Spend on war no more

We recently contributed to a Twitterstorm – a series of tweets on the theme of UK military spending, sent out during a narrow time period and using the same hashtag, #UKDefundWar. Coordinated by the UK network of the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS), it took place after the government announced a planned £24bn increase … Read more

NFPB support for Christian CND Statement on the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

We have been pleased to sign up to and support this statement, which can also be found – with the full list of signatories – on the CCND website Shortly after the bombings the international community came together at the United Nations to say “never again” and pledged to work for the elimination of nuclear … Read more

Our continuing work – a brief update

Northern Friends Peace Board members will be gathering via video conference on 20th June, the date on which we had planned to be meeting in Glasgow in person. Our previous meeting was at the end of February, a short time before things changed so dramatically in line with public-health measures. NFPB members have had two … Read more

NFPB Voices, WW2 reflections

Our new blog section on the website – ‘NFPB Voices’ – is launched today with a series of pieces reflecting on the 75th anniversary of the end of the second world war. Written from personal perspectives, the pieces acknowledge the dilemmas, the trauma, the commitment and importance both of remembering and of working for a … Read more

NFPB and the Covid-19 pandemic

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This past week we have been preparing for and then moving our office-base to our Coordinator, Philip Austin’s, home in Bolton. Trustees support the staff in keeping safe and out of circulation in the interests of limiting transmission. We do not have routine access to all the resources and materials that we would normally, but … Read more

Remembrance reflections

Quaker responses to remembrance are varied, as this piece on the Quakers in Britain website illustrates. Beyond the summary included in that, we’ve also heard of other Friends’ witness, often with others, around this period. Some are joining with other faiths and churches, such as in Paisley for an interfaith vigil, and in Wythenshaw (South Manchester), promoting a children’s … Read more

Challenge and hope – NFPB meeting in Edinburgh on 28th September

For our third meeting of the year NFPB members from across the North gathered at Central Edinburgh Meeting House, beginning our meeting in worship and by reflecting on things giving us hope. A good number had been at the witness and action organised by Roots of Resistance [now Quaker Roots, as of September 2020 ] ahead of the DSEI arms fair … Read more

NFPB statement in support of Roots of Resistance

Northern Friends Peace Board supports the Roots of Resistance [now Quaker Roots, as of September 2020 ] movement in opposing the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair held in East London from 10 to13 September 2019. DSEI is a huge trade show bringing together 1,500 arms companies with representatives from militaries from around the world. Some … Read more

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