the work of the Board by serving in a range of capacities, on various sub-groups and committees in partnership with the Co-ordinator to implement our work.

Charitable status and trustees
We became an independent charity in 1996, registered in Scotland as Charity Number SC 024632. We report annually to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) (the equivalent of the Charity Commission for England and Wales and with similar reporting and accounting requirements). There is not currently a requirement that we also register with the Charity Commission for England and Wales but do try to work within its requirements as well as those of OSCR.
Our Executive Committee serve as our Trustees, who in their turn meet four times a year. Six Friends currently serve on our Executive Committee, these being appointed for up to two terms of three years. Financial administrative tasks are currently undertaken by staff in our office.

Sub groups
In addition to the Board and Executive, we appoint sub-groups to undertake particular tasks. These range from our Nominations Committee to project groups. These report regularly to both the Board and Executive.

The Board’s current Co-ordinator and its Administrative Assistant work from an office in Bolton, Lancashire, in a town-centre Methodist building.


Sources of funding

The core of our funding comes from Quakers in the North of Britain. Most of this is contributed by Area Meetings, although some Area Meetings have devolved the responsibility for financial contributions to NFPB to their Local Meetings.
Friends also provide funds through collections and through individual donations. A smaller amount of funding comes from grant-making charitable trusts that donate on an annual basis, and a smaller amount still comes from sales of our publications and from fees for events.
We do apply for and have, over the years, secured additional funding from charitable Trusts for specific areas of project work. This has given us scope for developing our resources and activities that would not otherwise be practicable.
Over the past five years we have received generous legacies from a small number of Friends. We regularly review our reserves and how best to use these to take our work forward.

Budgeting and planning

Our Trustees agree a budget each autumn, our Financial Year running from January to December. On the basis of this budget, we propose a suggested amount per member that Area Meetings might use as a guideline for their financial contributions to NFPB. Whilst some Meetings are not able to use this figure, due to insufficient funds locally, in general terms it has proved to be a very effective way for us to plan our financial affairs, with the support, generosity and cooperation of Area Meetings.

Contact details:
Philip Austin, Co-ordinator, Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton BL1 2AS
Email: [email protected] Web: http://nfpb.org.uk
01204 382330 Charity number: SC 024632

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Quaker Approaches to Peace

The Quaker peace testimony is an active expression of our understanding of the nature of how we should live in this world; an understanding that comes from our experiences of meeting together in worship – periods of collective quiet prayer and reflection in which we listen for the leadings of the spirit.

Our commitment to peace is many-faceted, and how we are led to act will be different in any given situation. It challenges us in many settings and for every generation. Our peace testimony is about paying attention to all relationships; from those with family and neighbours to those between nations.

We try to live out our commitment to peace in our daily lives and in our work. Sometimes, we set up and support long-term individual or collective Quaker action as an expression of our peace testimony. For example, we develop and support alternative ways of resolving and engaging in conflicts. We also work for a reduction in armaments in the world and for a change to the conditions, policies and circumstances that can sow the seeds of war and violent conflict.

It is not always easy and we will often need patience, to develop particular skills and to spend time learning and reflecting. At other times, simply ‘bearing witness’ to a different way – a way that affirms the value of all life rather than denies it through warfare is what we can each do.

Our peace testimony pushes us, individually and with others, to undo some of the hurt in this world and to take positive action for a better future.

Together, let us reject the clamour of fear and listen to the whisperings of hope
From a statement on peace by Quakers in Aotearoa/New Zealand

This text is available as a leaflet – to download or on request from the NFPB office.

Related Links

Our peace testimony – chapter 24 of Quaker Faith and Practice
Brtain Yearly Meeting’s peace work
Quakers in the World – section on Peace and Nonviolence



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