Report of NFPB meeting on 6 March

Thirty seven Friends gathered for our first full NFPB meeting of 2021. Just over a year earlier Derby Meeting House was our venue; this time we came together courtesy of zoom, warmly welcomed but without the handshakes and cups of coffee on arrival. We have a number of new members this year and we were … Read more

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

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

Reflecting on war(s) and looking ahead

Friends from Notts and Derby Area Meeting provided hospitality for our first NFPB meeting of 2020. NFPB members were joined at Derby Meeting House by a good number Friends from the Area Meeting and further afield for the day and we were pleased to welcome new members of the Board. In the morning session the … 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

Building the conditions of peace in challenging times

The following is the text of a new leaflet we have available. You can download it here ‘What we can’t do alone we can do together’ Challenges We are in this world together but the way we are living is not sustainable. Economic inequality, our use of the finite resources that feed our consumption, and our … 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

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